A spat of senseless violence left 18 dead in Karachi. Another 21 individuals received serious injuries. According to the media reports these were the result of target killings.
Over the years, Karachi has emerged as the murder capital of Pakistan. While being the largest city in Pakistan of roughly 12 million people, Karachi is also the city with excessive violence resulting in a disproportionately large number of murders. The ethnic, sectarian, and other fissures in the society has stolen the shine from what was once known as the city of lights.