Aug 1 - Ethnic violence claims another 17 lives in Pakistan's commercial capital Karachi, following one of the city's most lethal months in decades. Deborah Lutterbeck reports
Violence grips Karachi. Ethnic and religious tension erupt on Pakistan's commercial hub. Police say 17 people have been killed since Sunday, following one of Pakistan's deadliest months in the last two decades. Ethnic gangs have been used by political parties over the years as foot soldiers in a city-wide turf war in Karachi, which contributes 68 percent of Pakistan's tax revenues. Some residents are blaming the politicians SOUNDBITE: Shopkeeper Imran Zafar, saying (Urdu): "The political parties are responsible for this (violence). They have spread hate, racism and sectarianism. They have made people confront each other for their benefit and to disparage their rival parties." Officials said there is no clear reason for the latest bout of fighting Demonstrators are marching for peace. A recent report from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said 1,138 people have been killed in Karachi in the first six months of the year. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.