Aug.20 - Security personnel patrol the streets in Karachi after further bloodshed. Paul Chapman reports.
Karachi is once more a city living in fear after another 21 deaths in 24 hours. Paramilitary troops are making their presence felt on the streets of Pakistan's commercial capital after a wave of violence that erupted on Wednesday. The heightened security is doing little to calm the nerves of anxious residents. SOUNDBITE: Irshad, Karachi resident, saying (Urdu): "The residents of Karachi are worried" (THIS MAN SAYS). "They're not leaving their houses because of fear. I thought for half an hour before going out today because I'm afraid somebody will kidnap or kill me. There's absolutely no security." The surge of violence has claimed dozens of lives in the past days. Among the latest victims were four police officers who were in a vehicle which came under fire. A passer-by was also killed in the attack around midnight on Friday. Dozens of other people were wounded. Karachi has a long history of violence. Ethnic, religious and sectarian disputes and political rows can often explode into battles engulfing entire neighbourhoods. The latest bout of violence ignited despite the arrival of hundreds of extra police and paramilitary troops last month to quell unrest. Paul Chapman, Reuters