70 percent of target killings in Karachi were courtesy wives and girlfriends looking to get rid of their partners and vice versa,Rehman Malik

70 percent of target killings in Karachi were courtesy wives and girlfriends looking to get rid of their partners and vice versa,Rehman Malik

In one of his usual ill-timed platitudes last month, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said 70% of target killings in Karachi were courtesy wives and girlfriends looking to get rid of their partners and vice versa.

But for the wives, girlfriends and fiancées of the victims of target killings, the blame – all 100% – lies with the government and criminals linked to political parties locked in a hellish cycle of revenge. 

Maria is one such wife. Her husband Irfan Gulzar told her he was stepping out close by and would be back shortly.His mangled remains came back to her in a body bag on Thursday evening. A relative who went to the morgue said he counted 25 bodies in a similar state.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2011.

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