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Pakistani Troops Conduct Raids in Karachi to Curb Killings

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March 22 (Bloomberg) -- Pakistani paramilitary troops raided a densely populated area of the nation’s financial capital, Karachi, to control political and ethnic violence that has killed 23 people since March 19.

One man was killed and several detained with weapons in the raid at Liaquatabad, a neighborhood dominated by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, said Major Bilal, a spokesman for the Pakistan Rangers who uses only one name. The MQM is a political party that mainly represents Mohajirs, people whose families moved to Pakistan from what is now India when Britain partitioned the subcontinent in 1947.

This month’s upheaval and violence on Jan. 17 are part of a contest for power in the city of 18 million among the MQM, the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party and the ethnic Pashtun Awami National Party.

To contact the reporter on this story: Khurrum Anis in Karachi at kkhan14@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net

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