On the eve of Pakistan’s 76th Independence Day in Karachi, two people were killed and 85 injured due to celebratory gunfire. A 25-year-old woman, travelling with her family, was struck by a bullet near People’s Chowrangi and later pronounced dead at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). Meanwhile, a man sleeping on his Lyari house’s rooftop was killed by a stray bullet and confirmed dead at Dr. Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi.
Of the injured, 32 people, ranging in age from 12 to 55 years, were treated at JPMC. Similarly, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and CHK received 32 and 21 wounded individuals, respectively. Disturbingly, among the injured was a seven-month-old baby.
The police responded by arresting eight individuals for alleged aerial firing. City police detained six people in Kalakot and Kharadar, seizing five pistols. These suspects face multiple charges, including attempted murder. Additionally, Central district police apprehended two suspects, confiscating two pistols.