Benazir Bhutto's Portrait over Bullet riddled Wall of Lyari - Stock image
Karachi, Mumbai, Pakistan, Street, Assassination
'Karachi, Pakistan - June 25, 2010: A portrait of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto hang over a bullet riddled wall in one of the narrow congested lanes of Lyari, a strong hold of Benazir's Pakistan People Party. Continuous rift between rival mafia gangs of the area turns streets of Lyari a battle ground where each gang fights for territory. Life in Lyari under mafia's rule have turned it into situation like City of God, where gangs hire local unemployed youth in to cadres for their criminal activities, and journalist and police are barred from entering their strongholds turning them into nogo areas. These gangs had been involved in various crimes including Kidnapping for ransom, extortion, drug and arms smuggling, land grabbing and murder. Most of these gangs are backed by one or another political party which use them for political maneuvering in Karachi. Recently Karachi Police launched failed police operation after coming under severe criticism and pressure from Karachites.'