MQM is supported by Karachi’s majority Urdu-speaking population whose ancestors migrated from India at the time of Indian partition in 1947. They mostly live in the central parts of the metropolis. ANP derives support from the city’s ethnic Pashtun population, which is spread across its western and eastern parts. BBC’s M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says that the two parties have accused each other of carrying out targeted killings since 2007. Our correspondent says that people from both regions have a considerable presence in Karachi. [Source : BBC Website]


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