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Clampdown declared on Karachi violence

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Ending a year of bloody violence in Karachi will be the focus of the ruling party in Pakistan, the Pakistan People's Party announced Saturday.

A party summit in Islamabad concluded the year-long ethnic and political killings had to be handled with an "iron hand," The Dawn newspaper reported.

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The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported in December at least 711 people died in "targeted killings" in Karachi between January and November 2010.

The city of 17 million people has seen a spate of assassinations targeting local political officials and journalists in the past year, fueled in part by the federal layoff of some 4,000 public employees, the newspaper said.

Friday, Federal Minister for Interior Affairs Rehman Malik said 90 people had been arrested in connection with drive-by shootings, the SANA news agency reported.

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