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Three People Killed Pakistan Port

June 16, 1998

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) _ Gunmen killed two members of a government anti-corruption committee and a member of Pakistan’s right-wing religious party in separate incidents Tuesday in the southern port city of Karachi, police officers said.

Mohammed Ali and Mohammed Shazad were on their way to work in a taxi when two gunmen on a motorcycle attacked their vehicle. Two others in the vehicle were seriously wounded, police said.

In Karachi’s poor eastern district, Jamaat-e-Islami, 60, was shot by four gunmen when he stepped out of his house.

No one took responsibility for either killings, but police officials said they didn’t believe the two were linked.

Several months ago, the government established anti-corruption committees throughout the country to root out corruption and inefficiency, particularly within the government.

Opposition parties have been highly critical of these committees, accusing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of using them to consolidate his hold over the bureaucracy and root out bureaucrats loyal to previous regimes.

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