Pakistan: High alert in Karachi over mysterious deaths, death toll reaches 22

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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The city of Karachi is grappling with a mysterious and worrying trend as the number of unidentified bodies found in various areas of the metropolis has now reached 22, Geo News reported on Wednesday.

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Five new bodies were recovered on Tuesday, adding another to the growing list of unexplained deaths.

According to the Chhipa Welfare Association, a Pakistan-based non-profit welfare organisation, three of the latest victims appear to be drug addicts, reports Geo News.

Despite the efforts of the organisation's volunteers, none of the 22 bodies could be identified.

In a statement on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Chhipa Welfare Association said volunteers found five more bodies in different areas of Karachi on Tuesday. “Three of them appeared to be drug addicts, however, none of the bodies have been identified yet,” the spokesperson said.

According to Geo News, the NGO that runs a network of ambulances in the metropolis confirmed that the number of unidentified bodies has risen to 22 after today's recovery.

It said that about two dozen of these bodies are still unclaimed as no relatives of the deceased came to collect them.

The deaths have been attributed to the scorching heat in the port city, which has affected a large number of citizens and many of them have been admitted to various hospitals due to heatstroke.

Azeem Khan, an official of Edhi Foundation, another humanitarian organisation in Karachi, told The News yesterday that most of the dead were drug addicts who died due to extreme heat. More than a dozen unidentified people were found dead in different areas of Karachi.

Meanwhile, as per ARY News report, a senior citizen in Karachi was brutally attacked by a group of drug users after he questioned them about openly consuming drugs outside his house.

According to information, the victim tried to stop the youths from consuming drugs in front of his house which angered the youths and as a result they started serious violence against the elderly man.

The incident highlights the growing problem of drug abuse in Pakistan, particularly the increased use of ice (also known as crystal methamphetamine) in recent years.

Crystal meth is a highly addictive and powerful stimulant that can have devastating effects on individuals and entire societies. Ice use in Pakistan is particularly prevalent among the younger generation.

The drug is often seen as a party drug that can increase energy, alertness, and confidence, making it appealing to young people seeking a quick high. Ice's easy availability and its relatively low cost compared to other drugs have contributed to its popularity among young Pakistanis.

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