KARACHI, Jan, 10, Reuter: Two people were shot dead and 27 wounded on Saturday night when ethnic rioting broke out during political celebrations in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi, doctors said on Sunday.

Troops in battledress were call d in and began patrolling the affected districts in heavy army trucks fitted with machineguns, the authorities said.

Police said cases of stabbing, arson and looting were reported from at least seven police districts.

The trouble began during victory celebrations by militants of the Mohajir Community, who captured the posts of Mayor And. Deputy Mayor of Karachi on Saturday.

The police said fighting broke out when Mohajir National Movement (MQM) processions were passing through suburbs where the rival Pashtun Community is strong.

During the past 15 months, at least 350 people have been killed in outbreaks of rioting between the two ethnic groups.

The Pashtuns come from North-West Pakistan and the Mohajirs are Moslem migrants from other parts of the subcontinent following partition in 1947.

Article extracted from this publication >> January 15, 1988