“Crime statistics gathered from governments, police departments and the UN show that Karachi has the highest homicide rate of the world’s 13 largest cities, coming in at 12.3 per 100,000 residents. Karachites often brush off the particularly violent nature of their city as being a byproduct of living in any major urban area in the developing world. But Karachi is exceptional; amongst megacities (with populations of more than 13 million), no other city’s homicide rate comes within 25 per cent of Karachi’s.”
Al Jazeera compiles interactive data on Karachi. Wracked by endemic political violence and crime, Karachi is the world’s most dangerous megacity.
Karachi’s murder rate is comparable to the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo’s in the mid-2000s, when it was wracked with violence linked to organised crime and drugs, and was widely regarded as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. But Karachi’s story, a mix of crime (organised and otherwise) and political violence , remains largely unheard.
Majority of the violence remains ethnic and political between major political parties like ANP and MQM as indicated by the homicide data.