Army patrols in machine-gun mounted jeeps and armored-personnel carriers patrolled this city and Karachi Monday after ethnic violence left more than 215 people dead in southern Pakistan.

Pakistan President Ghulam Ishaq Khan arrived here Monday to tour the scene of last Friday's bloody shooting spree in Hyderabad where more than 150 people died, according to the national news agency, APP.More than 50 people died in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, a day later in retaliatory rioting.

The trouble is between Mohajirs, immigrants from India, and Sindhi separatists who want Sind province to be independent of Pakistan.

Most of the dead in Hyderabad on Friday were Mohajirs. Members of the immigrant community rioted in Karachi, 100 miles to the southwest, on Saturday, killing most Sindhis.

Violence continued Sunday when at least 17 people were killed.

Two people were killed in Hyderabad in a shooting spree when police briefly lifted a curfew.

The two-hour break in the curfew was intended to give residents an opportunity to buy food. Police quickly resumed the curfew after the shootings.

In Karachi, a group of people clashed with police Sunday and set about a dozen vehicles ablaze. Eight people died before police restored order, government authorities said.

Police reported that seven people were killed in ethnic-related gunbattles in the neighboring cities of Tando Adam and Mirpur Khas, about 150 miles north of Hyderabad.

Sind province officials met Ishaq Khan at the airport and briefed him on the massacre. The president flew in from a brief visit to Karachi.

No new deaths were reported.

Ishaq Khan has called an emergency meeting of the provincial Sind caretaker cabinet to get to the root of the violent ethnic clashes which crept further into the interior.

Pakistan's army chief of staff, Gen. Mirza Aslam Beg, said the weekend carnage was part of a coordinated conspiracy to destabilize Pakistan as it prepares for national elections set for Nov. 16.

The militant Sindhis are members of the Jeay Sindhi Movement, who are seeking an independent homeland.

The Mohajirs, who dominate the province's cities, have formed the Mohajir Quami Movement to press for official recognition as a fifth nationality in addition to the Sindhis, Punjabis, Baluchis and Pathans.