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Muharram in Pakistan: bomb during a Shiah procession
The attack occurred in an area where Sunni extremist groups proliferate, linked to al Qaeda. For Sunni fundamentalists, the Shiite festival is a heresy. For the holy month of Muharram, other attacks are feared above all in Islamabad, Karachi and Quetta.
Karachi, Shia targeted by extremists: over 50 dead and 150 wounded
The explosion - maybe a carbomb – triggered yesterday near a mosque, as faithful emerged. The death toll is expected to rise, many of the wounded in "critical" conditions. Pakistani Prime Minister visits city to coordinate rescue operations. Fears of an escalation of sectarian and ethnic violence.
As Islamabad sacks Baluchistan govt because of anti-Shia violence in Quetta, Christians express solidarity
The central government dismisses provincial cabinet, incapable of stopping anti-Hazara attacks. Paramilitary forces are given police powers to enforce security. Lahore priest expresses solidarity towards Hazara. Last year was the worst for Pakistani minorities.
"Islamic peace" in the Swat is a defeat for the rule of law
The end of conflict could mark new persecutions of religious minorities and women. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan expresses "serious concern" and emphasizes that the agreement will have repercussions in the whole country.
Al Qaeda claims Kabul massacre. Karzai cuts short European tour
59 confirmed dead and over 160 wounded in two attacks which took place in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif against Shiite pilgrims on the holy day of Ashura. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Alami, a group linked to Al Qaeda, claims responsibility.
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Pakistan Church promoting a day of prayer for peace
Next Sunday, all of the country's churches will remember the victims of terrorism. For a Lahore priest," It is high time to stick together" for "the good of the nation." Since the beginning of the year, dozens of people have died in suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism on an almost daily basis. Muslim religious leaders accuse the government of inaction and lack of "seriousness" in tackling the problem.
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