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Pakistan faces growing anger over Sunni militants killing Shi’ites

By Reuters Staff
February 17, 2013

(People grieve beside the coffins of their relatives, victims of Saturday’s bomb attack in a Shi’ite Muslim area, during their funeral ceremony in the Pakistani city of Quetta February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed )

Pakistani Shi’ites called on the military on Sunday to take control of the city of Quetta after a bombing by Sunni militants killed 85 people, and threatened to stage a long march to the capital if their demands were not met.

Pakistani leaders have done little to contain hardline Sunni Muslim groups which have stepped up a campaign of bombings and assassinations of minority Shi’ites in a bid to destabilize the nuclear-armed country and install a Sunni theocracy.

The unpopular government, which is gearing up for elections expected within months, faces growing anger for failing to deliver stability.

On Saturday, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), seen as the most ruthless Sunni sectarian group, claimed responsibility for the Quetta attack, which deepened suspicions among Shi’ites that Pakistan’s intelligence agencies were turning a blind eye to the bloodshed or even supporting extremists.

The families of the some of the victims have said they will not bury their dead until the army steps in to protect Shi’ites, said Hasnain Zaidi, a spokesman for an alliance of Shi’ite groups called Majlis Wahdat al Muslimeen.

Muslim tradition requires that bodies are buried as soon as possible and leaving them above ground is a potent expression of grief and pain.

“The situation is very tense,” Zaidi told Reuters. “Thirty five bodies were burned beyond recognition. Shi’ite families will hold a long march to Islamabad if the army does not step in.”

Read the full story by Gul Yousufzai here.
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Imagine……No religion too

Posted by Mr.AH | Report as abusive
 

Here we are, over and over again.How can anyone think that his religion is better then others. If there is a god , it is only one under different name.And this terrorists are bringing bad name to their religion.

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