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JAN 17, 2013 - The Economist

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Sectarian violence in Pakistan: Won’t bury

FOR three days and nights, the Shias of Quetta refused to bury their dead, sitting with 86 bodies on the streets, through torrential rain and cold weather. Tens of thousands joined the protest in this western city, after two bombs at a snooker hall on January 10th marked the worst violence in more than a decade of Sunni extremists targeting the city’s minority Shia sect of Islam. Most of the Shias are ethnic Hazara, a group of Central Asian origin who also live in Afghanistan and who are readily identifiable by their facial features. Across Pakistan, thousands more Shias blocked roads in the ... Read More

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