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At least 26 Shi'ite pilgrims killed in Pakistan

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  1. Raju

    Raju FULL MEMBER

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    By Gul Yusufzai
    QUETTA, Pakistan | Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:01am EDT
    (Reuters) - Gunmen opened fire on a bus in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan in a suspected sectarian attack on Tuesday, killing at least 26 Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims traveling to Iran, police said.

    Four assailants attacked the bus carrying more than 50 pilgrims near Mastung town around 50 km (30 miles) from the provincial capital of Quetta.

    "They opened fire on the bus from all four sides. Then they got into the bus and fired again," a police official in Mastung said.

    Three more people were killed when gunmen opened fire on an ambulance near Quetta as it headed to the attack site in Mastung.

    Sunni Muslim militants loyal to al Qaeda and the Taliban have carried out high-profile attacks on members of Pakistan's Shi'ite minority in the past.

    "Two vehicles intercepted the bus. Forced all the passengers off and opened fire. Many of them fled," the driver of the bus, Khushal Khan, told reporters at the scene of the blast.

    "They were eight to 10 men and they were carrying rocket launchers and Kalashnikovs."

    Some shoes of the victims were scattered in the area. Rescue workers removed bodies from the spot.

    Sunni militants have stepped up attacks against Shi'ites in Baluchistan in recent months.

    Ethnic Baluch militants have been waging a low-level insurgency in Baluchistan for years for more autonomy and greater control over natural resources of the region.

    Officials say there is no evidence linking them with Islamist militants.

    At least 10 Shi'ites were killed in a suicide bombing near Quetta on the Muslim festival of Eid on August 31.

    Pakistan has seen a surge in violence since al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces in a secret raid in a Pakistani town in May.

    Militants have vowed revenge for bin Laden's death.

    (Writing by Zeeshan Haider; Editing by Sugita Katyal)

    At least 26 Shi'ite pilgrims killed in Pakistan | Reuters
     
  2. Raju

    Raju FULL MEMBER

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    Some call it tribal revenge, others have dubbed it ethnic cleansing, but with dozens of Shia Muslims killed every day in Pakistan.
     
  3. ManuSankar

    ManuSankar Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    It seems these militants has almost finished off the non-Muslims of Pakistan,now they are killing Shi'ite Muslims.:undecided:
     
  4. Rudrakx

    Rudrakx Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Mods, please make a separate thread for terrorism in Pakistan. its like some one is opening new non-sticky for it every day.
     
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    Muslims killing Muslims!! WTF is going on?? Pakistan means 'The Land of The Pure'. So do the Sunnis think that they are the 'pure' who shall inhabit this land? They treat the Shiites, Ahmadiyya Muslims etc as kafirs, non believers, infidels.
     
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    They have no right to call themselves as Muslims...

    I am too like *WTF?*.Why kill another Muslim who belongs to a different sect?...So what?...will murdering them bring them to the "right" path?...

    These guys are religious fanatics,and must be hung...
     
  7. superkaif

    superkaif 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    These people humiliate Pakistan on a global field brother. They are in a minority yet do so much devastation to the nation. It needs the government and ISI to clamp down on this once and for all. They are not muslims - they are simply jaanwar
     
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    Sad news. RIP. These things can affect Pakistans relationship with Iran. Now who would want that? America? Saudi Arabia?
     
  9. DV RULES

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    Good point,
    America may use Afghan NDS and NATO supported TTP terrorists in such manners to ruin Iran-Pakistan relations. Moreover US's opposition on PAK-IRAN energy cooperation could be main cause.

    This is who US used to communicate for its will.
     
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    Slightly off topic, but why are hazaras hated by pretty much every ethnic group in Pakistan and Afghanistan?
     
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    Iran providing a 100 million $ aid to Pakistan has alarmed a lot of people. Saudis and Americans definitely wouldn't want Pakistan-Iran to cosy up.

    Neither Saudi nor America would want a nuke armed Iran.

    Whats the funding source for Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the group is meant to be behind these Shia massacres?
     
  12. karan.1970

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    Some time, things are as straight forward as they seem and there is nothing to read between the lines.. The decades of radicalization has come back to bite Pakistan on its own a$$.. The animal of intolerance and extremism can not be tamed. It might give some short term gains, but condemns the future generations to the mess that you see in Pakistan today..
     
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    RIP the deceased of this henious attack.Why such things r so frequent in PAK now? Sadly the extremist apparatus has got very active there. The govt seems pretty ineffective too.People of Pakistan now need to unanimously stand against the terrorists and weed out the fanatical elements among em; if they want to save their nation.
     
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    Jungibaaz Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    very sad R.I.P
    need to more to combat these idiots, and get rid of this ethnic divide, we should all be known as Pakistanis, nothing else.
     
  15. Hammad Khan

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    when the government is weak the external source will always find ways to create troubles, and no shias are not killed on daily bases
     
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