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Pakistan Battles Rising Sectarian Violence

Pakistan Battles Rising Sectarian Violence The attack on a Shi'ite mosque in Peshawar that killed 20 people Friday came two weeks after another devastating attack on a Shi'ite mosque in Shikarpur in southern Pakistan that killed 60.The Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility for the latest attack, carried out by suicide bombers and gunmen.Sectarian violence, mostly targeting Shi'ites, is not new to Pakistan. It has, however, been rising over the last decade — a trend some political analysts in the country blame on the rise of anti-Shi'ite militant groups, particularly in Punjab, the most populous province. The government has banned most of these organizations, yet they operate freely under new names, said Imtiaz Alam, secretary-general of the South Asian Free Media Association. &...
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