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« on: August 29, 2012, 04:37:05 am »

The percentage of Shiia Muslims in Pakistan is approximately 25%.  But in terms of numbers, Pakistan is the second largest Shiia country in the world, after Iran.  There are over 50 million Shiias in Pakistan and yet Pakistan is a country that's officially known to be the most difficult place for Shiias to live in.

The problem of sectarianism began in the early 1980s.  It started at a political level by militant Sunni parties.  It then began being aggravated by the firebrand rhetorical fatwas of Sunni clerics.  Clandestine funding to Sunni militant groups by Saudi Arabia and the Indian intelligentsia has only ignited a rapid deterioration resulting in deep divisions between the Sunnis and Shiias of Pakistan.   Presently, more than 30 years down the road, hatred between Sunnis and Shiias has spread beyond the limits of militant political parties into the community itself.

The mentality isn't just weird.  It has now reached a precarious point.  Sunnis would rather express a spirit of solidarity with non-Muslims within and outside Pakistan, but proudly deepen the divide between themselves and their Shiia brethren.

Pakistani youth with fractured ideas of Westernization often reiterate the importance of "tolerance" towards the non-Muslim minority of their country but are plainly dismissive of the systematic sectarian slaughter of Pakistani Shiias.
The blasphemy law that was introduced back in the 1980s carries the death penalty in Pakistan.  Since the past three decades several members of the minority Christian community have been accused of blasphemy.  But to date not a single Christian has been given the death sentence for blasphemy.  Contrary to that, the number of Shiias murdered in cold blood through sectarian violence since the last three decades have been in the thousands!  Yet the Pak elites are more focused on eradicating the blasphemy law rather than sectarian violence.

Complacency over Sunni extremism also serves as a tool for the government and politicians of Pakistan.  This is one of the prime reasons why the scourge of sectarianism has never been curbed.

The situation, replete with despondency and helplessness, is wrecking an already shattered country faster than ever.
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2012, 08:16:53 am »

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The state has failed ,sectarian killing is complete failure from pakistani government .people wanted them to fight each other in the name of religion and sects. and Shia killings is  BIG shame whatever is the reason Islam not saying to kill innocent people. Religion is matter between Allah and man and Allah will decide who is right or wrong as muslim state pakistan very badly failed in all aspects whether it's justice ,religious,or political.
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2012, 06:36:31 pm »

Very truthfully put by sisters Zeynab and Muslima.   Non-stop escalation of sectarian violence has undoubtedly rendered Pakistan a failed state.  Even the political corruption hasn't harmed the country as much as the concept of Sunnis murdering Shiias being taken so complacently.  Furthermore, I really agree with that very accurate point you brought sister Zeynab.  The 30-year-old blashphemy law that's created such a ruckus among the Pak elites and the Westerners hasn't actually sentenced to death a single christian as yet. But sectarianism has killed more than 20,000 Shiias in the past 30 years.  So, there shouldn't be any furor over the blasphemy law as long as sectarian killings against Shiias continue in Pakistan unabated. 
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