His­tory of vi­o­lence

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WORLD -

In Pak­istan, sec­tar­ian ri­val­ries rou­tinely erupt in vi­o­lence. The usual tar­gets are the coun­try’s mi­nor­ity Shi­ites, mak­ing them will­ing re­cruits, said Toumaj. The most fer­tile re­cruit­ing ground for Iran has been Parachi­nar, the cap­i­tal of the Khur­ram tribal re­gion that borders Afghanistan, he said. There, Shi­ites have been tar­geted by sui­cide bomb­ings car­ried out by Sunni mil­i­tants, who re­vile Shi­ites as heretics.

In June, two sui­cide bomb­ings in rapid suc­ces­sion killed nearly 70 peo­ple prompt­ing na­tion­wide demon­stra­tions, with pro­test­ers car­ry­ing ban­ners shout­ing: “Stop the geno­cide of Shi­ites.”

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