Pakistan Shiites face rising militant attacks
QUETTA, Pakistan – In the Shiite Muslim graveyard of this provincial Pakistani capital, entire sections are dedicated to the hundreds killed by Sunni militants over the past two years. Their portraits line the cobblestone entrance, some garlanded with wilted flowers.
There’s Abid Ali Nazish, a popular movie star executed by gunmen in the summer. Nearby are the portraits of two brothers who were dragged out of a bus and shot to death on the road as they returned from pilgrimage in June. An Olympic boxer, Ibrar Hussain, has a large portrait, and then a smaller photo on his grave showing him sitting proudly next to American boxing great Mohammed Ali.
Hussain was just leaving Quetta’s Ayub Stadium when a motorcyclist drove by and gunned him down last year, said Bostan Kishtmandi, a local Shiite politician, as he strolled past the graves. He “was retired and teaching our young boxers. We loved him,” Kishtmandi said.
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