Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Barelvis Targeted In Karachi

Via Stratfor:

An explosion took place during evening prayers April 11 in Nishtar Park in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, where Barelvi Sunni worshippers had gathered to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed. At least 70 people were killed and scores more were wounded.

That this attack targeted a gathering of Barelvi -- who constitute the majority of Pakistan's Sunnis -- and that it occurred during the celebration of the Prophet Mohammed's birthday, Eid Milad-un-Nabi (or Mawlid, as it is referred to in the Middle East), indicates the likely perpetrators were extremist Deobandi and/or Ahl-i-Hadith militants. Followers of these groups strongly oppose such marabout-type practice, and reject all religious ideas and acts that were not practiced by the Prophet Mohammed and his companions.

This is the second attack in Pakistan targeting Barelvis; the first was the suicide bombing against the Bari Imam shrine in Islamabad in 2005. The timing and target will create a significant backlash against groups that share the views of the Taliban and al Qaeda, and could open up the mainstream Sunni versus Wahhabist fault line that divides the Pakistani Sunni community.


Kaunteya said...

What? Is there another faction within Sunnis as well?

Did not get the time to see any of Pak news online. I am surprised that they have not come up with the "Indian-hand" theory so far. Or have they?

Far more dangerous is the idea of ISI coming up with another Varanasi type attack just to divert the focus from domestic politics.

If only we could check mate ISI's next move.

Anonymous said...

More of the Dubai "miracle"



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