Friday, April 8, 2011

Why Pakistan's Taliban Target the Muslim Majority

Although Pakistan's headlines are dominated by the violent excesses of Taliban extremists, the majority of Pakistanis subscribe to the more mystical Sufi tradition of the country's Barelvi school of Islam.

And attacks on their places of worship are becoming depressingly familiar. Last Sunday, two bombers attacked the 13th Century Sakhi Sarwar shrine, near the southern Punjabi town of Dera Ghazi Khan, slaughtering 50 people and injuring twice as many. Mercifully, two other bombers failed to detonate their devices, preventing even higher casualties.

Still, it was the deadliest assault yet on a Sufi shrine in Pakistan — and the sixteenth in the last two years.,8599,2063794,00.html