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  • Another bookstore succumbs to ‘intellectual bankruptcy’ of Peshawar

    PESHAWAR: The wave of bomb blasts and suicide attacks in Peshawar city might have stopped but the damage extremism and terrorism have caused to the people of this city continues as another bookstore is closing down due to ‘intellectual bankruptcy’ in the city...

    In a city where shoppers throng the market the moment sale opens on branded clothes, shoes and other items, it is ironic that no one bothers to peep into the bookstore...

  • Protest against Shia cleric’s execution in Karachi

    KARACHI: A large number of people took part in a protest rally in the city on Sunday to condemn the recent execution of a prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, in Saudi Arabia...

    Meanwhile, Allama Rab Nawaz Hanafi, a local leader of the banned Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, in a statement said the executions in Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with targeting any Shia or certain Sunni individuals...

  • ASWJ general secretary, top Shia cleric detained in Karachi

    Secretary general of the proscribed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) Taj Hanafi and All Pakistan Shia Action Committee Chief Allama Mirza Yusuf Husain were detained in Karachi, officials said Sunday...

    According to the Rangers, Hanafi was arrested from Karachi's Nagan Chowrangi area on Sunday afternoon...

  • Protesters clash with police in Karachi over Shia leaders’ arrests

    KARACHI: Police resorted to heavy tear gas shelling and fired into the air in a Malir locality to disperse a large number of people who blocked the National Highway as well as the main railway track for hours on Monday in protest over the recent arrest of a Shia cleric and leaders...

    In the evening, the police released around two dozen protesters, who were earlier taken into custody for the Monday violence, on the directives of Sindh...

  • High on Arab Spring, West forgot that Syria was Shia-led

    We forgot that their dictators were all Sunni, that they had no regional super-power support – the Saudis could not save Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, but Iran was not going to allow its only Arab ally, Alawite-Shia-led Syria, to fall...

    When Shia villages like Zahra and Nubl, both defended by government militiamen, were besieged by Al Nusra for three-and-a-half years, their “liberation” was scarcely mentioned...

  • Vast Iraqi Shia cemetery grows with Islamic State war dead

    NAJAF: Every chapter of Iraq's modern history can be seen in this great, sprawling city of the dead, its mausoleums stretching across the horizon from one of Shia Islam's holiest shrines...

    The roughly 10-square-kilometre graveyard radiates out from the tomb of Imam Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and Shia Islam's most sacred martyr...

  • 20 killed in attack on Shia mosque in Kabul

    At least 20 people were killed in an hours-long suicide bomb and gun attack on a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Friday, an official said...

    Mir Hussain Nasiri, a member of Afghanistan's Shia clerical council, confirmed that the cleric who was performing the prayers was killed, but did not give his name...

  • Suicide attack on Shia mosque in Kabul leaves 20 dead

    KABUL: A suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group on a Shia mosque in Kabul killed 20 people and wounded scores more on Friday, officials said...

    “Two ‘inghimasi’ of IS carried out an attack on a Husseiniya [a Shia place of worship] in the Khair Khana sector of the Afghan city of Kabul,” Amaq said, using the terms for suicide bombers who set off explosive vests as a last resort against gunfire... ...

  • Afghanistan's Shia community under attack as IS seeks to stir up sectarian violence

    The massacre at a Kabul mosque last week highlighted the vulnerability of the country's Shia minority, increasingly the target of the militant Islamic State (IS) group that is trying to stir up sectarian violence...

    Victims of last Friday's suicide blast inside the Imam Zaman prayer hall told AFP they saw the bomber but no sign of security checks, despite the government's promise to beef up protection of Shia mosques...

  • 6 killed as suicide bomber blows up near Shia mosque in Kabul

    A suicide bomber posing as a shepherd blew himself up near a Shia mosque in Kabul on Friday killing at least six people, police said, as Muslims prepare to observe the holy month of MuharramThe attack in the north of the Afghan capital happened as worshipers were gathered inside Hussainia mosque, one of the biggest Shia centers in the city, for Friday prayers...

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility but fighters belonging to...

  • Sound bytes: ‘Shia identity column in Haj form is 20 years old’

    SOCIAL Media is abuzz with criticism of a column in the Haj application form that seeks the identity of Shia Muslims...

    Here are excerpts of an interview with Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Mohammad Yousuf on the issue:Take a look: Keep Hajj out of politics: Notes on the ‘Are you Shia?’ form debacleQ: Why has the ministry of religious affairs introduced a separate column for the Shias in the Haj application form?A: It hasn’t...

  • Shia forces move in on Iraqi city taken by Islamic State

    BAGHDAD: A column of 3,000 Shia militia fighters arrived at a military base near Ramadi on Monday as Baghdad moved to retake the western Iraqi city that has fallen to Islamic State militants in the biggest defeat for the government since mid-2014...

    Setting the stage for renewed fighting over the city, Islamic State (IS) militants advanced in armoured vehicles from Ramadi towards the base where the Shia paramilitaries were massing for...

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