Priorities: chances are, this will not generate any outrage comparable to what is directed at, say, criticism of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. “Deadly attack at Pakistan funeral procession,” from BBC News, March 9 (thanks to all who sent this in):
At least 36 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a funeral procession in north-western Pakistan.
Officials said the funeral was for the wife of a pro-government ethnic Pashtun tribal elder in Adezai village in the troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
It was being attended by many anti-Taliban militiamen in the region. At least 40 people were wounded.
Several anti-Taliban tribal groups are based in the area and they are often targeted by the insurgents.
A spokesman for the Taliban told the BBC that they carried out the bombing.
He said it was in retaliation for the support by local tribal militia of the continuing anti-Taliban operation by Pakistan’s security forces.
The bomber targeted the funeral of the wife of Hakim Khan – a leader of the anti-Taliban tribal force in Adezai, some 15km (10 miles) from Peshawar city.
Mr Khan was instrumental in raising the force, known as a lashkar, with the support of the government to fight militants.
Correspondents say that it was not immediately clear if Mr Khan was killed or wounded in the explosion.
The procession was on its way to the cemetery when the attack took place.
“War is deceit”:
“As we are readying for prayers, a boy wrapped in a shawl headed towards us. People shouted to the imam (prayer leader) to wait for him to join us but as he came close he blew himself up,” witness Mehmood Shah told the Reuters news agency.