An endless cycle of violence — but to examine the belief system that inspires it would be “Islamophobic.” “Shiites beat 3 Sunnis to death in Pakistan,” by Zarar Khan for the Associated Press, November 15 (thanks to Kenneth):
ISLAMABAD “” Shiite Muslims staging a religious procession near Pakistan’s capital Friday beat to death three Sunnis from an Islamic seminary for insulting them as they passed, police said.
Fifteen other people, mostly police officers, were wounded in the clash in the city of Rawalpindi, which is located next to the capital, Islamabad, police officer Afzal Hussain said.
The Shiites dragged the Sunnis out of the seminary after hearing the shouted insults and beat them to death, Hussain said. They also set several shops outside the seminary on fire, he said.
Police tried to stop the clash, but officers were wounded as the two sides threw stones at each other, Hussain said. An army unit based in Rawalpindi eventually reached the scene and took control.
The Shiites were observing Ashoura, which commemorates the 7th century death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. The schism between Sunnis and Shiites dates back to that time. The holiday has been marred by violence in Pakistan in past years, including bombings targeting Shiite processions….