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Wave of Attacks Shows Pakistan's Struggle With Sectarian Strife Continues

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007

A string of sectarian attacks and arrests over the last month demonstrate Pakistan's continuing battle to eradicate Sunni-Shiite violence is far from over, despite Pakistani authorities' repeated calls for unity and public actions against militant groups over the last six years.

Observers worry that Sunni-Shiite violence across Iraq is feeding into Pakistan's decades-long sectarian conflict, threatening the South Asian nation's already-troubled efforts to contain militant groups. Homegrown violence only adds to Pakistan's already significant worries over continued conflict in neighboring Afghanistan, persistent Taliban and al-Qaida presence in Pakistan, and widespread discontent with President Pervez Musharraf's rule. ...

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