Blast after Blast : This Fate Is Must for a Terrorist State like Pakistan

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During a protest in Lahore on Friday (20/02/09) against a suicide attack in Dera Ismail Khan. A suicide bomber ran into a crowd of mourners at the funeral of a slain Shi`ite Muslim leader, killing 30 people and triggering a rampage by enraged mobs. – AFP
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Bomb kills 28 at Shiite funeral in Pakistan

Friday, 20 February , 2009, 12:01
Last Updated: Friday, 20 February , 2009, 14:28
Sources: Indian Express, http://www.sify.com , Press Trust of India.

Islamabad: A bomb tore through a funeral procession for a slain Shiite Muslim leader in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 28 people and wounding scores more, officials said.
Rising sectarian attacks threaten to further destabilize nuclear-armed Pakistan just as it faces intense international pressure to crack down on Islamist militants. Friday’s explosion struck a 1,000-strong crowd streaming toward a graveyard in Dera Ismail Khan for the burial of Sher Zeman, a Shiite leader who was gunned down in the city the day before.
Ashiq Salim, a doctor at the main hospital in the city of Dera Ismail Khan, said 28 bodies had been brought there and that medics were scrambling to treat another 157 people who were wounded. Police said people angered by the attack fired on officers rushing to the scene, where TV footage showed a bloodstained street littered with shoes and torn clothing.
An Associated Press reporter in the city heard the gunfire and said troops had arrived to help restore order. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Relations between Pakistan’s strong Sunni majority and Shiite minority are under growing strain from a series of attacks attributed to sectarian extremists.
In the deadliest recent incident, a car bomb killed 29 people and wounded scores near a Shiite mosque in Peshawar in December last. On February 5, a suicide bomber killed 24 at a Shiite mosque in a central city Dera Gazi Khan. Much of the bloodshed has been in the northwest, where the Taliban have seized control of swaths of territory including the Swat Valley, where they have defied a yearlong army operation.
Troops and militants have been observing a cease-fire in Swat since Sunday, when authorities announced a deal to introduce Islamic law in the area if militants lay down their arms. Richard Holbrooke, the new US envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said on Thursday that he had raised concern about the deal during a phone call with Pakistan’s president.

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