ATTACK ON SUFI SHRINES October 31, 2010Posted by wmmbb in South Asia.
In Karachi and other places in Pakistan, Sufi shrines have been attacked including by suicide bombers.
Al Jazeera reports:
Sufism is the mystical practice of Islam, so the puzzle is not so much to figure out why they are been attacked, but rather why suicide bombing is employed, especially given the Robert Pape analysis of the cause of suicide bombing. The presumption is that extremist Muslims are attacking the Sufi shrines, but what would be the advantage gained? I suspect it is part of the violence-induced polarization of the encroaching war from Afghanistan (but I don’t know).
David Nakamura reports for The Washington Post emphasizing the inability of the Pakistan Government to do anything about the recent string of attacks.