• Still image taken from a video shows a Pakistani Taliban fighter firing a weapon as he receives training in Ladda, South Waziristan tribal region

    Slaughter of Shiites on the Rise in Pakistan

    The sectarian underpinning of the Pakistani society has been clear from the time of the country's origin in 1947, but the conflict worsened during the reign of military strongman General Zia-ul-Haque in the eighties -- a time when the radical islamization of the society took place.
  • Shi'ite Muslim men take part in self-flagellation during a religious procession ahead of the Ashura festival in Peshawar

    Shiites Shot Dead in Pakistan

    The attack, which has been blamed on Islamist militant groups, occurred in the northern district of Kohistan, which neighbors a former Taliban stronghold in the Swat valley.