Second worst act of violence against Ismailis since 1982

Chitral (Image credit: Wikipedia)
Chitral (Image credit: Wikipedia)

LAHORE: The deadly Wednesday morning attack on the Ismaili Aga Khani community in Karachi is perhaps the second worst incident of its kind since 1982, when over 60 members of this minority sect were killed by a mob in the picturesque Chitral Valley.

Some 33 years ago, an enraged and unruly crowd had set ablaze the Ismaili community buildings in Chitral, including their “Jamaat Khana” or worship place.In August 2013, twin hand grenade attacks had killed at least two Ismailis and wounded 28 others in Karachi.

According to law enforcement agencies, some unidentified people had thrown hand grenades inside two different Aga Khan worship places in the port city.Newspaper archives reveal that in February 2014, the Pakistani Taliban had announced an armed struggle against the indigenous Kalash tribe and Ismaili Muslims in Chitral, which was once dominated by members of this sect.

Read full details via The News International | Second worst act of violence against Ismailis since 1982

By Sabir Shah for The News International. Posted on Friday, May 15, 2015 From Print Edition

Chitral (Image credit: Beyond Highbrow – Robert Lindsay)
Chitral (Image credit: Beyond Highbrow – Robert Lindsay)

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