Shiite-Sunni Strife Paralyzes Life in Pakistan’s Kurram Tribal Agency

Type : Report
Title : Shiite-Sunni Strife Paralyzes Life in Pakistan’s Kurram Tribal Agency
Source : Global Terrorism Analysis // The Jamestown Foundation
Date Added: 1-May-2008
Publication Date : 30-Apr-2008
Abstract : Pakistan’s Kurram Tribal Agency has been at the center of sectarian Shiite-Sunni conflict for decades. The area witnessed bloody clashes between the two rival sects of Islam long before the arrival of the Taliban phenomenon and foreign al-Qaeda elements in the region in the wake of the U.S. attack on the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in late 2001. Major sectarian riots hit the region for the first time in 1963. Violence resumed in the mid-1980s and a third wave of major sectarian clashes occurred in 1996, amid the growing influence of Salafist Muslims in the area. After a decade of relative peace and harmony, however, Kurram Agency has once again plunged into a vicious cycle of sectarian violence that began last year. Despite many peace truces and pledges of rival groups to end the hostilities, the mayhem is still going on. The clashes intensified in the last month and have not only left scores of people dead and injured, but have also completely paralyzed life in the region. Overall, up to 700 people have been killed and over 1,000 wounded since the conflict began in April last year.

(Dawn [Karachi], April 12; The News [Islamabad], March 1).