terça-feira, 29 de março de 2016

Lahore attack: what's behind the violence?

Is a minority targeted for violent attacks in recent times. Sight in intention, even though the attack in Lahore has done many dead in the Muslim ranks. A Pakistani anti-blasphemy law, which dates back 30 years, is often used as a pretext.

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Before the split of the country in 1947, the minorities were 15% of the Pakistani population. Now there are more than 4%. The population is almost overwhelmingly Muslim. The following are hindus, with only 2% and then Christians, with 1.6 per 100.

Is under a law inherited from the British, but reenforça da under the dictatorship of general Zia ul Aq, that Christians are targeted. A blasphemy law that condemns those who insult in any way Islam and the Prophet. A law that the radical Islamists defend at all costs.

As the protesters who express radical support Mumtaz Qadri, executed in February for murdering in 2011 Governor Salman Taseer, who was working as a bodyguard. Taseer opposed to the rigidity of the law of blasphemy.

Critics of this law, which opens the door to the death penalty in some cases, they say is often used to oppress religious minorities.

As for the Taliban, in addition to reaching those who do not profess the same religion, are aimed at the Government, too.

In an attack on a school in December 2014, with a balance of 140 dead, the Taliban reach the Pakistani army, through the children from the military, describing it as a revenge for the army's offensive in North Waziristan.

On the border with Afghanistan, the tribal areas of Waziristan, the Taliban leading a bloody war against the army for two years.

The military offensive launched June 2014 had as targets several groups in the area, after the attack at Jinnah international airport, claimed by the Taliban.

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