A Bloody Holiday in Pakistan

Last week, Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims traveled to Islamabad's Bari Imam shrine to commemorate the life of Shah Abdul Latif Kazmi, a 17th century Sufi saint—and repudiate the deadly sectarianism bedeviling Pakistan. Instead, Friday's gathering became a bloodbath when a terrorist blew himself up in a tent full of Shi'ite celebrants, killing at least 20 people.

President Pervez Musharraf responded with a call to oppose "anyone trying to incite hatred." But sectarian violence has worsened under his reign. Musharraf has been reluctant to act against militant groups, largely to avoid alienating the fundamentalist political parties keeping...

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