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[Arab., shiat Ali,=the party of Ali], the second largest branch of Islam, Shiites currently account for 10%–15% of all Muslims. Shiite Islam originated as a political movement supporting Ali (cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam) as the
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(31.) Other notable Iranian institutions engaged in reaching out to the Pakistani Shia include the Islamic Mazaheb University (, "The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought" ( and Al-Mustafa Research Institute (
After the liberation of the south from Israeli occupation in 2000, Lebanese Shia regained both their land and a sense of political power.
The spokesmen expressed the hope that no cartoon of Ayatullah Seyyed Ali Khamenei or any spiritual leader of Shia Muslims would be published in future.
The attack on Shia Hazaras was followed, a few days later, with the tragic killing of 14 passengers in a bus on Makran Coastal Highway in Ormara, Balochistan.
" Shia Rights Watch, whose headquarters are in Washington DC, said the beheading must be addressed as soon as possible.
Shia Rights Watch, a Washington-based advocacy group, said on Saturday the incident was "a result of ongoing violations against and lack of protection of the Shia population by Saudi authorities".
The IG FC and concerned officials informed the session regarding security arrangements for Shia pilgrims on 650km journey from Quetta to Iran border.
This was directed by a two-member bench of the Peshawar High Court (PHC), comprising Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan and Justice Nasir Mehfooz, as it heard a writ petition filed by the chairman of the Muharram committee Muzaffar Akhunzada on behalf of Shia residents of the province.
On Sundayterrorist have targeted Balochistan Shia Conference's security in-charge Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Zaman and Police constable Safar Ali, they fled as usual after killing innocent people,"Hazara's killing never halted after the Federal Government launched Operation Zarb e Azab and Radul Fasas against terrorist, but attacks on Hazara Shia are being surged in Quetta." They said and urged provincial government to apprehend terrorists behindSunday'sattack.
The attack took place during a gathering to mark the anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, a leader of the Shia Hazara minority.
Almost 80 85 percent of Pakistan's Muslim population is Sunni while the Shias comprise 10 to 20 percent.