Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pak militants destroy aid convoys for Shias

Pak militants destroy aid convoys for Shias
Tue, 25 Aug 2009 08:19:40 GMT
As pro-Wahhabi insurgents continue to terrorize Shia Muslims across volatile northwestern Pakistan, three trucks carrying much-needed medical supplies for the beleaguered Shias were attacked and destroyed.

The medical convoy came under militant rocket attack late Monday in Khawar Qillay.

"The trucks were full of medical supplies and first aid equipment --dispatched (by the provincial government of the northwestern frontier province) upon request of the locals", a Pakistani official, who chose to remain anonymous told Press TV.

Shia Muslims in Pakistan's Kurram and Hangu agencies have been facing a serious humanitarian crisis since November 2007 when pro-Taliban, Wahhabi militants cut off the areas from the rest of the country, imposing a crippling blockade on the Shia communities in the region.

While human rights groups have repeatedly warned about the dire conditions facing the inhabitants of the besieged areas, the militants continue to hamper efforts to help the Shias, who are in desperate need of basics for survival.

In recent months, dozens of Shias have been killed each day in Parachinar, lower Kurram and Hangu. Some sources claim that over 2,000 members of the Shia community-- one-third of Pakistan's 160 million-strong population- have been killed in the region within the past two years.

A number of Shias maintain that certain rich Arab countries have bankrolled and armed Wahhabi terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and the pro-Taliban elements, even going so far as to provide them with heavy weaponry.

SOURCE: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=104431&sectionid=351020401




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