August 16th, 2012
11:39 AM ET

Gunmen execute 20 Shiites in Pakistan

Gunmen ambushed a passenger van convoy Thursday in northwest Pakistan and executed 20 Shiite Muslims in an apparent sectarian attack, a police official told CNN.

"The gunmen forced the victims to step out of the vans, checked their identity cards, then shot them dead," said the police official, Sher Akbar.

The attack took place in the district of Mensehra, about 100 miles north of the capital, Islamabad.

The vans were traveling from Rawalpindi to Gilgit, a popular tourist city in the mountainous region of northern Pakistan with a large Shiite population.

In recent years, the northern regions of Pakistan have seen very little sectarian violence but this year, attacks targeting Shiites have increased.

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  1. Qoomi

    Sorry guys I screwed up Zakaria is back on CNN GPS and the Time magazine. I was kidding about India too. I am a frustrated Pakistani with the way India GDP grows and Pakistan sinks deeper in mud hole. I have to admit honestly I wish sometime I was living on other side of the border and India was my country.

    August 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. krm1007 ©™

    Mohammed Ali Jinnah was a spineless jellyfish and he never actually wanted a separate Muslim state now the world's only known trouble spot called Pakistan. had he died little earlier the world would have been much safer place to live. Shame on Jinnah.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      Jinnah, "a spineless jellyfish"? Ignorance and hatred , a deadly combination always. Read up on Jinnah.

      August 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Amit_Atlanta_USA

    Seems like Assam is going to be the first to gain independence from India.

    August 18, 2012 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sheikha Bhuvana Bint Geeta

    Talibans are patrolling the streets of Mumbai. Ajmal Kasab,new commissioner of mumbai, has just signed executive orders making brahmins the official janitors of all public toilets in India.

    August 18, 2012 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. snehal

    It is chaos all over India. People are running from city to city seeking escape from violence, mobs, and riots. May mamata Kali have mercy on us. We hindus are doomed. Chinese are now all over us. we will be digging subways in Beijing soon.

    August 18, 2012 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. krm1007 © ™

    We continue to be of the opinion that India is a zero sum event in history and that a break up of sorts is the optimum way to maximize its potential for the people. The current events in India reinforce our belief that the inevitable implosion of India has begun and the beginning of the end state is upon us. Whether that will be nirvana that most of us believe it will, is yet to be seen. But this we will say. This defragmentation of India will unleash boundless opportunities and uber economic demand that will be beneficial to US and Europe and help pull them out of current recessionary malaise. We pray for the events to unfold peacefully and in a harmonious manner for the people of India and its neighbors.

    August 18, 2012 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. No Indians In My Neighborhood Please

    HINDU GODDESS PANCHALI
    This goddess was married to five brothers. Which one would become the legitimate father of his child should she have one? Dr Charles (renowned author and an authority on India) says that instances of incest are common in Hindu scriptures.

    August 18, 2012 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sakhi_Ahmednagar_India

    There is smoke all over the city as minorities have set fire to buildings. There is food shortage. No water or sanitary service.

    August 18, 2012 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. krm1007 ©™

    good job by Sunni brothers sooner Shia get rid of Iranian Shia better is Pakistan. We want Pakistan a land of PURE,

    Punjabi, Hindus, Shia, Ahmedi, Khoja, Aga Khan are not welcomed in PURE Pakistan.

    August 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. j. von hettlingen

    PLEASE NOTE THAT SOMEBODY – EIN VERDAMMTER LÜMMEL – HAD STOLEN MY NAME FOR THIS IDIOTIC COMMENT. IT'S WAY BELOW MY ETHICS TO USE SUCH PRIMITIVE LANGUAGE.

    November 23, 2012 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. j. von hettlingen

    GET LOST, WHOEVER YOU ARE, DU MIESKERL. STOP USING MY NAME FOR PRIMITIVE COMMENTS.

    November 23, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
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