Mourners attend funerals of seven Shiite academics in NW Pakistan Lalrp


PESHAWAR, Pakistan — 1000’s of mourners on Friday attended the mass funeral of seven minority Shiite academics who have been shot and killed at a faculty in northwestern Pakistan, drawing nationwide condemnation, officers stated.

The mourners additionally rallied in opposition to Thursday’s killings. The academics have been gunned down by unidentified assailants who stormed a faculty in Kurram, a district within the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The slain academics have been members of Pakistan’s minority Shiite neighborhood, which extremist Sunni militant teams often goal. The assault occurred when the academics have been supervising exams on the faculty, and simply hours after a separate assault killed one other instructor — a Sunni Muslim — from the identical faculty.

It was unclear who was behind the killings and nobody has claimed duty.

On Friday, Inayat Hussain Toori, a senior Shiite chief, condemned the killings.

“We wish justice and we don’t know who’s behind it,” Toori stated, including that about 10,000 Shiites rallied in Parachinar, a principal within the Kurram district in opposition to the killings of academics from their neighborhood.

“We request the federal government to do justice with us,” he stated.

His remark got here a day after Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif denounced the killings and ordered a probe to find out who was behind the dual assaults on academics.

Earlier, the slain Sunni instructor was additionally buried at a graveyard in Kurram.

Pakistan has witnessed a surge in militant violence because the Pakistani Taliban — who’re often called the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP — ended a ceasefire with the federal government final 12 months. TTP is a separate group however it’s allied with the Afghan Taliban. Pakistani Taliban have been emboldened because the Taliban seized energy in August 2021.