Most Pakistanis are Sufis, a form of worship that emphasizes
a personal relationship with Allah. The Taliban espouse violent
Wahhabi Islam, which rejects many traditional forms of Sufi
worship, including worship at shrines.
Sectarian violence is increasing across Pakistan, with two Sufi
shrines bombed last year in Sindh.
The six bodies were found outside the shrine in Karachi on
Tuesday morning, with a note claiming to be from the
Tehreek-e-Taliban Fazlullah Group, a senior police officer told
"People visiting shrines will meet the same fate," he quoted the
group as saying in the note.
Two of the men had been beheaded, while the rest had their
throats slit, the policeman said, in the first such instance of
a mass killing at a shrine that he knew of.
The violent port city of Karachi is heavily infiltrated by the
Taliban and has been the site of Taliban-style executions.
Mullah Fazlullah was elected head of the Taliban last November
and is notorious for directing mass beheadings.
Sufism is a non-violent form of Islam characterized by hypnotic
rituals and ancient mysticism that has been practiced in
Pakistan for centuries, but the insurgents see Sufis as
irredeemable heretics who deserve to die.
(Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan;
editing by Clarence Fernandez)
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