A Hot Ammunition Room

Tuesday June 1, 2004 · Flavio Grassi

Yesterday it was all too easy to predict that the murder of Sunni Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai would have sparked an escalation in the smoldering Karachi civil war. What’s impressive is how short it took. Sunday morning the killing, Monday evening another bomb in a Shi’a mosqe, despite 15,000 security agents patrolling the city. 19 more victims. And today the funerals.

The population of Pakistan is over 150 million, 77% Sunni, 20% Shi’a. If Pervez Musharraf loses his grip there will be bad, bad news coming from there.