Afghan Shi’ite Leader in Pakistan After Killings Of Miners

Karim Khalili (left), an influential Afghan Shi’ite leader, met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad.

An influential Afghan Shi’ite leader visited Pakistan, where members of the minority sect were still reeling from the brutal killing of 11 Shi’ite coal miners, nine of whom were Afghan immigrants. The miners, who were abducted and killed by militants from the Islamic State group in southwestern Balochistan Province, were members of the Hazara minority. They were buried on January 9, following a week of protests in Pakistan that sought to highlight the community’s plight.

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