War On The Kafirs
The broad Sunni-Shia division does not explain all of it
- Most Sunnis adhere to the Hanafi school of jurisprudence. Only 5 per cent of the country’s population belongs to the Ahle Hadith sect or Wahabis.
- The Sunnis are subdivided into the Barelvi and Deobandi schools of thought
- The Deobandis and Wahabis consider the Barelvis as kafir, because they visit the shrines of saints, offer prayers, believe music, poetry and dance can lead to god
- Barelvis constitute 60 per cent of the population. Deobandis and Wahabis together account for 20 per cent
- Another 15 per cent are Shias, again considered kafir and subjected to repeated attacks
- Since 2000, the Sunni-Shia conflict has claimed 5,000 lives
- Others considered kafir are the religious minorities—Christians, Ismailis, Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Ahmadias, etc, who account for 5 per cent of the population
- So, 20 per cent of the population effectively considers the...