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Indonesia, Pakistan democracies vote to kill

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  • Newspaper section: Business
  • Writer: Pankaj Mishra
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The recent slaughter of Shia in Pakistan is another grisly reminder of the perilous condition of its minorities. Indeed, in Pakistan and Indonesia, the two largest Muslim countries, both of which are in the midst of a fraught experiment with electoral democracy after decades of military rule, murderous assaults on Shia, Christians and Ahmadis by majoritarian Sunni fanatics have become routine. 

APakistani Shia Muslimgirl takes part in a protest to condemndeadly bombings targeting the Shia minority. Despite electoral democracyin Pakistan andIndonesia, thetwo largest Muslim countries have seen a rise of murderous assaults on religious minorities because elected politicians are using radical groups to practise power politics. AP

As a report by Human Right Watch claimed, the Indonesian government has shown a "deadly indifference to the growing plight of Indonesia's religious minorities". Political leaders in Pakistan, too, are guilty of the same.

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