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Which Muslim groups are behind attacks on Westerners in Pakistan?

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Posted November 24, 2018 05:07:20While the vast majority of Islamist militants in Pakistan are Sunni, some are Shi’ite, and others are of any other religious persuasion.

There are some that are considered extremist in some ways, but most Muslims are peaceful.

The United States has been a significant ally of Pakistan in the fight against the Taliban, a group that includes al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) among others.

In 2016, President Donald Trump sent an envoy to Pakistan to secure the release of the American citizen, Nidal Hasan, who was sentenced to death for killing 17 people at Fort Hood in Texas.

In December, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded Shia mosque in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In 2017, a deadly attack on the Saudi embassy in the capital, Riyadh, killed at least 19 people, including the ambassador.

And in March 2018, two days before a rally against extremism, gunmen killed dozens in the Saudi capital.

In July 2018, Pakistan’s parliament passed a law that allowed foreigners to carry out attacks against the country’s citizens and residents.

This law has resulted in a wave of violence in the country, which has led to more than 200 attacks.

According to data compiled by the Human Rights Watch, in 2015 there were more than 1,600 attacks in Pakistan.

Most of the attacks were carried out against foreigners, mainly Westerners, and in 2017, at least 1,500 attacks took place.

In a report published in March, Amnesty International said that the Pakistani government has failed to investigate the root causes of the violence.

The report said: “While a number of suspected perpetrators of the violent attacks have been prosecuted, Pakistan has also failed to provide justice to those who have been injured, killed or detained.”

Amnesty also said that despite efforts by the government, the law on foreign fighters and security is “not being enforced”.

The United Nations has urged Pakistan to reform the laws governing foreigners entering the country and to stop “the flow of foreign fighters” to Afghanistan.

In August 2018, the US State Department announced that it had suspended its annual financial assistance to Pakistan.

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