Pakistan faces growing anger over sectarian bombings
QUETTA, Pakistan (REUTERS) - Pakistan's unpopular government, which is gearing up for elections expected within months, came under fire on Sunday for failing to improve security after a sectarian bombing in the city of Quetta killed 81 people.
The nuclear-armed country's leaders have done little to contain hardline Sunni Muslim groups that have stepped up a campaign of bombings and assassinations of minority Shi'ites.
On Saturday, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), seen as the most ruthless Sunni sectarian group, claimed responsibility for the attack in Quetta, which deepened suspicions among Shi'ites that Pakistan's intelligence agencies were turning a blind eye to the bloodshed or even supporting extremists.
"The terrorist attack on the Hazara Shi'ite community in Quetta is a failure of the intelligence and security forces," Mr Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, governor of Baluchistan province, said while touring a hospital.