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Music, Dancing, And Tolerance -- Pakistan's Embattled Sufi Minority

The devastating suicide bombing on a Sufi shrine which killed more than 80 people in southern Pakistan on February 16 is only the latest in an ever-increasing list of attacks on followers of Sufi Islam.
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The Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine, which was hit on February 16 by a suicide bomb attack. The shrine is a revered site for Sufis, a minority sect of Islam. 
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The Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine, which was hit on February 16 by a suicide bomb attack. The shrine is a revered site for Sufis, a minority sect of Islam. 

A Sufi devotee dances during annual celebrations at the shrine. Every year, the site is host to the world's largest Sufi festival. 
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A Sufi devotee dances during annual celebrations at the shrine. Every year, the site is host to the world's largest Sufi festival. 

A Sufi woman dances during the annual celebrations at the shrine in 2012. The devotees describe themselves as the "Anti-Taliban" and stand for "love, tolerance and the great infinity."  
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A Sufi woman dances during the annual celebrations at the shrine in 2012. The devotees describe themselves as the "Anti-Taliban" and stand for "love, tolerance and the great infinity."

 

Sufis dance at the shrine in 2008. During the festival the air is heavy with drumbeats, chanting and cannabis smoke. 
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Sufis dance at the shrine in 2008. During the festival the air is heavy with drumbeats, chanting and cannabis smoke. 

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