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In Pakistan, Cooler Heads May Yet Prevail

MIN READMar 29, 2016 | 02:54 GMT

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A suicide bomber killed at least 72 people in Pakistan March 27, the most devastating attack against the South Asian nation in fifteen months. The attack took place at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, where Christian families gathered to celebrate Easter. Among the dead were 29 children. Earlier this month Islamabad passed a resolution recognizing Easter as well as the Hindu holidays of Diwali and Holi as public holidays. In his attempts to balance Pakistan and defeat extremism, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is playing a long game, grimly recognizing that such attacks will periodically rattle the conscience of a complex and divided nation in which both insurgent and reformer are Pakistani and Muslim. ...

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