A policeman stands guard at the site of explosions in Peshawar February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz
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A prominent Shiite leader was shot dead in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday, officials said, sparking a protest outside a hospital where his body was taken.The killing comes just weeks after a Shiite scholar was gunned down in the same city.Ali headed the local branch of the Tehrik-e-Nafaz-e-Fiqah-e-Jafaria,a Shiite rights movement.There has been a rise in sectarian violence in Pakistan since several deadly clashes between Sunni and Shiite Muslim groups near the capital Islamabad in November.
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