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Sharing hope for harmony in Pakistan

23 March 2013 Last updated at 17:22 GMT

Almost 200 Shia lives have been lost in the past two months of 2013 due to a rise in sectarian violence in Pakistan.

Observers say the government is being severely tested in its ability to protect Shias - a group which comprises nearly 20% of the population.

But this tide of hatred has left many pockets of Pakistan untouched, where blood ties are stronger than religious divides.

BBC Urdu's Saba Eitizaz reports.