Why Shia Sunni fight all the time in Pakistan
The other day I asked my Shia friends about the root cause of recent (I meant the last forty years of) violence between the two groups in Pakistan. Even though I consider my Shia friends highly articulate, I felt, they were all shy in telling me the truth. When I asked my Sunni friends of their grievances about Shia, they mostly complained that Shia do not respect the companions of the Prophet. They believe in this, they believe in that, they do this and they do that.
As far as the issue of companions of the Prophet, I have not heard any of my Shia friends saying anything good or bad about them (exclude Ali, Fatima (r) and their children). I do not think someone’s belief is major cause of rift between the groups.
I compiled the following splits between the two groups but I believe none of them is the actual cause of the problem. I would like someone to help me educate to the core:
1- Wrongful succession of Khilafa right after the death of the Prophet. This argument is obsolete in the current context as there has been no Khilafa in the Subcontinent in the past and I do not see it in future either. On the other hand, the majority of spiritual guides (Murshad) in the Subcontinent claim to be direct descendants of the Prophet while their followers are Sunnis.
2- Bitterness about the killing of grand children of the Prophet by Jazid, a Sunni ruler. This is also a non-issue as I have read that Sunni consensus of then and now condemn the incident. Even the son of Yazid refused his succession because of his worst deed. I have seen Sunnis participating in the yearly mourning event in Pakistan.
3- Sunnis believe that Shias are wrong and the Shias think that Sunnis are misguided. If this is the cause of killing then there should be carnage everywhere all the time where people of differing point of views lived. After all, Muslims have been living with other faiths since last thirteen hundred years in the Subcontinent.
4- Fear of conversion of Sunni to Shia or vice versa and hence losing a demography. I do not see any evidences of this either.