Motorbikes are apparently banned from midnight. And Thursday has been a public holiday. It can mean only one thing, a gathering of presidents in Pakistan. The leaders of the D8 are assembling tonight as part of a summit designed to promote trade between Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey – eight mainly Muslim developing countries. But of course security will have to be tight:

Islamabad rarely hosts major international gatherings given the Taliban and al Qaeda-linked violence that has plagued the country since the 9/11 attacks.

Security will be stepped up significantly, not least as the summit coincides with the month of Muharram, a magnet for sectarian attacks in Pakistan.

This is a chance for Pakistan to try to position itself as a voice in world affairs. But will it be overshadowed by events in the Middle East?


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  1. Interior Minister Rahman Malik is most dumb guy of the current Government. Imposing ban on cellphones and motorbikes is not gonna bother terrorists but the common peaceful citizens. Instead Malik should have enhanced security measures by deploying more policemen and security personnel. Today’s blasts were just because of the security gaps and inappropriate measures. 20 more Shi’ites lost their lives in 12 hours. Pakistan is not a safe place for Shia Muslims, Hazaras and all other minorities. Terrorist organizations like Sipah e Sahaba are backed by politicians. Rana Sanaullah who is the Law minister of Punjab, wants Shias to stay off the roads to avoid bloodshed. He sounds more of SSP/ASWJ chief than Punjab’s Law minister.

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