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Nerves Jangling, Pakistan Steps Up Summit Security

With nerves jangling after two attempts to kill the president, thousands of Pakistani police and soldiers mounted an unprecedented security operation in Islamabad on Wednesday ahead of a key regional summit. Police and soldiers brandishing guns blocked roads and searched cars on the outskirts as well as inside the normally sleepy capital, where seven heads of government including the Indian prime minister are due to meet from Sunday. “I don’t think anything has been left to chance,” Pakistan’s Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat told Reuters. “We have made all humanly possible arrangements. They are foolproof.” The seven nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit runs from January 4 to 6, but foreign ministers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives will meet on Friday and Saturday. The summit is seen as a key opportunity for nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India to consolidate moves to improve relations. Full Story

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