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At a dinner for Mrs. Clinton, President Asif Ali Zardari characterized the violence as an attack on Pakistan’s way of life and said there was no choice but to strike back.
Mrs. Clinton praised the Pakistani military for its campaign against insurgents in South Waziristan, saying: “I want you to know that this fight is not Pakistan’s alone. This is our struggle as well.”
She responded to criticism here that the United States had drawn down its forces in the Afghan border region, allowing more extremists to flow into Pakistan. The complaint reversed familiar American demands that Pakistan do more to stem the flow of insurgents into Afghanistan. The Pentagon, she insisted, has put more forces in that region, but has consolidated its border outposts into fewer, larger posts.
For all the talk of security, Mrs. Clinton stuck to her goal of trying to broaden the relationship between Pakistan and the United States. She announced a new American-financed energy program that would help Pakistan repair and upgrade its aging power plants to cut down on power failures. The United States will contribute $125 million to the first phase of the program.
Mrs. Clinton tied the program to a broader American effort to improve the lives of Pakistanis.
“For months, families have endured sweltering heat and evenings spent in the dark, without appliances or televisions or computers,” she said, adding that “blackouts prompt an increase in crime.”
That observation seemed almost quaint on a day when Pakistan was convulsed in a crime wave of a different magnitude.
The attack in Peshawar was not a total surprise, according to Pakistani and American officials. A representative of a shopkeepers association in Peshawar said that he and others had received demands from militants in recent days to ban women from shopping in the market.
The car bomb exploded between two narrow lanes of Meena Bazaar and Kochi Bazaar, an area frequented by female shoppers. Most of the bodies were charred and mutilated beyond recognition.
Hospital officials said 87 bodies had been brought from the scene, where as many as three clusters of shops on narrow lanes and passageways collapsed, and fires raged out of control. Three hours after the explosion, people were still trying to dig bodies and survivors out, witnesses said.
Sahibzada Anees, the deputy coordination officer in Peshawar, said the city was poorly equipped to cope with such a large-scale attack. It does not have enough trained firefighters and could not move excavators into the narrow streets to rescue those buried in the rubble, she said.
At the colonial-era Lady Reading Hospital, medics were overwhelmed by the casualties.
“We don’t even have time to count the bodies,” said an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of government rules.
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”-Albert Einstein
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