Like a lot of foreign journalists and business people who pass through Pakistan, I’ve stayed at the Marriott hotel in Islamabad – twice, in fact. Everybody knew that it was a target for terrorists. It has been attacked a couple of times already. I remember that when I mentioned to one Pakistan specialist that I was booked in at the Marriott, he winced and said – “Ask for a room at the back of the hotel”.
But the bombing that hit the Marriott today sounds as if it has pretty much demolished the whole place. The vast majority of the casualties are likely to be Pakistani Muslims – not that this ever seems to bother al-Qaeda or its affiliates.