파키스탄 정부는 부쉬 대통령의 방문을 앞두고 수도 이슬라마바드에 대한 경비태세를 강화하고 있습니다.
정부 관리들은 도시 전역에 보안대가 배치됐으며 주요 건물 옥상에는 특공대원들이 근무 중이라고 밝혔습니다. 부쉬 대통령의 방문 기간 중 대부분 학교와 업체들은 문을 닫을 것으로 보입니다.
현재 강경 이슬람 정당들은 부쉬 대통령의 방문에 항의하는 대규모 시위를 벌이겠다고 밝히고 있습니다. 부쉬 대통령은 4일 페르베스 무샤라프 대통령과 정상회담을 열 예정입니다.
Pakistani officials are tightening security in Islamabad ahead of a visit by President Bush. Officials say security forces have spread out in areas overlooking the city and commandos have taken position on rooftops around the capital. Most schools and businesses were expected to close during the president's visit.
Hardline Islamic parties have vowed to launch massive street protests today (Friday) against the Bush trip, which includes talks with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday. A suicide bombing attack Thursday outside a U.S. Consulate in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, killed four people, including an American diplomat. U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents joined Pakistani police today (Friday) in the search for suspects.
Mr. Bush said he would not be intimidated by the attack. He said it is important that he and Mr. Musharraf discuss continuing the fight against terrorists. For several weeks, thousands of Pakistanis have staged often violent protests against the United States and other Western nations over controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.