At least 58 people, many of them Shiite Muslims, died today in twin suicide attacks in Afghanistan on a Shiite holy day. But analysts say Afghanistan has no sectarian issues like Pakistan.
Pakistan's major cities have seen no large Taliban attacks since May, and civilian casualties are at a four-year low. Some credit better policing and coordination with intelligence agencies.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for ramming a truck laden with some 1,000 kilograms of explosives into Karachi's Crime Investigation Department compound today, killing 18 people.
Pakistani police arrested seven men in a suspected plot to kill the prime minister and other senior officials, as Pakistan rethinks its historic policy of sheltering militants.
The Lahore blasts – though sectarian in nature – may raise the level of threat felt by the hundreds of international aid workers who have come to help Pakistan after its worst flooding in 80 years.
After deadly Pakistan violence in Karachi, police have arrested dozens of suspected Islamist hardliners. Some analysts believe they are little more than window-dressing aimed at pacifying an increasingly angry population.