On the day Pakistan's President condemned terrorism,Islamic militants gave a deadly response.
An explosives-laden truck blew up at the Marriott’s front gate, creating a 20 foot deep crater at the main entrance and sparking a fire that burned through the building for hours.
More than one metric ton (2,200 pounds) of explosives was used in the device.
The detonation was heard 18 miles away in neighboring Rawalpindi. ” That’s what happened.
As to why it happened, we must turn to the Guardian. Web Link
"The target of yesterday’s lethal and devastating attack in the heart of Islamabad should not come as a surprise.
The Marriott hotel has always been in the sights of militants.
For a long time it was the Pakistani’s capital only luxury hotel, and remains the favored haunt of the capital’s Westernized elite.
It stands only a few hundred meters from the National Assembly, opposite a compound of ministers’ residences and next to the new offices for Pakistan state TV.
An attack on the Marriott is an strike to the heart of the Pakistani state and the perceived elite of a nation of 173 million people.
Along with power, the Marriott symbolizes something else for ultra-conservative Islamic lobbies:
Westernization and its concomitant ‘moral decadence’.
The swimming pool where expat women swam in bikinis; the sports bar in the basement where alcohol was served; the lurid stories of debauchery that circulate and even the Internet center all contributed to making the Marriott a target of choice."
The hatred of Western Civilization continues-- but the band plays on--