Pakistan’s Enemy No.1

August 13, 2009

Who is Pakistan’s biggest threat? Not the Taliban, not even India, but the United States, according to an overwhelming majority of Pakistanis surveyed in a poll just out.

On the eve of the 62nd anniversary of Pakistan’s creation, the Gallup Pakistan poll offers a window into the mind of a troubled, victimised nation. And it surely must make for some equally uncomfortable reading in the United States, led at this time by a president who has sought to reach out to the Muslim world and distance himself from the foreign policy adventurism of his predecessor.

Here is the poll summary and here the full poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan, an affiliate of Gallup International. The poll was commissioned by Al Jazeera and here are some highlights:

Fifty-nine percent of Pakistanis believe the United States poses the greatest threat to the nation, despite the billions of dollars of military and development aid. (There is, of course, a separate debate on about how heavily the previous administration skewed the aid towards the military instead of schools and hospitals as highlighted in a report by the influential Center for American Progress but that at some other point.)

About 18 percent of those polled said they felt most threatened by India. The number is not as high as you would ordinarily expect, given that the Pakistani establishment has long portrayed the neighbour as the existential threat. Is there an opportunity here? Will the peacemakers on the two sides seize on this to build greater people-to-people contacts?

Anyway to get back to the poll, only 11 percent thought that the Taliban were the greatest threat, despite all the bombings and suicide attacks they have carried out across the country. To a separate question, some 43 percent supported dialogue with the Taliban.

Is there a huge disconnect then? While America says the next major attack is likely to originate from the Taliban – al Qaeda strongholds in Pakistan’s northwest, quite a substantial number of Pakistanis do not think them to be a threat, and would like talks to resolve the problem.

“Drone anger” or public fury over U.S. Predator strikes inside Pakistan seems to be especially responsible for America’s unpopularity. A massive 67 percent of those polled said they opposed U.S. military operations on Pakistani soil.

Can America then really fight this war, with the Pakistani people so dead against it? For the United States to become even more hated than India, it takes quite a doing, the Gulf-based The Nation wrote.

“If it is less popular in Pakistan than India is, it must indeed be doing something wrong. Billions of dollars in aid and untold numbers of visits by USofficials have failed to win Pakistan’s full support for efforts to defeat the Taliban,” the paper said.

This poll was conducted on July 26-27 in all four provinces of the country. Which means it was done before the reported death of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in a U.S. drone strike. That has been widely welcomed in Pakistan and some people think it may blunt some of the hostility to U.S. drone attacks as The Times notes.

But it is hard to see the numbers drop dramatically, especially given that the Pakistani Taliban is not about to be finished despite the loss of its powerful leader.

So where do we go from here?  Rob Asghar, a Pakistan-American writing in the Huffington Post, kicks the ball back at Pakistanis, saying ultimately nobody can help them save themselves. Pakistan must stop thinking of itself as the victim, blaming first India, and now the United States for all its ills.

“As a Pakistani-American, let me offer my own poll response: The biggest threat posed to Pakistan comes not from the U.S. Not from the Taliban. And not from India.”

“No, the biggest threat to Pakistan comes from Pakistanis. The threat comes from the actions of some, and the inaction of others.”

[File photo of a protest in Lahore and U.S. Central Command chief General David Petraeus and Pakistani army chief General Ashfaq Kayani]

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The entire mess in Pakistan today is because of its alliance with the US since 1979 and the Afghan Jihad. A few billion in aid doesn’t make up for the catastrophic damage caused. There are some legitimate reasons for anti-Americanism in Pakistan.

Oh Boy! Here we go again!Is Pakistan running out of enemies?Does is truly feel the need to accept US aid while spitting the US directly in the face?“No, the biggest threat to Pakistan comes from Pakistanis. The threat comes from the actions of some, and the inaction of others.”I am reluctant to agree on the eve of the Independence celebrations, but I do agree.

Posted by bulletfish | Report as abusive

Its realy nice that Gallop revealed the true face of Pakis by conducting this poll and it is not surprizing for me and i am sure that this may be surprizing for poor americans paying taxes which goes in aid to pakis. n i hope that Govt USA also feels this that in no way other, pakis cant be their allies, only way to use pakis for American benefits are to force them, dont let Pakis to talk, dont let them rais their head up.If US and other western countris needs to win its war agains terrorism both in Afg and Pak. the root cause is in Pak not in afgh, they have to pull out by any means, i.e. they should presurize pakis and put their survival in danger, like when they will feel that their survival is in danger, they will definatly help US.In case, US is paying billions of US$ they will never do it the way it should be done or needed.

Posted by Zaal | Report as abusive

Dear Pak Friends, Umair, Mohammed Anjum, Ali,It appears that most of Pakistan views the U.S. as being the No.1 enemy, NOT INDIA!The article states:”About 18 percent of those polled said they felt most threatened by India. The number is not as high as you would ordinarily expect, given that the Pakistani establishment has long portrayed the neighbour as the existential threat. Is there an opportunity here? Will the peacemakers on the two sides seize on this to build greater people-to-people contacts?”So, the question is, are you Punjabi’s going to finally start changing your attitude towards India and the U.S.? Are you ready to fully co-operate on the War on Terror and Militantism?To add to that, are you ready and serious to build a true peace with India, given that India is not actually perceived of as an enemy by most Paks, except the Punjabi Elites in Uniform and their friends, families and relatives?It is the Punjabi’s who want to keep India an enemy, in fact, you Punjabi’s need to keep India an enemy because that is good for their business scenario, keep the uneducated Pakistani’s stupid and tell them India is enemy#1, keep India in a state of rivalry and then pointing the finger at India, telling all Paks, “see that, India is aggressive, India is your enemy”.The Punjabi games are going to come to an end, sometime soon. The Reuters staff should start another Post on the oppressive Punjabi rule over Pakistan, who have tried so hard to keep negative perceptions of India, to justify their own financially parasitic existence on the backs and blood of the average uneducated Pakistani.The question, is, when are the Paks outside of Punjab going to rise up and demand their equal share in how Pakistan is run and sharing of the resources. How long do you Punjabi’s think Punjabi’s can run this game and fool the non-Punjabi’s and the U.S.India is quite aware of the Punjabi. It is time that the U.S. tightens the screws.The Punjabi games are becoming more clear than ever to the entire world. The Punjabis are incapable of managing and running a country, without supressing the other provinces by force and keeping India as an enemy.Your Punjabi’s worst fear is that true peace will be made with India, then the Haraam cash will stop flowing to your pockets. What is most laughable is that the Punjabi’s are wearing Cashmere and Silk, an expensive gun in one hand while they hold a begging bowl in the other.It is best to get your soldiers farming and producing food, perhaps it will bring some dignity to Pakistan and it may start to put an end to the begging bowl.My personal prediction is that the rest of Pakistan will start to resent the ruling Punjabi class more and more, that will be the next thing that unravels Pakistan, combined with militantism.

Posted by Global Watcher | Report as abusive

Sanjeev,Thank you for this article, it is a well-informing peace of writing.In particular, we should thank forward thinking Pakistani Diaspora, like Rob Ashar, who has quoted as saying the following from your article above:”So where do we go from here? Rob Asghar, a Pakistan-American writing in the Huffington Post, kicks the ball back at Pakistanis, saying ultimately nobody can help them save themselves. Pakistan must stop thinking of itself as the victim, blaming first India, and now the United States for all its ills.”–>The keyword is victim here, I think Mr. Umair, Mr. Anjum and Ali are all victims and children of Punjabi propaganda. The world outside of Pakistan sees that very clearly, even Pakistani diaspora, you guys can’t see that because you have been immersed in it have become static and stagnant in your perceptions and can’t see any other way.

Posted by Global Watcher | Report as abusive

Sanjeev,I disagree with your interpretations of the survey. You make it sound like US do certain things to get on the good books of paks.This notion tha US should do certain things to placate the good paks should be summarily dismissed.”pakistan” rented itself out to US in Afghan Jihad in the 80s, and has been more than adequately compensated with billions and billions of US tax paeyer money.Your interpretation on pak perception of India is also wrong. A more relaistic intepretation would be paks are NOT intimidated by India, not afraid of India, and paks are willing to continue on the sel-destructive confrontational approach to India. Don’t know how you converted “not a threat” into an imaginary love affair.The only thing that could be surmised by outsiders from this survey is paks are a very retrogressive, religious obsessed, backward society with a grim future. Since they are completely out of touch with reality and believe in all kinds of stupid conspiracy theories. If they stop terrorism, and focus on economy, development, education, etc no one would care for them.

For ordinarily responsible (maybe???) people to be this stupid as to accept this ‘poll’ at face value when it may have been rigged or manipulated. Gallup has done this before many times on other issues. It may be that the business establishment has had enough of our military involvement in south central Asia. It sucks up men and money and tends to ‘raise wages’ and therefore costs to businessmen. India is certainly more on the minds of ordinary Pakistanis than far distant America, and the only recipient of the loving care of our Predator fighter/bomber/surveillance craft are the Taliban and L.e.T. and Jashkar-e-Taiba and other terrorists. It would be in their interest to find out who was really ‘polled’ and manipulate them like the ancient Jewish high priests manipulated the crowds calling for Jesus’ death instead of the criminal Barrabas. That said, the conclusions based on a tainted poll are more fruit of the poison tree, legally speaking and even more wrong than the poll. Of course if the poll was a canard from the beginning, then the article and all its posits are vicious progaganda, and probably geared to peel the Americans away from helping Pakistan. That would allow the Madrassis to take over Pakistan, guaranteeing war. Worl war on a Bibical scale. Kiss goodbye ALL the oil as the middle east oil reserves would be the very first target, make no mistake.

Posted by Chester Drawers | Report as abusive

Honestly, who really cares about Pakistan they have nothing to offer the U.S. or any other part of the world…their only export is terror. Pakistan is like dust in the wind or sand better yet…they just don’t know it yet!

Posted by Airic | Report as abusive

Duh! Can you spell BLOWBACK?

Posted by D. Frank Robinson | Report as abusive

America is a threat to everybody, not just Pakistan. Even America is a threat to America.This unending military adventure is the biggest threat to world peace. Fighting and killing never solve any problem. And that is all America knows how to do. America is NUMBER ONE in nothing anymore but fighting and killing.When Pakistanis realize the truth, they will unit and fight America like the Vietnamese did to liberate their country from disguised imperialism.

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I believe the most recent drone strike on Baitullah Mehsud will shift the number in U.S. fevor by more than 10% from what I have been reading and watching the Pakistani Media in the recent days but it will still be very low.Low unpopularity/threat-level number for India is a positive change and I think leaders from both sides of the borders should cash in on this opportunity.Pakistani nation for too long has been blaming others for its problems, its about time the nation wakes up and takes ownership of its issues.I totally agree with Asghar, the biggest threat to Pakistan are Pakistanis itself.

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Naim, a Chicago based indian american, has summed it all for everybody. He puts the blame squarely on Paks that the urdu media is going overboard in brain washing the nation with hatred and conspiracy theories against all the foreign powers mentioned in above poll. http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx  ?261284I have to add that the elephant in the room is naively missed for the poll debacle for america. Saudi based think tank sees age old enemy christians as the contenders to their (muslim) claim of world dominance. Hence the theocracy bashes US ( identified as the uncrowned leader of the former) and consistently spews venom on their imaginary enemy. The native language media, directed by fundamentalist and pragmatist forces, focus their attack towards USA globally. They don’t attack nations like Japan, china, India and Thailand in spite of them being nonmuslim, since the latter are not perceived as global leaders in the area of religion. Sure thing in case of India, Paks are doing their best though.Point is US is hated not because its bad but because its predominantly christian. Again Israel- Palestine issue is a minor issue blown out of proportion in muslim nations only because it can be used as a propaganda tool against all nonmuslims. Of note is that ironically the case of ughurs, a much larger issue both in terms of geography and population involved, is shockingly ignored by all except turkey. Reason is obvious; China is not seen as a religious enemy in muslim nations.How to fix it? In case of Pak Rob Asghar answered it very eloquently. But on the part of US in the meanwhile, it should stop reckless unregulated pumping of billions into Pak, as this latter hobby uncannily metamorphoses an earthworm into an avatar of an anaconda.

its true that america is pakistan number one enemy, America has a big plan up its sleve to weaken pakistan and disarm its nuclear weapons.The west helped india to build it uclear bo in the 70′s and then did everything possible to stop pakistan, america even designed a law to stop pakistan, pressler amendment, having failed in that goal.Now that that america see china as a threat, it has decide to make india nuclear, its was america that encourged india to do a nuclear test in 1998, ” Why do I say that” becuase it did everything to discourged PAKISTAN and it was for this reason so that inda could be accepted as a nuclear country and not have to give same status to pakistan.Even the Agreement to allow india to have access to civil nuclear tech for power is designed to give india access to Nuclear weapons tech and free more nuclear material for india weapons program.America is a sponsor of terrorist organisation around the world.in Blauchistan againist IRanIn Iraq againist IranIn Sudan againist the sudaneese goverments.In south americaIn Cuba.SO why should anyone trust them.

Posted by shaukat | Report as abusive

Video on Pakistani conspiracy theories & distorted history by noted Dawn writer Nadeem Prascha:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1 aCu4jap1eo

Posted by Mortal | Report as abusive

GOOD article. I want to know the response from America about this article. From last 50 years America has given more than 100 billions aid to Pak. Even America aid in billions can not change the minds of these beggars. America should realise that aid which given for development of country is being transfered to destruction of other country .

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Hi,Association of america and pakistan is that of two self centered person. America wanted pakistan to screw russians in afghanistan. Pakistan wanted america to screw india in kashmir. Only difference is that america is the so called developed country of the world and the other is so called under developed country in the world.Best joke of the century is that the islamic countries loves to date with the infidels.Fundamental problem of pakistan is that it is continuous irritation with india. Country as a whole had wasted last 60 years in hatred to india rather than self development. Further it was aggravated by the india interfereing in the split of pakistan. For the army it is an unforgettable event when the whole army surrendered because the other side was not ready to support and was left to fend for oneself.If read carefully, india just made a statement that the army will be handed over to the muktibhakini workers if they donot give the surrender letter so that india will ensure them free and safe passage back to pakistan. That is the so called love for the islamic ummahToday with collapse of america and the world expectation that BRIC [ Brazil, Russia, India & china ] as contributor for growth, pakistan is more irritated with the wealth and recognition of the neighbour by the master.

Posted by satwa gunam | Report as abusive

Accepting that Pakistan needs to heal itself first and not go looking for scapegoats, it needs to be borne in mind that like many another country, it has been taken to the cleaners not by others but by its own leaders – military and civil. I think the disdain for the US stems from the fact that Pakistan was really bulldozed and blackmailed into becoming an ally in Bush’s war on terror. That wound is still festering.Another interesting factor was in reply to the question as to who should run the government. The lowest ratings were – religious parties 6%, military 8% Zardari 8%, Gillani 13% and Nawaz Shariff 38%.Perhaps this last bit is the anti incumbency factor at work, but it does display a great deal of disillusionment with the current regime.

Posted by Dara | Report as abusive

Wow……. I am not even surprised by those posts… People from other countries may consider the USA as their biggest threat, but as if the USA does care. I think pakistan should develop their own country instead of blaming others for the non-development since 60 years of Independence. In business, there is no Enemy. When it comes to develop a nation for an Underdeveloped country, it shouldn’t concentrate that who is my Enemy and who is my friend.Pakistan should start the Business with India immediately. And Pakistani people need to change their mentality. Otherwise that country will never come out as a Free developed Muslim country….

Posted by Avinaba | Report as abusive

Video on Pakistani conspiracy theories & distorted history by noted Dawn writer Nadeem Prascha:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1 aCu4jap1eo- Posted by MortalWorth reading what Nadeem Paracha says after this video was aired.http://blog.dawn.com:91/dblog/2009  /08/11/in-defence-of-reason/

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Worth reading what Nadeem Paracha says after this video was aired.http://blog.dawn.com:91/dblog/2009  /08/11 /in-defence-of-reason/Some excerpts from Above article,I would also like to share a fraction of the tons of hate mail I started receiving the evening after the show was first aired. I have selected portions of a few such emails (out of about – and so far – 197!).Example one: ‘Dear Mr. Paracha, there is now no doubt that you are working for the CIA. You should be ashamed of defending Zionist lobbying and America. You should be kicked out of Pakistan and sent to Israel.’Example two: ‘Paracha, how can you be a journalist and have such a big house? The answer is simple:You are CIA funded journalist.’Example three: ‘Paracha, Zaid Hamid slapped you left, right and centre on the show, you pseudo-intellectual. There is no shortage of people like you in Pakistan. People like you have occupied important positions in our society and are given 90-95 per cent of media coverage. We are with Zaid Hamid and inshallah we will succeed.’Example four: ‘NFP, you are a slave to the west and working against the interests of Pakistan by attacking patriots like Zaid Hamid. It is clear you and the newspaper you write for is being funded by Israeli and Indian agencies. Better shape up or we will ship you out.’Example five: ‘Paracha Sahib, you have been trying to propagate your Yahoodi, Hindu and Christian masters’ rotten and obsolete ideas of ‘freedom’ and ‘secular liberalism’ and kafirana Socialism. But people like Zaid Hamid will never let Godless men like you succeed.’

Posted by singh | Report as abusive

thoufh it is hurting, but that is the true…A sceptic US, who advocates democracy, resulted in biggest threat to world itself..If one asks, who did the greatest massacre in humanity…, it is not Nazi’s, but Americans, in Japan, by aattacking them with atom bombs,… and world remeber, forever as most brutal murders..But, we can not blame them, after all they doing their business… in Afganisthan, Iraq, Pakisthan,..everywhere, under the banner of spreading democracy, and removing terrorist threats…, but we knew, who was the real god father of Osama…

Pakistanis can switch sides at the bat of an eye lid. They really have no principles and move in the direction where the wind blows. Just a few months ago, there was a lot of support for the Taliban taking over the Swat valley. Some of them were telling others that the Taliban offered quick justice and that’s what the people of Swat and Pakistan needed. They loved all the goodies Americans were throwing at them during the 1980s.Pakistanis do not like the US now because they are used to the US turning a blind eye on their local activities. Unfortunately, the US is standing on the way of their favorite pursuit – hurting India. So the emotions have turned against the US. They will hate China too if China did anything that suits their interests, but hurts Pakistani ego sentiments.

@I have to add that the elephant in the room is naively missed for the poll debacle for america. ….Point is US is hated not because its bad but because its predominantly christian.”-posted by AzadAzad: if we involving religion as a factor in the bigger picture, why anti-US feeling did not exist earlier? In cold war, Zia helped Christian US out of perceived fear of Pakistan becoming a sandwich between Soviets (not religious) and their Soviets secular ally India. That Zia and every Pakistani loved that alliance. How does that fit in with the fear of dominance of christian USA?____________________________________ _______________@India is certainly more on the minds of ordinary Pakistanis than far distant America, and the only recipient of the loving care of our Predator fighter/bomber/surveillance craft are the Taliban and L.e.T. and Jashkar-e-Taiba and other terrorists. It would be in their interest to find out who was really ‘polled’ and manipulate them like the ancient Jewish high priests manipulated the crowds calling for Jesus’ death instead of the criminal Barrabas. That said, the conclusions based on a tainted poll are more fruit of the poison tree, legally speaking and even more wrong than the poll. ……”- Posted by Chester DrawersChester Drawers: Clearly, you do not know the profile of the terroists and who lives where. Terrorists in the West of Pakistan are getting the “sudden death” by US drones etc…it is not “Jashkar-e-Taiba and other terrorists”. LeT is very much safe in Punjab (Eastern Pakistan) and Pakistan occupied Kashmir. If LeT et al were ALSO hurt by USA, the polls would be like 90% of Pakistanis against USA. LeT et al terrorists are roaming free.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive

Pakistani people not trusting usa, well understood. here is the link.http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect  /dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/0 7-we-walked-away-from-pakistan-

Posted by babag | Report as abusive

The US has done extensive damage to Pakistan, ever since 1979 Pakistan was used to bleed the soviets and in return Pakistan was betrayed time and again. The neo-cons are the ones who are a threat to the world, to Pakistan and to America itself. the state in which the Aemrican economy is in today is evident. It is because of those ‘corporate capitalists’ who have sent the US economy down in the drain. The military industrial complex wanted oil wars in the middle east, and they got it now. President Obama has got work to do, before the relations with muslims world are normalized and America is seen in a favourable way.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

Pakisthan’s enemy is pakisthan only.You are your No.1 enemy if you are leading you in the wrong direction.You cannot blame your friend for the addiction you have with alcahol.Your friend will compell you and if you are interested you will go again and again.You will fall in the gutter.Once you fell and if you have enough sense you will try to avoid your bad habit. You will tell your friend that I am not interested any more in drinking. Thank you. Asalamu alaikkum!But thease idiots, pakisthani Leaders from jinnah to Musharaf made the country a mess by allowing islamic terrorism in the name of Allah.Allah do not want a human being to be executed in the name of relegion. Pakisthan is a hell for other releigions.They do not tolerate.They mislead the good messages of Prophet Mohammed for their own benifits.Not for the benifits of the poor public suffering for one time bread.Atleast at this later stage let Allah give them good sense to love the Humanity.Khuda Hafis.

America is number pakistan’s one enemy in poll? Well. They should be feeling very uncomfortable with all the war on terror.1). The Americans asked the Taliban to cooperate on Bin Laden. They did not. So, Americans tooks things into own hands and invaded.2) Same for Sadam Hussein. America asked to disclose information on nuclear weapons. He had his chance to cooperate. He didn’t. Iraq got invaded.3) Now, America is asking Pakistan!!!. (think about it).America is asking Pakistan not one but many things to cooperate on. Terror, Nuclear weapons, Afghanistan, North West Frontier Province and India.Given the nature of Pakistan in doing something properly, they have every reason to bite their nails in frustration. The trend is wierdly the same. If they dont cooperate they will defenitely get “bombed to stone age”. The phrase used by Richard Armitage when he went to Pakistan to ask for help against Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.No wonder America is enemy number one over night.Krishnahttp://harisankar-krishnasw amy.blogspot.com/

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USA has always supported non-democratic government as it is easy for them to handle the dictator. Always offer them refugee and coverted support.USA is moving towards a failed state where the ruling is looting the public money to feather their nest.Please read the following urlhttp://www.trendsresearch.com/forecas t.html

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RajeevZia saved AfPak from communist Soviets who were anti religious. US came in handy unwittingly in the said war. Same Zia enforced the infamous blasphemy laws and shoved fundamentalism down the throats of secular Paks and also he introduced anti hindu textbooks in schools.The average pak may not be sure as to why he likes/ dislikes another group, country or religion. The hate ideology, originating out of collective effort from of the Mosque, urdu media (targeting adults) and the civic / history text books (targeting children) feed the distorted information to Paks from cradle to grave and have a strong element of religion firming up paks mindset. The brain washed men thus were rendered incapable of grasping the ground reality to formulate their own opinions. Nadeem Parachas, Asghars are branded by urdu media as anti nationals and much worse even as foreign agents.As Mauryan said they fail to stand on a firm ground for long on any subject matter, instead they jump quickly from one to, even, the exact opposite conclusion once the mosque and urdu media identifies and pronounces the new enemys name. The above vehicles of ideology run mostly on oil based religious donations and not by the US dollars. Western aid is depicted, wrongly though, as bribe money to spread antimuslim agenda. Very ironic but true. West, digesting this gut wrenching reality, has to rethink about shoveling out billions to the establishment that in turn divides the spoils among army, Intel, land lords and politicians. A fraction of aid goes to school/hospital building as one Pak wrote in a British daily this past week (someone gave the we blink for the piece a few days ago here).Also please read what Christine Fair, Rand corp. has to say- (from outlookindia.com, Aug10 2009)-Quote – The Pakistan civilian government doesn’t really have any control over any of these policies– Also, the Pakistani media is very much manipulated by the ISI. The ISI has very standard operating procedures to plant stories in the media- unquote. I can tell you she is no friend of India and not long ago was a darling of Pa media for her antiindian utterances.

RajeevZia was driving out russian forces to prevent pa being encircled by enemies. US was handy to help get rid of existential threat imposed on his land.Same Zia enforced the infamous blasphemy laws and shoved fundamentalism down the throats of secular Paks for over a decade and also he introduced anti hindu textbooks in schools.

Pakistan’s Enemy number one is not the U.S. even, it is the Punjabi Mafia Military Junta in uniforms.Those economic parasites are to blame for every problem that Pakistan has as it can be traced directly to them and their mismanagement of Pakistan.Any body who maintains their grip on power through murder, intimidation, nepotism, politics of ethnic power, misuse of the poor, missappropriation and mismanagment of the countries resources, should be prosecuted.

Posted by Global Watcher | Report as abusive

Here is a link to the Pew Poll results.http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1312  /pakistani-public-opinion“Only 22% of Pakistanis think the U.S. takes their interests into account when making foreign policy decisions, essentially unchanged from 21% since 2007. Fully 64% of the public regards the U.S. as an enemy, while only 9% describe it as a partner….the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project also finds an openness to improving relations with the U.S. and considerable support for the idea of working with it to combat terrorism. By a margin of 53% to 29% Pakistanis say it is important that relations between the two countries improve….Long-running concerns about India are also reflected in the poll. The dispute between Pakistan and India over Kashmir is cited as a major problem facing the country by no fewer than 88%. And growing worries about extremism notwithstanding, more Pakistanis judge India as a very serious threat to the nation (69%) than regard the Taliban (57%) or al Qaeda (41%) as very serious threats.more to reflect on — for the future.

Posted by Daily reader | Report as abusive

Who cares what these illiterate, radical, bigoted & ‘failed citizens’ of a ‘failed nation’ think about civilized countries like the US or India?Living in denial, failure to introspect & blaming others for one’s ills are traits of losers & Pakistan has become a ‘loser nation’.

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Yanksrule said:”Who cares what these illiterate, radical, bigoted & ‘failed citizens’ of a ‘failed nation’ think about civilized countries like the US or India?Living in denial, failure to introspect & blaming others for one’s ills are traits of losers & Pakistan has become a ‘loser nation’.”–>In my conversations with Pakistani diaspora and coworkers, they appear to change their view and actually admit how mismanaged and dysfunctional their country really is. They often blame the Pak Army for the ills of Pakistan. One of them told me that the Pak Army recruits, soldiers and their families get huge discounts in price when they shop, compared to the average poor Pakistani. The Pak Army also owns a lot of land, the best land with the highest price and they also own a lot of industries, this way they can ensure that at least they get lots of food on table while everyone else there can take a flying leap and send samosas on the street like Ajmal Kasab.It appears that only people in Pakistan believe the lie and myth of Pakistani statehood. My Pak diaspora co-workers also laugh when they hear their compatriots back home hurl bravado about the so-called “Pakistani sovereignty” and constant blame on India for every terrorist attack. They say that Pakistani sovereignty is a myth, with the open border with Afghan, Al-Qaeda, Taliban and hundreds and thousands of foreign fighters making their way into Pakistan. They claim living OUTSIDE of Pakistan is like a breath of fresh air, a new perspective, free from constant propaganda, free from constant hate and blame on others and news that comprises of wild conspiracy story fantasies, blaming the fictitious so-called the Mosaid-RAW-CIA nexus for every ill that Pakistan has.They are glad that they left such a dysfunctional society and very disenchanted and said they would only return, when Pakistan becomes a truly shared democracy, like the U.S., UK, Canada or France, etc, free from Punjabi rule.They felt that their children had no future there and they also did not feel a general sense of security living there, unless they were on their gated compound. Although they miss their families back there, they claim, that they are much happier living in a non-muslim country, where the people and society are inclusive, friendly, civilized and there is an opportunity to progress personally.

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To add to my previous comment, in my observation, the Pakistani diaspora co-workers are actually eye-opened and amazed to learn that Indians are actually very friendly, personable, productive people that they have a lot in common with and are shocked at how much energy the State of Pakistan spends, keeping animosity against India, as a tool for national unity. Indians are not the “demons” or religious freaks that that they are made out to be. They are shocked after years of living outside of Pakistan, the level of racist, hateful, blaming and degrading declarations that are made against India and non-muslims in Pakistan. In my humble opinion, for them, it was like be set free from an insane asylum, or a propaganda type mental prison.

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Mr. Singh,I thank you for posting the comments about Pakistani Journalist Nadeem Paracha.It is a breath of fresh air to see intelligent, smart, outspoken, brave, forward thinking Pakistani’s who are educated AND show great courage through their work and speak in a rational, logical, non-aggressive, non-threatening, non-blaming, non-conspiracy tone.Congratulations to Mr. Paracha for actually pointing out that most of Pakistani history is “half-lies”, believed to be actual truth by 99.9% of Pakistani’s. Lies told to secure the political future of the Army punjabistan elite, lies told to build national unity through forced institutional hatred of India and a good religion(islam) dragged through the mud, to justify all types of horrible acts.Mr. Paracha is but one sane individual in Pakistan, amongst a nation of which most belong to an mentally insane asylum, especially the educated ones.When I saw clips of Mr. Paracha, I see glimmers of hope for Pakistan to reform. Unfortunately before that happends, there will be a civil war of some kind, that is the haves(men in army uniforms) versus the have nots(the poor) in Pakistan.Unfortunately the bloggers here, have not given one ayota or an inch of the ability to question the validity of their history and what they have been taught.

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The US has done extensive damage to Pakistan, ever since 1979 Pakistan was used to bleed the soviets and in return Pakistan was betrayed time and again.-UmairHow were you betrayed? If you and your Mujahideen bretheren could not sort yourselves out and then ask the US for assisstance to rebuild Afghanistan, then it is not the USA’s fault.Keep up with the begging while spitting venom at your major aid donor.

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Pakistanis are right in their gallop poll, by branding US as enemy no 1 , US is world’s enemy no 1. Their support to unholistic rulers, dictators like Musharraf, Zia etc . Their invasion of Iraq on the pretext of existence of weapons of mass destruction , support to dictators in Latin America to subserve their interest . Arming of Pakistan to keep India under check . These are some of their actions, which make US as world’s enemy no 1

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Manish, you said:”Pakistanis are right in their gallop poll, by branding US as enemy no 1 , US is world’s enemy no 1. Their support to unholistic rulers, dictators like Musharraf, Zia etc . Their invasion of Iraq on the pretext of existence of weapons of mass destruction , support to dictators in Latin America to subserve their interest . Arming of Pakistan to keep India under check . These are some of their actions, which make US as world’s enemy no 1″–> I am getting a little irate about whiners bashing the U.S. as being #1 enemy.It is actually quite funny. The U.S. is the #1 fighter of terrorism, #1 at giving world aid, #1 at giving financial aid, #1 at technological development for the world and is generally viewed as the land of “dreams”, at least for those who are willing to work hard.If U.S. is so bad, why does everyone want to go there? Please cancel your VISA applications then. Pakistani’s, Indians, almost every nationality, especially from Arab countries want to get into the U.S. and become citizens. You can’t bash the U.S. and in the same breath want to be a part of it too.The U.S. is a beacon of democracy, success and moral standing for the world, despite the many transgressions by its numerous past presidents on other countries. People have to realize that those transgressions (Vietnam, Japan, Iraq…) were propagated generally without the consent or knowledge of the American people.The burden of helping and fixing the world always seems to lie on the shoulders of the Democracies, especially the U.S., UK, Canada, France, Australia, Germany. No other Religious based countries are willing to shoulder the burden, nor do they have the moral will to stop genocides, help with Tsunami relief, earthquakes or the Global Economic Meltdown.

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America may be considered by the Pakistani public as its number one enemy, but it’s probably a very old story that the country (or person) whom you rely too heavily upon sometimes becomes the most hated one.Pakistan, wake-up! Rely upon yourself. You are big enough to do that. Follow India’s example. Follow China’s example. Stop thinking that your salvation lies with the USA, China, Saudi Arabia or others.The best person to help you is yourself and even if you have to go through pains of hell, the result is always uplifting because you did it yourself.

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Pakistan’s biggest enemy is PAKISTAN itself, why blame USA, they are doing what they shold be doing eg. protect their own intrest, the leaders there are not elected by pakistanis or for that matter Indians, they are elected by American, and they are answerable to them,everybody talks about the nuclear deal with India well that is not bec suddenly they have fallen in love with india, but bec they need to sell the nuclear plant to india so americal co can make make as simple as thatPakiatan should see its own intrest use america if possible or for that matter any countrythe terrorist can be eliminated in a month time if india, pakistan , afganistan, bamgladesh, nepal get togather, just slaughter them, afterthat the only problem will be kashmir between india and pakistan, well i beleive if after working togather eliminating terrosim , i guess there will be so much goodwill generated in our countries, that sitting togather to solve the problem will be easier as ego and politics will not be there, as our politician willo longer be able to use it as a political tool, sadly armies will be without a job specially pakistani, as they will have no immediate enemy, unlike india who has china to deal withciao

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Alethiaask whats taught in the school college text books in Pak about other religions and nations and compare to USA/Canada/UK and India.You will realize the underlying reason of the Paks hate filled existence. Keep good work. Cheers.

ask whats taught in the school college text books in Pak about other religions and nations and compare to USA/Canada/UK and India.You will realize the underlying reason of the Paks hate filled existence. Keep good work. Cheers.-AzadThere was an very detailed article in the Daily Mail (UK) about the madrassa education system. Even though this newspaper is right wing, it does not deviate from presenting the facts. In the article the journalist pointed out the at the children do not just read the holy Koran, they learn the alphabet too:A is for AllahB is for Bundook (rifle/gun)C is for Cuffir…etc.Since 1979 have these madrassas been churning out boys to fight the Soviets and now they have turned their guns on to the USA who in turn have told Pakistan to eliminate them. If USA is enemy number one it has been in the making for a long time.

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Aleithia,(cc bulletfish)No.I dont mean madarassa curriculum, I mean the municipal state govt run regular schools for crying out loud. Please please google- pakistan, textbooks,hindus.The regular school texts write history of their country as that after partition and demonize hindus living in small closed dark places and killing muslims on a daily basis. These are the books read by students since 1973 (remember Zia?) till today. Let first worry about state required school syllabus before going after the wahabi run madarassas.Thats (closing madrassas) a tall order.Aleitha ask your Pak friends about the school TEXTBOOKS not madarassa books.That explains the hatred in a 20 yr old Pakistni for India for whom India and Brazil should nt differ much.Indian school text books depict no such hatred against a religion or a country.Just like those in Canada or UK.

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