Pakistanis increasingly see their U.S. ally as a hostile power

By Saeed Shah Islamabad

After Pakistani television broadcast  images of the homes of so-called U.S. “spices,” bloggers called on people to kill the occupants. The TV programs insisted they were CIA, FBI or private-security operatives and the Pakistani media’s separate outing of a U.S. aid worker as a secret agent took the rising vilification of the United States to a new level. According to the U.S. embassy, American lives are now being put at risk.

For weeks, the lively Pakistani media have overflowed with dark stories of undercover American agents operating in the country, tales of huge contingent of U.S. Marines planned for the embassy and private security personnel running amok. Armed Americans have supposedly harassed and terrified residents and police in Islamabad and Peshawar….

Courtesy: The Globe and Mail, Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, Page – World News –  A10

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