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Memo From Islamabad– Ringed by Foes, Pakistanis Fear the U.S., Too
By JANE PERLEZ
Published: November 22, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A redrawn map of South Asia has been making the rounds among Pakistani elites. It shows their country truncated, reduced to an elongated sliver of land with the big bulk of India to the east, and an enlarged Afghanistan to the west.
That the map was first circulated as a theoretical exercise in some American neoconservative circles matters little here. It has fueled a belief among Pakistanis, including members of the armed forces, that what the United States really wants is the breakup of Pakistan, the only Muslim country with nuclear arms.