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Et flertall av pakistanerne har ikke noe mot eller stiller seg likegyldige til at Taliban overtar Afghanistan. Derimot er mistilliten og fiendskapet til USA stor, viser en meningsmåling fra Pew Research Centre.

59 prosent betrakter USA som en fiende. Det er et alvorlig problem for USAs politikk i regionen.

India blir fremdeles betraktet som Pakistans fremste trussel, men samtidig ønsker tre av fire pakistanere økt handel med India.

På bakgrunn av terroren mot moskeer og statlige institusjoner er det påfallende at bare 25 % anser Taliban for å være en trussel mot Pakistan. Man anser tydeligvis ikke Taliban for å være en indre trussel. Al Aida er knapt synlig på radaren.

«When asked which is the greatest threat to their country — India, the Taliban or Al Qaeda — slightly more than half of Pakistanis (53 per cent) choose India, compared with 23 per cent for the Taliban and just 3 per cent for the Al Qaeda,» it said.

Pakistanis perceived little threat from the Taliban and the Al Qaeda and only 25 per cent of the people said it would be bad for Islamabad if Taliban takes over Afghanistan again.

While 18 per cent said it would be good for Pakistan, 57 per cent were not concerned.
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In spite of pumping in billions of dollars in economic and military aid, the United States’ image in Pakistan was at its lowest ever among the 22 nations included in the poll. Fifty-nine per cent of the respondents described America as an enemy and only eight per cent trusted President Barack Obama.

State Department spokesman P J Crowley conceded that there is a huge trust deficit between the US and Pakistan.

«We understand that there’s a deficit in trust in our relationship. There are those in Pakistan who recall and sense that they were abandoned by the US and the international community, going back 20 years or more,» he said.

Pakistanis not bothered about Al Qaeda