Majority of Pakistanis Oppose Fighting Al Qaeda & Taliban

And… 4 of 5 Pakistanis also oppose the Barak Obama plan

Pakistani protestors chant anti American slogans after setting on fire the effigies of U.S. President George W. Bush, center, Republican Tom Tancredo, left, and U.S. Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, right, at a protest rally in Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday, August 5, 2007. Protesters criticized to Tancredo and Obama for allegedly making irresponsible statements on military strikes against Muslims and bombing on the Islamic holiest sites, Mecca and Medina. (AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary)

More troubling, is that less than half of Pakistanis think it is a good idea to “pursue and capture Al Qaeda or Taliban fighters.”
The Daily Times reported:

LAHORE: Pakistanis show only weak support for using force against Islamic militants and overwhelmingly oppose allowing outside forces to combat Al Qaeda on Pakistani territory, a poll published in an article on October 31 found.

The poll concluded that just 44 percent of urban Pakistanis favoured sending the Pakistani army to the Northwestern Tribal Areas to “pursue and capture Al Qaeda fighters”. Only 48 percent would allow the Pakistan army to act against “Taliban insurgents who have crossed over from Afghanistan”. In both cases, about a third oppose such military action and a fifth decline to answer.

Foreign troops: Pakistanis reject overwhelmingly the idea of permitting foreign troops to attack Al Qaeda on Pakistani territory. Four out of five (80 percent) say their government should not allow American or other foreign troops to enter Pakistan to pursue and capture Al Qaeda fighters, the poll found. Three out of four (77 percent) oppose allowing foreign troops to attack Taliban insurgents based in Pakistan.

Barak Obama opposes fighting Al-Qaeda in Iraq but wants to send US troops into Pakistan to root out Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.


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