Yes they do.
“This elaborate Great Game theorizing all makes sense. Â ButÂ here is another, simpler explanation: Most ordinary Pakistanis loathe America â€” indeed, not only America, but the whole of the non-Muslim world â€” and are only too happy to support jihad against the NATO forces…”
Yet another indication that Pakistan is in no genuine sense an ally of the United States. “Thousands shout ‘death to America’ in Islamabad,” by Sajjad Tarakzai forÂ AFP, February 20 (thanks to JW):
Pakistanis poured onto Islamabad’s streets Monday, chanting “death to America” and demanding holy war at a rally whipped up by right-wing, religious and banned organisations linked to Al-Qaeda.
Note that for AFP, as for all the mainstream media, if you’re a pro-Sharia Islamic supremacist, you’re “right wing.” And if youÂ opposeÂ pro-Sharia Islamic supremacists, you’re also “right wing.”
It was the latest show of support for Defence of Pakistan, a coalition of around 40 parties chaired by a cleric dubbed the father of the Taliban that include organisations blacklisted at home and abroad as terror groups.Allah Buksh, a senior police official, said 2,500 attended the demonstration as it got underway, but witnesses estimated the crowd at 3,500 as hundreds of riot police, armed with batons and wearing bullet-proof jackets stood guard.
“Today, we have gathered here to raise a voice of protest against US intervention in Pakistan,” chairman Maulana Sami ul-Haq, who runs an extremist madrassa that educated several Taliban leaders, told AFP.
Also present was member Hamid Gul, who headed Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency during the 1980s US and Pakistani-sponsored war against Soviet troops in Afghanistan.
His membership has helped fuel suspicions that Pakistan’s security establishment is backing the coalition as a means of exerting pressure on the weak government and whipping up rhetoric against the unpopular US alliance.
“Our protest is against the possible resumption of NATO supplies, US and Indian occupation and to strengthen the country’s defence,” Haq told AFP.