Anti-American sentiment in Pakistan

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Anti-American sentiment in Pakistan has been evident through public demonstrations and burning of the flag of the United States.[1][2] When measured in 2009 Pakistan was amongst the countries with the strongest such antipathy.[3] According to Anatol Lieven, anti-American sentiment in Pakistan is characterised more by political hostilities rather than racial or religious undertones.[4]

Reasons for unpopularity have included cultural issues and US foreign policy actions. Cultural grievances have been perceived affronts to Islam by US citizens.[5] Unpopular foreign policy actions have included U.S. military actions on Pakistani soil such as drone attacks,[6][7] the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden[8][9] and the 2011 NATO attack in Pakistan, as well CIA activities such as the Raymond Allen Davis incident, and the perceived inadequate US response to the humanitarian crisis of the 2010 Pakistan floods.[10]

A 2014 Pew Research Center poll suggested that 59% of Pakistanis viewed the United States either very unfavorably or somewhat unfavorably, down from 80% in 2012.[11]

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  1. ^ "All fired up! Pakistani flag makers cash in on anti-US rage". RT news. Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti”. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Protester dies after inhaling fumes from burning American flag". Fox News. Fox News Network, LLC. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Strongest anti-American sentiment in Serbia, Pakistan". B92. 7 July 2009. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  4. ^ Mishra, Pankaj (1 May 2011). "Pakistan: A Hard Country by Anatol Lieven – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  5. ^ Afzal, Madiha (14 November 2013). "On Pakistani anti-Americanism". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  6. ^ Ghund, Yukka (22 January 2006). "Pakistan seeks to quell anti-American sentiments". USA Today/The Associated Press. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  7. ^ Stack, Liam (8 July 2009). "Fresh drone attacks in Pakistan reignite debate". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Bin Laden anniversary delicate moment for Obama, Romney". Chicago Tribune. 25 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Pakistan's flood victims give USAID chief an earful". CNN. 25 August 2010. Archived from the original on 29 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  10. ^ McGivering, Jill (21 August 2010). "Pakistani flood victims' anger at US". BBC News. Archived from the original on 22 August 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  11. ^ Craig, Tim (3 May 2015). "After years of tension, anti-American sentiment ebbs in Pakistan". The Washington Post. WP Company LLC. Retrieved 9 May 2016.

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