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Nearly Half of Pakistanis Critical of Anti-Terrorism Efforts; Military offensives against militants did little to raise confidence.

Byline: Julie Ray

Synopsis: Nearly half of Pakistanis (47%) surveyed before Osama bin Laden's death in Pakistan said their government was not doing enough to fight terrorism, while 37% said it was.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Pakistan's commitment to fighting terrorism is under scrutiny abroad after al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's death, but it is also likely being questioned at home. Nearly half of Pakistanis (47%) surveyed in 2010 said their government was not doing enough to combat terrorism.

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U.S. special forces killed bin Laden Sunday at a large compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, 35 miles from the capital of Islamabad. U.S. lawmakers and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are among those saying his whereabouts raise questions for Pakistan.

Terrorism on Pakistani soil in recent years has claimed thousands of civilian and military lives, including at least 30,000 that Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani this week blamed personally on bin Laden. The country's responses to these attacks -- including batteries of offensives against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and other militants -- have failed to generate much confidence among Pakistanis. The 37% of Pakistanis who found their country's anti-terrorism efforts sufficient in 2010 was slightly higher than in 2007 or 2008.


Although Pakistani leaders such as Gilani are hailing bin Laden's death as a "great victory," they acknowledge that there could be a backlash against Pakistan and that the fight against terrorism is far from over. Domestic doubts about Pakistan's efforts are now being echoed internationally, providing an important opportunity for the country to reassure the world of its commitment to fighting terrorism and fostering stability to the region.

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Author:Ray, Julie
Publication:Gallup Poll News Service
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Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:May 3, 2011
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