Gallup Poll: Pakistanis Don't Think Their Govt Fights Terror

Thursday, 05 May 2011 02:09 PM

By Andra Varin

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A year before U.S. commandos swooped into Pakistan and killed Osama bin Laden, nearly half of Pakistanis said their government was failing in the fight against terror. A Gallup poll  found that 47 percent of adults Pakistanis said their government simply wasn't doing enough to quell terrorism.

Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, hiding
Osama bin Laden hid under Pakistani government's noses, many believe. (Getty Images Photo)
The poll, in which Gallup surveyed 1,030 Pakistanis in May 2010 and it re-released this week, indicates that U.S. officials aren't the only ones questioning the American ally's resolve in the war on terrorism. Pakistan’s commitment to helping Washington rein in militants and catch terror suspects has come under serious scrutiny since U.S. Navy SEALs killed bin Laden Sunday.

The most wanted terrorist in the world had been living at a walled estate in the pleasant mountain town of Abbottabad, about 35 miles from Islamabad, the capital. Many U.S. officials and international observers contend that somebody in the Pakistani government must have been complicit in allowing bin Laden to hole up there.

Polls dating back to 2007 showed the same level of skepticism among Pakistanis about their government’s efforts.



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