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Pakistan on Nobel Peace Prize: Why now when war isn't over?

Reaction President Barack Obama's Nobel was largely negative, with fear over an expanding US presence and anger over Islamabad's military cooperation with the US along the Afghanistan border.

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Reaction to President Barack Obama's Nobel peace prize in Pakistan has been overwhelmingly negative, with opinion ranging from bewilderment to irritation and outrage.

The fact that the United States is engaged in an unpopular war across the border in Afghanistan and that Obama is considering a proposal to send 40,000 more troops there – on top of the stepped-up use of aerial drones to strike out at Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders living inside Pakistan – isn't helping. A recent poll by the International Republican Institute found that 80 percent of Pakistanis oppose Islamabad's cooperation with the US in tracking down militants.

The reaction in Pakistan is a reminder that, for all the global goodwill toward Obama, winning support for tough foreign policy priorities will still be a long, hard slog. With paranoia surrounding the expansion of the US Embassy in Islamabad and the alleged presence of Xe (formerly known as Blackwater) security guards growing, some are even blaming the Obama administration for unrest and suicide bombings in Pakistan.


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