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America’s unpopularity in Pakistan a issue of concern: US

America’s increasing unpopularity in Pakistan is an issues of concern for the United States, the Obama administration has said.

world Updated: Aug 11, 2009 11:12 IST

America’s increasing unpopularity in Pakistan is an issues of concern for the United States, the Obama administration has said.

The observations came in the wake of the latest poll by Gallup International’s Pakistan unit, which found that 59 per cent of Pakistanis consider the US the greatest threat to their country, five times as many people voting that way as they did for India, their traditional rival, or even the Pak Taliban.

“I saw that poll, and it is obviously very concerning. We clearly have a lot of work to do,” the State Department Deputy Spokesman Robert Wood said at his daily press briefing.

The poll finding comes even as the United States has been one of the largest contributors of humanitarian aid and development assistance to Pakistan.

“We need to obviously do a better job of telling our story to the Pakistani people and to others around the world,” Wood argued.

Observing that the US is committed to a set of values, Wood said: “We promote those values worldwide. We want to help Pakistan improve its economy, its security, to try to help the Pakistani people.”