Al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden is more popular in Pakistan than the country’s President Pervez Musharraf, according to Terror Free Tomorrow, a non-profit organization in Washington D.C. focused on finding effective policies that win popular support away from global terrorists and extremism.
The nation-wide survey by the organization also found that former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif are far more popular than Musharraf suggesting that the US’s unstinted support for the military dictator may be ill-advised.
When Pakistanis were asked, unprompted, what they think is the real purpose of the U.S.-led war on terror, a mere 4 percent volunteered any kind of positive motivation, according to the report. Remaining responses were all decidedly negative, with “breaking Muslim countries, killing Muslims, ending Islam, etc” among the most common, volunteered responses, the report added.
Yet, despite pervasive negative feelings toward the United States, a majority of Pakistanis said their opinion of the US would improve if American educational, medical, disaster, business investment, and the number of visas for Pakistanis to work in the US increased.
Senator John McCain and former 9/11 Commission Chairs Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton lead the international advisory board of Terror Free Tomorrow.