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Pakistan: A failure to counter propaganda

We Pakistanis should have made our own film, telling our side.

Anjum Niaz
Dawn

 As if the Abbottabad raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year weren’t humiliating enough, the U.S. is about to rub Pakistan’s nose in it, said Anjum Niaz. A Hollywood film on the raid, Zero Dark Thirty, will be out in a few months, and it is sure to lionize the SEAL team that found the al Qaida leader’s compound—especially since the screenwriter and director were given unprecedented access to footage and intelligence from the raid. Remember that Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in the compound and was torched by the CIA, because it was “worried crazy” that Pakistan might give China information on the chopper’s “intact secret stealth technology”? Well, the film shows actual footage of the burning helicopter, proving that “the CIA was happy to hand over sensitive stuff to the moviemakers in the hope of showing the world [that] America won and Pakistan lost.” Meanwhile, Shakeel Afridi, the doctor who collaborated with the CIA, “has merrily been giving interviews to foreign media outlets” by phone from his jail cell, telling the world he helped track down bin Laden “because he loves America.” We Pakistanis should have made our own film, telling our side. Because this one “will likely show us as idiots.”

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