July 21, 2008 Special Dispatch No. 1992

Cartoons in Pakistani Press on Pakistan-U.S. Relations

July 21, 2008
Pakistan | Special Dispatch No. 1992

Following the swearing in of the new government in Islamabad under Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in March 2008, Pakistan-U.S. relations have come under strain. The key areas of dispute involve the new government’s policy of dialogue with the Taliban and the Taliban’s attack on Afghan, U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan. During the past few months, a number of cartoons in Pakistani press have reflected the strain on Pakistan-U.S. relations.

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The following are examples of these cartoons:

Asif Zardari Approves U.S. Designs in Pakistan

"U.S. Will Continue To Support Musharraf, Says Richard Boucher"

Source: Roznama Jasarat, Pakistan, July 5, 2008

U.S. Doesn't See Musharraf As A Problem

Source: Roznama Nawa-i-Waqt, Pakistan, July 4, 2008

U.S. No Longer Needs President Musharraf

On Musharraf's chair: "Irrelevant"

Source: Roznama Ausaf, Pakistan, July 3, 2008

Pakistan Undertakes Military Operation For U.S.

"We ourselves are conducting a military operation in the tribal districts, says Pakistan"

Source: Roznama Jasarat, Pakistan, July 3, 2008

Richard Boucher Rushes to Pakistan with Aid for Tribal Districts

"Boucher" carrying "gasoline," says "I have gifts for the Pakistani government for the tribal districts." On sign: "Prime Minister's House."

Source: Roznama Ausaf, Pakistan, July 1, 2008

U.S. Headed to Investigate Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan

On Uncle Sam's briefcase: "Investigative commission." On sign on right: "Dr. Qadeer Khan"

Across center: "Give access to Dr. Qadeer Khan, U.S. Foreign Affairs Committee"

Source: Roznama Jasarat, Pakistan, June 29, 2008

Musharraf Woos George Bush to Retain His Post

Source: Roznama Jang, Pakistan, June 27, 2008

U.S. Uses Hamid Karzai To Entangle Pakistan

Source: Roznama Jasarat, Pakistan, June 27, 2008

George Bush Lures New Pakistani Gov't With Aid, F-16 Fighter Jets

On left rooster: "New Pakistani government" On food dish: "Seeds of aid + F-16" On right rooster: "India"

Source: Roznama Khabrain, Pakistan, June 26, 2008

President Musharraf's 'Democracy' Plant Seeded by U.S.

Across top: "I cannot cause damage to Democracy plant seeded by me, says Musharraf"

Sign in pot: "Real democracy October 1999 [year of Musharraf's military coup]"

Source: Roznama Ausaf, Pakistan, June 20, 2008

U.S. Prevents Pakistan from Talking with Taliban

"Contacts end between local Taliban and government of the North West Frontier Province"

Source: Roznama Jasarat, Pakistan, June 19, 2008

Bush Prompts Hamid Karzai to Threaten Pakistan

Karzai: "I will invade Pakistan"

Source: Roznama Ausaf, Pakistan, June 17, 2008

Cartoon on U.S. Attack in Mohmand Agency

Source: Roznama Nawa-i-Waqt, Pakistan, June 14, 2008

"Negroponte In Islamabad"

Source: Roznama Ausaf, Pakistan, March 27, 2008

Uninvited Guest Bush Arrives at New Pakistani PM's Door

Bush: "I am your guest, whether or not you accept"

Across bottom: "We will work with the new Pakistani government, says U.S."

Source: Roznama Jang, Pakistan, March 26, 2008

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