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Pakistan places ad in US paper touting efforts against al Qaeda

From The Times of India, with no comment, other than the irony meter appears to have pegged out. A copy of the full ad is below.

Pakistan has placed an advertisement in the US media to reach out to America on 9/11. "Which country can do more for your peace", asks the advertisement in the Wall Street Journal . "Since 2001, a nation of 180 million has been fighting for the future of the world's 7 billion."

Dawn reported that Islamabad had initially given this advertisement to The New York Times but they refused to carry it. The ad says that since Sept 11, 2001, 21,672 Pakistani civilians have lost their lives. The army also has lost 2,795 soldiers. The country has lost $68 billion. The ad noted that despite sacrifices the country was still engaged in "the war for world peace". "Can any other country do so? Only Pakistan," it maintained.


READER COMMENTS: "Pakistan places ad in US paper touting efforts against al Qaeda"

Posted by CD at September 12, 2011 12:31 AM ET:

This is quite humorous. They could do a hell of a lot for world peace by destroying their plethora of militant groups. Does any other nation have such an inflated sense of self worth?

Posted by gerald at September 12, 2011 12:58 AM ET:

It would be nice if you would purge the ISI of Taliban/al Qaeda sympathizers,then launch assault into the FATA supported by heavy weapons and armor.

Posted by Charu at September 12, 2011 2:58 AM ET:

Your tax dollars at work. Still no explanation how OBL happened to live comfortably for a decade in a garrison town. Or the Haqqani network or the Quetta Shura, or their fertilizer factory providing the fuel for IEDs in Afghanistan.

Watching the lack of outrage at the sacking of the Israeli embassy in Egypt (with their official's sanction), I am reminded how our embassy in Pakistan was once gutted by our "allies" and the hardship faced by our courageous journalists and diplomats working in that country

Posted by syed Imran at September 12, 2011 3:37 AM ET:

Pakistan has made the most sacrifices and in return has never been treated as it should have been, because Gen.Musharraf lacked vision how to protect Pakistan interests.
We are being blamed for not doing much or going after the terrorists. If with our poor resourses all is expected out of us, than why is the US leaving without achieving much after 10 years and with thousands of time much bigger resources.
We pakistanis face daily terrorist activities and are living in perpetual insecurity by joining the War on terror but still not appreciated.

Posted by Neonmeat at September 12, 2011 4:26 AM ET:

Although coming from the Pakistani establishment we can only take this with cynicism, the figures however do not lie and the Pakistani people have taken as much of the brunt of the war on terror as have American and Allied soldiers and civilians.

The sheer audacity of this advert comes from the fact that the Pakistani Government and Military leaders cannot or do not show any inclination to properly protect their own citizens let alone the worlds, as they continue to clandestinely support radical and extremist groups at the cost of their civilians lives.

Posted by Charley at September 12, 2011 8:40 AM ET:

Here is the ad. Click second icon for Advertisement on right.


Posted by Neel at September 12, 2011 9:33 AM ET:

A country, which is the epi-center of global terrorism, on record of running terrorist training camps since the 80s, protecting the Afghan Taliban that kills NATO soldiers, claims to be a victim of terrorism .... ??!!

Posted by Paul at September 12, 2011 10:52 AM ET:

Sounds like blackmail!

Posted by wallbangr at September 12, 2011 12:14 PM ET:

What a joke. I'm sorry, but this is downright offensive. This is a country whose newspapers printed the BS about 10K jews not showing up to work at the WTC on 9/11/01. Ask common pakis who they think was behind the attacks or how sorry they feel for the almost 3K souls lost. Their answers are a reflection of what their great government wants them to believe. Abbottabad, anyone? Hey, is that a picture of Benazir? How appropriate. If ever one individual personified the potential, though itself irreparably crooked, and without ever having had the chance to be more than a pawn in the game of the forces of evil, it was Benazir. Jeez, read the entire history of the Bhutto family. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Who killed her, again? Oh yeah, it was that Pervaiz Mehsud guy. Come to think of it, aren't ole' Perv and Baitullah like the Batman and Bruce Wayne of Pakistan? This is the nation whose proud citizens were dancing in the streets in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. The mainstream media seems to have forgotten that fact. I haven't. Tellingly, other than the LWJ, the only real reporting on this oddity has come from the Indian media. Shame on the WSJ for being the shill to the highest bidder and props to the NYT for refusing this drivel. If there was one day of the year when the Paks could have just shut their maw and stopped with the pretense of being our "ally" it was yesterday.

Posted by BB at September 12, 2011 12:23 PM ET:

Sure, Pakistan _CITIZENS_had suffered a lot. But that does not mean that there seems to be some odd facts.

For example. Most deaths had been to explosions like IEDs, suicide atacks with vest or vehicles or by mines.
However Pakistan does not forbid amonium nitrate which is used in thouse explosives that kill their soldiers and civilians.

It would have been sooooo easy to forbid the chemicals,

Posted by dev at September 12, 2011 2:18 PM ET:

I almost had a facepalm after seeing this. is this a ad or acceptance of a FAILED STATE.

If one is not able to contain terrorism it is your own problem not of others.

Pakistan has made a mockery of itself by broadcasting such a ad.

Posted by NNN at September 12, 2011 3:08 PM ET:

who ran the nuclear walmart?

Posted by BraddS at September 12, 2011 3:43 PM ET:

Hey, isn't that a picture of Bhutto on the poster? What ever happened to her assassins, anyway?

Posted by Villiger at September 12, 2011 11:00 PM ET:

Pakistan, the fallacy in your argument is that your 180 million will be swallowed up before you can keep the rest of us 7 billion safe.

It is obvious that you can't keep yourself safe so, thanks for your offer, but, we cannot put the responsibility on you to keep the rest of our planet safe.

We need, therefore, to first save you from yourself.

A certain amount of surgery will be required here and it maybe painful but, in the long run, no more painful than the last 10 years have been. At any rate this surgery is now essential and unavoidable--to begin with you have 180 million lives to save.

The operation will result in the unification of Pashtunistan (Islamic or not), a free Balochistan, unless they choose to combine with Sindh which itself will be free from Punjab. And as for you Punjabi's, it will be up to you to re-channelise your energies in more industrious ways. We will do our best to keep you safe from your child, the Taliban, but you may need to fight for your survival.

Finally, take note that the 7 billion people you want to keep safe have voted that there will not remain one nuclear weapon or facility in your unsafe 'country'. Disengage and dismantle them now, else your very existence is at grave risk, for these are to be removed at any cost.

Posted by Amit at September 13, 2011 1:12 AM ET:

It is shocking that a respected newspaper such as WSJ would laugh in the face of public sensitivity to make a few bucks.

Despite what Pakistan might want to project out there, the truth remains that it is the breeding & training ground of world terrorism. In India, we have a bomb blast almost once a week/fortnight in some part of the country or the other. All of it - courtesy of our neighbor to the west - Pakistan! We have lost hundreds of civilians & soldiers thanks to their mindless agenda. We have had our own 9/11 on 26/11 - the Mumbai attacks where we lost over 160 people in a barbaric attack in the heart of the city.

Defenders of Peace...How can they make such a outrageous claim? I as an Indian am so deeply offended by this claim - I can only imagine how an American would feel reading an ad on their most heartbreaking day of the year, posted by a country harboring their #1 enemy for years.

Our thoughts & prayers with the American people!

Posted by Charu at September 13, 2011 1:36 AM ET:

Yes that is Benazir Bhutto's picture, which suggests that this is a PR effort by her husband. As for her killers, there is evidence that the military had a hand in it - the gun used is favored by them, there was a curious lack of security for her, and the scene was quickly hosed down to remove all evidence. What is truly sick is that her husband and the civilian government that rules in her name have to cravenly kow-tow to the same rogue institution that murdered her and her father; as Hitchens duly noted in a recent no-holds-barred article on Pakistan.

Posted by Aaron at September 13, 2011 1:57 AM ET:

This is a joke!!
Pakistan's bomb blasts and deaths are akin to snake bites suffered by a person who nurtures dangerous snakes in his yard to push into his neighbours's houses.
Note the establishment which nurtures these terrorists couldnot care less about these deaths...

Posted by Manish at September 13, 2011 2:04 AM ET:

The ad is unfortunate for many reasons - its provocative and offensive. Pak Govn put this ad in WSJ implies, they are stupid and desperate. WSJ publishing the ad should be appalling.

If Pak govn put more efforts working on their citizens, instead of giving americans a clarification, terrorism would be in control. hell forget abt citizens, if pak govn can just control ISI, training camps and terror outfits - numerous ones if i may add, that should be enough. Most citizens anywhere in the world, any religion or any region, do not want to see innocent civilians dead by extremists/terrorists and I am sure thats true for pakistani ppl as well.

Pakistan created terrorism and used it as a proxy war for more than 3+ decades against india when they couldn't win 2 wars head on. It is unfortunate now that the beast they created, they can't tame and innocent pakistani civilians are a casualty.

Posted by Girish at September 13, 2011 2:14 AM ET:

The only good thing about this ad is the money spent here cannot be used to train killers.

Posted by Peter at September 13, 2011 2:18 AM ET:

This advertisement means they need more money from US.

Posted by SY at September 13, 2011 2:52 AM ET:

What a pathetic joke and it is in bad taste.

A FAILED STATE CALLED PAKISTAN which openly has created, nutured and sustained TERROR groups all these years had the audacity to place such an advertisement.

Pakistan ahad repeatedly held a BEGGING BOWL in one hand while usign those very funds to promote terror with the other hand. Downright Rotten.

Posted by Sanjit Bal at September 13, 2011 3:04 AM ET:

Wow..this has to be the most obnoxious if not offensive poster of self-proclamation ever!!!!
I mean right from the Punjab terrorist groups in the 80’s, to the Kashmiri terrorist groups, AQT, OBL, every single plot being hatched in Pakistan (9/11 NYC, 26/11 Mumbai), every single HVT found and captured in Pakistan (OBL, KSM, Abu Zubayada..), with every indication and proof of close involvement and support of the Pakistan Government via ISI or other outfits, do they expect that some warped number crunching will absolve them from all the blood shedding they are responsible for? Will it bring back the fathers, mothers, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters and children killed to the families affected by the terrorist machine Pakistan has made and continues to run?

Posted by jack at September 13, 2011 3:06 AM ET:

Yeah....sure u liars! You feed and create the terror monster in your Madrassas....and when the monster is let loose on the streets...you beg Americans for dollar help, in the name of containing it! Out of these dollars, your Army Generals and politicians buy assets for themselves and then,try not to kill but tame the terror tobe used again for future dollars!.....The world is now aware of your so called tricks......Are you listening Mr. ISI,The Pak Army and the Mullahs..... :)

Posted by josh at September 13, 2011 3:13 AM ET:

It reflects how Pakis think about their identity. First they provide shelter to destabilise neighbours and the world, now the same force is destabilising Pak. How on earth Osama could have taken shelter in Pak? The shameless politicians of Pak have led their illegitimate country to brink of destruction. Because of their irresponsible actions millions of innocent muslims are bearing the brunt of segregation.

The next on the agenda shd be to dethrone Pak military & corrupt polilty till then world will not be a safe place.

Posted by DBoy at September 13, 2011 3:16 AM ET:

Well considering the fact that they have been arm-twisted into wor on terrorism.

They had to face the wrath of the very terrorist they bred till now as the terrorist dont like the fact that US is making Pakistan take some action against them.

Posted by Angel Wings at September 13, 2011 3:20 AM ET:

I am sure there are people in Pakistan - general public who think that they are fighting terrorism.. but its a dual mentality.. u wanna fight terrorism, but u hate India.. u want peace but u also want nuclear weapons!

Is this ad just a way to justify ur sinking economy? Do u need more aid??

Indians have always been shouting that Pakistan has terrorist.. I am glad that post OBL the entire world knows the truth.. so such ads will just make ppl roll their eyes in disgust!

Me: Well it made me laugh @ first but then made me sad as it reminded me how Bhutto was killed.. :(

Btw -- This ad can be b a nice plot on Family guy! It reeks of sarcasm :-P

Posted by VinCi at September 13, 2011 3:25 AM ET:

Sending friend request through an half page ad on Wallstreet ## shamelessly desperate. You reap what you sow...

Posted by Jill at September 13, 2011 3:44 AM ET:

And if you closely look at the bottom-right, it says 200,000 soldiers are on the Front-Line, but only 90,000 are actually on the Afgan border - Where ae the rest 110,000? On the border with India?! Who is a greater threat - Afganistan or India? Whats it again about saving the world?!! From Indians I guess.

Posted by Lucie at September 13, 2011 3:45 AM ET:

why do these peple think they are entiled to our tax dollars???

Posted by giri at September 13, 2011 3:48 AM ET:

This ad shows one thing... Pakisatn creates terrorists..when they grow large they beg other nations for money and protection... and claim to be victims....

Pakistan/Porkistan is worlds largest breeder of Terror groups...
LeT/Huji/haqqani/al-qaeda/IM/JuD... etc... and they have started brainwashing kashmiri muslims..

Posted by American at September 13, 2011 3:54 AM ET:

They are showing Bhutto's pic but she was killed by their government only.

and also where were you when citizens of this country were dancing on the streets after 9/11...

Posted by Naush at September 13, 2011 4:13 AM ET:

Well, what ever is happening in Pakistan is not hidden. its always the people who suffer. i will start with 9/11. Was that a fight of people of America and OBL? No, it was just a political rivalry between Bush and OBL and who suffered, The Americans. Now come to Pakistan. Was it a fight of Pakistan with OBL? No, it was a fight of Americans and Al-Qaeda. And who was dragged into it, PAKISTAN. Before 2001, there wasn't a single attack inside Pakistan and after 2001, stats speaks. It wasn't their fight at all still they lost so many people. As i said, whatever govt does inside Pak is reminiscent of what people think. Why before 2001, most of the pakistanis thought america as a better nation and now they are all against that. As i said, its all about common man. Whats their mistake in all this political mess. Poor and middle class suffers. People in the US were stunted when 9/11 and they still cry for those 3000 who lost their lives but have u ever think what people inside pak who have lost their loving families in drones or suicide attacks? Its just increasing problem for the US and the world itself. We need to praise common man there. Peace

Posted by banti at September 13, 2011 4:19 AM ET:

Paki Jokes. Unable to stand of own want to help America. All USA tax payer money goes to Pakistan, use by Army for training terrorist.
People in Pak are suffering. Better help them.

Posted by Kulamarva Balakrishna at September 13, 2011 4:23 AM ET:

Thanks, due to LWJ I could see the graffiti ad as
it appeared in the late Daniel Pearl´s WSJ.I had
looked up WSJ, could not find the ad online so
googling I landed at the Pakistan Defense website
and copied their own version of the ad, where it
was mentioned President Asif Ali Zardari photo
was at the back ground along the Pak flag on the
ad.I have published that version with my comments.
Then come the report in Pakistani version of the
International Herald Tribune,namely Express Tribune
China was the first country to offer flood relief this
year worth no more than 4.7 million (repeat million)
dollars!As expected Pakistani literates are all praise
and thanks for the all weather friend, higher than
the Himalayas and deeper than the Indian Ocean,
Friend Mandarin Middle Kingdom.Last year India was
made to send its own help for Pakistani suffering
siblings beyond the borders via the Glass House
Palace of New York! I sent my own personal donation
through the Doctors Without Borders. It is a long
way for the decimated 180 million and its future
generations before they stand on their own stable
feet. I wish they do.
Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM
India --- Kulamarva Balakrishna

Posted by VKS at September 13, 2011 4:25 AM ET:

See they have now started a marketing campaign. Indeed its only Pakistan which can cash on this unique business of terrorism. So many lost lives, its all part of the larger deal, so who cares!!

Posted by george at September 13, 2011 4:40 AM ET:

So, Pakistan never had any mad muslim factions blowing each other to chops before the war in Afghanistan? No NW Frontier tribal areas full of beady-eyed Afridis, Yousufzais, Pashtuns looking to kill police and any agent of the lowland thieves? No quarrels in Kashmir?

It was all peace and light before the feranghis invaded and spoilt the peaceful harmony of the valleys from Quetta to Swat.

B.S. it was. You can trust them as far as you can throw them.

Posted by pawan at September 13, 2011 4:41 AM ET:

What a joke Imao...... oh election time in pakistan i guess.... but all said n done it was in poor taste atlest on this very date bad choice pakistan govt. u cud had atlest avoided this very date for this ad. Just 2 question to the pakistan govt. What was Dr Khan doing from within Pakistan???? Why was OBL having a Honeymoon like so deep within Pakistan????

Posted by wonderer at September 13, 2011 4:46 AM ET:

This ad is nothing but the usual begging bowl, albeit well camouflaged!

Remember this is the only country in the world that makes a living by threatening to commit suicide

Posted by Chengez K at September 13, 2011 4:56 AM ET:

Please remember it was American CIA that trained the Saudi OBL to become a killer.Later the same Saudi OBL & his fellow citizens attacked America.

Where does Pakistan come into all this??Why had Pakistan made to pay such a cruel price?

Posted by VJ at September 13, 2011 5:14 AM ET:

What a daring ad this is? It is to get more billions from USA and not to protect the 7 billion people. Pakistan is very good proclaiming it to be a saint and a fatherly figure to the whole world whereas it is not! Such a pity that the world still does not understand Pak to its double standards. How can it harbour Osama for a decade, how can it protect the Mumbai terrorists, how can it fuel Kashmir protests, how can it be at a war with India all the time..This is the country world should be too careful of. It is a nation that is a terrorist harbour. BETTER BE WATCHFUL THAN SYMPATHETIC ABOUT PAKISTAN. At least the world will never regret this approach.

Posted by sunny at September 13, 2011 5:19 AM ET:

big joke of the decade. Pakistan sacrifices!!! by providing protection for 10 year to Laden.

Posted by Milind at September 13, 2011 5:19 AM ET:

What kind of a cynical humor is this? This nation harbors the most number of terrorists and terrorist training camps...Al Qaeda, LET, Taliban, etc. Provided shelter to Osama Bin Laden. Keeps sending jihadists via land, air and sea routes in all directions and then talks of sacrifices.
Oh! Give us a break!

Posted by RAVI HUNDEKAR at September 13, 2011 5:22 AM ET:

Well I strongly suggest and request to the people of Pakistan that please introspect yourself. Stop hatredness about your neighbours. If Pakistan stops interfearing in kashmir issue then I assure you that everything including terror will be vanished. Although I am not pointing about any specific issue, but trying to explain about growth of terror in the form of kashmir and palestine. I do strongly support palestine state but on peacefully.
Since my comments are not targeted to anybody and it is purely my personal thinking. Well everyone has their own falt but needs to accept, admits and should correct it in very open minded. Wish peace be upon whole world.

Posted by john at September 13, 2011 5:50 AM ET:

Pakistan is the country which has harboured Osama Bin Laden for ten years in their military town , these are the people who support hundreds of militant organisations, Haqqani network, Lashkar e toiba, harkat mujahideen etc., they play double game with USA take money, arms , and still support the militants, total ISI and Army are deeply religious fanatics. International community should take control of Pakistan and dismantle the terrorist network, Recent years any terrorist attact in the world is related to Pakistan.

Posted by john at September 13, 2011 5:52 AM ET:

Pakistan is the country which has harboured Osama Bin Laden for ten years in their military town , these are the people who support hundreds of militant organisations, Haqqani network, Lashkar e toiba, harkat mujahideen etc., they play double game with USA take money, arms , and still support the militants, total ISI and Army are deeply religious fanatics. International community should take control of Pakistan and dismantle the terrorist network, Recent years any terrorist attact in the world is related to Pakistan.

Posted by mnj at September 13, 2011 5:55 AM ET:

HA HA HA HA HA HA .... " A VERY SERIOUS CAMPAIGN" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Mod. Azhar at September 13, 2011 6:02 AM ET:

I am sorry to say but it will only spoil Pakistan's face.If they want more aid from US and WorldBank they should have just simply asked.It does not make any sense creating all this emotional drama..Everyone know that Pakistan is the epicenter of terrorism..As rightly said As you sow so you reap..Why this crocodile tears when the internal terrorism is rising in country.Have Pakistani Leadership ever thought about Thousands of people killed in India,Afghanistan, US,UK,Bally,France etc...

I bet Pakistan would be just like any African country if US and World Bank stops its aid...I work in IMF and I know that they are considering about dropping their aid...rest will follow them soon....

Posted by Paul at September 13, 2011 7:06 AM ET:

Pakistan is Gaza on a larger scale up for the highest bidder or in their case ALL bidders whether US/West,China,Russia,Saudi or Iran.

Basically they play each country against each other whilst collecting from ALL.

They are the number one two faced Ally!

Posted by ninteappan at September 13, 2011 7:12 AM ET:

This must be a joke. 9000 solders injured? yeah sure you started terrorisim, still practices it actively and claims to be a victim? pakistan is the only country in the world which negotiates with a gun to its on head. the americans are the fools

Posted by Rasheedh at September 13, 2011 7:52 AM ET:

Wonder how this Ad got approved by the editors of the Journal in the first place. Pak has never lacked the skill to shame itself time and again and here it goes again statistically proving why it is a failed state. No one ever doubted.

Posted by Raoul at September 13, 2011 9:36 AM ET:

Is not their Pakistan the country, where , the moments the Floods hit them this year a week ago, they had taken a phenomenal one point unilateral ACTIOn to save their people/nation? Great action country - they got theirPrez to phone up UN Secretary gen Ban Ki Moon and appeal for aid - asap - from all around the world, the more the better.

oh yes, then the self same Prez got up, dusted himself off, and got into a private jet and went to London for a week or more for general medical check ups etc...his Annuals. Ho hum, floods back home? The World Will help via UN (which by the way has put out large press notes seeking aid for Pakistan for the floods).

When terror strikes, their military asks for the same aid from ...you guessed it ...allies like US and China. US sends tax payer money, China SELLS aircraft, albeit latest ones. And China is preferred over US.

Terrorists you say? Same guys who stayed in places like Abbottabad army cantonment? Now I'm confused..... why would US want to send aid for that ??? Beats me, but I guess WSJ gets it because they are so big and bright and anyways everyone likes ad money , right?

Posted by tz07 at September 13, 2011 10:41 AM ET:

Its easy to criticise pakistan while sitting abroad. Pakistan is a huge country with a huge population and poor government. It does not have the capabilities like US army to go in and attack wherever they want. This requires money and their is a shortage of that. It gets worse when the country is hit by major floods for two consecutive years, plus earthquakes as well.

These facts are correct, n only people living in pakistan are experiencing the suffering due to this war. Thousands have been killed and injured, and they dont get any help from the govt that is poor and corrupt at the same time. So i think ppl shud be in the shoes of pakistanis and realise..

Posted by Solomon2 at September 13, 2011 11:25 AM ET:

So many thousands of soldiers dead - and it strikes nobody that the problem may be that Pakistan's generals are incompetent? Something is wrong there.

Posted by Victor at September 13, 2011 11:52 AM ET:

This was the ad they wanted to place but it got lost in translation


Posted by venayon at September 13, 2011 1:12 PM ET:

This is best joke by Pakistan to US tax payers on on very bad day

Posted by Bhaskar at September 13, 2011 2:34 PM ET:

You fools and liers. You could have used the AD money to help the poor who are drowning in floods. China is giving $5 millions and Iran is giving $100 millions to help the victims of floods in your country. Why Iran is giving $100 millions. Are you going to share the nuclear bomb technology with them now. Is this what you contribution to the world peace.

Posted by jack at September 13, 2011 3:39 PM ET:

"Pakistan Army....has been fighting for the future of the world's 7 billion"! Oh, really!....Thankyou for enlightening the (foolish) world!.....Ha.

Be grateful to the world that, it is still tolerant enough to help you & give you a chance to correct your inhuman doings of using terror as instrument of state policy!

Take this advice for your good, don't take the world's(USA's) patience for granted!.......Time is running out for the Pakistan Army and the ISI, to cleanup their mess.

Posted by Direwolf at September 13, 2011 3:47 PM ET:

Is this April's fools pre-release????

Posted by Gaylynn at September 13, 2011 5:27 PM ET:

REALLY????? Seriously now.......I really have heard it all now.

Posted by rizzo....... at September 13, 2011 7:00 PM ET:

all i got to say is GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Posted by indus at September 13, 2011 7:58 PM ET:

Next expect an ad from a drug lord or two from central/south America. Something like this:
Which entity has done more for your addiction pleasure!
Since 19xx a clan of xx drug lords has been ensuring that the 400m NorteAmericanos are supplied with all their drug needs for their mental stimulation.
In the process we have made innumerous sacrifices, which the statistics can hardly reflect:
- Hundreds of thousands of our foot soldiers (drug dealers) rotting in your prisons
- Tens of thousands our foot soldiers dead to ensure that drugs reach your shores safely
- Tens of thousands of widows and children of these foot soldiers living a pig's life
- Hundreds of drug family elites shot dead in your drug wars
- Hundreds of our law enforcers made to accept graft corrupting our holy system
Could any one else have made all these sacrifices!
Only we - the druglords - in service of entire humanity.

Posted by Ramesh at September 13, 2011 11:09 PM ET:

If I remember right, on 9/11 a senior US leader admitted by saying "The chickens have come home to roost". Similarly Pakistan should have also accepted it's mistake and advertise that they have turned a new leaf now. It is so pathetic and unfortunate that a "cold war" ally of the US had to advertise itself like this.

Posted by Suresh at September 14, 2011 2:38 AM ET:

Pakistan is like that bully in your neighbourhood who will send his goons to create trouble and then show up to collect cash to protect you from those goons.
Pakistan is like a bull dog that the US fed well during the soviet invastion and learnt quickly that "violence" is quite a profitable business and they have turned it into their national policy and figured that the get billions so long as there is violence and they get a special part at the global stage so long as the thread of terrorism is alive.
Ending violence and making peace is counter productive for pakistan economy and it would be like killing the goose that lays a golden egg. This Ad just shows that the stoppage of aid is hurting and they are just trying to get back into the good guys list so aid can continue and they can continue to foment terror and violence. Terrorism is one of the top export industry and they don't mind losing their own men and women in that process so long as pakistani armay and govt get a steady stream of handouts and military aid from the US.

Posted by Sebastian at September 14, 2011 3:20 AM ET:

Which country can do more for your peace?

Of course, it's Pakistan. Pakistan can do a lot more for our peace by stopping the state support to myriad terrorist outfits having their bases there as well as enjoying good amount of public support in the name of Sharia law and Islamic jihad. Pakistanis were literally dancing on the streets with glee and chanting Islamist slogans after 9/11. For 10 long years they hid the world's most dangerous terrorist bin Laden in a garrison town feeding him kebab and biryani. They still have the gaul to pretend to be an ally of the 7 billion people after stabbing us in the back. If they have the money to feed the terrorists then they should at least stop begging. Have a little bit of shame!

Posted by jack at September 14, 2011 8:51 AM ET:

I am sorry to see a repute news journal, The "Wall Street Journal", to takeup this add.,i understand the commercial aspect may be; but, the ethical part is beyond my comprehension!......How could the top management of WSJ allow this!!!!!............

Pakistan Army has crossed the heights of civilised & professionalism, compared to all the professional armies of the world!....Pakistani Army is not ony the cancer of this world but it's own country too!....They never allowed true democracy to take roots in Pakistan and controls all the national institutions directly or indirectly....and is flourishing on the false propegenda and brain washing its own countrymen/world!!!......God save Pakistan from this internal threat!!......God save the world from this terror factory!.......

Posted by Vyom at September 14, 2011 9:29 AM ET:

Certainly this ad is violating of liberty given to the people.......as one has right to express himself only in a manner not to offend others.........this ad has offended countless souls........By the way to answer the ad THE ONLY COUNTRY WHICH CAN DO MORE IS PAKISTAN ITSELF......because people are still dying because of terrorism and certainly Pakistan is not doing enough...
Give them enough money and they will create another scenario like 9/11.....

Posted by SDL at September 14, 2011 11:10 AM ET:

Ha Ha....this is the most hilarious thing ever!!!!.....
the US$ 68 Billion loss is due to the fact that they are
training and harboring terrorists for attacks on the world they pretend to save, rest of the aid is supplied by the US itself.
If things continue this way in Pak, then only people alive in that country will be the members of terrorist organizations, coz anyways they seem to be in majority and are having a ball of a time in PAK (Eg. OBL who had been in Pak for a long time).
well one thing is true only Pak can do alot for world peace, its just that it doesn't want to, they are more busy in disturbing world peace and spreading terror especially in countries like INDIA.

Posted by Villiger at September 14, 2011 11:25 AM ET:

Its time to be done with this (failed) idea called Pakistan.

Peace shall come from the pieces of Pakistan.

Posted by Charu at September 14, 2011 4:00 PM ET:

Haha, brilliant, Victor! That is a great parody of the Pakistani ad. Like all good parodies, it is much closer to the truth than the original.

Bill, this brilliant satirical ad deserves to be given equal time with the original for this article. If only the WSJ would air this as well on their pages. Perhaps the Onion might.

Posted by bard207 at September 14, 2011 7:09 PM ET:



Its easy to criticise pakistan while sitting abroad.
Pakistan is a huge country with a huge population and poor government. It does ,not have the capabilities like US army to go in and attack wherever they want. This requires money and their is a shortage of that. It gets worse when the country is hit by major floods for two consecutive years, plus earthquakes as well.

It is a matter of priorities rather than a a lack of funds that is hampering Pakistan's actions against the terrorists.

Pakistani Nuclear Arms Pose Challenge to U.S. Policy

New American intelligence assessments have
concluded that Pakistan has steadily expanded its nuclear arsenal since President Obama came to office, and that it is building the capability to surge ahead in the production of nuclear-weapons material, putting it on a path to overtake Britain as the world’s fifth largest nuclear weapons power...

But the most recent estimates, according to officials and outsiders familiar with the American assessments, suggest that the number of deployed weapons now ranges from the mid-90s to more than 110. When Mr. Obama came to office, his aides were told that the arsenal “was in the mid-to-high 70s,” according to one official who had been briefed at the time, though estimates ranged from 60 to 90.

“We’ve seen a consistent, constant buildup in their inventory, but it hasn’t been a sudden rapid rise,” a senior American military official said. “We’re very, very well aware of what they’re doing.”

Pakistan should reassign the people building the nuclear weapons to clearing out the militants.


Its easy to criticise pakistan while sitting abroad.
Pakistan is a huge country with a huge population and poor government.


The people in Rawalpindi are the ones determining the priorities in Pakistan, not Zardari and Gilani. You assigned the blame to the government while excusing the crew in Rawalpindi. I don't know if that was an oversight on your part or was intentionally deceitful.

Posted by rana imran at September 14, 2011 7:35 PM ET:

Truth is always "unacceptable". No, doubt, for money Pak Generals & Politician, sold blood of people of Pakistan.

Posted by Tony at September 14, 2011 11:13 PM ET:

This must be a joke, right? Pakistan is the world's number 1 promoter of terrorism, and yet it makes itself a victim? The country is a darned failed state. A ridiculous failed state. The best thing it can do to stop terrorism is to stop funding it! Until it does that, it is just another useless country.

Posted by RJ at September 15, 2011 12:53 AM ET:

When the war on terror started after the tragic events of 9/11 and Pakistan grudingly agreed to be an ally of America in this war on terror a senior Indian politician said,"If Pakistan is an ally of USA then God may bless America". These words seems so true now.This ad has shown that Pakistan is suffering from a high dose of narcacissam.Despite crticism from all around the world about its policy of treating terrorists as its stretegic assets and using them as a forgien policy tool, they seems to have learn't no lesson till now and nor are they suppose to do so in the future also. If one goes through the contents of the news chanells in Pakistan one can understand the mindset of the people and the govt of that country. Anchors and the people on the panel of these talk shows are always seems to be blaming the whole world (specialy USA, India and ofcourse how can Israel be behind) for their internal problems.eg...voilence in Karachi,Insurgency in Balochistan and trouble in its boder areas with Afghanistan are all due to external forces specialy India....The stupidity goes on...9/11 was planned by USA and Israel to defame and attack Islam, highjackers are of those planes are still alive (shows them talking to the anchors of the shows)and thus they were falsely implicated,how could passengers on those planes could communicate with their families when the tecnology was not there in those days, they claim to have a video footage of the onboard passengers to show that highjackers were not on the planes.....the list goes on and there's no end to the madness...Ask any Pakistani, he or she will say Osama is not dead....the most hilarious programe was about the problems faceing Pakistan most of which are of its own making and the rest are natural , the anchor asks a Cleric about the reasons for Pakistans surmounting problems, he blamed everthing except the real reasons, "Music,womens empowerment,Fashion,television to name a few".....the remedy he said was for the whole of the society to ask for forgiveness from Allah....the well educated anchor noded in approval and adviced the whole country to ask for a mercy.....what an analises......Now China is Pakistans new ally, "God bless them too". Amen....I hope India will be waiting with its fingers crossed to be accused for poltting the floods against Pakistan.

Posted by RG at September 15, 2011 2:11 AM ET:

Lol victor you are awesome .... your poster http://i.imgur.com/kWmTw.png rocks !

Pakis use American money to train terrorist and keeping practicing now and then in India to be in touch with their amazing terror spreading skills in US and UK.

Posted by Jack at September 15, 2011 6:44 AM ET:

No country was born with the money or the human skills to become great! The great powerful nations of yesteryears/today/tomorrow have done it on their own....it's a conscoius evolutionary process.

When Pakistan says it doesn't have money to fight terror and begs the World for money,nothing can be a bigger joke!

Let me tell you that if your ISI(Army) stop teaching/funding hatered in Mosques (Madrassas) through the Mullahs! Pakistani society would be on the path to civilization!Then,Pakistan doesn't need any guns to stop the terror.

Your Mullahs,the Army....catch the innocent blood on the streets and teach him hatered at the Allah's place of workship!Then this brainwashed individual knows nothing intellectual, than simply to be sucked into the suicidal missions in the name of religion!.....And the handellers(ISI,Pak Army,Mullahs....)have the evil-laugh by killing innocent humans through these brainwashed individuals!

And then they ask for money.....wake up Pakistan Army....the world can be foolled once...may be xTimes....but for sure not always!!

The media in USA has freedom,that's the reason this add. could be published by Pakistan evil-empire. Can Pakistan ever claim that the media in their country can dare do such a thing under the control of ISI & Pakistan Army. Don't take advatage of the freedom and respect prevalent in the Western world and the truly democratic countries of the world ,to meet your evil goals!

As i maintain that, there is a limit to the patience of the civilized and democtratic world.

Posted by wallbangr at September 15, 2011 12:01 PM ET:

You can let the Editor of the WSJ know how you feel about this here:

Posted by Sohail safdar at September 15, 2011 1:22 PM ET:

Interesting comments ! Beside this picture if some one do not believe that Pakistan has lost everything he is only TV viewer or Western Media reader. This country has sacrificed everything due to USA.I am here to discuss US and Pakistan. But this is fact the color of blood in all of world is same. And the facts is this my city which i never thought will be affected that is also affected due to all this war against terror. I have seen many mothers who have sacrificed their sons.
R.I.P. the 2,976 Americans who lost their lives on 9/11.
R.I.P. the 48,644 Afghans, 500,000+ Iraqis and 35,000+ Pakistanis people who paid the price for a crime they did not commit.

Still people think this drama. No one kill himself

Posted by Soccer at September 15, 2011 10:37 PM ET:

Sohail, what city are you from?

And just so you know, your numbers aren't quite right.

Posted by jack at September 16, 2011 3:56 AM ET:

Bang on 'Target' Victor. The true face of this add. is here;


Let this true face of this add. be published all over the world!

Posted by Neonmeat at September 16, 2011 4:53 AM ET:

@ Sohail Safdar,

No Pakistan has not sacrificed everything due to the USA, it has sacrificed its own authority by supporting militant groups and extremist elements within its borders as as a tool of foreign policy, as a way to control and influence the states on its borders such as Kashmir and Afghanistan.
Since Pakistans declaration that they are fighting the War on Terror these groups have turned around to bite the hand that once (and arguably still does) feed them.
The US has given Billions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan.
RIP all victims of terrorist acts.

Posted by Peter at September 16, 2011 10:24 AM ET:

Pakistan should have found a better way of self-ridiculing itself before the world. Pakistan's hypocracy is beyond any desperate acts of defence and people can do nothing but laugh at them. Pakistan is a real and clear threat to the world peace (thats where the claim of being 'the peace-keeper' crosses all limits of hypocracy and absurdity), a breeding ground for blood-thirsty and mindless fanatics and lunatics, and it is high time that the world does something about it before it is too late. The ad is nothing but a mockery to the victims around the world to Pakistan and other terrorist states' cannibalistic and satanic beliefs and acts to punish 'non-believers'.

Posted by villiger at September 16, 2011 12:16 PM ET:

wallbangr, what do Pakistan and WSJ have in common?

They are both owned and managed by people who are half-crooks and half-mercenary.

That about sums up Murdoch and his ilk. I've known all my life that he was a common crook. I really hope the Brits haul him and his son in. He's one guy i would have no qualms in kicking even while he is down. The Indians should also rough him and his interests in India up a bit.

In addition to writing to their editors/mgmt, subscribers should cancel their subscriptions and boycott that group's websites.

Posted by RJ at September 16, 2011 1:18 PM ET:

Years of doctrination and feeding its population with blatant lies by its rulers & its army has left them with little or no rationality to think positively....They (People) blindly and obediently follow what they are taught.......What else can be the reason for the conspiracy theories that float around in that country in abundance (Every problem with Pakistan is considered as a conspiracy)...Those who question this stupidity are either killed, hounded or labeled as traitors.......Army is held in high esteem in Pakistan even though it has been a main source of extreme embarassment for the country....eg
: Wars with India (65,71,Kargil),despite voiceferious denials of Osama not being on its soil but ultimately being found near Army garrison much to the amusement and ebarasment of the Army and ISI...If anybody has any inclination to die laughing then he or she should hear Pakistani political leaders talk.....its utter nonsense......sample this : A former Interior Minister proudly claimed on the news chanells that he had sanctioned 300000 armed licences to the people who were close to him and he said that he expect them to use these weapons and he also claimed that he got some anti social element (A Dacoit) Killed in a fake encounter on his boss's demand because he was involved in a sectarian violence and now the same ex-minister says that he thinks that the dacoit fellow is a martyr.....I hope nobody would have seen any senior minister (Former) making such silly claims and feeling proud about it.....and nobody would have seen or heard a Army chief of any resposible country call terrorists as their strategic assets....In Pakistan its a common thing...Pakistani's hate USA but has no shame in accepting its money......In pursuit to destroy other countries they have almost bleed their country to death.....The irony is that after all this no lessons has been learn't nor there is any hope from the present generation.....may Allah drill in some common sense.

Posted by CC at September 16, 2011 3:49 PM ET:

Bill, here is some more of the same

"Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Friday that his nation had contributed enormously in the fight against terrorism and extremism and that it was now time for the United States to "do more" in the campaign against terror."


Posted by jack at September 17, 2011 6:54 AM ET:

Guess, the President of USA is realising his policy mistakes of giving the million/billion dollar US tax payers money as aid to Pakistan army!

Just few days back Obama refused to meet Gilani(Pakistan's Army controlled civilian government's prime minister!) at the UN conference thus, Gilani cancelled going for the UN meet and instead his foreign minister or somebody(who cares!) from Pakistan is going to attend the UN meet instead!


.....Not just that, the Pak media told its people that Gilani had cancelled his trip to UN because he wants to take charge of the flood relief operations in Pakistan!!!!.....Oh man....god knows if the humanitarian aid meant for the flood affected victims; reaches the Pakistani army garisson and the bank accounts of puppet politicians/madrasas or the needy!!!!....

The Pakistan Army/ISI/mullahs/puppet politicians....cannot be trusted with the world's Aid money or any humanitarian assistance in any form!

Devise a mechanisam on the ground; that it is ensured that the aid money reaches the flood victims only.

Or else these poor surviving victims(who have nobody!) are an easy target for mullahs/(Army)ISI/puppet politicians...tobe picked into mosques & brain washed into Jihad,in the name of religion!!!......and the terror factory keeps producing terrorists!......

Posted by jack at September 20, 2011 2:36 PM ET:

Well', Former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani killed,,,,,Not a surprise to me, as ISI(Pakistan Army) never wanted any one to negotiate with the Taliban except the Pakistani army!,,,,, since this position gives constant supply of Dollars from the west and puts Pak army in the power equation for eternity!......

West should realise this,that the spoiler for any regional peace is the ISI(Pak army).......PERIOD!.......

Posted by John Holliday at September 21, 2011 11:56 PM ET:

Pakistan is milking us by running withe the Taliban hare and hunting withe the US hounds. The only aim of this shameless nation was to secure $11 billion military aid from us.

Posted by Junaid Ranjh at September 24, 2011 7:29 AM ET:

The Indians are very shocked by the advertisement appeared in NYT 22 Sep 2011. I want to ask Indians if you can do more for peace so please come forward and DO MORE instead of mourn.

Posted by RJ at September 25, 2011 3:48 AM ET:

With Pakistani's doing a fabulous job of insuring a round the clock world peace by sheltering the terrorists there's no need for Indians to worry about and to come forward to do the needfull.....Pakistan's political class,Army (ISI),Media and offcourse its enlightened and educated masses are all doing a fantastic job of taking their country to the cleaners.....anything that comes with a maximum premium in Pakistan is "Sanity".....genrations of Pakistani's has been fed and brought up on a diet of lies,deciet,religion(Not to following it in its true form), false sense of pride with ficticious example's and hatred towards other religions......people learn from their mistakes but not Pakistani's.......even Allah has given up on them.

Posted by Emil George at September 27, 2011 3:25 AM ET:

Unfortunately the pakistanis have dug their own grave. Using devious and unethical ways will never go on for long. You have been Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & now Mr Hyde is taking over..I think very soon you wil invite the wrath of the whole world upon you, you are already a failed state, a state of criminals and cheats...the only reason why you are still there is because the Americans need you to access Afganistan. All the problems in the world today is somehow linked to Pakistan...PATHETIC!!