This column shows the rising backlash within Pakistan’s middle class against the country’s American puppet rulers.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—When the October 2005 earthquake shook our world, the then American ambassador Ryan Crocker planned taking charge of relief efforts. He convinced the Musharraf government that the Americans were the best thing that could happen to Pakistan at their time of need! ‘We can do a better job than the Pakistanis’ was his loud message. Crocker and his team of army men landed at the PM Secretariat to set up their disaster management headquarters. “Big beefy colonels toting their cell phones and walkie-talkies roamed the corridors barking orders at us,” an eyewitness tells me. “We were running like scared chickens trying not to get trampled.”