US' plans to expand presence in Pakistan enhancing anti-America feeling: NYT

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New York, Oct.6 (ANI): With the Obama Administration pushing the Pakistan government to take more steps against the Taliban amid reports that the top commanders of the banned outfit have taken refuge in Quetta near the Afghan border, anti-US sentiment in Pakistan is rising.

The United States is trying hard to reduce the anti-American feeling with the approval of an aid package of 1.5 billion dollars a year for the next five years, however, the terms and conditions attached with the aid are being seen as an insult by the Pakistanis and they believe that it impedes the nation's sovereignty.

The massive expansion of the US embassy in Islamabad and reports regarding the US' plans to send 1000 more Marines to Pakistan has further aggravated the issue.

The United States Embassy has publicized plans for a vast new building in Islamabad for about 1,000 people, with security for some diplomats provided through a Washington-based private contracting company, DynCorp.

The Pakistani military and the intelligence agencies are concerned that DynCorp is being used by Washington to develop a parallel network of security and intelligence personnel within Pakistan, The New York Times quoted officials and politicians close to the army, as saying. (ANI)

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