Pew Research reveals an irony
Pervez Musharraf, America’s frontline ally in the war on terror and Osama Bin Laden, its primary target, are both viewed favourably in Pakistan. So are suicide-bombings against Israelis and Americans (the survey did’nt ask about Indians).
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is widely unknown, with a third or more in every country except Pakistan giving no opinion. Pakistanis expressed highly favorable opinions of their president; 86% rate him favorably, and 60% view him very favorably, by far the highest rating of any leader in the survey. Views of Musharraf are more positive than negative in Turkey, and are about evenly divided in Britain, the U.S., Russia, and Jordan. Negative opinion of Musharraf is strongest in France, Germany, and Morocco.
Osama bin Laden is viewed with almost universal disdain throughout the European nations surveyed as well as in Turkey. But bin Laden is regarded favorably by 65% of Pakistanis and by 55% of Jordanians. Moroccans are divided in their views, with 45% favorable and 42% unfavorable. [People Press]
Update: Daily Times analysis of the Pew poll