US raids on Taleban and al-Qaeda targets in Pakistani territory have caused outrage in Pakistan. And that has added to the loathing that some people there have long felt for the way that the US conducts itself on the world stage, as Owen Bennett-Jones discovers.
"I would rather live in the dark ages under the Taleban than be subservient to any foreign power."
The unexpected comment comes from an urbane, sophisticated and, I had always thought, Westernised Pashtun lawyer.
He wears none of the badges of Islamic piety - a beard, for example - and he normally sports a navy blazer not the local shalwar kameez.
He is a former minister with the Pakistan People's Party, the most liberal in Pakistan.
Rejecting the West
The word liberal in the Pakistani context means modern, educated, secular rather than theocratic and, up until now at least, pro-Western.
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