- The Washington Times - Monday, May 9, 2005

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Agence France-Presse) — Pakistan’s parliament yesterday condemned a U.S. newspaper cartoon that it said ridiculed the country’s role as an ally in the U.S.-led war on terror, state media reported.

Lawmakers unanimously passed a resolution decrying the cartoon, which appeared Friday in The Washington Times. It showed “a dog personifying Pakistan and a U.S. soldier patting it” for its role in the fight against terror, the Associated Press of Pakistan quoted ruling party President Chaudhry Shujaat as saying.

“The government has taken a strong note of this cartoon published in The Washington Times as it has hurt the feelings of the people of Pakistan,” Mr. Shujaat said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Jalil Abbas Jilani said at a weekly briefing that the Pakistani Embassy in Washington already had lodged a protest with the editorial board of The Washington Times about the cartoon.

“The contemptuous cartoon in The Washington Times is an insult to the sentiments of the people in both Pakistan and the United States as it strengthens the hands of extremists,” Mr. Jilani said.

The publication of the cartoon comes after President Bush praised Pakistan for last week’s capture of Abu Faraj al-Libbi, purportedly a key aide of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda’s third in command.

Pakistan has sent thousands of troops into its unruly northwestern tribal districts bordering Afghanistan to hunt for al Qaeda-linked militants who sneaked across the frontier after the U.S.-led ouster of the Taliban in late 2001.

U.S. officials believe bin Laden and other key militants may be getting shelter somewhere along the mountainous border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

• An editorial, “A dog’s life (and times),” appears on Page A18.

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