US Foreign Policy Regarding War on Terror: Pakistani Press Coverage

Mian Ahmad Hanan, PhD, Noshina Saleem, PhD & Rabia Qusan


This study offers a detailed analysis of all unsigned editorials’ appeared in the Dawn and The News on US policy towards Pakistan regarding issues including: Issue 1-Assassination of Osama Bin Laden, Issue 2-Do more policy, Issue 3-NATO supplies with reference to war on terror from January 2011 to December 2012 by employing content analysis methodology. The study maintains that both the Dawn & The News were critical to US policy on Assassination of Osama Bin Laden but the tone of The News was intense in nature. In addition, The News gave more negative coverage as compare to the Dawn. Similarly, US policy to put pressure on Pakistan to launch military operation against Taliban in the Tribal areas of Pakistan-Do more Policy, both newspapers criticized U.S. policy and supported Pakistan’s government policy to negotiate with Taliban for peaceful resolution of the conflict. On NATO Supplies to Afghanistan through Pakistan, the Dawn gave neutral coverage while, The News was critical in tone. This study also reveals that the Dawn gave more coverage to US policy towards Pakistan as compare to The News while Policy Issue 2-Do more Policy, gained more editorial attention. The editorial coverage pattern of Pakistani newspapers supports the argument that the press and foreign policy relationship is issue-specific because of the influence of media’s organizational policy.

 Keywords: Assassination of Osama Bin Laden, Do more Policy, Framing, NATO Supplies, US Foreign Policy, War on Terror.

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