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Pakistani politician blames assassination attempt on CIA, Pakistan government

A prominent Islamist politician and fierce critic of US presence in his country survived the attack unscathed. He blamed it on the CIA and local government, despite contradictory evidence.

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Awareness of covert US work in the country has been heightened lately because of the recent furor over CIA contractor Raymond Davis, who was working under the guise of being a low-level US embassy employee when he killed two Pakistani men in Lahore in what he says was self-defense. Mr. Davis was was put in Pakistani custody but was released in mid-March, possibly after the US government paid "blood money" to have him freed.

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After the second attack, Rehman went forward with a planned public meeting at the playground of a public high school and criticized the local government for not protecting them, The Dawn reported:

“We ask the government why it failed to make adequate security arrangements and why security was not provided to our workers,” he questioned.

He said that they would continue their struggle despite such incidents. No one could stop them from marching towards their destination, he said. He alleged that America was a terrorist state and its policies were based on terrorism. He said that supporters of American policies were also terrorists.

He came down heavily on [local coalition government leading party] Awami National Party Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, saying he had buried the non-violence philosophy of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan.

“When the former Soviet Union occupied Afghanistan, the ANP leadership embraced them. Now the American and NATO forces are butchering Pakhtuns but ANP leaders are supporting them,” he said.

He said that war on terror was not their war. “It is American war, which is fought on the soil of Pakhtuns. We oppose this war as killing of Pakhtuns is not acceptable to us,” he said. He said that government should change its policies.

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