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Published On: Thu, Sep 20th, 2012

US State Department spending $70K ads in Pakistan to denounce anti-Islam video

The American Embassy in Islamabad, in a bid to tamp down public rage over the anti-Islam film produced in the U.S., is spending $70,000 to air an ad on Pakistani television that features President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton denouncing the video.

Protests in Pakistan dwarfed those in other countries, with estimates of 5,000 or more protesters.

The State Department said Thursday the embassy had compiled brief clips of Obama and Clinton rejecting the contents of the movie and extolling American tolerance for all religions into a 30-second public service announcement that is running on seven Pakistani networks.

Obama and Clinton’s comments, which are from previous public events in Washington, are in English but subtitled in Urdu, the main Pakistani language.

The ads reflected efforts by the U.S. government to distance itself from the video in a country where anti-American sentiment already runs high. Violence linked to the movie has left at least 30 people in seven countries dead, including the American ambassador to Libya.

Two people have died in protests in Pakistan.

“We absolutely reject its content and message,” said Clinton in the advertisement.

“As you know, after the (anti-Islam) video came out, there was concern in lots of bodies politic, including Pakistan, as to whether this represented the views of the U.S. government. So, in order to be sure that we reached the largest number of Pakistanis, some 90 million as I understand it in this case with these spots, it was the judgment that this was the best way to do it,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

A caption on the ad reads: “Paid Content” and it ends with the seal of the American Embassy in Islamabad.

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