ISLAMABAD — US Embassy advertisements condemning an anti-Islam video appeared on Pakistani TV channels on Thursday in an attempt to undercut anger against the United States, where the film was produced, reported Wall Street Journal.
The advertisements end with the seal of the American Embassy in Islamabad. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the ad was produced by the embassy, which spent $70,000 to air the 30-second spot on seven Pakistani television stations.
Nuland said it was common practice to pay to air public service announcements in Pakistan and noted that the embassy there had done it at least one other time, in the aftermath of a deadly 2005 earthquake that hit the country.
In an email sent after the ads began running Thursday, the embassy in Islamabad also distributed a link to video of ordinary Americans condemning the anti-Islam film, which appeared on YouTube. Nuland said that some of the comments on the video had been solicited by the US government from religious leaders and other prominent people in order to demonstrate that anti-Muslim sentiment is not widely shared in the United States.