And Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the panel, urged the center to also reach out to Sindhi speakers in southern Pakistan.
“My hope is that you're reaching out to the Pakistani people not just in Urdu, which is the politically correct language that the government ... in Pakistan would have you use, but also in the other languages, particularly Sindhi,” he told Fernandez. “The U.S. must reach out to Sindh, where, of course, the Sindhi language is spoken by more people than Urdu, even though I know you have native Urdu speakers."
“You might have to do it all,” added Sherman, who vowed to fight for the increased funding that would be needed.
The center was established by the Obama administration in 2010. It made news earlier this year when it was involved in spoof ads on websites in Yemen that replaced jihadist ads with pictures of coffins draped with Yemeni instead of American flags, to show most victims of terrorism are local people.
The United States isn't the only country involved in such efforts. Britain's MI6 service recently replaced an online Jihadi recipe for pipe bombs with a link to how to make American cupcakes, panel Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) wrote on his blog.
Correction: This post was corrected to attribute a quote to Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) rather than Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.)