POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jul 31, 2010 AT 01:13 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 31, 2010 01:13 IST

The latest survey report on Pakistan by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project which did face-to-face interviews with 2,000 adults in Pakistan April 13 to 28, 2010 shows some interesting results. Some of those:

1. Pakistanis are "more worried about the external threat from India than extremist groups within Pakistan. When asked which is the greatest threat to their country – India, the Taliban or al Qaeda – slightly more than half of Pakistanis (53%) choose India, compared with 23% for the Taliban and just 3% for al Qaeda"

 

2. In its relationship with India, Kashmir is the biggest issue:

  • 71% consider it a "very big problem"
  • 79% say it is very important to resolve

3. But a majority also wants improved relations with India:

 (As against this, 64% want "improved relations with the US"

4. Only 35% Pakistanis polled have a negative view of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a much lower percentage than for the other terror groups. One-in-four Pakistanis express a positive assessment, while 40% offer no opinion. LeT targets largely India, while others are now seen as possible threats to Pakistan itself.

4. Also worrying are the extreme views of the urban poupulation -- or at least those polled -- about law, religion and society:

Read the full report here | PDF

 

 

 

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jul 31, 2010 AT 01:13 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 31, 2010 01:13 IST
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16/D-9
Aug 05, 2010
12:44 AM
Arun,

>> "We both need to grow up (in terms of comfortable with self and confidence) - I think Pakistan needs lot more growing up. Till then keep talking with no expectations and keep promoting as much people-to-people/trade."

You are absolutely right. And welcome back!
Anwaar
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Aug 05, 2010
12:40 AM
53-47 - so is the glass half full or half empty. I am a half-empty type of person, so that is what I think. My view has always been it is premature for any real results in Indo-Pak relationship. We both need to grow up (in terms of comfortable with self and confidence) - I think Pakistan needs lot more growing up. Till then keep talking with no expectations and keep promoting as much people-to-people/trade. Tone down the rhethoric (don't use words on which you can't act) and media should pay more attention to India-China and India-US relationships - ignore Indo-Pak a little.
Arun Maheshwari
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Aug 04, 2010
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>>it is surprising that 47% of Pakistanis now do not consider the Indians that way

The question was one of degree, not of kind. Have a more absolutist question, such as 'do you consider India a threat' and the number might well be upwards of 85%.

I find it surprising that despite a 2 year campaign of terror and suicide bombings carried out by the Taliban, 77% of Pakistanis do not consider it the greatest threat to their nation.
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Aug 03, 2010
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Zia's policy from the seventies has ended up indoctrinating a large section of Pakistani society. However, there is reason to believe that wave has crested, especially now that it is hurting its creators.
vijay
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Aug 02, 2010
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Also please do not rule out rise of nationalism among the younger generation of urban Indians.
India in the first ten years of the 21st century saw a exceptional improvement in GDP that helped more prosperity of the urban middle class. With the rest of the world looking up to India now for future economic ties, the new found confidence and the middle class prosperity will lead to increased nationalism among the young urban middle class.
China already is seeing the same phenomenon.
A trend shift from the neo liberal left wing socialistic thinking to a right wing, pro-market, pro-business nationalist belief among the urban Indian youth will shape the future of Indo-Pak relationship. More trade and investments can open doors and more softness with lashkar will close doors.
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