Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Most Pakistanis grieve for Osama: Survey

Proof of existence of liberal and moderate Islam?

51% of people surveyed in Pakistan said that they grieve for Osama Bin Laden while 33% said they were unconcerned!

This can be viewed with another opinion poll (conducted by Pew Global and it is here) which showed:

1.   69% of Pakistanis say influence of Islam in politics is positive while 6% say it is negative [In Indonesia, it is 91% and 6%; For Egypt, the corresponding figures are 85% and 2%]
2.   85% of Pakistanis support gender segregation and support a law in this regard.
3.   82% of Pakistanis said they support Islamic laws like stoning for adultery, cutting the hands of thieves for robbery.
4.   Over 76% of Pakistanis support Islamic law awarding death penalty to people who leave Islam to to other religion.

Interestingly, when this poll was taken (Year 2010), only 18% have positive views on Osama Bin Laden. Back in the year, 2003, 46% of Pakistanis have positive views of Osama Bin Laden! What explains the drastic reduction is many Muslims of Pakistanis became the victims of wave of Taliban and Al-Qaeda suicide bombings.

At the same time, Bin Laden's death at the hands of US received sympathies from 51% of population which means most Muslims consider violence in their country as a problem with in Ummah with no place for outsiders.

If some one is saying Pakistan is a moderate Islamic country, just ask them what does it mean and what is moderate Islam itself? Existence of moderate Islam is a myth created by media and politicians to comfort non-Muslims.

Coming to the report (here):

A majority of Pakistanis surveyed in a poll appeared to be aggrieved over the death of Osama bin Laden, with 51 per cent describing their emotions as "grief" though one-third said they were unconcerned by the incident.

The nationwide study was released by Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The poll covered 2,530 men and women in the rural and urban areas.

The poll was conducted among 2,530 men and women representatives of the adult population of Pakistan. They were distributed in the rural and urban areas of various provinces and districts and comprised a cross-section of various education, income, age and linguistic backgrounds.

In the following pages, you will read how Pakistanis responded to the questionnaire........    

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