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Most Pakistanis see US as bigger threat than India: survey
PTI
Islamabad, August 10, 2009
First Published: 20:34 IST(10/8/2009)
Last Updated: 20:36 IST(10/8/2009)
Most Pakistanis believe the US poses a bigger threat to their country than India and are disenchanted with Washington for interfering in their internal affairs, according to a survey commissioned by Al Jazeera news channel.

The survey, conducted by Gallup Pakistan, revealed that 59 per cent of respondents believed the greatest threat to Pakistan right now is the US. Eighteen per cent said that the greatest threat came from neighbouring India.

Surprisingly, when respondents were asked what they consider to be the biggest threat to Pakistan, only 11 per cent nominated the Taliban, who have been blamed for scores of bombings and suicide attacks across the country.  

Al-Jazeera said the findings of the survey reflected "a widespread disenchantment with the US for interfering with what most people consider internal Pakistani affairs".

Asked about Pakistan's military efforts to tackle the Taliban, 41 per cent said they supported the campaign. About 24 per cent were opposed to it while 22 per cent remained neutral.

However, the survey also indicated that Pakistanis were divided on the issue of how to tackle the Taliban. Though 41 per cent said they supported the military offensive, 43 per cent backed dialogue to resolve the issue.


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