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10 pc of Pakistanis predict Indo-Pak war in online poll

world Updated: Dec 31, 2008 14:51 IST
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In an online poll on what is in store for Pakistan in 2009, 10 per cent of Pakistanis have predicted that there will be an "all-out war with India" in the new year.

In the poll on "What events from 2008 will define Pakistan in 2009", 10 per cent of respondents responded to a specific question on whether there will be war between India and Pakistan by saying "yes".

Forty per cent of respondents in the poll, conducted by popular website allthingspakistan.Com, said the big news of 2009 will be that the Pakistan People's Party-led government at the centre will fall, while 29 per cent said martial law or its equivalent will be imposed.

About 27 per cent of respondents said former President Pervez Musharraf will rejoin politics and six per cent said the US will stop drone attacks on Pakistani territory.

With Pakistanis experiencing major power shortages in 2008, only 10 per cent said that the problem of load-shedding will end in the new year. Significantly, 25 per cent said Pakistani stock markets, which have been going southwards, will rebound.

Most respondents were skeptical of Pakistan becoming a dominant cricket power again, with only nine per cent saying "yes" to a question in this regard.

Meanwhile, in spoof stories doing the rounds on Pakistan in cyberspace, several "world famous astrologers" are predicting doom for the country in 2009.