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80 per cent Pakistanis say Taliban threat to nation: Survey

About 80 per cent of Pakistanis feel that Taliban is posing a "serious threat to the stability of Pakistan", a survey revealed.

world Updated: Jul 02, 2009 12:39 IST

About 80 per cent of Pakistanis feel that Taliban is posing a "serious threat to the stability of Pakistan", a survey revealed.

The survey carried out by World Public Opinion (WPO) showed that 68 per cent of the respondents were satisfied with the ongoing military operation against Taliban in Swat Valley.

"As many as 80 per cent people have voiced concerned over the rising Talibanisation, considering them a serious threat to the stability of Pakistan," Geo TV reported Thursday.

While 78 per cent of the respondents favoured the abolition of Taliban's training camps, 81 percent of the people spoke against the drone attacks on Pakistani soil, the survey said.

The army has been battling the militants since April 26 after the Taliban reneged on a controversial peace deal with the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) government and instead moved south from their Swat headquarters and occupied Buner, which is just 100 km from Islamabad.

The operations had begun in Lower Dir, the home district of Taliban-backed radical cleric Sufi Mohammad, who had brokered the peace deal and who is the father-in-law of Swat Taliban commander Maulana Fazlullah. They later spread to Buner and Swat - and to South Waziristan earlier this month.

The military operations have displaced 3.8 million civilians from the three districts of NWFP.