Most Pakistanis feel India greater threat than Taliban
Nearly three-fifths of the people of Pakistan believe that India poses a greater threat to their country than those from the Taliban and Al Qaeda, a latest survey results released on Wednesday said.
Only 22 per cent of Pakistanis have a favourable view of traditional rival India, although this is actually a slight improvement from 14 per cent last year.
Moreover, when asked which is the biggest threat to their country, India, the Taliban, or Al Qaeda, 59 per cent named India, said Pew Research Center.
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Image: Supporters of Jamat-ud-Dawa participate in an anti-India protest demonstration in Lahore
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'62 pc Pakistanis for improving ties with India'
Pakistanis, it said, have consistently identified India as the top threat since the question was first asked in 2009.
The percentage fearing India has increased by 11 points since then, while the percentage naming the Taliban has decreased by nine points.
Despite these negative sentiments, 62 per cent of Pakistanis say it is important to improve relations with India. And roughly two-thirds support more bilateral trade and further talks to try to reduce tensions between the two nations, the survey results said.
Most Indians, it said, also want better relations, more trade, and further talks between the two nations. Still, Indian attitude toward Pakistan remain largely negative.
Roughly six-in-ten Indians (59 per cent) express an unfavourable opinion of Pakistan, although this is down slightly from 65 per cent in 2011.
Image: Pakistan President Zardari shaking hands with PM Singh in New Delhi
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'90 pc Pakistanis consider China a partner'
India is not the only country, however, where negative views of Pakistan prevail.
Majorities or pluralities give Pakistan a negative rating in six of the seven other countries where this question was asked, including China, Japan, and three predominantly Muslim nations -- Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia.
China, it said, continues to receive high marks in Pakistan. Nine-in-ten Pakistanis consider China a partner; only two per cent say it is more of an enemy.
"Pakistanis and Indians agree that Kashmir should be a priority for their countries. Roughly eight-in-ten Pakistanis and about six-in-ten Indians say it is very important to resolve the dispute over Kashmir," the report said.
Image: Pakistani Army Chief General Kayani walks with Chinese General Hou after meeting soldiers taking part in joint military exercises in Jhelum, in Pakistan's Punjab province
Photographs: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters