rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » News » Most Pakistanis feel India greater threat than Taliban

Most Pakistanis feel India greater threat than Taliban

Last updated on: June 28, 2012 09:45 IST

Most Pakistanis feel India greater threat than Taliban

     Next

Next

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.

Please click NEXT to read further...


Image: Supporters of Jamat-ud-Dawa participate in an anti-India protest demonstration in Lahore
Photographs: Mohsin Raza/Reuters

     Next

'62 pc Pakistanis for improving ties with India'

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

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
Photographs: B Mathur/Reuters

Prev     Next

'90 pc Pakistanis consider China a partner'

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

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

Prev     Next

TOP photo features of the week

Prev     More

Click on MORE to see another set of PHOTO features...



Tags: PHOTO , MORE , TOP

Prev     More
© Copyright 2014 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.