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Most Pakistanis grieve for Osama: Survey

Last updated on: May 17, 2011 09:20 IST

Most Pakistanis grieve for Osama: Survey

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A majority of Pakistanis surveyed in a poll appeared to be aggrieved over the death of Osama bin Laden, with 51 per cent describing their emotions as "grief" though one-third said they were unconcerned by the incident.

The nationwide study was released by Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The poll covered 2,530 men and women in the rural and urban areas.

The poll was conducted among 2,530 men and women representatives of the adult population of Pakistan. They were distributed in the rural and urban areas of various provinces and districts and comprised a cross-section of various education, income, age and linguistic backgrounds.

In the following pages, you will read how Pakistanis responded to the questionnaire.

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How do you feel about Osama's death?

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How do you feel about Osama's death?

Around 51 per cent said they were sad about the death of Osama bin Laden.

A significant 30 per cent described their emotions as unconcerned or uncommitted, whereas 11 per cent were happy.

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Was Osama a martyr or an outlaw?

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Was Osama a martyr or an outlaw?

The views are divided over this one. While 44 per cent think he was a martyr, 28 per cent think he was killed because he was an outlaw.

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Was Osama's death real or staged?

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Was Osama's death real or staged?

Around 49 per cent think that the Osama incident was a staged activity by the Americans.

Around 26 per cent believe that the story being told is true. An equal number (25 per cent) is unsure about the whole incident.

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Do you think Pak authorities conspired with the US for the operation?

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Do you think Pak authorities conspired with the US for the operation?

A majority believes that Pakistani authorities were in connivance with the American forces to engage in this operation.

Around 57 per cent Pakistanis believe that the Zardari-Gilani government was in total or partial connivance with the American troops.

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Will US withdraw from Afghanistan now?

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Will US withdraw from Afghanistan now?

Only 30 per cent believe that having eliminated Osama Bin Laden, the American forces will now withdraw from Afghanistan.

A larger number 51 per cent believe they will continue to engage in the war in Afghanistan.

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Will terrorism in Pakistan rise because of Osama's death?

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Will terrorism in Pakistan rise because of Osama's death?

Around 42 per cent Pakistanis believe that the terrorist acts in the country might rise, while 34 per cent think there will be no change.

Only 14 per cent are hopeful that terrorism in their country might decline.

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Was Pakistan's sovereignty compromised because of the operation?

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Was Pakistan's sovereignty compromised because of the operation?

More than two third Pakistanis (68 per cent) believe the sovereignty of their country was severely compromised in the American operation in Abbottabad against Osama Bin Laden, while 28 per cent disagree.

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