Pakistanis see India as bigger threat than Taliban, al-Qaida: Poll

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  1. Parthy

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    Most Pakistanis see India as a bigger threat than the Taliban and the al-Qaida and disapprove of the US military operation that killed Osama bin Laden, according to a new poll.

    Although al-Qaida leader bin Laden has not been well-liked in recent years, a majority of Pakistanis describe his death as a bad thing. Only 14 percent say it is a good thing, according to a poll released on Tuesday by the Pew Research Centre.

    Moreover, many Pakistanis believe the US raid on bin Laden's hideout, which was located about 35 miles from Islamabad, will have a negative impact on the already strained relations between the US and their country.

    The poll also indicates that concerns among Pakistanis about an extremist takeover and support for using military force against extremist groups are slipping, but the groups themselves remain widely unpopular.

    Just 12 percent of Pakistanis have a positive view of al-Qaida, down from 18 percent in 2010. Only 12 percent give the Taliban a favourable rating with both Pakistan based Tehrik-i-Taliban and the Afghan Taliban getting similarly low levels of support.

    There is somewhat more support for Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba group held responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Currently, 27 percent have a positive opinion of the terror outfit.

    Results of two surveys conducted in Pakistan by Pew's Global Attitudes Project also show that Pakistani views of traditional rival India have grown increasingly negative in recent years with three-in-four expressing an unfavourable opinion of India, up from 50 percent five years ago.

    When asked which is the biggest threat to their country, India, the Taliban, or al-Qaida, a majority of Pakistanis (57 percent) say India, the poll noted.

    Still, roughly seven-in-ten say it is important to improve relations with India, believe increased trade with their neighbour would be a good thing, and support further talks to reduce tensions between the two countries, the Pew poll said.

    Similarly, Indians express negative opinions of Pakistan; 65 percent have an unfavourable view of their traditional rival and more name Pakistan as India's biggest threat (45 percent) than name Lashkar-e-Taiba (19 percent) or Naxalites (16 percent).


    Yet, like Pakistanis, Indians would like to see improved relations between the two countries and most support increased trade between India and Pakistan.

    Pakistanis see India as bigger threat than Taliban, al-Qaida: Poll - The Times of India
     
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  3. ganesh177

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    Good, last month it was america the biggest threat. Before it was taliban. And its india again now.
    It keeps changing every months, speaks volume of the failed state of mind of pakistanis.
     
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    Javed: Pak Trait - Only Blame Others


    Blame others for your own problems it relieves atleast it work for our neighbours to some extent we also are use to this.
     
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    Well America was not in the poll, but I would be pretty sure that if it was, it would be a bigger threat than India by far. The poll that was done in 2010 put America as no.1 threat by 80+% people compared to 50+% for India which is what it seems to be this year as well.
     
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    well its nothing new.when a pakistani child born. there parents start feeding them with anti India stuff. So, by the time he got adult he has become radicalised and full of anti India serum rather than blood..
     
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    Denial is the new religion in India. They will never accept who is the real threat. A country which is formed on hatred has to sustain the hatred to prevent itself from breaking apart, hence the everlasting threat of India to Pakistan as a bogey.
     
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    You mean to say denial is the religion of "pakistan"...... :)
     
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    While savoring the shadenfruede is understandably a common pass time for Indians it is of no real value.

    It is sad to see this continuing trend of misguided hatred among the Pakistani people despite the ground reality. However I find it difficult to blame the Pakistani masses. Pakistan since it's virtual inception has been a military/security state in a constant mode of paranoia. In accordance with the fundamentals of a military state there has been heavy social engineering to expound the paranoia without which a military order cannot be sustained. Furthermore the currency of distorted and violent religionism has enabled the society to accept violence and intolerance as a normal part of day to day life. Added to this a series of poor decisions by pathetic leadership has led to the decimation of the social fabric (of an already under developed society) which has in turn hurled the entire nation toward violent anarchy.

    The blame in this case solely rests upon the elite leadership (given the feudal nature of the society) who for the sake of short term personal gratification have brought the entire nation to its knees.
     
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    every body knows india bashing is their favourite pass time.
     
  12. Tianshan

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    "internal threats" are almost always the most dangerous.
     

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