Most Pakistanis oppose Indo-Pak joint production ventures

June 3rd, 2009 - 5:01 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, June 3 (ANI): A majority of Pakistanis oppose the idea of India and Pakistan jointly producing films and shows, a Gallup survey has revealed.

The support for such combined media productions has fallen drastically since 2007 due to escalating security tensions between both the countries.

The poll found that 26 percent support the idea of Pakistani artists working in India, down from 51 percent in 2007, the Daily Times reports.

Likewise, 27 percent favour the idea of Indian artists working in Pakistan against 55 percent in 2007.

The Gallup survey questioned 2,687 men and women across the country, “Recently, India and Pakistan have started to produce dramas and films together. Some people favour Pakistani artists working in India while others oppose it. What is your view point?”

A total of 44 percent respondents claimed that they did not favour it, while 26 percent supported Pakistani artists working in India. The remaining 30 percent was unsure about it.

To understand whether people are open to Indian artists working in Pakistan, the respondents were asked “some people favour Indian artists working in Pakistan, while others oppose it. What is your view point?”

Once again, the majority (43 percent) did not support Indian artists working in Pakistan, 27 percent favoured whereas 30 percent were unsure.

The data reveals that support for combined productions is slightly higher among the young - under the age of 30 - as 29 percent of them support it.

In 2007, support for Pakistanis working in India was 51 percent, and 55 percent Pakistanis favoured Indian artists working in Pakistan.

Following the tensions which arose after Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, most of the Pakistanis have become unsure about the idea of joint cultural production instead of going into direct opposition. (ANI)

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