Pakistan will be stable without Musharraf: Survey

February 14th, 2008 - 3:16 pm ICT by admin  

Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad, Feb 14 (ANI): A majority of Pakistanis feel that their country could become stable if President Pervez Musharraf quit the most coveted post of the country soon, according to a survey.

Around 64 per cent of Pakistanis are confident that Pakistan could become a stable country if Musharraf resigns, while 25 per cent of the respondents believe that security would get worse if he resigns, revealed the opinion poll conducted by GlobeScan for BBC Urdu.

Twenty-nine per cent of the respondents regarded Musharrafs re-election as valid, while 49 per cent said it was invalid, said the survey.

According to the survey, 50 per cent of the respondents were hopeful that things would improve over the next six months, while 16 per cent said they were very optimistic with 35 per cent being somewhat optimistic.

Sindh was the least hopeful (38 per cent) of a positive change, while Balochistan was the most optimistic (76 per cent). Punjab and the NWFP (both with 53 per cent optimists) were in unison with the national average.

A majority of the respondents favoured the reinstatement of deposed chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry.

Almost 63 per cent were agreed with a suggestion that the National Assembly should seek to reinstate Chaudhry as the chief justice after the general election with 19 per cent saying that the assembly should not seek his reinstatement.

On ex-premier Benazir Bhuttos assassination, the poll revealed that 39 per cent of respondents believed that Pakistans security agencies or people linked to them were responsible for her killing, while 24 per cent said that some other party was responsible and 21 per cent felt they did not know.

The belief that Pakistan security agencies or those close to them were behind Benazirs killing was strongest in the NWFP (48 per cent), followed by Sindh (46 per cent). In Balochistan, 70 per cent didnt share this view.

While giving their opinion on the transparency of the February 18 polls, the respondents were almost evenly split over it.

As many as 44 per cent said they trusted the government to hold free and fair elections — 11 per cent saying they were very confident while 33 per were somewhat confident.

A whopping 46 per cent said they were certain the elections would not be fair — 27 per cent not very confident and 19 per cent not at all confident.

The poll of a nationally representative sample of 1,476 Pakistanis aged above 18 was conducted by Gallup Pakistan, carrying out interviews on Jan 27 and 28. (ANI)

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