Majority of Pakistanis rubbish US poll claiming Musharraf’s low popularity

November 14th, 2007 - 2:32 am ICT by admin  
The PTV conducted an e-mail survey asking whether people agreed or not with the poll result of Washington-based non-governmental organisation International Republic Institute (IRI).

“I don’t know who is making these polls showing that President General Pervez Musharraf has lost people’s support. He is very popular, there is no doubt about that,” said Ahmad Nawaz Bhatti, a rice trader from Hafizabad, adding that the general was the right person for the country due to his people-friendly policies.

Bhatti said that Musharraf’s uniform was no issue for the people of his town who had been enjoying life better in this President’s tenure.

The Daily Times quoted Vijayan Malayath from India as saying that Musharraf’s popularity has not come down internationally, despite the media hype.

He said in India, people see Musharraf as the natural choice for a prosperous Pakistan.

“Nawaz Sharif is seen as a tainted politician who amassed disproportionate wealth during his regime. Present day politicians of the subcontinent lack the stature of Muhammed Ali Jinnah or Mahatma Gandhi,” he said.

Another person Waheed Ahmed said, “I disagree with this poll. Nawaz Sharif never had any increased support. Do corrupt people ever have support? President General Pervez Musharraf has always had his support from more silent Pakistanis that is why the world doesn’t see it.”

Mian Muhammad Shafique Owaisi said, “There are some people who are so-called Muslims in our society. They want to change Islam and break the country. The President’s action against them was right. However, the following American policies have not been good. We should safeguard our country and who wants terrorism in Pakistan?”

Another participant in poll said that Musharraf is a “genuine and a straight forward” person, who is doing his best for Pakistan.

Tahir Saleem Sheikh was quoted as saying: “President General Pervez Musharraf is better than the corrupt Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto. There is no comparison of the president with them.”

The earlier poll conducted by the IRI poll had shown that public support for Musharraf was at an all-time low, with most people opposing a power-sharing deal with former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and the deportation of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the daily said.

In the IRI poll, 4,000 people in 60 districts of Pakistan were interviewed between August 29 and September 13. (ANI)

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