Almost two-third Pakistanis believe talks with India will significantly decrease tensions between the two South Asian neighbours, a Gallup Pakistan survey has revealed.
The Gilani Research Foundation Survey questioned participants countrywide if they were in favour or against the talks between the two nuclear-armed arch rivals to decrease the growing tension and establish peace in Kashmir.
“In response, 68% people favoured a dialogue between the two countries; 31% opposed the idea and 1% chose not to respond,” the organisation said.
— Gallup Pakistan (@GallupPak) January 5, 2017
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Relations between Islamabad and New Delhi have plummeted since a deadly attack on a military base in Indian-occupied-Kashmir in September 2016, which India blamed on Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed. There have since been repeated outbreaks of cross-border firing, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries.
Kashmir has been divided between the two south Asian neighbours since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in full and have fought two wars over the mountainous region.