Most Pakistanis in favour of dialogue with India, reveals survey

Published: January 5, 2017

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.

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Gilani Research Foundation is a not-for-profit public service project to provide social science research to students, academia, policymakers and citizens concerned in Pakistan and across the globe.

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.

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  • Lumdheeng
    Jan 6, 2017 - 9:04AM

    Whenever talks happened between the two civilian government Pakistan military did mischief.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jan 6, 2017 - 10:12AM

    The sample size of 1835 says everything about the relevance of the survey. Secondly, the kind of language and stance the Modi government has taken in the past year or so, the 68% does not sound realistic also.Recommend

  • professor iqbal
    Jan 6, 2017 - 10:44AM

    Even if Pakistan want to have friendly relations with India, China will ensure this will not happen because that is against its interest. Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jan 6, 2017 - 10:48AM

    @Pakistani: The sample sizes are chosen for a statistical significance, you need to understand statistics. I do not feel India should have any talks with Pakistan, that Recommend

  • wb
    Jan 6, 2017 - 11:18AM

    Why don’t they conduct a survey of Pakistani military officers and tell us the result.Recommend

  • hemant mandal
    Jan 6, 2017 - 2:50PM

    We don’t need any relationship with Pakistan and China. We are going yo be a superpower by 2030 and you two will need us for your survival.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jan 6, 2017 - 5:22PM

    You need to understand the significance of sample size and its relationship with variance/standard error. We also strongly feel that there is no point in talking to India because of its double standards.Recommend

  • Allaisa
    Jan 6, 2017 - 8:50PM

    For Military officers Kashmir is their bread and butter. They want war or they lose their importance. Recommend

    Mar 7, 2017 - 4:01PM

    I am happy that 68% pakistanis are intelligent who are in favour of dialogue with our country, India. THANKS to them for their positiveness.Recommend

  • Billoo
    Mar 7, 2017 - 8:53PM


    No, it was Musharraf the Military ruler who almost resolved thee Kashmir issue with the then Govt of Bajpayee. It is the Butcher of Gujarat who don’t want dialogue and peace. His politics is based on spewing hate against Pakistan.Recommend

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