66% of Pakistanis don't believe Osama bin Laden was killed: Poll

35 per cent of urban Pakistanis identified Osama bin Laden as a mass murderer.


Express May 06, 2011

A majority of urban Pakistanis believe that the person killed by US Navy Seals in the Abbottabad compound was not Osama bin Laden.

An online survey focusing on educated respondents in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad revealed that 66 per cent of urban Pakistanis did not believe that Bin Laden had been killed at the compound on May 2. The poll was conducted by YouGov in association with Polis at Cambridge University.

The survey also revealed that 48 per cent of Pakistanis say Bin Laden was not a true Muslim leader, 35 per cent believe he was a mass murderer (42 per cent disagreed) and 35 per cent believed he had declared war on Pakistan (45 per cent disagreed).

Half of all respondents answered in the negative when asked about ties between the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the al Qaeda.

Other results showed that 75 per cent disapproved of the US operation on Pakistani soil, less than a quarter believe Bin Laden had authorised the 9/11 attacks and 74 per cent believed the US government considers that it is at war with the Muslim world and did not respect Islam.

Seventy per cent objected to the government accepting economic aid from the US and 86 per cent were against the government allowing US drone strikes on militant groups in Pakistan.

On the aftermath of the Bin Laden killing, 86 percent expect violence to remain constant or increase and 82 per cent believe there will be a similar outcome in Afghanistan.

A majority also supported the expansion of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, with 81 per cent voting in favor of it.

The survey was conducted online from May 4 to May 5 with a sample size of 1,039 Pakistani residents.

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Pragmatist | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend If this is any evidence, there is a distinct disconnect between Pakistan and the rest of the world. An entire population needs to correct course.
Ali | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend No one believes the lies told by Americans..Iraq and WMD anyone..Only fools will believe the Americans and we have quiet of few of them living in this land...
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