Majority of Pakistanis want government to Islamise society: Gallup Poll

Published: May 31, 2011
A majority of Pakistanis want the government to take steps for the Islamisation of society, revealed a recently released Gilani Poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan.

A majority of Pakistanis want the government to take steps for the Islamisation of society, revealed a recently released Gilani Poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan.

A majority of Pakistanis want the government to take steps for the Islamisation of society, revealed a recently released Gilani Poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan.

In a survey, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked the following question:

In your opinion should government take steps to ‘Islamise’ the society?

The results of the poll revealed that 67% of Pakistanis want the government to take steps to Islamise society, 13% responded by saying Pakistan did not need Islamisation and 20% gave no response.

Those who responded with a yes were asked a follow up question:

Should government take steps for Islamisation at once or one by one?

Forty eight per cent said the government should take the steps ‘one by one’ and 31% said the steps should be taken at once, while 21% gave no response.

The survey was carried out among a sample of 2,738 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during January 2011.

Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

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  • indian
    May 31, 2011 - 4:32PM

    Is Pakistan any less Islamised now?Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    May 31, 2011 - 4:36PM

    Considering Pakistan is a muslim dominated country, at least 90% should have voted to “islamise society” but it is unfortunate so many fake “muslims” exist in our midst who do not want an islamic society.Recommend

  • Malay
    May 31, 2011 - 4:49PM

    Who needed the poll. We all knew it, though few prefferd to accept.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 31, 2011 - 4:53PM

    so much for Jinnah’s dream!!!!
    Does anybody in Pakistan actually care of the opinion of their Father of the Nation???Recommend

  • May 31, 2011 - 5:00PM

    Yes, but everyones idea of “Islamise” is different, and when the time comes no one is happy.Recommend

  • Haytt
    May 31, 2011 - 5:06PM

    what kind of Islam, people of pakistan want, its better to be just Repbulic of Pakistan..Recommend

  • May 31, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Here’s a classic case when the popular sentiment need not be the best decision. For instance focus on the individual when he is being asked about Islamisation of society – few will say no to it and face social ire. Recommend

  • Irfan
    May 31, 2011 - 5:07PM

    This is a very vague question. What do they mean by ‘Islamisation of the society’ in a society where there are more than 1000 definitions of Islam.Recommend

  • ASQ
    May 31, 2011 - 5:08PM

    what kind of poll is it what do they mean by islamisation??pretty useless poll.Recommend

  • Amer
    May 31, 2011 - 5:18PM

    Vague polls and vague questions get us no where! Useless time waste is a national hobby that we pride ourselves in! Recommend

  • Muhammad Asghar
    May 31, 2011 - 5:32PM

    A agree with the poll result and I think now it is an open secret that politics backed by establishment and media has radicalized the society long ago. The state has failed to provide the most basic necessities of life to its people. The desperate population is a dire need of change, the closest change they can visualizes is to switch over to the Islamic system not because they love it but because they do,t know other system of governance.Recommend

  • SJ
    May 31, 2011 - 6:14PM

    Useless poll. Almost same as Zia’s referendum where he asked if you want Islam vote yes. How many people dare to say no to any question that is linked to Islam in Pakistan? Recommend

  • Dave
    May 31, 2011 - 6:21PM

    Wouldnt further islamafication just bring more problems for those who choose a different path or religion? Recommend

  • Feroz
    May 31, 2011 - 7:25PM

    @Muhammad Asghar:
    Fantastic comment Sir ! This is rubbish survey because respondents do not know what is meant by Islamise ? This is ridiculous. A society where almost every section has been radicalised, now in need of Islamisation ???? Dimwits one and all !! Recommend

  • Ammar
    May 31, 2011 - 7:49PM

    I am sure these people who answered ‘yes’ had family/friends hovering around them – an indirect pressure mechanism? Recommend

  • Usman Ahmad
    May 31, 2011 - 8:43PM

    I see a lot of reactionary people who call themselves liberals!…;-)Recommend

  • Mariam Javaid
    May 31, 2011 - 8:46PM

    if islamization means forcefull burkhas and abbayas ….no women driving etc ….no thankyou please Recommend

  • bc49er
    May 31, 2011 - 9:05PM

    Pakistan = land of the pure. The foundation of this state is religious and cultural bigotry, might as well stop pretending otherwise. Recommend

  • Usman Khan
    May 31, 2011 - 10:24PM

    In a country where standard of literacy is writing their own name and reading newspaper and still more than 50% of the population is illiterate, what else did you expect. Recommend

  • Shariq
    May 31, 2011 - 10:46PM

    Survey after survey, is clearly showing that People of Pakistan want to live by Islam. Both democracy and dictatorship have failed here. This country needs an establishment of Caliphate!

    Youths protest against democracy

  • Asif
    May 31, 2011 - 11:29PM

    Just because the people want it, doesn’t mean it is good for them. The challenge is how to educate people so they want the righteous stuff.Recommend

  • navied ahmed
    May 31, 2011 - 11:38PM

    i think we should enforce economic reforms at once.when people,s life style will be upgraded by Govt then the next step of islamise the country one by one is more effective.Recommend

  • Bilal
    May 31, 2011 - 11:48PM

    it is exposed that democracy can’t represent the will of people. People demand here implementation of Islamic Laws by Quran & Sunnah, and they are ruled by desires of majority in parliament and rotten British laws, which she left before direct colonialism.. Caliphate will be the rule on behalf of people, that will implement IslamRecommend

  • tungalahore
    May 31, 2011 - 11:57PM

    majority if the people misintrpreted the qustion!!this question elicits emotionalism and no body would say no to islam because it is sacrd!!the question should be how many want burkhas in society or how many beliv in militant islam or sevre islamic punishments!!the answers would be contraryRecommend

  • shadow
    Jun 1, 2011 - 1:45AM

    a modern caliphate – yes please…..Recommend

  • Mian Abdur Rehman
    Jun 1, 2011 - 1:47AM

    I just do not understand, why in an islamic country we need to survey about islamising the society. If you want to be a true muslim, its not hard to be true muslim in Pakistan. We just do not want ourselves to implement islam in our practical lives. Start from your our own home. Stop music, say prayers, recire quran, understand quran and hadis, tolerate the difference of opinion in case of religion especially, and in life in general, be patient, remember death, stop comparing ourselves with others, be dutiful and merciful as well. Be simple, stop following the fashion madly, keep urself clean. These simple things can bring revolution in ur private as well as collective lives. Let the society mature first and then decide itself where it wants to goRecommend

  • mahmood
    Jun 1, 2011 - 2:18AM

    @shadow a modern caliphate – yes please…..

    Doesn’t seem to be working out too well for Iran. If religious zealots spent less time managing other peoples morals and more time managing their own the world might be a better place.Recommend

  • haseeb khan
    Jun 1, 2011 - 3:51AM

    islam means justice for all , ruled and ruler, rich and poor, muslims and non muslims. non muslims should be ruled by thier laws, as wrtten in thier books; excuding SATI(Burning widows on the pyres of husbands), killing new born girls, or getting female foetses aborted.There is very little differance between the laws as written in the Quran, bible, and taurat.Islam places FORGIVENESS as one thing which earns rewards from Godaccording to islamic teachings women should not show thier hair to outsiders ( Non mahram). Few years ago I was in the Uk,in a locality which had high concentration of jews. I was surprised to know then taht thier women are also ordered to keep thier hair safe from the gaze of outsiders etc. Good practicing Jewish women to my surprise get thier hair shaved after thier marriage and have to wear wig…
    we have to respect each others reigion and belief. God would surely punish the wrong doers.We, ordinary humans are not supposed to punish our erring fellows.Recommend

  • Rahman
    Jun 1, 2011 - 5:32AM

    I really don’t understand when people talk about ISLAM they talk about Burkas, Severe Islam, Taliban Islam, that is not how Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Islam Or Allah’s religion, I find people really shortsighted when they themselves talk about Islam in a western media style… Not truly knowing or understanding the true essence of the wholeness, peacefulness and righteousness of the religion. Please understand the true Message of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) then give in your very articulate opinion.Recommend

  • mussarat Hussain
    Jun 1, 2011 - 6:40AM

    Stop it. Pakistan is already an Islamic Republic of Pakistan,

    What type of Islamisation do they want at the cost of innocent people and the valour army of my loving pakistan..

    We just need proper implementation of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in the hearts souls of a common Pakistani to fight terrorism and extremism in the society.

    God Bless Pakistan, Amen.


  • Aamer Zaheer
    Jun 1, 2011 - 7:20AM

    It’s great to know there are 13% Pakistanis with some rationality in tact. Islamization is a front for Saudi influence and it has always been campaigned with petro-dollar leading the way. The holy Abba Jees are not interested in saving our souls but fighting the Iran threat :)Recommend

  • terrorist
    Jun 1, 2011 - 8:25AM

    and after that, terrorize the societyRecommend

  • Jun 1, 2011 - 8:41AM

    ok….so was a description given as to what their idea ofIslamitization is?

    Last time I looked,even the oil rich Saudis are having a hard time with that type of bull. Who’s version of Islam is to be impossed upon us all now? As we know , very few follow the ONLY constant and true source of Islam according to Allah, with no distortions or added opinions and sect interpretations (in case your confused….that would be the Quran). Allah is very clear on how to do everything that one needs guidance on.

    I mean, if they are going to make everyone follow the ACTUAL islam as taught to us by Allah, that would be a WONDERFUL thing…..

    No more lying, cheating, stealing etc…..but somehow….I have a feeling the version of distorted islam….(make women wear black bed sheets in 120 degree weather and no driving for them etc) is the version they are talking about imposing. Pretty sad….seems Pakistan thinks that keeping everyone even more repressed is the solution instead of enlightening and education people and opening their minds creating the ability of critcal thinking skills.

    Cause you know if we do things like KSA we will get rich like them right? lol lol So SadRecommend

  • Farhan Khan
    Jun 1, 2011 - 8:55AM

    No matter what version … but there must be one forcefully imposed. Not like today where animals are treated like human and vice versa. Recommend

  • Jawad Rehman
    Jun 1, 2011 - 10:12AM

    Here is a social experiment I would love to do in Pakistan: Park two planes at an airport in Pakistan. People are given an option to board one or the other. If they board plane A, they will land in USA and be given a greencard on arrival. Those boarding the plane B will land in the Islamic Emirate of Waziristan under the rule of Taleban. I wonder what the outcome will be – all emotions apart. Recommend

  • Jun 1, 2011 - 10:17AM

    When people say they need to see society islamic.. they dont mean a caliphate or a taliban style government. They see a corrupt and inefficient bureaucracy. Govt at the top is tainted. Judiciary cant provide them justice. Inflation is out of control, law and order situation is worse than ever.. so they see hope in an islamic system – an idealistic scenario which would solve their problems cuz the current lot of leaders and politicians are not capable of doing so.Recommend

  • Omar Haroon
    Jun 1, 2011 - 10:19AM

    Don’t really get what you exactly mean by “Islamize”. Do you mean that Shariah law should be imposed? Force them to pray or something? And which should be the dominant view: Sunni, Shia or Wahabism? And while I personally have nothing against Islam as a religion I have a bone to pick with those who make calls to Islamize society: you people are the loudest to stand up for Islamic causes all over the world and to impose your views on others, unwarranted or not, but what about following the basic principles of religion (such as mercy, kindness, tolerance or forgiveness) yourselves?Recommend

  • Noor
    Jun 1, 2011 - 10:28AM

    Humans can’t live in peace, as they’re unable to make laws for themselves just as Robots can’t design code of conduct for themselves, similarly every machine owner needs to follow the instructions by the manufacturer for its best functioning.

    It is only the Creator, who knows this (human) machine the best; So it needs to follow the Creator’s law to ensure smooth conduct, so the Islamic law available in Quran & authentic Hadith Books.

    @navied ahmed
    Economy with present un-islamic system based on Jewish economy having interest base?

    West has already lost their economies because of thi system; how can we flourish with the same economic system? First Islamize, then everything will get its solution, may it be law & order, terrorism, economy, education, whatever.

    We don’t go after every word he uttered.

    We take very positively what he said in accordance with the traditions of Prophet Muhammad PBUH & his pious caliphs;

    We owe our respectable, safe & independent living to the Quaid, but we’re not obliged to follow his every word & act blindly.Recommend

  • Saad
    Jun 1, 2011 - 10:54AM

    When people talk of Islam…. It means:
    (i) End to American subservience. Stop killing Muslims for the sake of Americans.
    (ii) Stop all kind of Kuffar taxes. And Implement pure Economic System of Islam.
    (iii) Liberating all occupied lands. Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, East Turkestan.
    (iv) Implement Islamic Judicial system. Implementation of Hudood and laws pertaining to different sections.
    (v) An education system which enables them to study Quran and Sunnah deeply and understand Islam. Besides it achieving excellence in Science and technology.

    These are a few pratical steps which they want.Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Jun 1, 2011 - 11:03AM

    Mumtaz Qatri will be a much relieved man after this opinion poll !!!Recommend

  • Irtza Shahan
    Jun 1, 2011 - 11:18AM

    Democracy is the worst system ever tried . Democracy means the rule of People therefore contradicts Islam to which Only rule of God’s law (i.e Shariah) is acceptable .
    Dictatorship too have been failed in Pakistan . The Only Solution is the revival of Caliphate !Recommend

  • jib
    Jun 1, 2011 - 11:19AM

    Seems like most of the 13% people who are against the notion have ended up commenting here…i wonder why people fear an Islamic society so much..i would like to mention some points:
    1. Islamising means establishment of an islamic state where islamic laws are enforced. A muslim population in majority does not necessarily islamise the state, enforcement of sharia law does.

    The taliban regime is not the perfect example of sharia law implementation. The taliban version of islamic state was not 100% correct. What else do you expect from a nation suffering from decades of war, where most of the children were orphans, literacy rate was lowest and crime rate was highest. They would have evolved with time, had we given them some. Taliban style enforcement of shariah law cannot be practical in Pakistan for obvious reasons but their resolve to implement sharia is praiseworthy.
    It is compulsory for a muslim to believe in sharia law as the best law for governance on earth.What good is the belief in Allah when you believe in the creator but doubt His laws?There can be difference of opinion on the method of sharia implementation and few debatable legislations which require discussions of the intellectuals.

    For all the people who rant about democracy. Isnt is hypocrisy that you are against the popular wish of the majority of the population?

  • SJ
    Jun 1, 2011 - 11:48AM

    Could you please clarify couple of points:
    a) If Taliban version is not 100%, what do you think it is? 90%, 80% or 10%
    b) You think they will evolve with time, what is your time frame? They have evolved into current stage in 1400 years. So are we talking 3,000 years before they become human?Recommend

  • Ihk
    Jun 1, 2011 - 11:57AM

    In these times of extremism, sectarian rifts etc., its dangerous to bring about islamization. There will never be harmony.Recommend

  • jib
    Jun 1, 2011 - 12:03PM

    @Ashok sai

    Mumtaz Qadri would be hanged for cold blooded murder if it had been shariah law here.Recommend

  • faraz
    Jun 1, 2011 - 12:05PM

    Islamic parties never got more than 10 percent votes!Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Jun 1, 2011 - 12:10PM


    Religion is personal, if it goes public means, disaster awaiting.Recommend

  • Muzakir Ijaz
    Jun 1, 2011 - 12:28PM

    Well its 97% of Pakistani population is Muslim and if you would ask any Muslim to implement Islamic laws he / she would definitely say YES. Its like taking opinion of a trader on “more investment in the trade segment”, of course he’ll say yes.

    I believe it shouldn’t be a one liner survey, we need to first explain what can an Islamic system offers? How is it going to cope with exponentially growing globalization? How is it going to effect an individual and so many things like this? I am sure if this would have part of this survey the result must have been different.Recommend

  • Jun 1, 2011 - 12:42PM

    When we talk about Islamization, it appears that everyone will be forced to pray, women will be killed if unable to provide four witness that she was rapped rather having an affair, people will be hanged to death if they have different opinion in religious matter then mainstream Mullah. Then definitely no-one want this, But if we talk about the Islam given by Hadharat Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam(pbuh), then yes we want this we need this, because that was what which brought, ABSOLUTE JUSTICE and ABSOLUTE EQUALITY in the society of which was fully sank in darkness.

    Can you imagine when Hadharat Prophet(PBUH) presented the Chartered of Madina(Mesaq-e-Madina) then Jews of madina welcomed it and agreed to make him(pbuh) the head of first welfare state.

    So please don’t associate the True Islam with Mullah of Current Age. please read this


  • Jun 1, 2011 - 12:45PM

    I just went through article and not comments above. But i am not one of those who support Islamization in our country. “So-Called ISlam Implementation” is one big threat to this country progress.Recommend

  • jib
    Jun 1, 2011 - 1:02PM

    @Ashok sai

    Islam is a way of life. It has personal aspects as well as public ones. There are no two views about it. Even if the whole world says that Islam should be personal, a muslim cant help it. Its a part of our belief. Islam incorporates each and every aspect of human existence. Recommend

  • jib
    Jun 1, 2011 - 1:42PM

    my friend..when you talk about 1400 years you probably refer to muslims as a whole…taliban of afghanistan have a recent history. dont you think??
    If you are referring to the muslim history it has had some very prosperous times…the golden age before the mongol invasion had sharia implemented and unprecedented development in science and arts etc.
    The afghani taliban are probably more human than a lot of people around the world…they just have beards…so every action they do is vile..
    We cant exterminate them…everybody knows that…wont it be better to find a better solution?

    I recommend the following link

  • Jun 1, 2011 - 1:57PM

    @Hassan Raza:
    Islam is a PERFECT religion as described in the QURAN.. I would have NO ISSUE living in the perfect system ALLAH has prescribed…

    The issue is that MULLAH HADITHERS have incorporated MULLAH writtings into islam.. thats where the problem is..

    They follow the HADIHTERS 100% to do all their EVIL deeds and when someone confronts them.. they PUT the QURAN up and CLAIM that QURAN does not ALLOW those acts.

    We need to promote the TRUE ISLAM .. Recommend

  • Salman
    Jun 1, 2011 - 2:05PM

    Obviously they didn’t ask me.Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Jun 1, 2011 - 2:06PM

    If this poll is an accurate reflection of what people really think then why in election after election they vote for non-religous parties en mass?

    Why do they not make Hizb e Tahrir, the foremost proponent of a Capliphate, the biggest demand?

    The people want democracy, social conservatism, piety and their problems solved. They will never say anything against Islam (why should they?) but they also won’t vote for the parties that espouse it most vociferously. They know that these people, if they come in power, will make their lives measurably worse. They know that all the Islamicisation that has already occurred has only created more hardship, intolerance and chaos rather than solved their problems.

    This poll tells us nothing about what people really think other than some vaguely expressed sentiments.Recommend

  • Ammar Ahmed Qureshi
    Jun 1, 2011 - 2:34PM

    dammit i cant find my packing bag!Recommend

  • bijar
    Jun 1, 2011 - 2:56PM

    whether the research is flawed i dunno, but please define islamize ? that is a very open ended term. hence, we shouldnt be drawing conclusions.Recommend

  • Jun 1, 2011 - 3:20PM

    Who conducted the poll and what is the agenda?
    Islamise according to MI6 Muslim Brotherhood or CIA TTP or CIA/MI6 child Al Qaeda? There is general defamation campaign to ridicule Islam using these fake organizations. It is important people see their vile motives. Suicide bombing constitute as a unlawful warfare and punishment for this crime is very severe mentioned in Quran and there is no differing opinions among various Islamic schools.
    This technique is not new, those who like to learn from history should consider the bombing in Europe supposed to be carried out by Communists but later turned out to be NATO terrorists and the operation was called Operation Gladio.
    It is important people identify hate speeches open and subtle ones and refrain from being on the wrong side of oppression.Recommend

  • Jun 1, 2011 - 4:25PM

    Pakistan is a moderate nation and will always be, there is also a survey on similar topic. Recommend

  • Jun 1, 2011 - 5:11PM

    Yeah let the Mullahs take over the country wholesale and cut all links with the world! Pakistan needs a stronger dose of Mullahism to wake the jahil uneducated masses up to the Bidah of Mullahism!

    Islam is being destroyed by these Mullahs and we pakistanis cannot tell the difference between the Mullahs words and Quran anymore :(Recommend

  • Arvind
    Jun 1, 2011 - 5:15PM

    Pakistan is heading towards disaster, first sign its people have lost wisdom. If Islamic system replaces democracy, it will be a bigger version of Taliban. Problem is that you talk about Islam but dont follow it complete. Where Islam says take bribe, why still prostitution is in Pakistan, why people go to them? Why leaders dont care about public and fight each other? Why public officers are corrupt? Are they not muslims? if you apply true Islam they are not muslims at all but no one objects them. This is the point you should care if your muslims Islamization of society and govt will not mean that mentality of people will change. It will still remain same and that will lead to worst fightings among leaders, increased corruption in public among them, they will not be responsible to public anymore.It will become another Somalia and given the nukes, will be a total disaster for world. The day it happens America, NATO will attack Pakistan and take all nukes away. With changing time you need to change, religions was the concept to hold people together in older times when science was not known. I dont say give up religion, but dont be too rigid to adopt changes. Make Pakistan secular, end supporting terrorists and you will see Pak GDP touching 10+ %. Or if you want Islamic system then first clean the dirt of society make everyone follow true Islam. Recommend

  • chidanand
    Jun 1, 2011 - 7:11PM

    The question is how many of these 67% are aware of what is true Islam? What Islam preaches is what would they really practice? Recommend

  • Jun 1, 2011 - 8:54PM

    You first remove cable tv connection, close schools, barber shops, cinemas and music, dismiss all women employees, and then ask whether people want islamisation. Whether islamization also mean removing our atom bombs, railways, aeroplanes, guns which are not mentioned in the holy book.Recommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jun 1, 2011 - 9:04PM

    The Govt, of Pakistan should impose Shariya on those who voted in fevour of Islamization of Pakistani society and take BLOOD MONEY from America which is much needed for the deuelopment of the country ,Recommend

  • Porterhouse
    Jun 2, 2011 - 3:49AM

    Take a look at the last will of Ahmed al-Ghamdi, one of the 9/11 hijackers, on YouTube. He spells out his Islamist goals and the religious authority supporting them pretty clearly. I’ve yet to hear a persuasive rebuttal to his interpretation of his religious duty. Is this what 67% of Pakistanis support? Makes one shudder.Recommend

  • Al
    Jun 2, 2011 - 4:11AM

    The liberal will cry foul and they will be shocked. The nation still strives for an Islamic state with offers freedom for all, economic justice and rule of law. Recommend

  • Mohsin L.
    Jun 2, 2011 - 7:40AM

    @mussarat Hussain:
    I think the next ‘logical’ direction after Zia’s prolonged Islamisation,
    would be Talibanisation. Right? Unless, of course, the Baloch
    secede from the ‘Islamic Republic of Pakistan’. But then Sindh would follow.
    And so would Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
    Clearly, this is a very irresponsible Gallup Poll.
    Some gall! After losing half the country to chauvinism,
    and having lost three decades of development to fundamentalists,
    loss of face around the globe … we are not a radicalised country.
    A country … if that. Certainly, we are not a nation by any stretch.
    Islam could not bind the East and the West Pakistan together.
    It will not be an antidote to our structural and constitutional weaknesses.
    We need democracy. Recommend

  • Benish
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:40AM

    and i thought 97% of the population is muslim in the country.. wrong I was :pRecommend

  • Jun 2, 2011 - 11:26AM

    Dear fellow human beings,

    I feel really sad when you people are busy talking about opinion poll results.

    Look around… how many kids are there around us who needs food and shelter?

    Let us provide whatever we can to build a strong society.

    If our kids face all the evils when they are too young, what do you expect in future?

    If you really want to improve your society, work towards it. I am also part of it.
    I should not be writing here, instead I must on the streets helping those who require it.

    Oh GOD help me to help others….Recommend

  • Lala
    Jun 2, 2011 - 12:00PM

    I support islamRecommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    Jun 2, 2011 - 12:03PM

    They want it islamized as long as it doesnt effect their way of life and effects the rest of them…. Recommend

  • Omar Haroon
    Jun 2, 2011 - 12:08PM

    @ashok sai: If you make religion personal then how else will all the “pious” Muslims be able to remind other folks of their religious obligations and whatnot. Recommend

  • nagesh rao
    Jun 2, 2011 - 1:39PM

    hi, brothers, it was interesting to read all ur comments, it seems to be a common tool used by politicians in all countries to evoke religion to divert focus from the basic social issues which the governments have failed badly in, here in india too its not much different, the only positive about india is that people are religious but in their own personal way, and religion hasnt been allowed to play a major role in politics, my personal opinion is religion should be strictly a matter of personal faith, and talking about sins and wrong doings, i think the creator(god) is strong enough to judge and punish people for their deeds …..Recommend

  • Lalani
    Jun 2, 2011 - 2:42PM

    Irrespective of the authenticity of the research, this is a very alarming and disappointing trend. If the research is not representative, then someone is planting such news for a myopic purpose, and its time, media and everyone should raise their guards against such infiltration. And if the research is indeed correct and representing the views, then the thinking and trend enforced upon people of Pakistan is a cause of even greater alarm. Pakistan needs to become secular and liberal–not conservative and dogmatic.Recommend

  • AK
    Jun 2, 2011 - 2:42PM

    Secularism is the way to go… Religion is ones personal matter and it has nothing to do with state affairs. As long as religion is part of state affair, I can bet there will never ever be peace in this region. Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2011 - 7:23PM

    So what does it mean then?. 67% of the Pakistanis are terrorists/terrorist sympathisers/fanatics/extremists/brainwashed etc?Recommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    Jun 2, 2011 - 9:57PM

    @Natasha Suleman:
    Well I think they are for sure terrorist sympathisers… atleast the middle class and that is the problemRecommend

  • bc49er
    Jun 3, 2011 - 12:43AM

    Pakistan. You were the elite of the old India. The rulers, the wealthy, the educated. You ruled the Hindu majority for a thousand years. You had a thousand year lead over India at the birth of our two nations. Have you looked in the mirror lately?Recommend

  • Zareen
    Jun 3, 2011 - 3:37AM

    We don’t need even MORE Islamisation of the country. What we really need is – to practice Islam in the true spirit of it – Not laws, regulations, rituals but practicing the true spirit of Islam. Sorry to say, that it is very evidently missing to a great extent. Corruption, theft, insincerity, not telling the truth, no work ethics, deceiving – the list can go on.

    So called non muslim countries practice the teachings of Islam and we just give lectures and practice nothing good. Recommend

  • gunjan
    Jun 3, 2011 - 7:40AM

    Does a nationalist Indian’s vote count? I strongly support a more islamic Pakistan. That is the path to “sure” salvation for Pakistanis and none else. The shortcut road will directly go to heaven for many. May God fulfill your desire as soon as possible… I can’t think of anything else that can benefit India most in the long run.Recommend

  • Zoaib A Khan
    Jun 3, 2011 - 11:54PM

    Pakistan only wants TRUE democracy through a free and fair election, by an independent election commission. Once the true representatives reach the corridors of power then this opinion will be reflected in their legislation and actions. I think it’s futile to get into this debate at this point, it’ll create more divisions which we do not need. This government doesn’t have the moral authority to achieve anything much less “Islamic” reforms. Recommend

  • Nirvan
    Jun 4, 2011 - 2:07AM

    Who were polled. Rural, urban, educated, illiterate. The Pakistanis I know are secular, like the average Indian. If you want to live like a very poor Saudi or Iranian etc, please vote YES, because you will be living under sharia law. Women cannot drive, school, can be stoned, an eye for an eye, and all the men will look alike in unkempt beards, carry worry beads, but fight their sunni or shia or ahmedhi brotheren if the bring up the walls of intolerance. Even the Chinese will depart. Your country is crumbling economically and educationally bankrupt and the jihadis are delivering death blows every day and with decreased aid, and exports, the country that Jinnah (whiskey drinking and westernized) so misguidedly founded will finally fail, all from within.Recommend

  • Jamshaid
    Jun 4, 2011 - 11:21AM

    I don’t want islamic laws for Pakistan. I know very well whats happening on the name of islam from last 64 years.Recommend

  • Noor
    Jun 29, 2011 - 6:31PM


    Whatever is there in Quran, we must make it law & follow;

    The two major sects, Shias & Sunnis sat together in Zia era and did constitute a document comprising of commonalities among both sects, for implementation as law; the scholars say that the document still exists, so no new home-work required.

    So, its not difficult, except for Hyppocrites, only if we are beleivers, to implement and become the leaders of the only divine religion in its original shape & teachings.

    Anybody doing this will find best of everything in this world & also in Jannah, InshAllah!Recommend

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