Pakistan's love for Saudi Arabia '95% favourable': Pew poll

Published: October 18, 2013
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Around 95% of Pakistanis expressed a favourable opinion of Saudi Arabia in a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.

The survey was conducted in 39 countries covering 37,653 respondents from March 2 to May 1, 2013 to assess how various countries view the kingdom.

While the Pew survey revealed that Saudi Arabia’s standing has slipped substantially among Middle Eastern publics, it also found a record high of favourable views of the kingdom in Pakistan.

None of the respondents from Pakistan expressed an unfavourable view of Saudi Arabia. In fact, the survey revealed that favourable opinions of Saudi Arabia have risen up by 8 percentage points in Pakistan from 2007 to 2013.

The survey results showed that opinions on Saudi Arabia had not soured in other predominately Muslim countries outside of the region, especially Pakistan.

On the issue of protecting the liberties of its citizens, half or more in Pakistan (65%) said the Saudi regime protects personal freedoms within its borders. The same opinion is held by Jordan, Egypt and Senegal.

Middle East 

In the Middle East, overall opinion of Saudi Arabia varies widely.

Among its neighbours, Saudi Arabia is viewed favourably by clear majorities in Jordan (88%) and Egypt (78%). Only about half of Palestinians (52%) have a favourable opinion of the desert kingdom, although positive views are more prevalent in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip (58% favourable vs. 40% unfavourable) than the Fatah-dominated West Bank (48% vs. 45%).

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  • ss
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:04PM

    Most delusional qom of all :-/Recommend

  • Jibran
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:09PM

    Amazing…. They despise us, and treat our workers as slaves, they export hatred in our country, and have turned our country into a slaughter house. They are our real enemies. Yet 95% Pakitanis view them favorably.

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  • salman
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:12PM

    this proves twitter DOES NOT reflect reality

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  • Jd
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:13PM

    I doubt this survey was unbiased but knowing pakistanis they are crazy enuff to vote for corrupt, criminal politicians so why not have a favourable view of your oppressor.

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  • Aslam Butt
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:14PM

    And that explains Pakistan’s pathetic situation especially interms of security and tolerance.

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  • Rahul
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:15PM

    Who are the true muslims? No not arabs… where is the fortress of islam(islam ka qilla) situated? no, not where the kabba is situated… well you just have to take a peek at this survey to know the truth…
    But habibi has anyone ever asked any non-south asian muslims what they think of south asian muslims… you will get to know the truth
    Shukraan

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  • asim
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:19PM

    Findings are in line with local support for TTP and associated ideologies. Very sad state of affairs.

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  • Roger
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:20PM

    How about someone asking Saudis about their opinion of Pakistan (Bakistan?) and their dear brother and sister Bakistanis.

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  • Muhammad Afzal
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:20PM

    You can clearly see the difference of opinion in western countries for Saudi Arabia especially in terms of Freedom of Speech. For Pakistanis, Saudia Arabia is a good source of jobs(apart from religious affiliation) especially for a middleman and if we compare the current situation of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, people feel good in Saudi Arabia. But in my point of view, still there is not enough freedom of speech, especially if you are from Asian origin.

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  • Imran Niaizi
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:20PM

    we r screwed.

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  • kamran
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:21PM

    The findings tally very well with the level of illiteracy in Pakistan.

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  • Russian
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:22PM

    lol why am i not surprised?

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  • Malik Mohsin
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:22PM

    Saudi and Pakistani are blood brothers. We share common culture and ancestory. We need to collaborate against evil designs of Iran.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:27PM

    A friend in need is a friend indeed. Saudi Arabia has always stood with us in all crises. About two million Pakistanis work there and send home billions in foreign exchange. Saudis have invested billions in Pakistan and created jobs. Saudis are guardians of Islam’s most sacred places and they have made those holy places real wonders of the world. Thank you Saudi Arabia.

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  • bogusmullah
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:28PM

    Alas, we hate our ancestors ,we love invaders and barbarians~ in short we are arab slaves.

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  • Akbar Khan
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:29PM

    I think this article need correction…..

    It’s not the love for saudi arabia but only the love of holy places i.e. MECCA MEDINA that runs in the blood of every muslim. That does not mean PAKISTANIS dislike SAUDIS as SAUDIS do.

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  • Crazy Canuck
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:33PM

    Who did they ask? TTP?

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  • Sonya
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:33PM

    This is like we favour Talibans too but here we are talking about buying love with petro dollars fifty years investment besides three years hefty assignments to the powerful forces, others (including media) get free umra and hajj gifts. Otherwise this is a same nation who ran a movement to revive Khilafat e Usmania.

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  • Azeem
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:34PM

    The 5% who do not have a favorable view have worked as laborers in KSA.

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  • darbullah
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:34PM

    The master gives gifts and hence is liked.

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  • Alam
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:36PM

    It has a lot to do with the fact it is a religious country and the House of Allah, secondly Pakistanis go there and earn money and have a safe living as far as Pakistan is concerned (my dadu had work there, UAE and Jordan back in the day and said it was a safe and good experience) and thirdly most Pakistanis outside of Pakistan cannot see the brutal government and its treatment of Sufi Sunni Muslims and its laws which you can get lashed and ten years in prison just for dancing and listening to music and oh I mean women can’t even drive, come on, but as far as Jeddah is concerned it has modernised. Pakistanis also can’t see further than their own government in power let alone Saudis.

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  • usman786
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:45PM

    was it KSA who asked Sunnis to kill shias and other sects? Do not blame them for the wrong deeds for our own people. Re it was US, west together with ME countries who funded Afghan war to protect us from Russians and created Taliban. but they did not plan the end well. KSA has always offered assistance to Pak and our nuclear program and is really a good friend.
    how well we treat our servants

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  • Siddiqui
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:53PM

    @Malik Mohsin
    Saudi Arabia is our friend in the global struggle against the Iranian Shia imperialism. We need to come together and punish Iran for its arrogance.

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  • Singh
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:56PM

    @Malik Mohsin: LOL on your Arab ancestry.

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  • YA
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:01PM

    I hope I live to see the day when Saudis take their rightful place in the world order. The place they rightfully deserve, not the one they enjoy because of the western found oil but the one in which The Nawab of Hyderabad has to put them on a stipend so they could maintain the Kaba. The natural order of things is that they eventually fall in their rightful place and I pray that I am alive to see it when it happens. As for Pakistan’s favorable view of the Saudis… Is it a surprise that our country is becoming more intolerant in nature, tribal and bigot in mentality and irrational and emotional in its outlook. NOT A SURPRISE……

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  • Asad
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:06PM

    @Malik Mohsin:
    You got to be kidding. We have no blood relations with that corrupt nation.

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  • bangash
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Proves that pakistanis are delusional and clueless.

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  • A J Khan
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:16PM

    I do not think this survey carries the opinion of all shades of population. In my reckoning Saudi Arabia image has suffered a nose dive in Pakistan. This survey appears to be more like Zia’s referendum

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  • Ali
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:19PM

    @Malik Mohsin “Saudi and Pakistani are blood brothers. We share common culture and ancestory.”

    No we are not :O

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  • imran bhatt
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:20PM

    A classic case of Stockholm Syndrome.

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  • unbelievable
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:20PM

    Ignorance is bliss.

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  • Ishrat salim
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:22PM

    Pakistán should be sourced out to Saudí Arabia….we do not deserve democratic system, only DANDA……

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  • Aalia
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:22PM

    This survey actually reflects the awareness of Pakistanis about international affairs. Pakistanis can’t use word ‘unfavourable’ for Saudi Arabia because it is SIN for most of them.

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  • ashok sai
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:27PM

    Mullah rules Pakistan, once a slave, a always slave !

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  • Ishrat salim
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:33PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    May i add…..the govt recuested an additional USD 100 millón for
    Neelum – Jhelum project and received it on 26 Sept…beside, Pakistán receives oil on prefential rate….is this not a proof of our mutual brotherly love……

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  • Noor Nabi
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:37PM

    Saudi Arabia is the number 1 supporter, exporter and funder for Salafist ideology which, in turn, is the root cause of global terrorism committed in the name of Islam. Pakistan is a tool of the Saudis. These two countries + the UAE were the only ones to recognize the rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan. If the findings of this article are correct then Pakistan is a doomed state. In their heart of hearts the Saudis view Pakistanis with utter contempt and the financial support they provide is out of the Zakat funds set aside for the misakeen i.e., the wretched poor.

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  • observer
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:39PM

    95% of Pakistanis love Saudi Arabia.

    And look where it has taken Pakistan.

    53% of Turks do not like Saudi Arabia.

    And look how much better off they are.

    Moral of the Story- ?? *!!~!!*

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  • H B
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:42PM

    This is because most pakistanis think mecca/madina when they are asked about saudia arabia, so the answers have an aspect of ‘aqeedat’. And with that aqeedat, pakistanis may be willing ignore all else. But that aside KSA government has done some questionable things, its support for USA, its treatment of fellow muslims, the ancestors of saudi family playing an active role in the breakup of the K-e-Usmania to name a few…

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  • Oct 18, 2013 - 6:44PM

    @malikMohsin
    Sir, its people like you why are country is so screwed up.

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  • Kulachi
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:47PM

    Well the poll on tribune suggests that 53% of the readership here views the Saudis extremely unfavourably. Biased survey, probably funded by the Wahabi’s themselves.

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  • Flybouy
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:49PM

    Interesting! I was visiting Riyadh last year and took a taxi with an English colleague to a restaurant. The taxi driver dressed up in Arab garb couldn’t find the restaurant and struggled to communicate in English. After a long and frustrating journey we somehow got him to take us back to the hotel. Upon reaching there the hotel security asked us why we came back so soon. When we explained the drivers inability to find the restaurant they hauled him out of the taxi and before our very eyes beat him black and blue accusing him of being a low life thief. It was only when they were communicating with him in Urdu did I realise that he was a Pakistani. We were shocked at this treatment and all our requests to spare him fell in deaf ears. The irony is that Pakistanis still respect the Arabs even though they are badly treated there but despise the west where their human rights are respected. I wish I knew he was from Pakistan as I would have been able to communicate with him and save him the flogging of his life.

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  • Mj
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:54PM

    @Malik Mohsin:
    We do not share culture, identity, and ancestry. The Saudi culture and religion was imposed upon us through imperialism and conquest.

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  • Faisal
    Oct 18, 2013 - 7:00PM

    @Jibran: Exactly.

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  • Umer
    Oct 18, 2013 - 7:01PM

    Like father like son.

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  • Faisal
    Oct 18, 2013 - 7:07PM

    @Malik Mohsin: Ahah. Was scrolling through comments looking for one of you:). You are entitled to your opinion so I won’t say anything else, except I implore you to consider other possibilities.

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  • Riaz Khan
    Oct 18, 2013 - 7:07PM

    Than we wonder why are we in such deep mess. Our list of friends Saudi Arabia, UAE and China, who have given us nothing except hatred, terrorism to fight their enemies on our turf besides defective locomotives, outdated air planes and sub marines and useless technology whereas countries like USA, UK, Germany, Japan, Australia, France and others who have kept us alive and solvent with huge loans and grants are our biggest enemies! PAF, PK Army and Navy was established by USA and UK when we had NOTHING and I mean NOTHING. We surely have a death wish! I rest my case!

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  • Saleem
    Oct 18, 2013 - 7:07PM

    One has to be mad to love saudi. This proves that 95% of people in land of pure are suffering serious mental illness. No wonder the country is such a mess.

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  • Muhammad
    Oct 18, 2013 - 7:08PM

    @Jibran: That proves you’re wrong, they don’t treat your workers as slaves, and they don’t export hate to your country, otherwise 95% of Pakistanis will not have loving views for Saudi Arabia.

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  • Sonya
    Oct 18, 2013 - 7:08PM

    This is like we favour Talibans too but here we are talking about buying love with petro dollars fifty years investment besides three years hefty assignments to the powerful forces, others (including media) get free umra and hajj gifts. Otherwise this is a same nation who ran a movement to revive Khilafat e Usmania.Recommend

  • Muhammad Afzal
    Oct 18, 2013 - 7:15PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Then you probably need to consider the behavior of Arabs with non-arabs especially with Pakistanis. What is the use if you make a wonderful mosque but you don’t know how to treat with human beings irrespective of origin and status.

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  • Desi
    Oct 18, 2013 - 7:19PM

    I dont trust these figures. Most pakistanis I know do not have favorable view of SA.

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  • Bukhari
    Oct 18, 2013 - 7:22PM

    ET would you dare to publish my comments as you always have an “iron curtain” and “strong censorship” when its come to express views about “Saudi Arabia” and “Pakistan Army”.

    I’m simply shocked, appalled, dismayed and feel devastated after realizing how ignorant and low our society has become to give standing ovation and overwhelming applause to one of the worst regimes existing on this planet. The religious, moral, and social decadence has hit reached its maximum when its comes to the Pakistani society. Anyone, who has some sanity and believes upon “freedom of expression and speech” would simply consider Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Society worse than anything we have at this moment.

    Its simply due to our apathy and ignorance that we are reaping the fruits of Wahabi extremism after Pakistan became the laboratory of Saudi Salfi Islam.

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  • unbelievable
    Oct 18, 2013 - 7:31PM

    I wonder how many Pakistani women believe that Saudi Arabia honors personal freedom?

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  • Umer
    Oct 18, 2013 - 7:34PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    A friend in need is a friend indeed. Saudi Arabia has always stood with us in all crises.

    You are right. It has always given protection to Mian Nawaz Sharif in its palaces. Rest of Pakistani workers it treats as sh*t. It must see something special in Mian Nawaz Sharif.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 18, 2013 - 7:41PM

    @Noor Nabi:
    Saudi Arabia and UAE recognized Taliban government because Pakistan recognized it first and requested its true friends to do the same. Why we blame our friends of our own wrong doings. We should be thankful to our friends who stood with us once again when we started re-writing history.

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  • Naseer
    Oct 18, 2013 - 7:46PM

    Look at the sorry state of Pakistan. This survey confirms in which world most of the Pakistanis live.

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  • TooTrue
    Oct 18, 2013 - 8:03PM

    Nothing can be done with these people.They love the worst, most despotic country in the world.

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  • Freidun Ajam
    Oct 18, 2013 - 8:05PM

    Heathens view rich heathens favorably, it is what it is.

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  • Ashkenazi
    Oct 18, 2013 - 8:35PM

    Yes, same Saudis from Najd who ended Islamic Khilafat on orders of Perfidious Albion aka British who coincidentally created another great nation of Israel via Balfour declaration. Not sure if we are wilfully ignorant or suffering from amnesia.

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  • Sudhanshu Swami
    Oct 18, 2013 - 8:42PM

    @Malik Mohsin
    If any are blood brothers of you then those will be Indian, Afghani, Iranians. How arabians are you blood brothers ? Only way to have same blood with Arabians, is blood transplant.
    If you strictly believe that you are Arabian, then you will have to accept that you are immigrants to South asia. As well as you have nothing common with Mughals.

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  • Danish
    Oct 18, 2013 - 8:42PM

    touche KSA…petrodollars well spent #respect. funny how the personal freedom question received positive response from east of KSA and negative from west of KSA. how bad do you have to be to make the Russians believe you are intrusive.

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  • Gingo
    Oct 18, 2013 - 8:43PM

    Proud member of the 5% non lovers

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  • Freedom Seeker
    Oct 18, 2013 - 8:55PM

    With these shocking results one can imagine any thing is possible in Pakistan. Sun can rise from west to move to east. May be they surveyed one Madrassah for Salafi/ Wahabis/ Deobandis. UAE is only country in GCC which is best place for Pakistanis far better then Saudis.

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  • KTShamim
    Oct 18, 2013 - 8:58PM

    Erm … well I love Saudi Arabia because Ka’abah and Medina are there. But I don’t particularly have a liking for the Saudi government. Certainly it does not protect many personal freedoms.Recommend

  • Kamal
    Oct 18, 2013 - 8:58PM

    It reflects the majority of the random sample. It also highlights that the ‘enlightened’, ‘moderate’, ‘western educated’ readers and the majority of the readers of online english newspapers are not the real majority. Infact an overwhelming minority.

    We do not seem to accept that the majority of the Pakistani popoulation – poor, downtrodden, exploited, excluded from economic inpendence, have nothing but anger against the minority (us) and those that do not resort to violence amongst them take refuge in the embrace of Islam. And Saudi Arabia is the bastion of Sunni Islam.

    Like it or not.

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  • Fiz
    Oct 18, 2013 - 9:07PM

    Love of Saudi Arabia is alright but hegemony of SA is a big NO NO. Which incidently they are trying these days.

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  • TUNG
    Oct 18, 2013 - 9:08PM

    its the petrodollars speaking!they give us free oil,money loans,keep millions of our people,support us internationally,keep our exiled leaders!what you expect..public is happy with themRecommend

  • 1984
    Oct 18, 2013 - 9:15PM

    @Malik Mohsin:
    Be careful on what you say

    By saying Saudis are your blood brothers,you are indirectly admitting that your great great grandmother was an unwilling recipient of the DNA from the Arab soldiers who conquered Sindh under the leadership of Mohammed Qasim,Ghaznavi,Ghori etc……(Cant be more politically correct than this)

    Not sure why you pride in that fact ????

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  • Nabi
    Oct 18, 2013 - 9:19PM

    I think the survey was made by any Islamic MULLAH in any religious Center.

    It sound non sense that Saudi is a Fever able state for other Muslims, Most of Muslims Hate Saudi and their so called ANTI Unity polices,

    Although Muslims Likes the religious places of Saudi such as Grand Mosque and Madina etc.

    But be sure that Saudi is some thing harmfull.

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  • asm123
    Oct 18, 2013 - 9:36PM

    We blame the United States of America for pretty much all of our problems yet we kiss up to one of its strongest allies in the Middle East. We are such hypocrites.

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  • Bukhari
    Oct 18, 2013 - 9:48PM

    ET you have zero tolerance if people like me give dissenting opinion.

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  • ishrat salim
    Oct 18, 2013 - 10:02PM

    @Asad:

    Which Country has no corruption ? except few countries in the world, but those countries where corruption does take place spends 90 % at least, whereas we spend 10% and eat up 90%…..this is the difference between us and those corrupt nation.Let us face facts and truth without which we will always remain under a state of denial.

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  • Ali
    Oct 18, 2013 - 10:03PM

    It was probably the radical jihadists who recieved their training from Saudi nationals that took this poll. Seriously, the results of this poll cannot reflect the majorities’ views of Saudia; a country whose rulers have caused the most unfavourable and dangerous living conditions in what was once the gem of South Asia, Pakistan!

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  • Rashid
    Oct 18, 2013 - 10:11PM

    Love for Saudi Arabia is due to love for the cities of Makkah and Madinah. It may not have much to do with the government ideology.

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  • Lol
    Oct 18, 2013 - 10:18PM

    A country which 90 % people hate US but like the US allie.

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  • Fawad Ahmen
    Oct 18, 2013 - 10:27PM

    Summary of the on line survey perhaps mpre representative of the feeling of Pakistani people

    What are your views on Saudi Arabia?

    Extremely favourable 94 11%
    Favourable 100 11%
    Unfavourable 195 22%
    Extremely unfavourable 487 56%

    Do you think the government of Saudi Arabia respects the personal freedoms of its people?

    Yes 150 17%
    No 726 83%
    Number of daily responses

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  • Parvez
    Oct 18, 2013 - 10:49PM

    The poll is way of base……….this actually goes to show how much influence Saudi money has on shaping opinions in a corrupt country. I have six very close friends, all Muslims and they all detest the Saudi influence on Pakistan.

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  • Sonya
    Oct 18, 2013 - 10:51PM

    eT. Please send copy of your survey and the comments on their survey to PEW research center in order to guide them for their next survey. They may find their research methodology as incorrect because it seems that it failed to guage the true findings.

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  • Oct 18, 2013 - 11:06PM

    @Siddiqui:
    @Malik Mohsin:

    It should be clear by now that there is no silent moderate majority in Pakistan.

    From the open comments of such commentators you can see some of the fruits of dangerous Saudi Wahhabi/Salafi/Sunni extremist propaganda and hate spouted by some delusional right-wing religo-political native Pakistani Islamist conservatives (which includes local Deoband/Ahle-hadith groups) who don’t just highlight anti-Shia bigotry, but seemingly want to either condone or threaten to ‘collaborate’ or ‘punish’ Shia Iran, one way or another, which is a rough expression of endorsing extremism and sectarianism in Pakistan against the Shia Pakistani minority. This is just one part of the violent terrorist global jihadism narrative.

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  • Mukhtar Ali
    Oct 18, 2013 - 11:19PM

    I think the survey question was not properlu framed.

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  • Asad
    Oct 18, 2013 - 11:42PM

    I think the survey was conducted only among TTP.

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  • Crazy man
    Oct 19, 2013 - 12:25AM

    @ Malik Mohsin

    Typical madrassah educated. Who else will say that people on the subcontinent have Arab genes ? Your ignorance is disgusting.Besides ,just ask Arabs what they think of Pakistanis-the answer may not to be your taste.Recommend

  • Yasin
    Oct 19, 2013 - 12:29AM

    Birds of a feather floc together. Enough said.

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  • objective observer
    Oct 19, 2013 - 2:33AM

    At least now we know what percentage of Pakistan is sufficiently intelligent.

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  • vaticancity
    Oct 19, 2013 - 2:35AM

    This survey is totally INCORRECT. Must be shown this way as Mr Sharif has to be in good books of both them and USA. Everyone knows Saudi Arabians treat Pakistanis like crap.

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  • khan of quetta
    Oct 19, 2013 - 7:42AM

    @Muhammad Afzal:
    every place has good and bad people but good and bad is just the perspective of the person

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  • chico and the admi
    Oct 19, 2013 - 9:40AM

    @ss:
    Exactly, it should be USA!

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  • Farhan
    Oct 19, 2013 - 2:34PM

    Rafidis and Hindus must be biting their fingers by seeing the truth…

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  • Oct 19, 2013 - 7:33PM

    Birds of a feather flock together. Can we get a survey of how many Saudis like Pakistanis. Seeing how they treat poor Pakistani laborers in the Immigration lines at Jeddah Airport tells me a lot. Respect who respect you.

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  • asif
    Oct 19, 2013 - 8:08PM

    Farhan,

    Wake up before it is too late.

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  • Oct 19, 2013 - 8:16PM

    @darbullah:

    “The master gives gifts and hence is liked.”

    More than that. Because US gives more money to Pakistan than Saudia. But, US is hated.

    The difference is Saudia is the cradle of the favourite Religion in Pakistan. Thats the one and only cogent reason.

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  • U.M Sadiq
    Oct 19, 2013 - 8:52PM

    Pakistanis are crybabies. Crying about someone not treating them “right” in their country. Its their country, and they can do whatever they want with it!!! Fix Your Country!!! Wait you had a chance this election, but you blew it. Gave PPP to Sindh, PML-N to Punjab…

    Sadness prevails.

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  • someone
    Oct 19, 2013 - 10:43PM

    @Malik Mohsin:
    Man, you don’t even know about the ancestors of Pakistani people? They were either hindus converted to Islam or Islamic invaders from Iran/Afghan/Turk/Mongols. I don’t think you have Saudi ancestors at all.where do you get your history lessons from? JuD?

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  • Chaigram
    Oct 20, 2013 - 1:43AM

    Very suspicious poll. Maybe someone has been paid off………

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  • F.
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:21AM

    95% have a favorable view and 0% have an unfavorable view? I’m assuming they responded with ‘neutral’/’mixed’ or ‘no views’, but this survey still seems highly off. Even ET’s own web survey shows 73% respondents have an unfavorable view. Now I understand web surveys aren’t comparable in terms of reliability, and there may also be a sampling bias, but as a rough guide it’s closer to what we see around ourselves. And perhaps the Pew survey had a sampling bias as well.

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  • Hasan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 4:01AM

    Pakistanis Love Arabia(Holy land) not Saudis.. most of Pakistanis hate Saudis.. This poll is not correct

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  • Realist
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:16AM

    This cannot be right since Pakistan has a Barelwi majority and Barelwis hate KSA. May be poll was conducted in Deobandi exclusive areas.

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  • genesis
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:26PM

    @Malik Mohsin:
    Because they are Shias?

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  • genesis
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:28PM

    @Asad:
    This is sometimes known as Arabisation of the mind not blood.

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  • Xulfjan
    Oct 25, 2013 - 5:58PM

    They must have been asking the Saudi sponsored terror camps/ madrassahs?

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  • Asad
    Oct 30, 2013 - 12:00AM

    The online poll show a completely different picture. Majority unfavourable to KSA

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