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1.              A Report (58 pages) “The Report on Progress toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan“, pub by Pew Research Center, on 27 Jun, 2012. Results for the survey in Pakistan are based on 1,206 face-to-face interviews of adults conducted March 28 to April 13, 2012. According to report Pakistanemerged as the only country where ratings for Obama were no better than the ratings for George W Bush in his final year in office. The report also showed that Pakistanis consider India as their top threat.

2.              The report has fol main points:-

  •   Roughly Pakistanis (74%) consider the U.S. an enemy, up from 69% last year and 64% three years ago.
  •  The report revealed that only 13% Pakistanis believe thatrelations with the US have improved in recent years, down 16% points from 2011.
  •   Only 17% back American drone strikes against leaders of extremist groups, even if they are conducted in conjunction with the Pakistani government.
  • In international comparison, an overwhelming 80% majority in Pakistan currently have an unfavorable view of the US — with the 21 nations included in the spring 2012 Pew Global Attitudes survey, only Jordanians gave a more negative rating to the US (86%). Italy is on top with a 74% approval rating for the US.
  •  With many experts claiming that almost the entire foreign policy of Pakistan is shaped keeping archrival India in mind, it is not surprising that only 22% of Pakistanis have a favorable view of India.
  • A majority of the respondents when asked what the biggest threat to their country was, named India (59%) as opposed to the Taliban or al Qaeda. Pakistanis have consistently identified India as the top threat since the question was first asked in 2009, according to the Pew report.
  •  Since 2009, the Pakistani public has also become less willing to use its own military to combat extremist groups. Three years ago, 53% favored using the army to fight extremists in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and neighboring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but today just 32% hold this view.
  • The most popular leader included on the survey is Imran Khan. Seven-in-ten Pakistanis offer a favorable opinion of the former cricket star and leader of the Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI). This is essentially unchanged from last year, but up significantly from 2010.
  • The military continues to receive overwhelmingly positive marks from the Pakistani public –77% say the institution is having a good influence on the country. Roughly six-in-ten (58%) also say this about the court system.
  • Slightly more than half rate Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry favorably.  Ratings for both the army chief and the chief justice have slipped slightly since 2010.

Complete Report:  Pew-Global-Attitudes-Project-Pakistan-Report-FINAL-Wednesday-June-27-2012

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