Pakistan youth favour Shariah: survey

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Shariah has trumped democracy and military rule as the preferred option among the youth of Pakistan in a survey conducted by the British Council, ahead of the coming elections. Of the 5,000 youngsters mapped across the country, 38 per cent chose Islamic Shariah as the best political system for Pakistan.


While the study “Pakistan Next Generation Goes to the Ballot Box” reflects the deep disappointment with democracy among the youth, with only 29 per cent opting for it, the preference for Shariah is primarily because the respondents do not have a “direct experience of a non-democratic system of Islamic government”.

Further, Shariah was favoured for its ability to advance moral and religious values.

It is also thought to be the best system for giving people their rights and freedom; for promoting tolerance; and making the country a fairer one. However, not many expected it to improve security, a major concern.

On the security front, the military was found to be the best option and continues to enjoy a better acceptance than democracy with 32 per cent of the respondents voting for it.

Only 29 per cent voted for democracy while94% said the country was headed in the wrong direction

In fact, military rule was found to be most popular in the restive province of Balochistan besides Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Written By: Anita Joshua
continue to source article at thehindu.com

13 COMMENTS

  1. Forgive me fo being a bit slow but this was a survey of youths in Pakistan? run by the British council?

    and “38 per cent chose Islamic Shariah as the best political system for Pakistan”… so what did the other 52% say?

    and “94% said the country was headed in the wrong direction” … which two directions are we talking about?
    Sorry, but that was a terribal peice of reporting. (or am I being a bit thick?)

    • In reply to #3 by old-toy-boy:

      Forgive me fo being a bit slow but this was a survey of youths in Pakistan? run by the British council?

      and “38 per cent chose Islamic Shariah as the best political system for Pakistan”… so what did the other 52% say?

      That would be remaining 62%. A big case of RTFA! 32 % for military rule and 29 % for democracy. No idea what the remaining 1% want.

      Similar to RTFM* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RTFM

    • In reply to #3 by old-toy-boy:

      Forgive me fo being a bit slow but this was a survey of youths in Pakistan? run by the British council?

      The British Council is a sort of low-key propaganda unit which promotes British culture and values around the world, mostly through facilitating the learning of English and “cultural exchange”. The survey suggests that they haven’t been too successful in Pakistan.

      Mind you, it’s little wonder that Pakistani youth have no faith in democracy since they have never experienced a stable one. The bottom line is that people en masse just want stability in their lives and a strong leadership (military or theocratic) that can deliver that will trounce any airy fairy talk of democracic freedoms any day for the vast majority of people outside of those countries with long, firmly embedded democratic principles.

  2. One needs to be wary of polls. There’s not a whole lot of data on how it was conducted except “5000 youngsters between the age of 18-29″. No important data on demographics like what proportion of the respondents were male of female? How many of them are students in madrassas? I’m willing to bet that a large portion of the respondents were male students in madrassas.

  3. Well, what else would they favour, having been brain washed from the time they were at their mother’s knee? Should they demur from the consensus dire consequences would doubtless follow.

    The Hitler Youth, Roman Catholic Church, Plymouth Brethren, Select Brethren, the Workers Revolutionary Party and suchlike operate in a similar way; although the WRP don’t prey on the very young, they get their clutches on the very insecure.

    It’s all just awful!

  4. Ah, the legacy of Zia Ul haq. Should never have happened and Pakistan would have properly educated rather than madrassah-system-islam-inculcated-ignorant-and-proud-of-it-fanatical young people.

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