Opinion Poll: (48% Pakistanis believe that Muslims had not carried out any violence against people from other religions during partition)

ISLAMABAD: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 48% Pakistanis believe that during India’s partition of 1947, Muslims had not participated in any kind of violence against people from other religious communities.

A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked, “During partition of India, scores of Muslims were massacred and abused. According to some people, Muslims had also carried out violations of life, property and honour of people of other religions.

According to others however, Muslims had not carried out any kind of violations (such as loot, plunder and murder). In your opinion, to what extent did the Muslims carry out such violations?” In response to this question 3% said that Muslims had carried out a lot of violence, 8% said that they carried out violence to some extent, 10% said that there was very little violence and 48% said that Muslims did not carry out any kind of violence at all. 31% did not respond.

The study was released by Gilani Research Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International.

The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 1887 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during November 30 – December 07, 2015. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

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