'79% People In Pak Want J&K Issue Resolved'
14 August 2003
The Asian Age
New Delhi: In an exclusive Gallup opinion poll commissioned by Outlook in Pakistan, 79 per cent of the people said they considered it was necessary to first resolve the Kashmir issue for establishing peaceful relations between India and Pakistan. A substantial majority, or 69 per cent, did not consider the conversion of the Line of Control into the International border as an acceptable solution to the Kashmir problem. The Gallup poll, conducted in all four provinces of Pakistan, found a fair support for bilateral negotiations as a method for resolving the Kashmir problem. Some 42 per cent people supported it; another 26 per cent favoured UN intervention as a method and another 16 per cent thought war was the best solution. Forty per cent thought Kargil was a 'useful operation' while 31 per cent considered it a mistake. Asked how they view India, 54 per cent thought it was an enemy and 31 per cent called it a rival and only 15 per cent saw it as a potential friend.