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62% Pakistanis lack definite opinion about IS: report

LAHORE, 19 NOV (DNA) – As disappointing as it may sound, majority of Pakistanis do not care to hold opinion about atrocities by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), claims a survey by Pew Research Centre.A survey conducted by the research centre shows that nine percent of Pakistanis think positive about the extremist group while 62 percent do not have a definite opinion over the self-proclaimed Islam endorsers. Among Muslim countries, Pakistan has the highest ‘confused’ ratio when it comes to IS.

The group that is responsible for some of the worst terror attacks in different parts of the world and takes pride in beheadings and innocent executions has only pushed opinions in Pakistan to as far as ‘unsure.’

The research was conducted in May and April as Pew research Centre’s annual global poll.

People may not be ready to hear this but Pew’s survey highlights a potential threat to Pakistan by IS. If majority chunk of the respondents of the survey are not sure about the fact that IS’s approach is extremist and unacceptable at any cost then Pakistan could be in a pickle.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the most recent terror attacks in Paris that claimed more than 140 lives while injured hundreds.

Out of different Muslim countries which were studied in the research, Lebanon tops list in unfavourable remarks for IS while Israel comes second with 97 percent. Indonesia maintains a good 79 percent, Turkey 73 and Malaysia’s 64 percent population denounces extremism. DNA

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