Kashif Hafeez Siddiqui

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Participation in a discussion program on 9/11 at Raah.tv

In America, Islam - A Study, Opinion Polls, pakistan on September 24, 2011 at 1:56 am

On 9/11 I participated in a discussion program on completion of 10 years of 9/11 incidence. The host of the program is Mehr uddin Afzal & other participant is Noaman Asr. Trust it will be informative for you. 🙂








Most Trust World Court to Be Fair (Int Polls)

In Opinion Polls on November 4, 2009 at 7:38 am

People in 17 of 21 Nations Say Governments Should Put International Law Ahead of National Interest

November 2, 2009

Most Trust World Court to Be Fair

A poll by WorldPublicOpinion.org finds that most people in 17 of 21 nations surveyed say their government should abide by international law and reject the view that governments are not obliged to follow such laws when they conflict with the national interest.

Most respondents in two out of three nations polled are also confident that the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, would treat their country fairly and impartially, the WPO poll shows.

The poll, conducted in 21 nations from around the world asked respondents which of two statements is closest to their own view. The first statement said, “Our nation should consistently follow international laws. It is wrong to violate international laws, just as it is wrong to violate laws within a country”: the second said, “If our government thinks it is not in our nation’s interest, it should not feel obliged to abide by international laws.”

On average, across all nations polled, 57% said that their country should put a higher priority on international law than national interest.

WorldPublicOpinion.org conducted the poll of 20,202 respondents in 21 nations that comprise 64 percent of the world’s population. This includes most of the largest nations–China, India, the United States, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Russia–as well as Mexico, Chile, Germany, Great Britain, France, Poland, Ukraine, Kenya, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan, the Palestinian territories, and South Korea. Polling was also conducted in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. Not all questions were asked to all nations. The margins of error range from +/-3 to 4 percentage points. The surveys were conducted across the different nations between April 4 and July 9, 2009.

WorldPublicOpinion.org, a collaborative project involving research centers from around the world, is managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland.

Support for abiding by international law is strongest in China, where 74% of those polled on the mainland say their government should abide by international law, while just 18% say the national interest should take precedence.

Belief in the primacy of international law was also strong in the United States Europe, Africa and the rest of the Far East. Seventy percent of Germans, 69% of Americans, 68% of Taiwanese, and 65% of Kenyans and Nigerians put international law ahead of their national interest.

The only nations where a majority says the national interest justifies violating international law were Pakistan, where 56% give priority to their national interest and 38% favor compliance with international law, and Mexico, 53% to 44%. Each has a longstanding alliance with the United States that has been marked over the years by significant concessions to Washington, which may suggest that the people of the two nations are wary of international commitments that are not to their benefit.

Also, views are divided in Turkey and the Palestinian Territories on this question.

Confidence in the World Court, which adjudicates cases involving international law, is also widespread. The court, which is based in The Hague and began operations in 1946, is the principal judicial body of the United Nations and consists of 15 justices from around the world.

Respondents in 20 nations were asked if there were a case involving their country, “how confident are you that the Court’s decision would be fair and impartial?” Most respondents in 13 nations say they would be somewhat or very confident, while five countries say they are not very confident or not confident at all.

On average 54% say that they would be at least somewhat confident that the Court would be fair, while 36% express a lack of confidence. Majorities also express confidence in Taiwan (54%), Hong Kong (58%), and Macau (65%).

Steven Kull, director of WorldPublicOpinion.org, comments: “It appears that publics around the world show a fairly strong internationalist orientation. Most favor subordinating national interest to international law and are ready to trust the World Court to be impartial.”

Confidence in the world court is strongest among Kenyans, where 79% say they are confident a case involving their country would be decided freely and fairly. Seventy-four percent of Germans are confident, 73% of Poles, 67% of Egyptians, and 66% of Nigerians.

Majorities express a lack of confidence in the court in five nations, in most cases by modest majorities–South Korea (59%), Mexico (53%), the Palestinian territories (52%), Turkey (51%), and Indonesia (51%).

It appears that people in nearly all nations have a tendency to underestimate the support for international law among their fellow citizens. Respondents were asked whether they think their own support for consistently abiding by international laws is greater or less than that of the average citizen in their country. If people as a whole were estimating their fellow citizens correctly, those saying that others are more supportive would be equal to those saying others are less supportive.

However, in 14 of the 16 nations asked this question, plus Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, many more said that they were more supportive of abiding by international law than said they were less supportive. On average, 48% said they were more supportive, while just 28% said they were less supportive.

Kull comments, “Clearly people are underestimating how ready others are to consistently abide by international law. People tend to think they are above average.”

Readers’ Poll:Which is the Top Most Corrupt Institute / Section Of Pakistani Society

In Opinion Polls on June 10, 2009 at 12:23 pm

The word “Corruption” is the synonym of dishonesty, bribery, fraud etc. etc.  Unfortunately Pakistan is also a victim oftransparency_international1 corruption mafia. According to the Transparency International (TI) press released issued on September 24th 2008

“Transparency International(TI) on Tuesday launched its corruption perception index 2008 (CPI), which indicates that Pakistan is still bogged down in the vicious circle of corruption, being the 45th most corrupt country of the world”

Another finding of the report was following

“Assessment of the Pakistan Infrastructure Implementation Capacity (PIICA) which was carried out at the request of the GoP, jointly by World Bank and Planning Commission of Pakistan and report released on 8th Feb. 2008, it has beenCorruption report confirmed that about 15 % of Pakistan Development Budget of 2007-8 is the cost of corruption in procurement alone. This amounts to over Rs 150 billion.”

On June 2009, TI launched a world wide report on corruption with the title of “Global Corruption Barometer” . The survey was compiled after collecting opinions of 73,132 persons from 69 different countries across the globe. In Pakistan this job was done by Gallup International Pakistan
According to the survey, 40 per cent Pakistanis are of the view that the government departments are the most corrupt ones among the six institutions listed above, while 14 percent consider judiciary and law enforcing departments as the most corruption haunted organizations.

Almost 12 percent Pakistanis think that the worst corruption lies in the private sector and in political parties, while 8 percent mark media as a corrupt institution.
The survey also says that according to eighteen percent Pakistanis either they themselves or their family members had bribery_and_corruptionto pay bribe during the last twelve months.
Besides, 51 percent think government’s steps to eliminate bribery and nepotism as ineffective, while only 25 percent say that such moves are effective, thus showing that a overwhelming majority is unconvinced of anti-corruption efforts by the state.
The survey also reveals a growing distrust of big businesses and corporate sector, which according to more than a half of the respondents is trying to maneuver the state polices, laws and regulations by using graft and other tactics as it main weapons.

Here we want to conduct a small survey amongst readers about most corrupt institutes/ sections of Pakistani society. According to your experience, understanding & judgment, you have to rank just top three most significant corrupt institutes of Pakistan

Understand Pakistan – Pakistani Consumers Insights, habits & practices

In Understand Pakistan Series on May 19, 2009 at 10:42 am

Some hard core facts about our nation – Pakistani people.  Let’s see what they think & how they behave.

Source :http://www.gallup.com.pk/weekly_polls.php

50% of Pakistani Men are Tobacco Users:xgo11103271537.hmedium

50% Pakistani men use tobacco in the form of cigarettes or Hukka (tobacco pipe), Naswar (a local sniff) or Paan (a special leaf with blended tobacco and other ingredients). However, nearly 50% smokers want to quit.

More than 50% of Pakistanis prefer meat:

52% Pakistanis would prefer meat, 37% would choose vegetables, and 10% would like to have pulses if the financial constraints were removed and price was kept constant. Chicken has maintained its position as the largest source of meat consumption in Pakistan.

More than 90% of Pakistanis prefer tea over coffee:teamen2

Pakistani households black tea is the most preferred type of tea with 91% of the people liking it, whole coffee is only preferred by 8%. However green tea has a higher percentage of liking; 19% Pakistanis prefer green tea.

Only 15% of Pakistanis exercise regularly:

Although majority of Pakistanis unanimously agree on the importance of exercise or walk for health (83%), only 54% of them actually incorporate exercise routine in their lives.

Enthusiasm for Basant kite-flying declining:PAKISTAN-FESTIVAL

There has been a significant decrease in interest for kite-flying in 2009. The percentage of respondents who take interest in kite-flying has fallen to 31% in 2009 from 41% in 2008. This decline in enthusiasm for kite-flying is explained by rising fear of accidents caused by steel wires used to fly kites. 51% respondents were of the view that Basant should be celebrated as a Spring Festival. Only 14% insisted on including kite-flying in celebrations

61% Pakistanis Consider 0il to be Better than Ghee:

Majority of Pakistanis consider oil to be better for health as compared to ‘Ghee’, in most of the households (66%) ghee is still used for cooking food.

Most Pakistanis Seek Religious Information from Religious Leaders;Masjid Gallup

Imam Mosque and Family Elders Rank Next Pakistanis are more inclined towards those whom they see as religious leaders (Ulema) for seeking information about religion as compared to learning from Imam of the local Mosque and family elders who rank second and third respectively. Thirty Seven percent (37%) of the Pakistanis say “I listen to Ulema in matters relevant to religion.

Majority of Pakistanis say they are Emotional:PakistanFlag-1

Most Pakistanis say they are governed by their emotions, as 54% of the respondents claim “In my view I am emotional to a great or some extent.” When asked if they follow their heart or their mind when making decisions, 43% say it depends on the situation.

High Blood Pressure is Top Most Issue in Pakistan:

High blood pressure is top most health issue prevalent in Pakistan with 47% of the Pakistanis suffering from high blood pressure.

Limitation on Wedding Feasts is Welcomed by 67% : wedding dish

Decision of the Punjab Government to restrict weddings dinners to one-dish events is welcomed by two-thirds of Pakistanis. Sixty seven percent (67%) are in the favor of limiting weddings feasts to one-dish only.

More Than Half of the Pakistanis are Content; 74% Say “I am Satisfied With my Life” :

74% of the respondents claim to be satisfied with their lives. The majority of Pakistanis are happy with their income, relationships with others, health, profession, and relatives; but worsening law and order situation in the country is a source of concern.

More Than 25% Pakistanis Say “Reading is my Habit”; Most Like Informative and Religious Books:

27% of Pakistanis read books apart from those prescribed in the students’ syllabi. The majority of them enjoy informative and religious texts. These figures are an encouraging indication in a country with a low literacy rate.

70% Say Load Shedding is A Serious Problem:load shedding

Less Than 10% Use Generators or UPS. Views are Divided on Government’s Ability to Address the Crisis Overwhelming majority of Pakistanis (70%) are facing serious load-shedding problems in their areas. While some people can tackle this problem by using Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) and Electricity Generators, most people have to use cheaper substitutes such as gas lamps and emergency lights.

More Than Half of all Pakistanis Believe Media is Un-biased;various_tv_channels_from_pakistan

Almost Two Thirds Want Media to Work Free of Government Control Most of the Pakistanis are struggling with financial issues in their lives. Forty five percent (45%) of the respondents claim that financial problem is the most important problem of their personal lives. Employment and Law & order issues come next in line.

Pakistanis Perceive Nepotism to be One of the Top Most Causes for Unemployment;

Rate of unemployment, according to more than half of all Pakistanis (69%), has increased in the last few years. They believe it is caused not only by poverty of the economy but is also a result of the existing culture of nepotism (Sifarish) Socially, unemployment is also considered to have a negative affect as 60% claim that it increases crime rate. Increase in poverty, lack of law and order, delayed marriages, and migration for jobs are some of the other cited effects of unemployment on the society.

Most Pakistanis Prefer Spring Season; Summer is the Most disliked Time of the Year:

More than half of all Pakistanis (58%) like Spring the most; a season associated with color: Just as many (51%) dislike Summer’s hot and humid weather. Winter is the second most liked season amongst Pakistanis with 28% preferring it. Autumn and Monsoon are each liked by 5% of the respondents.

Perspective on Local Health Facilities;

Majority of Pakistanis are Unsatisfied More than half of the Pakistanis (56%) are not satisfied with the health facilities available in their local areas. In times of sickness majority (47%) behave practically by going to the nearest accessible doctor. Although opinions were split on the question of whether competent doctors are available only in private hospitals or in both public and private facilities, the majority of Pakistanis rate the over all standard of government hospitals as good (21%) or average (33%).

For 40% of Pakistanis, Practicing Religion is Very Important in Their Lives:namaz

Majority of Pakistanis consider practicing religion as the most important thing in their lives. Forty percent (40%) of the respondents ranked ‘Practicing Religion’ number one on a ten point scale. It is followed by ‘Finding Employment’, ‘Getting Education’, and ‘High Standard of Living’ among many other things that are perceived to be important in one’s life

45% Believe Women Can Drive Properly :women driver

Pakistanis believe women to be good drivers, as 45% of the respondents claimed that women drive properly. Only 25% think women do not drive properly and 30% did not give any views. It is interesting to note that in almost 90% of all car-owning households the designated drivers are exclusively men; in 9% car-owning households women drive as well.


Majority Links Wealth and Poverty to Inheritance Majority of the Pakistanis do not attribute wealth disparity to hard work, illegal means or education. More than 40% people believe a person is rich or poor because he/she was born into a wealthy or poor family. While 28% attribute poverty to bad luck, less than 20% think the rich are well off because they chose to use illegal means. Less than 5% think education is a reason why people are rich or poor.

66% Would Help an Accident Victim, But Half Prefer not to Inform the Police :

Pakistanis claim they would behave compassionately if they witnessed an accident. Sixty six percent (66%) of the respondents stated that in case of an accident they would help the injured person(s) with or without informing the police. Only 17% say they would stay away.

Majority Want their Children to Choose a Profession of their Own Liking :

(57%) believe their children should adopt a profession of their own choice instead of forcing them to pursue a career of their parents’ choice. Medicine is parents’ favorite profession for their children.

Pakistanis Perspective on Factors Contributing to a Happy Marital Life;PAKISTAN-POLITICS-VOTE

Poll Finds Similarity of Views across Gender and Age Groups Loyalty is the key factor for a blissful marriage, as 97% of the Pakistanis claim it is an important factor for marriages to be successful. It is followed by mutual respect (96%), understanding (93%), good income (91%), sharing similar interest (89%), a nice house (88%) and doing household work together (87%).

Majority Support Street Vendors;

Perceived Economical Selling food and other items on wheel barrows is quite common in Pakistan as the majority of respondents (74%) claim that vendors come to their areas. The most commonly sold items by these vendors are fruits and vegetables. Despite concerns of congestion and safety, majority of the respondents do not want these vendors to be abolished.

Majority of Pakistanis have Occasional Headachesheadache

Majority of the Pakistanis (70%) claim to have had a headache Moreover, the survey also shows that anxiety and lack of sleep are the top most causes for a headache.

66% in Pakistan believe Global Warming Affects them Personally

Two thirds in the country perceive that Global Warming has a serious impact on the area where they live (66%), Moreover, the survey also shows that 81% of surveyed people declare they are taking measures to protect the environment.

Perspective on Influence of Religion on Pakistanis:

People of Pakistan are equally divided between those who think that influence of religion is increasing among Pakistanis and those who believe it is decreasing.

Perspective on Gender Roles:

Majority of the Pakistanis believe, both males and females have different roles to play in the society. In the recent years although women’s role has broadened beyond being a housewife, many people still give priority to men in politics, education, employment, and related walks of life.

Majority of the Pakistanis are Against Using Force to Get their Demands Fulfilled:

Majority of the Pakistanis believe that using violent means to get one’s rights/demands fulfilled is improper, while peaceful strikes and taking out rallies are acceptable.

Most Pakistanis Like to Stay at Home in the Evenings:main

Pakistanis like to relax in the evenings by staying home while others like to watch television/listen to music, visit friends, do another job for extra income and etc.

More than 50% Pakistanis Take Pride in their Work:

Pakistanis are proud of what they do as 53% of the respondents say they take “A lot of” or “Somewhat” pride in their work.

55% of the Pakistanis Get Angry Quickly:

More than half of the Pakistanis say they get angry quickly or very quickly. Fifty five percent (55%) of the respondents claimed to get angry quickly or very quickly while only 16% said they do not get angry at all.

Oil, Shampoo, and Soap are the Most Used Hair Care Products Among Pakistanis;

Henna, Eggs, And Herbs Come Next Pakistanis use a combination of traditional methods and modern products to take care of their hair. Oil is the most used hair care product as 86% of the respondents claimed to use it to take care of their hair.

Pakistanis Think Finances are the Biggest Problem in Their Lives:2230310422_29dbf7ef65_o

Most of the Pakistanis are struggling with financial issues in their lives. Forty five percent (45%) of the respondents claim that financial problem is the most important problem of their personal lives. Employment and Law & order issues come next in line.