What do Pakistanis want?
The latest poll on Pakistan, nothing that most Muslims, and Pakistanis don't know already --- but worth a read. Full report available here (pdf).
A few selected items:
Pakistanis want a larger role for Islamic Shari'a: 60%
A smaller role: 11%
Pakistanis oppose secularization of daily life: 69%
favor secularization: 13%
Importance of country governed by elected representatives
very important and absolutely important: 71%
Those who want secularization, are not too keen on having elected representatives (not surprising, given who the liberal-elite/secular forces are in Pakistan):
Among the 60 percent majority who support a larger role for Shari’a compared to current Pakistani law, 64 percent give the importance of democracy a 10; among those who want the role of Shar’ia to decrease or stay the same, only a quarter (25-26 percent) give the importance of democracy a 10. Similarly, among the 31 percent for whom it is extremely important to live in a country governed by Islamic principles, and who give Pakistan a low rating in this regard, 72 percent give the importance of democracy.
US military presence in Asia a critical threat: 72%
US military presence in Afghanistan a critical threat: 68%
Pakistanis are right on that the US so-called "war on terror" is a war on Islam and Muslims.
US goal is to weaken and divide the Islamic world: 86%
Pakistan / US cooperation has benefitted Pakistan: 18%