ISLAMABAD: A huge majority (72 percent) of Pakistanis feel that the country should maintain close ties with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, a survey has revealed.
According to a Gilani Research Foundation survey, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked: “Should Pakistan have close ties with SAARC countries?”
In response to this question, 72 percent of the respondents answered that close ties with SAARC countries were preferred, whereas 10 percent were against such ties. However, 17 percent of the respondents were uncertain about their stance and one percent chose not to respond.
A comparison across provinces revealed that more respondents from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (95 percent) and Balochistan (77 percent) were in favor of closer Pakistan-SAARC ties as compared to people from Punjab (67 percent) and Sindh (69 percent).
The study released by Gilani Foundation was carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International carried out among a sample of 2,661 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country between June 10 and 17, 2013.
Error margin is estimated to be approximately ±2-3 percent at 95 percent confidence level.