Six in ten Pakistanis have come out in support of suicide attacks against “enemies” of Islam.
Going by a report prepared by the Washington-based PEW Research Centre, though most people in Muslim-dominated nations are divided over violence against civilian targets, 41 percent of those interviewed in Pakistan said it was justifiable in the defence of Islam.
According to the Daily Times, which quoted the report extensively, 47 percent of the Pakistanis said that Palestinian bombings against the Israelis was justifiable, while 36 percent said it was not.
Six in 10 older Pakistanis said that the suicide attacks against American troops in Iraq was correct, compared with the 44 percent of those who are younger saying it was not….
Surprisingly however, Osama Bin Laden is viewed with almost universal disdain throughout Europe and Turkey, but regarded favourably by 65 percent of the Pakistanis polled.