Survey: 55% of Pakistanis are happy with the formation of Taliban government in Afghanistan

According to the survey's findings, 55 percent of Pakistanis stated they were "happy", 25 percent were "unhappy" about the Taliban rule.

Taliban took over Afghanistan's capital Kabul on the 15th of August.
Taliban took over Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on the 15th of August.

Gallup Pakistan conducted a poll to understand the public’s response to the Taliban rule in Afghanistan established on the 15th of August. The survey began on the 13th of August and lasted till the 5th of September, and the results have shocked the masses. According to the responses data, more than half of Pakistan has a favorable opinion of the Taliban ruling the country.

Details of the Survey

Gallup Pakistan survey unveils that 55% of Pakistanis are "happy" with the Taliban rule in Afghanistan.
Gallup Pakistan survey unveils that 55% of Pakistanis are “happy” with the Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

A representative sample of 2,407 people participated in the survey about Taliban rule. The question asked by the media outlet read:

Are you happy with the formation of the Taliban government in Afghanistan?

According to the survey’s findings, 55 percent of Pakistanis stated they were “happy”, 25 percent were “unhappy” about the Taliban rule, and 20 percent had “no response” to the poll question. To sum up, 55 percent of the sampled people are happy with the establishment of a Taliban government in Afghanistan.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is majorly in favor of the Taliban rule

Gallup Pakistan survey unveils that majorly KP respondents are "happy" with the Taliban rule in Afghanistan.
Gallup Pakistan survey unveils that majorly KP respondents are “happy” with the Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

The survey data were categorized based on provinces, and it was observed that the residents of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) were the strongest supporters of the Taliban government. Of the respondents “happy” with the formation of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, 65 percent were from KP, while the remaining were from Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh.

Rural and Urban break down of the responses

Among urban respondents, 59 percent expressed happiness with the formation of the Taliban government, while 20 percent said they were “unhappy”. On the other hand, among rural respondents, 53 percent people said they were “happy,” while 28 percent expressed unhappiness with the Taliban rule.

Age-wise break down of the responses

The age-wise breakdown of the survey responses found that 68 percent of people over 50 supported the formation of a Taliban government. Among the remaining respondents, 55 percent of those aged 30 to 50 and 52 percent that were 30 years or below expressed happiness at the formation of the Taliban government.

Gender-wise break down of the responses

Among the male respondents, 58 percent said they were “happy” with the formation of the Taliban government. In comparison, among the female respondents, 36 percent expressed happiness over the Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

Will Taliban rule make Afghanistan a terrorist state?
Will Taliban rule make Afghanistan a terrorist state?

Afghanistan under Taliban rule

Taliban completed their shockingly rapid advance across Afghanistan by capturing Kabul on the 15th of August. The invasion came right after foreign forces withdrew from the country following a deal between the US and the Taliban. According to media reports, the Taliban forces have pledged not to allow Afghanistan to become a base for terrorists who could threaten the West. However, the Taliban’s plan to govern Afghanistan remains unclear.

The last time the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, girls could not attend school, and women were banned from work and education. Religious police would flog anyone breaking the rules, and public executions were carried out. The residents of Afghanistan fear that the country will once again become a training ground for terrorism. Women fear losing their freedom to live, while minorities fear for their lives.

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