HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The respondents were asked, ‘Are you happy with the formation of the Taliban government in Afghanistan?’
  • The poll found that 55% of Pakistani said they were happy, 25% said they were unhappy, and 20% of people did not give any response.
  • The survey was conducted between 13 August and 5 September.

A source reported that a poll was conducted by Gallup Pakistan, which found that around 55% of Pakistanis are in a favorable opinion about the Taliban rule. The poll was conducted among 2,400 respondents, and the respondents were asked, ‘Are you happy with the formation of the Taliban government in Afghanistan?’ The poll found that 55% of Pakistani said they were happy, 25% said they were unhappy, and 20% of people did not give any response.

The source also stated that the strongest group of support for the Taliban government came from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as 65% of people who took the poll stated that they were happy. In Balochistan, 55% of the respondents said they were happy, and 54% of respondents from Punjab and Sindh also expressed their happiness.

The Taliban came to power in Afghanistan on August 15 after it took control of Kabul, and the former president, Ashraf Ghani, fled the country. Panjshir province is still not under the Taliban’s rule, but the Taliban have announced their government and have also formulated an interim cabinet.

The survey was conducted between 13 August and 5 September, which shows that it started before the Taliban took control of Kabul. The survey also revealed that among the 55% people in support of the Taliban group, 68% are over 50 years of age, and 58% of the respondents are men, while 36% are women.