Only 37% Baloch favour independence: UK survey

(Our Correspondent)
Filed on August 15, 2012

ISLAMABAD - The support for an independent Balochistan is not popular even among a majority of the Baloch population, a Gallup survey for the UK international official body, DFID, has revealed.

The survey conducted on July 20 says that among the Baloch, 37 per cent favour independence, whereas among the Pashtun population only 12 per cent favour that option. The results of the survey were published by The News on Monday.

The vast majority, according to the survey, opposes the idea of an independent Balochistan. However, 67 per cent of the people of Balochistan, including Baloch and Pashtuns, support greater provincial autonomy.

The survey says that 79 per cent of the Baloch population and 53 per cent of Pashtuns support the idea that the people of Balochistan should have greater control over their political affairs. Balochistan, which is home to Baloch and Pashtun tribes, through this survey reflects Pashtuns’ tilt to national mainstream as against the increased tendency of Balochi separatism in recent years.

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