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11% favor, 24% are indifferent but 64% oppose celebrating Basant as a festival. Favorable views have been declining over the years. GILANI POLL/GALLUP PAKISTAN

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According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan 11% favor, 24% are indifferent but 64% oppose celebrating Basant as a festival. Favorable views have been declining over the years, whereas unfavorable views have risen from 53% in 2006 to 64% in the latest survey.

A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked. Some people are in favor of celebrating Basant festival while others are against it whereas some argue that it makes no difference and depends on whoever wants to celebrate it, what is your opinion? Responding to this 11% favored the celebration of Basant, 64% opposed it whereas 24% were indifferent to the celebrations. However 1% did not give a view.

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