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2 in 3 Pakistanis opine that Sharia should be the only law practiced in the country.

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According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup & Gilani Pakistan, 2 in 3 Pakistanis opine that Sharia should be the only law practiced in the country.

A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked, “In your opinion, which sentence describes your understanding of Sharia and its implementation in Pakistan?” In response to this question, 67% said that according to their understanding Sharia should be the only law, 24% said that Sharia should be the law but not the only law i.e. other legislation is also possible, 5% said Sharia should not be the law of the land while 4% did not know.

Trend Analysis:

The same question was asked in 2010. In 2010, 51% said that according to their understanding Sharia should be the only law, 30% said that Sharia should be the law but not the only law i.e. other legislation is also possible, 8% said Sharia should not be the law of the land while 11% did not know.

Comparing the two years, there is a 16% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe Sharia should be the only law, a 6% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe Sharia should be the law but not the only law and a 3% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe Sharia should not be the law of the land.

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