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Celebrating basant: More than half of all Pakistanis (54%) are against the celebration of the festival of basant, a proportion that is more or less unchanged since 2002.

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According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup & Gilani Pakistan, more than half of all Pakistanis (54%) are against the celebration of the festival of basant.

A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked, “Some people are in favour of celebrating the cultural tradition of basant, some are opposed to it, while others say that it makes no difference – whoever wants to celebrate it may do so. What is your opinion?” In response to this question, 16% said that they were in support of it, 54% said that they were against it, 19% opined that it makes no difference, while 11% did not know or did not wish to respond.

Trend Analysis: In the year 2002, in comparison, 15% said that they were in favour of it, 53% that they were against it, while 32% expressed their indifference on the matter.

Findings on this question are available across the years 2002 to 2018, and the graph below shows how the figures have changed in this time period.

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