According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup & Gilani Pakistan, following a very consistent trend since 2008, more than half Pakistanis opine that in case of a war between the two nations, India will use its nuclear weapons against Pakistan.
A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked, “Suppose if Pakistan goes to war with India, will India use its nuclear bomb or not?” In response to this question, 53% said yes India will use its nuclear bomb, while 47% said no it will not.
In response to this question in 2008, 64% said yes India will use its nuclear bomb, 35% said no, and 1% did not know or wish to respond. In 2014, 58% said yes India will use its nuclear bomb, 40% said no, and 2% did not know or wish to respond.
According to public opinion, the proportion of Pakistanis who feel threatened by India’s nuclear capabilities has declined by 11% over the past 9 years, peaking at 68% in 2013.