According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 73% Pakistanis believe that celebrating Kashmir Day helps the cause of Kashmiri independence; 26% believe that celebration of Kashmir Day wastes valuable resources. (This press release is Part 1 of a 5-part series on Kashmir)
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, �Some people think that celebrating Kashmir Day helps in Kashmiri independence while some think that in celebrating Kashmir day we are wasting valuable resources. What is your opinion?� In response to this question, 73% respondents said that by celebrating Kashmir Day we are helping in Kashmiri independence, while 26% believe that its celebration results in wastage of valuable resources and 1% did not respond.
This question has also been asked previously during the past five years. Opinion on celebration of Kashmir Day has varied over the years, but mostly remained within a consistent parameter. In 2010, 61% respondents said that celebration of Kashmir Day was helping Kashmiri independence, while 37% said that it was wasting valuable resources. In 2011, the percentage of respondents who believed the celebration was aiding independence had increased to 68% with 31% saying it wasted valuable resources. In 2012, those in favor had once again decreased to 63% with 35% opposing the celebration for wasting resources. In 2013, 69% respondents said that celebration of Kashmir Day was helping Kashmiri independence, while 30% said that it was wasting valuable resources. In 2014, 66% respondents said that celebration of Kashmir Day was helping Kashmiri independence, while 32% said that it was wasting valuable resources. In 2015, the percentage of respondents who believe it is helping in Kashmiri independence is at its highest (73%) compared to the past five years, while those who believe it wastes resources are at their lowest percentage (26%).