According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 60% Pakistanis believe that only religious programs should be broadcast on television during Muharram; 40% disagree.
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, Some people think that during the ten days of Muharram there should be only religious programs on television and music and other programs should not air, whereas others believe that all kinds of programs (music etc.) should air and people can choose what they want to watch. Do you think that there should be only religious programs on television during Muharram or should all programs be shown? In response, 60% respondents said that only religious programs should be shown on television during the first ten days of Muharram, while 40% respondents said that all kinds of programs should be shown.
This question was also asked in previous years. In 2012, the opinion on what kinds of programs should be shown on television during Muharram was split equally in half. But in 2014, the percentage of respondents who believe only religious programs should be shown has increased to 60%. Earlier in 2008, 55% respondents favored showing only religious programs and 45% favored showing all kinds of programs. In 2007, 52% respondents favored showing only religious programs and only 29% favored showing all kinds of programs, while 19% did not respond.