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Over the past five years, majority Pakistanis have continued to believe that a solution to Kashmir is necessary for peaceful relations with India.

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According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 74% Pakistanis believe that solving Kashmir issue is necessary for peaceful relations with India; 25% believe that peaceful relations can be developed without solving the Kashmir issue first. (This press release is Part 2 of a 5-part series on Kashmir)

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, Do you think in establishing peaceful relations with India, is it necessary to first solve the Kashmir issue or can peaceful relations be made without it as well? In response to this question, 74% respondents said that solving the Kashmir issue first is necessary for development of peaceful relations with India, while 25% believe that peaceful relations with India can be developed without a solution to the Kashmir issue and 1% did not respond.

This question has also been asked previously during the past five years. In 2010, 65% respondents believed that solving the Kashmir issue was necessary for peaceful relations with India, while 34% disagreed. In 2011, the percentage of respondents who believed that a solution to Kashmir was necessary had increased to 75%. In 2012, 76% respondents believed that solving the Kashmir issue was necessary for peaceful relations with India, while 21% disagreed. 2013 had the highest percentage of respondents who believed that solving Kashmir issue first was necessary (80%), and the lowest percentage of respondents who believed that peaceful relations were possible without it (20%). In 2014, the percentage of respondents who believed that solving Kashmir issue first was necessary had decreased again to 73%, while 26% respondents disagreed.

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