According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 68% Pakistanis think that Pakistan has the right to Kashmir; 24% believe it should be an independent autonomous nation. (This press release is Part 4 of a 5-part series on Kashmir)
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Think impartially and tell us, who do you think has more right to Kashmir – Pakistan or India?” In response to this question, 68% respondents said that Pakistan has more right to Kashmir, 24% said that it should be an independent autonomous nation, while 4% believe that India has the right to Kashmir and 4% did not respond.
This question has also been asked previously during the past five years. The percentage of respondents who believe that Pakistan has more right to Kashmir decreased between 2010 and 2014 (71% to 53%), with corresponding increases in those who believe that Kashmir should be an autonomous independent nation (24% to 40%). But in 2015, those who believe that Pakistan has more right to Kashmir have risen once again to 68% with those supporting an autonomous nation for Kashmiris declining to 24% for the first time since 2010. Meanwhile, respondents who believe that India has more right to Kashmir have stayed in a small minority ranging between 2% to 4%.