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Pakistanis oppose France ban on Muslim women veil


Some 89 per cent people in Pakistan have opposed France decision to bar Muslim women from covering face, a survey has said.
Findings of a survey show that more than 3 out of 4 Pakistanis (89%) oppose this decision while only 2% feel that it is okay for the French government to pass such a law.

The remaining 9% were unsure or gave no response, according a Gilani Research Foundation survey that was carried out by Gallup Pakistan .

A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked “French parliament has imposed restriction over wearing veil for Muslim women. Do you think this decision of the government of France was right or wrong?”

Eighty nine percent (89%) believe the decision was wrong while only 2% support the government of France in banning face-covering. The remaining 9% were unsure or gave no response.

The findings of the survey reveal no significant difference in opinion of people from across various demographics.

The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2761 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during February 2010. Error margin is estimated to be approximately + 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.