Jun 30, 2012, 05.11AM ISTWASHINGTON: Nearly threefifths of Pakistanis view India as a greater threat to their country than the Taliban and al-Qaida, while nearly six-in-ten Indians express an unfavourable opinion of Pakistan, according to a latest survey.
Only 22% of Pakistanis have a favourable view of India, although this is actually a slight improvement from 14% last year. Moreover, when asked which is the biggest threat to their country, India, the Taliban, or al-Qaida , 59% named India, said Pew Research Center.
Pakistanis, it said, have consistently identified India as the top threat since the question was first asked in 2009. The percentage fearing India has increased by 11 points since then, while the percentage naming the Taliban has decreased by nine points. Despite these negative sentiments, 62% of Pakistanis say it is important to improve relations with India . And roughly two-thirds support more bilateral trade and further talks to try to reduce tensions between the two nations, the survey results said.
Most Indians, it said, also want better relations, more trade, and further talks between the two nations. Still, Indian attitude toward Pakistan remain largely negative. India is not the only country, however, where negative views of Pakistan prevail. Majorities give Pakistan a negative rating in six of the seven other countries where this question was asked, including China, Japan , and three predominantly Muslim nations — Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia.
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