Majority of Pakistani youth favour Shariah law, military rule over democracy

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 03, 2013 05:38 hrs

London: A large number of Pakistani youth favour Shariah or Islamic law over democracy, a recent survey has revealed.

According to the survey by the British Council, when asked to pick the best political system, Pakistani youth favoured both Islamic law and military rule over democracy.

More than half of 5,000 18 to 29 year-old Pakistanis polled said democracy had not been good for them or the country, reports the BBC.

Furthermore, 94 percent said Pakistan was going in the wrong direction - a figure up from 50 percent in 2007.

Making up almost a third of registered voters, the under-30s are expected to play a big part in Pakistan's general elections in May.

The survey points towards a pessimistic generation, disenchanted with democracy after 5 years of civilian rule.

The greatest concern for most was rising prices, not terrorism. Almost 70 percent said they were worse off now than five years ago. 

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