Great News: 44% of Pakistanis See bin Laden as Martyr

Posted: May 17, 2011 11:00 AM
Emotions in Pakistan are mixed about the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALS. Half of Pakistanis are sad about bin Laden being dead, the vast majority believe Pakistani sovereignty was violated during operation Geronimo and a startling amount of people in the country see bin Laden as a martyr.

Findings of a study released by Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan during May 7-10, less than a week after the death of Osama Bin Laden, shows the mixed emotions of Pakistani people about the life and death of Osama bin Laden.

When asked, in a in a poll, whether they assessed his death as one of a martyr (Shaheed) or an outlaw, 44% Pakistani looked upon him as a martyr (Shaheed) and 28% as an outlaw, 27% said they did not know.

The findings indicate that over half of all Pakistanis (51%) say they are sad about the death of Osama bin Laden and 44% consider him a Martyr.

The poll was conducted among 2530 men and women above 18 year of age representative of the adult population of Pakistan. They were distributed in the Rural and Urban areas of various Provinces and Districts and comprised a cross-section of various education, income, age and linguistic backgrounds.

The field work was carried out face to face during May 7-10, 2011.

On top of that, officials in the Pakistani government have threatened to shoot at U.S. forces if they were to enter the country again without prior permission to conduct military operations.

And yes, the U.S. is still giving Pakistan billions of dollars a year in aid.