Pakistanis see India as bigger threat than al-Qaeda

Washington: Pakistani people`s views on India have grown "increasingly negative" in recent years and a majority of them see their neighbour as a bigger threat than al-Qaeda and the Taliban, according to a new poll.

The poll results released by Pew Research Centre yesterday showed that three-in-four have an unfavorable opinion of India, up from 50 per cent five years ago.

"Pakistani views of traditional rival India have grown increasingly negative in recent years," it said, noting that about 57 per cent of Pakistanis feel that India is a bigger threat to their country than al-Qaeda (5 per cent) and the Taliban (19 per cent).

However, according to the poll, seven-in-ten believe that it is important to improve relations with India, say increased trade with their neighbour would be a good thing, and support further talks to reduce tensions between the two countries.

Similarly, Indians expressed negative opinions of Pakistan.