New Delhi, Nov 18: In a bid to deal with widespread clashes between security forces and civilians in Jammu and Kashmir, 63 per cent of Indians believe that Narendra Modi-led government should use more military force in the valley, a latest survey by an American think tank called Pew Research claimed on Friday. Also Read - Save Bihar From 'Jungle Raj': PM Modi Slams Lalu's RJD at Darbhanga Rally
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The state has been on the edge since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani by security forces in July last year. (Also Read: In India, Support For Prime Minister Narendra Modi Remains Strong, Says American Think Tank Pew). However, those living in southern India, far from the India-Pakistan border, are decidedly less negative about Pakistan. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi Gear up For Another Face-off in Darbhanga
Only 36% of those living in the South Kashmir express a very unfavorable opinion of Pakistan, compared with 68% in the east, 69% in the north and 77% in the west. And in southern India 30% have a favorable view of Pakistan, versus just 6% in the north and east and 3% in the west.
Disdain for Pakistan cuts across party lines – BJP and Congress party supporters express similar levels of negativity for India’s longtime foreign rival (70% vs. 63% very unfavorable).
The survey, conducted between February 21 and March 10, sought the views of 2,464 people across the country, in both urban and rural areas.