LAHORE As many as 67 per cent people of Pakistan want the government take steps for Islamisation, a clear indication that for whatever reasons they have lost faith in the existing system.
According to a survey carried out by Gilani Research Foundation, 31 per cent people want the government take the required steps at once.
However, 48 per cent think that the needed steps should be taken one by one.
People approached for survey had been asked: In your opinion should the government take steps to Islamise the society? These findings clearly mean that the claims made by various elements that Pakistan should be a secular state are totally baseless and contrary to the wishes of the people.
This is a unique kind of survey carried out by an organization (Gallup Pakistan) in a society where more than 90 per cent people are Muslims, no matter which sect they belong to.
That 31 per cent people want 'immediate steps for Islamisation means that they are totally disappointed with the ability of the existing system to solve their problems and want to switch over to the Islamic system, for the sake of which the country had been created in 1947.
According to the survey, 48 per cent people are for a gradual approach.
In other words, they want the government to take the required steps one by one.
Without any iota of doubt, these people also pin their hopes on the Islamic system, but want it introduced gradually, which, ostensibly, means that no hasty step should be taken which had the potential to backfire.
Thirteen per cent of those approached for their opinions said there was no need for Islamization.
Such people could be secularists, liberals or of the minority communities.
Twenty per cent people, according to the survey, gave no response.
Their decision not to answer the question may mean that for them Islamization is not that important.
Their silence could also be taken to mean that they are not concerned for what the government does, or doesnt do, on this front.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 01-Jun-2011 here.