15% in Karachi back suicide bombers: study

As reported in Daily Times today:

By Nayel Noorani

KARACHI: Two studies conducted by faculty and students at the Aga Khan University into the attitudes toward suicide bombing among educated people in Karachi and in the tribal areas showed surprisingly divergent results.

Fifteen percent of participants in the Karachi-based study supported suicide bombing and said that Islam and other religions supported it. This raised a heated debate among the participants of a concurrent session during the 12th National Health Sciences Research Symposium at the Aga Khan University on Wednesday, some of whom, with backgrounds in Psychiatry, felt that those who become suicide bombers almost invariably suffer from psychiatric disturbances.

Professor Abdul Wahab Yousafzai, who conducted the study in the tribal areas of Pakistan, showed that those surveyed strongly believed that religion should influence political thinking (88 percent), that it is important for Muslims to live in an Islamic state (76 percent), but that suicide bombing is not legitimate for Muslims (80 percent) and that suicide bombing is not the result of Islamic fundamentalism (68 percent). At the same time, 83 percent said they did not support suicide bombing.

Whereas the study conducted in Karachi by students Faraz Kazim and others showed that 15 percent supported suicide bombing and 84 percent believed suicide bombing is the result of religious fundamentalism, while 55 percent believe that suicide bombers have some underlying psychiatric illness.

However, nearly 50 percent of all those surveyed in Karachi believed that suicide bombing was acceptable in Palestine, Kashmir and Lebanon. Commenting on this, Dr Murad M. Khan of the Psychiatry department at AKU said that the likely reason for this belief is partiality toward the underdog in asymmetrical warfare.

At the same time, the Karachi study also showed that 82 percent believe that suicide bombers are religious fanatics, while approximately 60 percent feel that suicide bombers are relatively uneducated people, who are outcasts from society and who feel frustrated. Some 70 percent say that it is the poorest factions of society that produce suicide bombers.

11 Comments so far

  1. seskey on August 29th, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

    ameer hamza you have no idea to choose words for a TOPIC, U need Some serious consultation with sane people.

  2. barristerakc on August 30th, 2008 @ 2:12 am

    for once I agree with seskey! its a copy/paste job ; I think KMB should seriously look into the quality of stuff some of the blogers are producing! class 3 and 4 stuff..

  3. zeeshan on August 30th, 2008 @ 5:12 am

    If they did take care of the "quality" here, they would have FIRED MB, Teeth Maestro a LOONNNGGGGG time ago :)

  4. mohammedosama on August 30th, 2008 @ 8:50 am

    Mr. Ameer you are a person who always select useless negetive things, I think u r a sick ass, get your self checked by some brain doctor.

    People of not only karachi but all over the pakistan are fed up with these stupid bombers, i hope u lose someone from your family by these suicide bombers then I will ask, wheter they are acceptable of not.

  5. Talha Aziz (aziztalha) on August 30th, 2008 @ 9:12 am

    ameerhamza is a pessimist

  6. judge on September 3rd, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

    iss ka nam aysa hai warna iss ko iss ke zaban mai bataya ja sakta hai yeah kon hai janam-jala karachi ka dushman

  7. ameerhamza on September 3rd, 2008 @ 2:45 pm

    aziztalha says:

    ‘ameerhamza is a pessimist’

    I may agree sometimes only.

  8. ameerhamza on September 3rd, 2008 @ 2:48 pm

    mohammadosama says:

    ‘Mr. Ameer you are a person who always select useless negetive things, I think u r a sick ass, get your self checked by some brain doctor.’

    I select what is true. It is part of my job. I am not a sick a… As for the checking is concerned, I have always maintained that brain doctors look expensive to me.

    You further state:

    ‘People of not only karachi but all over the pakistan are fed up with these stupid bombers…’

    I agree. I am also fed up with these suicide bombers. But when a national paper carries such a horrifying edict, I think we should carry it at KMB.

  9. shoaib on September 7th, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

    i agree to every one on who feels Ameer Hamza is pessimist, non sense, mentally retarded or any other thing bad thing that comes in you mind. Yes he is and there is no harm of saying this. He is only spreading despondency in the city and nothing else, what else he can do, he don’t know any thing good.

  10. truepakistani on September 10th, 2008 @ 8:46 am

    Pakistan ki majortiy awaam hay Jahill… IN BEhanchodoo ko yeah pata nahi kay islam aur kya kya sikahta hay.. bass har waqt ready hotay hain bomb say uraanay ko.. Matherchodoo in sab ki sab say barii wajah Gurbat hay.. Pehlay Poverty hatao country say..

  11. scherjiel on September 10th, 2008 @ 9:47 am

    copy paste caopy paste

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