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    75% of Pakistani people support the coup

    The question I want to ask is that if 75% of the people support the coup than isn't that an overwhelming endorsement of the military action and its leaders. Isn't this democracy of a sort? After all democracy is meant to take the view of the majority into account. If the people of Pakistan want to be ruled by a military government in the immediate future instead of the corrupt and inept civilian governments, than shouldn't the West respect that instead of threatning to impose sanctions? Views please.

    #2
    who made this poll? how reliable it is? are those opposed to coup allowed to tell their point of view? even if we consider poll reliable, there may be transient support since earlier regime may not be upto expectation? but how long support will last? in elections, u have process of around three months, will this support last three months when people will realize that nothing has changed.

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      #3

      It would be good to keep in mind that Nawaz Sharief came into power with an overwhelming 2/3rd majority. Public opinion in the subcontinent tends to be extremely fickle. Probably, few among the 75% who endorse the coup ever took time out to reflect upon the possible consequences.
      Simple ain't easy.

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        #4
        The poll was carried out by Gallup. Yes the support for the military regime could start to erode very quickly, but my question is that currently 75% of the people support it. Isn't that democratic, as it is the wish of the people. Like democratically elected government they will also be judged by their actions. We have a government just elected and come to power in India, while a popular coup has taken place in Pakistan. Which government will hold its popularity longer, remains to be seen? One thing is for sure, the deposed government was highly unpopular. How can you turn a 2/3rd majority into a highly unpopular government is beyond me?

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          #5

          It indeed does look like the coup has the backing of the people. In that way, it may be called a democratic one. But in case it turns unpopular, the military rule will not be amenable to democratic processes like no-confidence motions and such. There is a risk of this turning out to be the last "democratic" govt. the people will see for a while, whether they are happy with it or not.

          Also, the coup, though popular is a violation of the nation's constitution. To say the least, it sets a bad precedent, and the constitution loses it's value to the army. If the rulers can flaunt the constitution with impunity, the situation is a bit worrysome.
          Simple ain't easy.

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            #6
            Queer,

            Although Nawaz was voted into power through the electoral process, the turnout was extremely low. People in Pakistan didn't believe in Nawaz or Benazir. That is why there is no real opposition to army taking over. Democracy has given Pakistan zilch. the only difference is, they have been getting shafted democratically.

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