ISLAMABAD: A majority of people (51 percent) favoured the prime minister’s removal if he disobeys court orders, 12 percent recommended a further reprimand, 18 percent favoured revising the court orders while another 19 percent were unable to answer, according to a Gilani Research Foundation survey.
A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked: “If Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf does not obey the Supreme Court’s orders to write a letter to the Swiss officials, what do you think the Supreme Court should do: remove the prime minister, further reprimand the prime minister but do not remove him or court should revise its orders?”
Responding to this, 51 percent of the respondents favoured the removal of the prime minister if he disobeys the court, 12 believed a further reprimand is required whereas 18 percent believed that thecourt should revise its orders. Another 19 percent did, however, not give a view, says a press release.
Further analysis of the trend data showed that popular views on the subject are broadly similar to when former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani faced an identical court order.The study released by the Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International, was carried out among a sample of 2,564 men and women in rural and urban areas of the four provinces of the country between July 15 and 21. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ±2.3 percent at 95 percent confidence level.