Islamabad, Feb 11: The public support for al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and the Taliban has plummeted heavily, and the Pakistan People"s Party is being seen as the most popular political entity of the country, according to a US-based organisation"s survey.
According to the US-based Terror Free Tomorrow organisation, a majority people of Pakistan wants President Pervez Musharraf to quit. Around 70 per cent of the respondents think that it is high time that the former Army General resigns from the post of President. After months of political unrest and series of suicide attacks, Pakistanis are, now, looking to peaceful opposition groups, said the survey that was conducted in January this year.
It may be recalled that on Saturday a bomber blew himself up at an opposition rally in Charsadda killing 27 people and injuring 50. Only 24 per cent of Pakistanis were in favour of Osama against 46 per cent of them favouring him during a similar survey in August with support for the al Qaeda falling to 18 per cent from 33 per cent.
The survey revealed that support for the Taliban has dropped by half to 19 per cent from 38 per cent. The survey further said that only one per cent of Pakistani voters would cast their ballots in favour of the al Qaeda if it was running in the February 18 parliamentary elections, and the Taliban would get three per cent.
The PPP was the most popular political party with 36.7 per cent of people favouring it over the Nawaz Sharif"s Pakistan Muslim League-N that got 25.3 per cent, and the pro-Musharraf PML-Q, which received 12 per cent of backing.
Fifty-eight per cent of the respondents suspected that Musharraf, allied politicians or government agencies were responsible for ex-premier Benazir Bhutto"s assassination on December 27 last year. Only seven per cent thought that the al Qaeda or the Taliban were behind her slaying.
The survey, based on interviews with 1,157 people across the country from January 19 to 29, had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points, the Dawn reported.