A majority of online Pakistanis (49%) say that they consider themselves
second (28%) according to a survey conducted by
The Express Tribune
. Results showed that expats felttheir identity was
were more ‘Pakistani’ than
Muslim.The survey was designed to test online Pakistanis (locals and expats) on three different scales--- level of tolerance, level of religiosity and adherence to tradition.While 77% of online Pakistanis expressed a belief in a being that created existence only 46 per cent of online Pakistanis said they identified themselves as a religious person. 75% said they believed in theexistence of Heaven and Hell.A majority of Muslims respondents (63%) agreed to the statement
that “Pakistanis are not perfect butour religion is superior to others”.
In a core finding related to tolerance, 66% of Pakistanis voted againstthe need to influence others to share their set of beliefs. However, only 11% of total respondents saidthey would experiment with other belief systems.
Males and Females
Women proved to be more traditional than men with 72% saying that they shared the same religiousbeliefs as their parents. A large number of male respondents said they had reached their current set of beliefs through research, while a majority of females said that they were raised that way. The onlinesurvey found males were more inclined than women to researching new ideas and more willing toexplore their beliefs. On the other hand men (36%) felt it was important to influence others when itcomes to religion.
Locals and Expats
The survey found expats exhibited slightly lower religiosity than local respondents. For example the localpopulation showed greater belief in Heaven and Hell, was more regular in prayers and identified moreto scripture.Expats were inclined to be more egalitarian than local respondents with reference to religious tolerance.
While a majority of expats disagreed with the statement ‘
Pakistanis are not perfect but our religion issuperior to others
53% of locals agreed with it. Fewer expats (35%) voted in favor of needing God to bemoral, compared to locals (44%). A greater number of expats (81%) said they had researched otherbelief systems, as compared to locals (75%).
Muslims and Non-religious groups
The sample consisted largely of Muslim respondents and those who identified themselves as non-religious. While members of other religious communities did respond to the survey their results weretoo few to be conclusive. In general, the Muslim segment gave very different responses to the non-religious segment, displaying a greater degree of intolerance and traditional thinking. Interestingly,