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Armed forces most trusted institution in Pakistan: survey



The armed forces are the most trusted institution in the country with an approval rating of 75%, according to a nationwide survey carried out by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT).

The survey shows the Supreme and High Courts of Pakistan are the second most trusted institutions with an  approval rating of 63% while print and electronic media also generated high approval ratings of 55 % and 54% respectively.

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The National Assembly was characteristic of an Approval Rating of 49%, followed by the Civil Courts (Lower Courts) at 43%. The Election Commission of Pakistan was able to earn an approval rating of 37%.

In contrast to the armed forces with the highest approval rate, police had the lowest at 32%.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif emerged as the most popular political leader with an approval rating of 75 per cent, according to the survey.

The survey conducted on the completion of the second year of the current parliament and the provincial assemblies shows that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is not far behind his brother with an approval rating of 72 per cent.

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PTI chief Imran Khan drew an approval rating of 49 per cent, while MQM chairman Altaf Hussain polled 13 per cent of the 3,231 respondents from a cross-section of incomes living in rural and urban areas of all the four provinces.

Around 27 per cent of the respondents of the PILDAT survey approved the leadership of Asif Zardari. PML-Q chairman Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain earned 19 per cent approval while ANP chief Asfandyar Wali followed with 18 per cent approval.

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