While the study “Pakistan Next Generation Goes to the Ballot Box” reflects the deep disappointment with democracy among the youth, with only 29 per cent opting for it, the preference for Shariah is primarily because the respondents do not have a “direct experience of a non-democratic system of Islamic government”.
Further, Shariah was favoured for its ability to advance moral and religious values.
It is also thought to be the best system for giving people their rights and freedom; for promoting tolerance; and making the country a fairer one. However, not many expected it to improve security, a major concern.
On the security front, the military was found to be the best option and continues to enjoy a better acceptance than democracy with 32 per cent of the respondents voting for it.
Only 29 per cent voted for democracy while94% said the country was headed in the wrong direction
In fact, military rule was found to be most popular in the restive province of Balochistan besides Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan.