Pro-Pakistan sentiment is fondness and love of aspects of Pakistani culture, Pakistani history, Pakistani cuisine, Pakistani traditions and the people of Pakistan. The Pakistani diaspora has contributed to the country's exposure throughout Europe and the West.
The island country of Mauritius has a large population of South Asian descent, including many people whose ancestors came from present-day Pakistan. Pakistani culture has a visible presence in the country, with there being an Allama Iqbal Club, a renowned Pakistani restaurant and several roads and places in the country named after notable Pakistani figures, such as Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Urdu language also has a wide presence, being the ancestral mother tongue of many South Asians. According to Enayat Hossen Edun, the country's first Urdu novelist, Urdu is taught in almost 200 educational institutions in the country.
During the Pakistan Movement in the 1940s, Rohingya Muslims in western Burma had an ambition to annex and merge their region into East Pakistan. Before the independence of Burma, in May 1946, some Muslim leaders from Arakan addressed themselves to Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, and asked his assistance in annexing of the Mayu region to Pakistan which was about to be formed. Two months later, North Arakan Muslim League was founded in Akyab (modern: Sittwe, capital of Arakan State), it, too demanding annexation to Pakistan. However, the proposal never materialised.
Pro-Pakistan sentiment in Kashmir is present among Kashmiri people who are opposed to Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir. According to Robert Wirsing, among the Kashmiri Muslims who reject Indian rule, there are those who favour a complete union with Pakistan over independence. Pro-Pakistan sentiment in Kashmir is regarded to be present among Kashmiris due to cultural and religious connections, as well as Kashmiri bitterness over state oppression by local authorities. The sentiment was further augmented by government of India's refusal to let Muslim United Front, participate in elections in 1987. Pro-Pakistan sentiment is also found notably among Kashmiri leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference concerning the legal status of the Vale of Kashmir, and other Kashmiris who favor a union with Pakistan. In a statement to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, Sumantra Bose remarked that a large segment of the population of the Poonch district, India, which is in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, have pro-Pakistan sentiments.
The Pakistan national cricket team enjoys large fan following in Jammu and Kashmir. During the 2011 ICC World Cup semi-final between Pakistan and India, a Times of India article observed that Srinagar was "shut down" for the clash, children missed their school and that instead of India, Kashmiri cricket fans showed their support for the Pakistani team. This support was observed across all castes and classes. India's fall of wickets was cheered with firecrackers. While during Pakistan's run chase, every run was applauded.
A survey by Chatham House claimed that 2% of respondents in Indian Administered Kashmir said they would vote to join Pakistan. However, the survey noted that this figure was highly polarised and varied throughout different regions of Kashmir. Respondents in the predominantly Hindu and Buddhist divisions of Jammu and Ladakh were pro-India, whereas the Kashmir Valley comparatively had comparatively more pro-Pakistan sentiment. On the other hand, 50% of residents in Pakistani Kashmir voted for the whole of Kashmir to join Pakistan and only 1% supported an accession to India. Of all regions in Kashmir, Indian-administered Kashmir Valley had the highest separatist sentiments. Other than the Hindu districts of Kashmir, pro-Pakistan sentiment is reportedly not as widespread in the Kashmiri Shi'a community, who are predominantly pro-union, although "some leaders of the separatist movement do belong to the Shias."
The slogan, Pakistan Zindabad, has been used by Kashmiris, who support Kashmir's accession to Pakistan, in the Indian-administered Kashmir. Supporters are also detained by local police for raising such slogans. On 13 October 1983, during a limited over cricket match between West Indies and India at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium, Srinagar, the crowd cheered India's defeat with Pakistan Zindabad cries.
In March 2012, The Korea Herald published a news article on tourism in Pakistan, describing Pakistan as "a land of splendors" detailing on aspects of Pakistani landscape, culture and heritage. M/s Gandhara Art and Culture from South Korea intends to establish a post-graduate university, Heritage University of Taxila (HUT), to revive the ancient educational excellence of Taxila and highlight Gandhara civilization.
One of Pakistan's all-time favourite patriotic songs, Dil Dil Pakistan, widely considered to be an alternative national anthem, was voted number three in a BBC World Service international poll in 2003 to establish "The World's Top Ten".
Displays of sentiment
- "With Pakistan we have a special relationship since our leaders also have close alliances. Pakistan is like a second home to us. It is a country where people really know how to enjoy themselves and have great food." - Akcent
- The world's fastest sprinter and runner Usain Bolt, who is from Jamaica (in the West Indies), was said to be an ardent fan of the Pakistan national cricket team when he was young: "When I was really small I loved the Pakistan cricket team. Waqar Younis was one of the greatest bowlers ever, and I was a bowler so I really enjoyed watching him. I was a big Pakistan fan until I got older, when I noticed that I should actually support my home team." When asked who he would've supported at that time if there was a match between Pakistan and Windies, Bolt remarked "I would still have supported Pakistan, that’s what I’m saying – when I was little, it was all about Pakistan."
- Culture of Pakistan
- Pakistani cuisine
- Languages of Pakistan
- Pakistani nationalism
- Tourism in Pakistan
- Dil Dil Pakistan
- Pakistan Zindabad
- K. K. Kaul (1952-1966). U.S.A. and the Hindustan Peninsula. Google Books. "even though it was easy to fan Pakophobia under the circumstances.43 The Prime Minister of Pakistan, on the other hand, asserted that Nehru was not afraid of aggression from Pakistan, but was protesting against US aid for fear of.."
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- Yegar, Moshe (1972). Muslims of Burma. Wiesbaden: Verlag Otto Harrassowitz. p. 96.
- Wirsing, Robert (1998). India, Pakistan, and the Kashmir Dispute: On Regional Conflict and Its Resolution. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 231. ISBN 9780312175627.
- Information Division, Embassy of Pakistan (1964). Pakistan Affairs. pp. 17–21. Missing or empty
- Ira M. Lapidus (26 August 2002). A History of Islamic Societies (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 649. ISBN 978-0521779333.
- Blum, Gabriella (2007). Islands of agreement: managing enduring armed rivalries. Harvard University Press. p. 64. ISBN 978-0-674-02446-5.
- Bose, Sumantra (2007). Fourth report of the Foreign Affairs Committee, session 2006-07: South Asia, response of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Cm. 7142. Foreign and Commonwealth Office. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-10-171422-8.
- "Faultline in Kashmir makes people root for Afridi and vote in polls". Times of India. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- GreaterKashmir.com (Greater Service) (2012-05-29). "Please read the report is all I can say Lastupdate:- Tue, 29 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT". Greaterkashmir.com. Retrieved 2012-06-06.
- Jagmohan (January 2006). My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir. Allied Publisher. p. 2. ISBN 978-8177642858. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- Kashmir Under Siege. Human Rights Watch. 31 December 1991. p. 119. ISBN 978-0300056143. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- K.R. Wadhwaney (1 December 2005). Indian Cricket Controversies. Ajanta Books International. p. 332. ISBN 978-8128801136. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "Pakistan a magical tourist destination". The Korea Herald. 2012-03-25.
- Ema Anis (October 12, 2011). "Video of the day: Junaid Jamshed can still sing". The Express Tribune. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
- Steve Wright. "The World's Top Ten". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
- Heaven is right here in Pakistan’
- "Akcent win kudos in Lahore". Express Tribune. December 6, 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
- "Usain Bolt - Mr Big". Sport Magazine UK. 31 July 2009.