Pro-Pakistan sentiment is fondness and love of aspects of Pakistani culture, Pakistani history, Pakistani cuisine, Pakistani traditions or the people of Pakistan.

In the political context, it can refer to having positive sentiments for the Pakistani state.[1][2]

The like or interest of Pakistan is the opposite of Pakophobia,[3] Pakistanophobia[4] or Anti-Pakistan sentiment, which is the fear and dislike of things concerning Pakistan.

In Pakistan, pro-Pakistan sentiment is often linked with a sense of national pride, patriotism, and identity. Pakistan was created in 1947 when British India was divided, and this event was important for the Muslim community. People in Pakistan show their pro-Pakistan sentiment by celebrating national events and supporting their leaders.[5]

In 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 stayed home from school and that some Kashmiri cricket fans showed their support for the Pakistani cricket team instead of the Indian team.[6] On 13 October 1983, during a limited over cricket match between West Indies and India at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar, the crowd cheered India's defeat with Pakistan Zindabad cries.[7] The slogan, Pakistan Zindabad, has been used by some Kashmiri Muslims, who demand Kashmir's accession to Pakistan, in the Indian Kashmir.[8] Supporters are also detained by local police for raising such slogans.[9]

Kashmiri journalist Gowhar Geelani cites that much of pro-Pakistan sentiment in Kashmir is suppressed, the roots of which lie in the Kashmir conflict.[10] However, he adds that "many in Kashmir continue to express their love for Pakistan overtly", either through supporting the Pakistani cricket team, hoisting Pakistan's flag, setting the Pakistani national anthem as their mobile ringtone or raising pro-Pakistan slogans during public rallies.[10] Anuradha Bhasin states that it has to do with a "deep anger against the Indian state and deep-rooted alienation with India’s treatment of Kashmir", while Showkat Hussain states that such pro-Pakistani sentiment is attributable to the "sentiment for secession".[10] Still, other commentators opine that there is also a younger Kashmiri generation that sees their economic future tied to India while not entirely wanting to compromise their aspiration for Kashmiri 'independence', and that this generation includes those who are pro-India or do not support a Kashmiri merger with Pakistan.[10] Khurram Parvez is of the view that many Kashmiri youth "openly showcase their love for Pakistan at the cost of paying heavily for their expression", but that at the same time, this sentiment does not necessarily translate to a desire for Kashmir's outright merger with Pakistan.[10]

See also


  1. ^ Siddiqui, Habib (12 April 2020). "Letter From America: The March to Madness of Mid-night March 25". Asian Tribune. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ Ashraf, Ajaz (1 January 2019). "'BNP lost because of its pro-Pakistan, anti-Liberation stance,' says Mesbah Kamal, Dalit rights activist in Bangladesh". FirstPost. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  3. ^ K. K. Kaul (1952–1966). U.S.A. and the Hindustan Peninsula. 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..
  4. ^ "'Pakistanophobia' Grips France". August 22, 2005. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "What is Pro-Pakistani sentiment?".
  6. ^ "Faultline in Kashmir makes people root for Afridi and vote in polls". The Times of India. 1 April 2011. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  7. ^ K.R. Wadhwaney (1 December 2005). Indian Cricket Controversies. Ajanta Books International. p. 332. ISBN 978-8128801136. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  8. ^ Jagmohan (January 2006). My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir. Allied Publisher. p. 2. ISBN 978-8177642858. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  9. ^ Kashmir Under Siege. Human Rights Watch. 31 December 1991. p. 119. ISBN 978-0300056143. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d e Geelani, Gowhar (5 February 2016). "Is pro-Pakistan sentiment in Kashmir still alive?". Dawn. Retrieved 14 August 2021.