Pakistanis feel that inflation, not Kashmir, is the biggest problem they face: survey

ISLAMABAD: Spiral inflation and unemployment are the biggest problems that torment people in Pakistan and not the Kashmir problem, according to a survey conducted by Gallup International in the four provinces of the country with liquidity problems.

The study, which was published by Gallup and Gilani Pakistan on Tuesday, said 53 per cent of respondents believe the country's economy, specifically increasing inflation, is the biggest problem facing the country.

Concerns about inflation are followed by unemployment (23%), corruption (4%) and the water crisis (4%), according to the survey.

While the Pakistan government is trying hard to internationalise Kashmir, only 8 per cent of the people surveyed voiced their concern over the issue.

The survey also mentions fears about political instability, power crisis, dengue outbreak, among other issues.

Gallup Pakistan said the survey's sample comprised men and women from across the four provinces — Balochistan, , Punjab and Sindh.

Pakistan 's economy has struggled in the last few years.

In July, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had said Pakistan was facing "significant economic challenges" due to weak and unbalanced growth and that its economy is at a critical juncture where it needs an ambitious and bold set of reforms.

At the time, Pakistan had a currency reserve of less than $8 billion, enough only to cover 1.7 months of imports.

Pakistan and the IMF signed a $6 billion bail out package this year, aimed at returning sustainable growth to the country's fragile economy and improve the standards of living.

Other than the IMF, Pakistan has secured substantial bailout packages from Qatar, China, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.