David Frum

04.03.13

Pakistani Youth Lose Faith in Pakistani Democracy

People gather after a bomb targeting Shiite Muslims exploded in busy market in Hazara town, an area dominated by Shiites on the outskirts of Quetta, on February 16, 2013. The bomb killed 63 people including women and children and wounded 180 in Pakistan's insurgency-hit southwest, police and officials said. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) ()

Depressing fact of the day: Pakistani youth prefer either Sharia law or military rule to democracy, with only 29% favoring democratic governance.

Of course, it may all depend on what they understand by "democracy." If the term is taken to mean, rule by Pakistan's existing civilian politicians, it's not surprising that young Pakistanis are disgusted. Who wouldn't be?

"Look at this government that just completed its term. What did it give to people?" Waseem Qureshi, a 24-year-old call center worker in Islamabad, told The Associated Press. "You keep looting national wealth, and you tell us to bear with it because it's democracy."