International Public Opinion Polls (IPOP) has recently appeared onto the scene in the recent few months when they published the results of a survey conducted by this agency during the pre-Emergency period of August 15th to September 20th which showed General Pervaiz Musharraf leading the political pack with 42% while Begum Bhutto trailed at 32% and Nawaz Sharif fared only at a lame 26%. In a follow up survey a month later after Musharraf shed his uniform IPOP has come to record that of the 1000+ people surveyed in Pakistan approved the civilian President Musharraf by a whopping 74%
Generally numbers and figures don’t catch the eye unless one notices a startling discrepancy between a few survey. It has been on record that the International Republican Institute, a world renowned organization carried out a five-part survey over the past year which continued to show a decline in Musharraf’s popularity from a massive 65% in Sept 06 which took a nose dive over the 2007 year to land at a measly 22%. Comparing both IPOP and IRI surveys one does instantly notice 20% difference. In the popularity graph when comparing various leaders in Pakistan the survey showed that Nawaz Shairf poised at 53% popularity, Benazir Bhutto at 36% and Musharraf and Imran Khan at 22% and 21% respectively.
Observing such a surprising contrast between the results of the two surveys, one does get the urge to figure out what might be the bias in both situations to understand the true sentiments of the people of Pakistan. A little hunting around we find that IPOP presents a shady pictures.
The domain was registered on the 4th of October 2007, which seems to be the first on only sign of the birth of this new organization, a whois of IPublicPolls reveals that it was registered by a certain M. Amir Khan from the iPhlux Technologies. On contacting the registered office [in Karachi] the callers were at first given a run around but later talked to a receptionist and provided with the name of Nawab Kaifee as the original owner of IPublicPolls
Domain Name Whois: IPUBLICPOLLS.COM
Creation Date: 04-Oct-2007
It is surprising to note that only three days later on the 7th of October the website of the Government of Pakistan publishes the results of this same survey in a news item titled President Musharraf ideal choice of leadership of Pakistan: says US survey report making claims to support the overwhelmingly popularity of popularity of General Musharraf in Pakistan
President General Pervez Musharraf, an obvious and ideal choice for leadership of Pakistan in comparison to Ms. Benazir Bhutto and Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, says International Public Opinion Polls (IPOP) survey report. The International Public Opinion Polls (IPOP), research organization based in the US recently published a opinion based report on a survey conducted from 1572 people in Pakistan
It touts IPOP as a US based organization but surprisingly the registered office is in Karachi [4th Floor, Mateen Gallery, 172-J, Karachi] and practically the only reference to it being anywhere near the US comes only in the PDF presentation of the survey report where the first slide states the name of the presenter being Gloria Adami, President IPOP, Houston, TX
When we tried to contact Amir Khan the official registrant of the iPublicPolls, he had this to say:
I have only registrar the company ‘ipublicpolls.com’. I am 100% agreed that if the reports which they are giving from there web are wrong then it is wrong. I am only the registrar of there web site. If you need any further info then contact to there website (i.e [email protected])
Rounding off the investigative search we looked for the name of Nawab Kaifee and surprisingly he cropped up in at the Federal Investigation Authority [FIA] website in the List of Overseas Employment Promoters with Gulliver Travels [Check Item # 9].
Considering this remarkably suspicious trail one does then tend to wonder if this survey is at all legit or is it just a simple concoction to distract the People of Pakistan from the true numbers. It must be noted that the results of this survey had been faxed to all news agencies in Pakistan of which a few covered the story assuming it to be fully authentic without carefully evaluating the originating source.
Another Pro-Musharraf propaganda down the drain
Credits for this Investigation goes out to a large group of Pakistanis who truly believe in Pakistan, and denounce this one-man-dictatorship