Pakistan is classified as 22nd among the 25 most powerful countries of the world.
According to a report published by US News and World, United States has grabbed the top position as the most powerful country in the world, followed by Russia and China.
The report and rankings are based on how global observations define countries in terms of a number of qualitative characteristics, impressions that have the potential to drive trade, travel, and investment and directly affect national economies. The report covers perceptions of 80 nations.
Pakistan has dropped two ranks as corruption, instability, and the conflict across the border with neighbour India continue, the report states.
According to the report, “The seventh-most populous country is also one of the youngest in the world, with the majority of citizens under the age of 22.”
However, internal conflicts, terrorism, and economic crisis have driven an export-driven economy short in attracting foreign investment and aiding the reduction of poverty. Advancements in human development like education, healthcare, infrastructure and more have also suffered in the shadows of conflicts, according to the report.
Overall, Pakistan ranked at number 74 on the list.
Top 25 most powerful countries in the world
- United States
- United Kingdom
- Saudi Arab
- United Arab Emirates
- South Korea