Pakistan ranks 22nd among the world’s most powerful countries

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After falling two places, Pakistan ranks 22nd among the list of the world’s 25 most powerful countries published by US News and World Report.

The United States of America continues to be ranked 1st on the list, followed by Russia and China.

The rankings in the report are based on the global perception about a country in terms of a many qualitative characteristic and impressions having the potential to drive trade, travel and investment and affect the national economics directly. This report contains the perceptions of 80 countries.

Pakistan steps down on 22nd by falling two places as corruption, instability and conflict across the border with India continue, the report states.

“The seventh-most populous country is also one of the youngest in the world, with the majority of citizens under the age of 22,” according to the report.

However, internal conflicts 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.

Top 25 most powerful countries in the world

  1. United States
  2. Russia
  3. China
  4. Germany
  5. United Kingdom
  6. France
  7. Japan
  8. Israel
  9. Saudi Arab
  10. United Arab Emirates
  11. South Korea
  12. Canada
  13. Iran
  14. Turkey
  15. India
  16. Australia
  17. Switzerland
  18. Italy
  19. Sweden
  20. Qatar
  21. Netherlands
  22. Pakistan
  23. Spain
  24. Singapore
  25. Egypt