According to the US News and World Report rankings Pakistan is the 22nd most powerful country in the world.
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan was born in 1947 when Muslims broke from the Hindu-majority, British India to rule their own homeland. Located in the ancient Indus Valley of the Middle East, settlements in the region, among the Khyber Pass, Himalayas, and the Arabian Sea, are some of the oldest in the world and most heavily traveled in history.
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Conflicts over the Kashmir region, one of the largest of the disputed territories, erupted into wars with India in 1948, 1965, and 1971.
The ranking examines a country’s political and financial influence as well as its international alliances, military strength and how it act as an international leader.
This is an opinion-based ranking, conducted in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, that asked 20,000 people about their opinions of 80 countries. Heavy in textiles, carpets and rugs, the export-driven economy has fallen short in attracting foreign investment and aiding the reduction of poverty.
Advancements in human development like education, health care, infrastructure and more have suffered in the shadows of internal conflicts with extremist groups. Pakistan is a member of international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and the International Monetary Fund.
In 2013, the country became part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a partnership with China that aims at modernizing Pakistan’s infrastructure and economic sectors. At up to $62 billion, this has been deemed one of the largest foreign investments in Pakistan.
The United States has ranked number one, while India has grabbed the number 17 spot. The UAE is ranked number 11 while Saudi Arabia is at number nine.