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Pak terms failed state report as 'rubbish'

An official spokesman said the research methodology adopted by the report is faulty and is a 'shoddy piece of political propaganda'.

india Updated: May 04, 2006 14:29 IST

Pakistan has rejected a report listing it as ninth among the most "failed states" as "rubbish and a shoddy piece of political propaganda".

"The report released by Foreign Policy Magazine and the Fund for Peace think tank is 'rubbish and a shoddy piece of political propaganda masquerading as intellectual research'," an official spokesman said.

The spokesman said the research methodology adopted by the report is faulty. The truth of the matter is that the well-organised relief and rehabilitation efforts of the people and the Government of Pakistan have been appreciated all over the world, he added.

"The overwhelming international response is a testimony to Pakistan's standing in the world community.

An economy with eight per cent GDP can only be described as resilient economy and not a failed state. Economy has registered record growth rates over the last four years.

Last year, it clocked in eight percent, the second best after China. This year it is expected to close to seven per cent. Investment is at all time high, both local and foreign," The News quoted the spokesman, as saying in a point-by-point rebuttal of indicators projected by the think tank.

The spokesman further went on to say that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) last year was 1.5 billion dollars and that this year, it would be three billion dollars, a record increase in any fiscal year.

"Per capita income has risen to 800 dollars and is still growing. The Government is functioning in accordance with the Constitution of Pakistan. The parliament is supreme and elected government is answerable to the parliament.

Civil liberties have been fully upheld and strengthened in Pakistan by President Musharraf. The number of women's seats in parliament and in local governments have been increased manifold.

"The press in Pakistan enjoyed unfettered freedom and the country remains a far freer place than any other country on the list. The security outfits of the government are functioning in accordance with the law of the country.

It is the sole responsibility of the government to maintain law and order and the security agencies perform in the achievement of this objective while remaining within the given parameters under the law.

"The war against terror by the Pakistani security agencies remains a big success story. The state has established its writ of law enforcement with great grit and planning. Such facts bring out a story of a resilient and vibrant economy and a law enforcing state committed to the welfare of its people rather than a failed-state," concluded the spokesman.