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Pak most failed nation: Survey

While India is ranked at 93rd position, it is in much better position than China that ranks 57th on the list.

india Updated: May 03, 2006 14:26 IST
Asian News International
Asian News International

Pakistan has moved to the top ten list of the world’s failed nation, a recent study conducted by the US Foreign Policy magazine and the US-based Fund for peace think-tank has said.

The list of 146 nations across the globe compiled on the basis of 12 criteria, including human flight and economic decline, ranks Sudan on the top, Pakistan at the 9th position and Afghanistan at the 10th position.

While India is ranked at 93rd position, it is in much better position than China which ranks 57th on the list.

Norway, ranked 146th is the most viable and stable state.

According to the report, Pakistan’s downfall from last year’s 34th rank to the 9th position is mainly attributed to its inability to police the tribal areas near the volatile Pak-Afghan tribal border region, the devastating earthquake last October in PoK and NWFP and rising ethnic tensions across the country.

The second annual "failed states index" is based on "tens of thousands of articles" from different sources gathered over several months in 2005 and reviewed by experts, the report’s authors said.

According to the report, “a failing state is one in which the government does not have effective control of its territory, is not perceived as legitimate by a significant portion of its population, does not provide domestic security or basic public services to its citizens, and lacks a monopoly on the use of force”.

It further adds: “The index measures vulnerability to violent internal conflict. It is an index of country risk, not of countries that have already failed”.

This is the second time that the US think tank has brought out a list of the failed states.

First Published: May 03, 2006 11:46 IST

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