Pakistan listed among 11 nations having potential of becoming top economies of the World in 21st century

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Pakistan listed among 11 nations having potential of becoming top economies of the World in 21st century

ISLAMABAD- <link> <link> Pakistan <link> has been listed among the next 11 countries that, along with the Brics nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), have a high potential of becoming one of the world’s largest economies in the 21st century.

In the last five years, Pakistan’s literacy rate has grown by 250 per cent, the largest increase in any country to date. According to a poll organised by the Institute of European Business Administration, from 125 countries, Pakistanis have been ranked the ‘fourth most intelligent people’ across the globe. The Cambridge exams of both A and O levels have been topped by Pakistani students and this is a record yet to be broken.

The world’s youngest certified Microsoft experts, Arfa Abdul Kareem and Babar Iqbal, are from <link> <link> Pakistan <link> . Arfa became famous in 2004 for earning the honour of the youngest Microsoft certified professional (MCP) at the age of nine, Gulf News has reported.

The seventh-largest pool of scientists and engineers come from <link> <link> Pakistan <link> . And the fourth largest broadband internet system in the world is in <link> <link> Pakistan <link> .

<link> <link> Pakistan <link> is the first and only Islamic country to have attained nuclear power. It is also notable for having one of the best trained air-force pilots in the world. The country’s missile technology is one of the best in the world. The country produced a large quantity of various types of missiles in a very short time since it became a nuclear power. It also boasts of the sixth-largest military force in the world. In cooperation with China, <link> <link> Pakistan <link> has produced the PAC JF-17 Thunder aircraft — a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed by the <link> <link> Pakistan <link> Aeronautical Complex (PAC).

It has also constructed the world’s largest warm-water, deep-sea port on the Arabian Sea at Gwadar, in the Balochistan province of <link> <link> Pakistan <link> . Tarbela Dam is the world’s largest earth-filled dam and second-largest dam overall. The Karakoram Highway, connecting China and <link> <link> Pakistan <link> , is the highest paved international road in the world. The Khewra Salt Mine, the second-largest salt mine in the world, is in operation in the Punjab region of <link> <link> Pakistan <link> . The world’s largest irrigation network is present in <link> <link> Pakistan <link> . It serves 14.4 million hectares of cultivated land.

Land of some of the oldest civilisations (Indus Valley and Mohenjo-Daro), <link> <link> Pakistan <link> is a multilingual country with more than 60 spoken languages. It is the sixth-most populated country in the world and the second-most populous Muslim-majority country. It also has the second-largest Shiite population in the world. Abdul Sattar Edhi in 1951 began work on the world’s largest ambulance network. Edhi, a Pakistani philanthropist, ascetic and humanitarian had founded the Edhi Foundation, which runs the volunteer ambulance network, along with homeless shelters, animal shelters, rehab centres and orphanages across <link> <link> Pakistan <link> .

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Malala Yousufzai became the youngest individual in the world to receive a Nobel Prize due to her tenacious struggle against terrorism. A victim herself, she inspires females who are deprived from education.

<link> <link> Pakistan <link> is one the biggest exporters of surgical instruments all around the world. About 50 per cent of the world’s footballs are made in <link> <link> Pakistan <link> . Among its natural wonders, <link> <link> Pakistan <link>has the highest mountain ranges in the world. The world’s second-highest and the ninth-highest mountains — K2 and Nanga Parbat, respectively — are in <link> <link> Pakistan <link> . The Thar Desert is among the world’s largest sub-tropical deserts.

In 1994, <link> <link> Pakistan <link> became the first country in the world to hold four World Cup titles tournaments in mainstream sports simultaneously: Cricket, Hockey, Squash and Snooker.

The Lonely Planet, a global tourist guide has listed <link> <link> Pakistan <link> as being tourism’s “next big thing for more years than we care to remember. But world media headlines always send things off the rails”.

Pakistanis are the happiest among all their neighbouring nations, a 2018 United Nations report on happiness revealed. The list could go on and on, but this should be enough to soundly reject the inappropriate label of a ‘failed state’.

By: Tariq A. Al Maeena is a Saudi socio-political commentator.