WASHINGTON - Pakistan has been ranked as 20th most powerful country in the world by US News and World Report in latest edition of its annual “Best Countries” study.
As many as 80 countries were evaluated against different parameters including cultural history, quality of life and citizenship.
Another major factor was ‘power’ which determined economic and political influence of country and strength of its military and international alliances.
“Political instability, corruption, and struggles with extremism have hindered Pakistan s standing in the power ranking. In turn, the nation s growth has been stunted as its export-driven economy falls short in attracting foreign investment,” the media agency stated.
United States retained the top spot followed by Russia, China, UK, Germany and France. India managed to secure 16th slot in the list with Saudi Arabia at number nine and Israel at eight.