WASHINGTON: Pakistan ranks number 22 among the list of the world's 25 most powerful countries.
The report and rankings are based on how global perceptions define countries in terms of a number of qualitative characteristics, impressions that have the potential to drive trade, travel, and investment and directly affect national economies. The report covers perceptions of 80 nations.
Falling two places, Pakistan steps down as instability, corruption and the conflict across the border with neighbour India continue, the report states.
"The seventh-most populous country is also one of the youngest in the world, with the majority of citizens under the age of 22," according to the report.
However, internal conflicts have driven an export-driven economy short in attracting foreign investment and aiding the reduction of poverty. Advancements in human development like education, healthcare, infrastructure and more have also suffered in the shadows of conflicts, according to the report.
Overall, Pakistan ranked at number 74 on the list.
Top 25 most powerful countries in the world
1. United States
5. United Kingdom
9. Saudi Arab
10. United Arab Emirates
11. South Korea