Pakistan ranks 12th on failed states index

Published: June 22, 2011
Placed in the ‘weak but not failed’ category.

Placed in the ‘weak but not failed’ category.


Pakistan moved two spots down the list of failed states from 2010, ranking 12th on The Failed States Index 2011.  The annual report was published by Fund for Peace, an independent non-profit research organisation that collaborates with the Foreign Policy (FP) magazine to draw attention to political, economic and social pressures experienced by states.

Pakistan placed in the ‘weak but not failed’ category, distinguishing it from chart topper Somalia. The American-based magazine suggested that while Somalia is a threat to its own society, Pakistan poses threats to the West as well.  Labelling Pakistan “a cockpit of terrorist violence”, the report also suggests that “state ideology and state institutions abet terrorists”.

However, the report includes Pakistan among the few countries that can “reasonably blame their Western parents for their plight”.

Functional not failed

Security analyst Imtiaz Gul asserted that he does not consider Pakistan a failed state. “Everyone knows Pakistan has problems – but Pakistan is not alone in creating them,” he said.

Commenting on the volatile security situation in the country, Lt Gen (retd) Talat Masood said that while the armed forces are currently going through a difficult time with the ongoing war against terror, he believes “they are still one of the better ones in the region”.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Amir
    Jun 22, 2011 - 11:50PM

    Foreign Policy magazine and its sister organizations are all neocons and zionists. Who really believes their crap that they are trying to put out there? Recommend

  • Zahir Gul
    Jun 25, 2011 - 12:29PM

    Do you really think regular bomb blasts all over country and insurgents in military is a good thing? In last 4 years improvement was just 1 point. Think about it 1 point (104 to 103) in 4 long years. While even bangladesh is in twice better position at 25th rank. Gilani is spending millions on gardens while people die of hunger and violence.Recommend

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