Pakistan eighth most dangerous country in the world: report

The Middle East topped the list as of March 2015, with Iraq and Syria ranking first and second respectively

April 01, 2015

LONDON: Pakistan has emerged as the world’s eighth most dangerous country, according to IntelCenter's list of "Top 10 Most Dangerous Countries".

The Middle East topped the list as of March 2015, with Iraq and Syria ranking No 1 and 2 respectively, given the current political situation in the war-torn countries.

IntelCenter, a Washington-based company working for intelligence agencies, Country Threat Index (CTI) examines the volume of terrorist and rebel alerts, messaging traffic, videos, photos, incidents and the number of people killed and injured in a country over the past month and runs it through an algorithm to assign the country its CTI.

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Out of the top 10 most dangerous countries, Pakistan had a CTI of 122 is joined by Afghanistan with a CTI of 186. The neighbouring country ranked fifth on the list. The higher the CTI, the greater is the risk.

Source: IntelCenter

"A low CTI does not necessarily reflect the absence of risk as the US in the lead-up to 9/11 would have had a low CTI. It does, however, reflect a lower level of activity over the preceding 30 days (of the analysis), which means high-volume activity is unlikely but one-off events are always a possibility," IntelCenter said in a statement.

CTI should not be the sole measure of risk in a country but should merely be factored into consideration, the statement said.

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"The CTI is based solely on terrorist and rebel related activity. It does not evaluate other risk factors such as crime and political instability," it further said.

The countries completing the top 10 include Nigeria (3rd), Somalia (4th), Libya (6th), Yemen (7th), Ukraine (9th) and Egypt (10th).

The Global CTI serves as an overall indicator of global terrorist and rebel activity and is calculated by adding up each individual country’s CTI, the statement said.

This article was originally published on The Economic Times


MJ | 7 years ago | Reply I am flabbergasted and highly disappointed at the amount of denial I see in the reader's comments here. It is OK to be patriotic, I am, but that does not mean that one sponsors everything that their state does or not accept what is wrong around them. The same denial of Pakistani masses caused the separation of Bangladesh. How can the residents of a country where 60,000 plus people have lost their lives to terrorist activities, hundreds of thousand have been maimed, has rampant violence against Shias, Ahmedis and now Christians, consider themselves to be safe? Just because you went to a shopping mall, had ice cream and reached back home safely does not mean that the others in the country are safe. We have become very selfish ... I am a Pakistani that resides outside Pakistan. I am appalled when I call my family and friends and inquire about their well being when I read some unfortunate news, I get from Pakistan, and get these responses: Everything is fine with people we know (did they talk to the family & children of those who got killed?) It was in another part of town, you know we are safe here. (those living in the poorer parts of town are not humans?) The young man that got killed lived 4 blocks away, not in our neighborhood. Yeah, there is always trouble in FATA you know how they are... X,Y or Z deserved to be killed ... they are not Muslims or good Muslims. Bomb blast was far away from us, we hardly heard it. These people will only understand the language of violence dtc. etc. etc .... I think whatever the Pakistani's lack in safety and common sense, they make up in denial. ET moderators, please publish this if you have the guts.
Tyggar | 7 years ago | Reply @xenia: Pakistan is safer than Italy, Spain Portugal and many more Yes...For terrorists
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