Pakistan eighth most dangerous country in the world: report

Published: April 1, 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

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Reader Comments (35)

  • Mohammad Amin Sargana
    Apr 1, 2015 - 1:29PM

    Ranking is biased and does not relate with ground realities of Pakistan. Pakistan is 10 times safe and stable than than many countries of the world.Recommend

  • xenia
    Apr 1, 2015 - 2:03PM

    Pakistan is safer than Italy, Spain Portugal and many more Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Apr 1, 2015 - 2:03PM

    Hmm…who created the Taliban because of whom we’re such a dangerous country? I wonder….. (hint : it’s us; we made them, so all of this is our fault).Recommend

  • Kmt
    Apr 1, 2015 - 3:11PM

    Pakistan is a dangerous country but far more stable and advanced then many of these Bedouin hellholes, it’s cause of our Arya heritage.Recommend

  • SyedPk
    Apr 1, 2015 - 3:48PM


    you should get out of the Pakistan best paranoia ,,, we arent best … Recommend

  • Mohsin
    Apr 1, 2015 - 3:54PM

    Such a hypocrite. I can’t see Israel anywhere or even Palestine. Totally biased.Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Apr 1, 2015 - 3:57PM

    Most parts of Pakistan are safer than New York for sure. On average, over 100,000 people are killed in homicides and another 100,000+ are killed in road accidents alone each year in USA, and over 70,000 people in Mexico were killed in drug-gang related fights during past few years, but hey they are the havens for IntelCenter.Recommend

  • Sach Bhol
    Apr 1, 2015 - 4:31PM

    @Mohammad Amin Sargana:
    Yes, holding the mirror before you is biased. Why not put your head in the sand and forget what is happening around you? But, hey, the world cannot forget that. Pakistan is not just the eighth but one of the three most dangerous places in the world. And guess what ? Even North Korea, Iran and Afghan are far safer than Pakistan.

    Yes, of course, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany and the UK are more dangerous than Pakistan! But could it be because of the rising population of illegal Pakistanis in these countries? Recommend

  • Woody
    Apr 1, 2015 - 4:36PM

    @xenia: Rubbish. In case you were sleeping Pakistan is in the middle of a Civil War – can’t say the same for Italy, Spain, or Portugal.Recommend

  • Rayan Z
    Apr 1, 2015 - 4:50PM

    This is the result of our media news. Negative and Negative news all the time, Come on we forgot to read good news long time ago. We know that how loving our country is as we are attending every day marriages parties only and not what we are as portrait!!Recommend

  • faizan
    Apr 1, 2015 - 7:02PM

    bakwas!! its amazing when they say pakistan is dangerous when their own streets r riddled with crime especially USA.. i feel more safer here than USRecommend

  • Zia
    Apr 1, 2015 - 7:52PM

    Observe, All of the top 10 countries are those where US has intervened in their political structures before these countries have reached to this status….!!! US is world’s no.1 Danger to peace…….Recommend

  • Lofted Shot
    Apr 1, 2015 - 7:58PM

    What about Honduras, Venezuela, Brazil, Columbia and Mexico where the Homicide incident happens almost everyday. As per Business Insider above mentioned countries are the most violent

    1: San Pedro Sula, Honduras 171.20 homicides per 100,000 residents.

    2. Caracas, Venezuela had 115.98 homicides per 100,000 residents

    3. Acapulco, Mexico had 104.16 homicides per 100,000 residents

    4. João Pessoa, Brazil had 79.41 homicides per 100,000 residents.

    5. Cali, Colombia had 65.25 homicides per 100,000 residents.


  • MJ
    Apr 1, 2015 - 10:13PM

    @Bewildered .. Do you make up stats for everything when you write these posts?
    As far as “real” data is concerned. There have been less than 15,000 homicides per year in US for over a decade and number of casualties attributed to road accidents have been in the low 30 thousands per year for the past 5 years. Where do you come up with these more than 100,000 figures?Recommend

  • Maxx.
    Apr 2, 2015 - 1:22AM

    The military industrial complex of US need wars as this is a 600 billion US dollar industry. 32% of GDP of United States is derived from defense production.
    So in reality United States is the most dangerous country in the world for world peace. Read the last 100 years of history of wars initiated by the US and every one will know about it.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Apr 2, 2015 - 3:13AM

    Pakistan should strive to become number one and not let somalis be better Muslims than them.Recommend

  • Sara
    Apr 2, 2015 - 3:40AM

    What is wrong with you guys? Its The Economic Times published from India and did you expect anything good from the three time war ridden country?

    By the way, its not just India but its the misadventures and miscues of harboring Ummah at home for the cold-war pennies. The Ummah has stayed long enough on those borders and have harbored terrorism but with temporal resilience.

    Another five years from now and I believe Pakistan will see the happy times it had before Zia. So Iets not buy this negative crap by economic times of IndiaRecommend

  • Indian
    Apr 2, 2015 - 9:28AM

    No wonder are all Muslim countries… Recommend

  • Virkaul
    Apr 2, 2015 - 9:35AM

    Where did you get this imaginary data of fatal road accidents in New York city? Please do some serious research and you will come up with a figure not exceeding 300 per year in NYC. National average is 30,000 per year.

    In Pakistan there are about 26 deaths from road traffic accidents per 100,000 population, compared to Europe where the death rate averages is 14.5 per 100,000 this translates to
    49,000 per year.

    I can do similar research on homicide and am sure will come up with identical results.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Apr 2, 2015 - 10:52AM


    Its The Economic Times published from India

    Which part of “IntelCenter, a Washington-based company” did you not understand?Recommend

  • Engineer
    Apr 2, 2015 - 12:31PM

    My hearty congratulations to Pakistanis, you guys made it to top 10. Hope you guys go up and up and up. Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Apr 2, 2015 - 12:40PM

    In the ten most dangerous countries’ list Pakistan is much safer and sacrificed a lot for peace in the region but unfortunately West rewarded as the 8th most dangerous country in the world.Pakistani leadership must has to realize now this the prejudicial attitude of West against Pakistan….Recommend

  • awais ahmad
    Apr 2, 2015 - 6:45PM

    No Matter what people say, I don’t think for a second when i have to go back home for vacations. Apparently Peshawar is the most dangerous city in Pakistan. But that’s where my home is and i am never afraid while walking through the streets or anywhere else.

    1 thing i do think about before going back, is Load shedding :DRecommend

  • Optimist
    Apr 2, 2015 - 6:46PM

    This is biased information and NONE. While going through our media channels you must enforce to think that Pak is #1 country but in reality is NOT.Recommend

  • MJ
    Apr 2, 2015 - 8:12PM

    Those who think that there is rampant street crime in the US, please look around and find a single person who themselves or someone in their immediate family have not had a cell phone snatched at gun point in broad day light. Consider yourself an anomaly if you don’t know anyone who has not had a motorbike or car snatched, robbery at their home or business or faced political, ethnic or religious bias. Recommend

  • ManBearPig
    Apr 2, 2015 - 9:25PM

    @Bewildered: Apparently you have never heard of ratios? Proportional ratios to be specific. Recommend

  • Apr 3, 2015 - 3:17AM

    This is totally biased report to malign Pakistan’s name. India is much more dangerous. You can see every other days news of rape, murder, accidents, blasts…Recommend

  • Asad Imran
    Apr 3, 2015 - 6:18AM

    Muslims and islam means peace and loving. Muslims countries reduced 90% violence from world and made people in Peace now after people in peace and now they destroying muslims and put their countries in danger. Recommend

  • Shridhar
    Apr 3, 2015 - 3:35PM

    @Mohammad Amin Sargana: This survey not about fact but about perception…Recommend

  • Raj
    Apr 4, 2015 - 12:02AM

    @ajeet: Well Said, Ajeet!!!Recommend

  • Raj
    Apr 4, 2015 - 12:03AM


  • Rachel
    Apr 4, 2015 - 2:27PM

    Speak for yourself.Recommend

  • Rachel
    Apr 4, 2015 - 2:28PM

    Oh? Where did you get that information? Cite your source for this.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Apr 7, 2015 - 11:32AM

    Pakistan is safer than Italy, Spain Portugal and many more
    Yes…For terroristsRecommend

  • MJ
    Apr 7, 2015 - 7:26PM

    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.Recommend

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