An index prepared by the renowned Foreign Policy journal reveals that Pakistan remains among the top 10 failed states like last years ratings. in terms of its overall achievement, Pakistan has improved its position only by a notch , it is placed 10th in the index for 2009 published in the July-August issue of the journal while it was at number 9 last year.
The ranking is done on the basis of the following factors:
• Demographic pressure,
• Refugees/internally displaced persons (IDPs),
• Group grievance, uneven development,
• Economic decline,
• Delegitimisation of the state,
• Public service,
• Human rights,
• Factionalized elites and
• External intervention
The top 10 failed states in the latest list are:
5. Democratic Republic of Congo,
8. Central African Republic,
9. Guinea and
India is placed 87th among the 177 countries under study, with its score showing an improvement over the previous year, Sri Lanka placed 12th, Bangladesh 19th and Nepal 25th. Foreign Policy noted that it is “a sobering time” for the world’s most fragile countries, what with the global financial meltdown, natural disasters, and government collapse.
This indicates that whether it is democratically elected Government or Military rule both are at risk for Pakistan. Are we heading towards a new kingdom of Pakistan or Zardaristan?