Failed States Index: Pakistan Ranks 13
Washington: (Tuesday, June 19, 2012) Pakistan, a country that has always been ruled by civilian and military elite which is bent upon stealing all that it can and pays almost no taxes, has been placed at 13th number
in the latest rank of the failed states.
This ranking has been done by one of the top Foreign Policy magazines according to which the top positions among the failed states are held by African countries including Somalia, Congo, Sudan, Chad and Zimbabwe.
For scoring 106 points, Afghanistan is ranked at number 6, followed by Haiti, Yemen, Iraq and Central African Republic.
With a total of 101.6 points, the magazine has ranked Pakistan at number 13 – which is the depiction of a slight improvement from previous two years. Back in 2011 it was ranked 12th in the list of failed states, while
in 2010 and 2009 it was ranked 10th.
Commenting on Pakistan, Robert D Kaplan, the chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor wrote for the foreign policy, “The country is run by civilian elite that steals all it can and pays almost no taxes.”
“The absence of the state makes for 20-hour daily electricity blackout and an almost nonexistent education system in many areas,” he added further.
Explaining the reasons for Pakistan being in the list of a failed state, Kaplan said the root cause of these manifold failures, in many minds, is the very artificiality of Pakistan itself: a cartographic puzzle piece sandwiched
between India and Central Asia that splits apart what the British Empire ruled as one indivisible subcontinent.