Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank, has placed Pakistan as the 15th most powerful country in Asia after it made significant diplomatic gains last year. According to the Asia Power Index 2020, Pakistan, under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, has taken numerous initiatives to improve diplomatic ties with other nations. Overall, Pakistan scored 15.2 out of 100 in the Index.
Asia Power Index is compiled on the basis of the following eight performance indicators; economic capability, military capability, resilience, future resources, economic relationships, defense networks, diplomatic influence, and cultural influence.
The country has improved its diplomatic influence, future resources, and resilience in comparison to last year’s index. On the other hand, Pakistan’s score for cultural influence, defense networks, military capability, and economic relationships has decreased this year.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s economic capability remained unchanged for 2020.