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Ranked 15 of 26 for comprehensive power, with an overall score of 13.9 out of 100.

Lost 0.8 points (−6% change) in overall score in 2023.


Pakistan is a middle power in Asia.

Its overall score declined by 0.8 points relative to 2021, representing a continued drop in each edition of the Asia Power Index.

Pakistan performs best in the future resources measure, where it places ninth, despite a one place drop. This reflects an anticipated demographic dividend to 2050. Its weakest measure is economic relationships, where it places 20th, reflecting its low level of economic integration with the rest of Asia.

The country’s largest decline was in the diplomatic influence measure, where it dropped three places to 18th, while its largest increase was in cultural influence, where it rose two positions to 20th.

Pakistan exerts less influence in the region than expected given its available resources, as indicated by the country’s negative power gap score. Pakistan continues to be a net underachiever in Asia, with its negative power gap deteriorating slightly in 2022.

Read more analysis in the Key Findings report. Explore further results in the Scores section.

Bilateral Influence

Bilateral trade, current dollars (2020)

Countries that influence Pakistan

Globally, which countries does Pakistan do most of its trade with?

China 21.5%

European Union 14.3%

United States 9.9%

United Arab Emirates 8.2%

Indonesia 3.7%

Countries influenced by Pakistan

Which countries in the region rely most on trade with Pakistan?

Sri Lanka 1.5%

Indonesia 0.8%

Bangladesh 0.7%

China 0.4%

Malaysia 0.3%