In Pakistan, electricity shortages & crime are two biggest problems

In Pakistan, where electricity shortages are a common occurrence, 90% of Pakistanis say it is a very big problem, according to a recent global attitudes Pew survey.

Crime (87%) comes out as the second very big problem. See chart above and figure below.

According to this survey, other issues facing Pakistan are: Healthcare (62%), corruption (59%), poor schools (57%).

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The figure below explains the change of public attitudes from 2007 to 2014. With a 5-point change, people say their leaders are less corrupt now (2014) than they were in the 2007 Pervez Musharraf era.


According to Pew:

Across the emerging and developing countries surveyed, people rate the military as the most positive national institution.

Overall, a median of 79% say the military is a good influence on the way things are going in their country, while only 18% say it is a bad influence. Asians are the most supportive of their military.

In Pakistan, military has received a big rating boost.

In 2007 Musharraf era, who himself was a military dictator-turned-President, military received 68% positive rating.

In 2014, when there is a civilian government in Pakistan, the military rating has gone to 87%, a 19-point increase!

Meanwhile, support for the Turkish military has plummeted since 2007, from 85% positive ratings then to just bare majority support now (55%).

Compared to military, all other institutions in Pakistan like government, media, courts come out as pale. See figure below. Perhaps institutions need to work on themselves.

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To see the full coverage of this survey, visit Pew site.

To download complete report, click here.

Pakistan: The brighter side:

Harvard predicts Pakistan GDP to grow by 5% over next 10 years

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Pakistan is the world’s fastest-growing Muslim economy: The Economist

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Pakistan is enjoying a rare period of optimism: The Economist

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Pakistan world’s least expensive country: World Bank

  • Ameer

    (a) Would 47:65 of people’s confidence in their respective countries of Pakistan and India court system be the same in relation to economic growth in both the countries?

    (b) Had our legal system be sound, would we still have electricity shortage and crime be the major problems?