Pakistan Stock Exchange Grew By 400% As Compared to China’s 16% in 5 Years

Pakistan’s equity market has been consistently beating China and India’s markets over the last 5 years.

Even this year, Pakistan’s stock exchange outperformed India and China’s stock exchanges. The difference was almost 2 to 1 when compared to China’s stock exchange performance this year alone.

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This comes as a surprise as Pakistan is a country known to be plagued by frequent terrorist attacks and political instability. Pakistan also lags behind India and China in GDP growth rates and unemployment for example.

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Why does Pakistan’s stock exchange see a much larger investment coming in compared to India and China?

Reasons for Outperforming our Neighbors

All things considered China and India are comparatively much stable markets. A key reason for higher stocks is due to foreign investments that Pakistan is receiving from a few sources. China’s markets did not receive any foreign capital due to the return of strict government policies, resulting in decreased investor confidence in the country. Slow progress with reforms in India have also hurt their growth rate.

Pakistan recently went from Frontier market status to Emerging market status. This is poised to attract even more foreign investment of more than $500 million in value.

A reason why terrorist attacks did not affect stock exchange performance is that they don’t directly affect them unless they are disruptive to trade. Terrorist attacks in Pakistan do not target trade.  Secondly, Pakistan used to be a frontier market during the last 5 years and was therefore favored by the numbers game.

Market reform efforts by Pakistan were appreciated by several investors including World bank, which invested $1 billion as a vote of confidence. A couple of domestic acquisitions from foreign suitors like the acquisition of Karachi’s K-Karachi by Shanghai Electric Power Co. were also supportive of market reform efforts by Pakistan.  These factors have helped Pakistan attract foreign exchange and attention as well.

Via Forbes

A techie, Overwatch and Street Fighter enthusiast, and Editor at ProPakistani.


  • Stock exchange is no indicator of economic stability of a country. Why China has strict policy is because they want to increase GDP through in house resources whereas we simply allow foreign investors to quadruple their money in five years. Real indicator is GDP which is way lower than both countries.

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