Ahsan Iqbal Says Pakistan is the 3rd Biggest Ecommerce Market in the World!

Pakistan’s economy holds a lot of promise and potential. The country’s e-commerce sector has really taken off in the last couple of years, the stock market has outperformed global competition, investors are increasingly interested and the entrance of the Chinese via CPEC promises future growth.

Given all this, it is easy to get carried away at times especially if you are in the federal government and are attempting to paint a rosy picture of things.

This was demonstrated recently by a newspaper report which quoted Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Planning, as saying that Pakistan is the 3rd top country in terms of e-commerce.

He stated this ‘fact’ when addressing a ceremony arranged by Higher Education Commission (HEC) to launch Smart and Safe University projects.

Here’s the data of the top most countries and their online sales as per the Global E-Commerce Index 2015:

Unless Pakistan’s e-commerce sector has made a quantum leap in terms of sales in the last 1 year alone (and let’s be honest, have we?), the Planning Minister’s statement flies counter to independently verified statistics.

Perhaps Mr. Ahsan Iqbal’s remarks were misquoted by certain sections of the media. However the statement is entirely plausible as well, given how he has previously announced that 5G technology was coming to Pakistan, and then had to issued a clarification regarding the same.

In any case, it is hoped that distinguished government officials like him are better informed and cognizant of the challenges that Pakistan’s economy faces before Jack Ma, the founder of AliBaba comes here.


  • Gullu League

    Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, you have your head shoved up where the sun doesn’t shine.

    Cheers :)

    • Ishtiaq

      True. N all because of pressure of Panama Case.

  • Rehman Saleem Awan

    Look at his Qualifications

  • Bilal Khan

    joke of the year

  • Oh Really Ahsan Bhai Kahi Ap Moodies K to Agent Nahi !

  • Doesn’t mean shit, because the quality of their service, pricing strategy, customer service and delivery service is not up to international standard.

  • Adonis

    He is an idiot

  • Ahsan is an A-grade idiot. He is known for such statements. The last I heard he was talking about launching 5G in Pakistan.

  • hasib ahmed

    Yea, that’s why we don’t have amazon, ebay, bestbuy etc.

    • Nauman Nazir Ahmed

      And also paypal and ebay

  • Yasir Mahmood

    Khoob maamon bannao Pakistanion ko.

  • Ishtiaq

    Panama case ka faisla aanay se pehley hi yeh apna dimaghi gawazun khotay jarhay hain khotay jarhay hain Gullu League k.

  • Ham Ayun

    thanks Ahsan Iqbal, I had not laughed for a longtime.

  • Adnan

    Mr. Ahsan Iqbal … Up yours ! … Keep pushing your stupid narrative to the people when you know Paypal is what we need the most.

  • Imam Bux

    PML (N) is the best party among all the parties in Pakistan (sentence continues) and all parties are the worst.

  • Muhammed Ovais Alam

    Inki world main Somalia, Uganda, Zimbabwe jaise mulk hain aur us main bhi hum 3rd number pe hain.

  • Fahad J

    yeh banda maut ke baad bhi jhooot bolna nahe choray ga.