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AgeWatch report card: Pakistan

Global AgeWatch rank

89 out of 91

Global AgeWatch value

8.3

Shows how near a country is to the ideal value of 100.

Total population

179.2 million

Population over 60

11.7 million

% of population over 60

6.5%

Overview

Pakistan ranks 89 out of the 91 countries included in the Global AgeWatch Index. Within its sub-region, consisting of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, it has the lowest overall score.

In the enabling environment domain, it is ranked lowest on the Index. Only 41% of those over 50 feel safe walking alone at night and 31% of people over 50 are satisfied with the freedom of choice in their life.

It ranks highest in the education and employment domain at 67, with 55.3% of people aged between 55 and 64 being employed.

This year as part of our Age Demands Action campaign, older people are discussing how to get a Senior Citizen's Bill approved in Parliament.

Rank by domain

84 Value: 16.7/100

Indicators data

What does this mean?

Pension coverage: 5.3

% people over 65 receiving a pension.

(Percentage over 100 indicates that pension coverage starts before age 65.)

Old age poverty rate: 1.8%

% of people aged 60+ with an income of less than half the country's median income.

Relative welfare: 103.2

Average income/consumption of people aged 60+ as a % of average income/consumption of the rest of the population.

GDP per capita: US$ 2,397.0

This is a proxy for standard of living of people within a country. It aims to provide comparison across countries.

69 Value: 37.7/100

Indicators data

What does this mean?

Life expectancy at 60: 18 years

The average number of years a person aged 60 can expect to live.

Healthy life expectancy at 60: 13.8 years

The average number of years a person aged 60 can expect to live in good health.

Relative psychological/mental wellbeing: 97.3

% of people over 50 who feel their life has meaning compared with people aged 35-49 who feel the same.

The indicator measures self-assessed mental well-being.

Employment and education

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67 Value: 32.0/100

Indicators data

What does this mean?

Employment of older people: 55.3%

% of the population aged 55-64 that are employed.

The indicator measures older people's access to the labour market and their ability to supplement pension income with wages, and their access to work related networks. The employment rate is a proxy for the economic empowerment of older people.

Educational attainment: 26.7%

% of population aged 60+ with secondary or higher education.

Education is a proxy of lifetime accumulation of skills and competencies that shows social and human capital potential inherent among older people.

Enabling societies and environment

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91 Value: 39.8/100

Indicators data

What does this mean?

Social connections: 42%

% of people over 50 who have relatives or friends they can count on when in trouble.

Physical safety: 41%

% of people over 50 who feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where they live.

Civic freedom: 31%

% of people over 50 who are satisfied with the freedom of choice in their life.

Access to public transport: 47%

% of people over 50 who are satisfied with the local public transportation systems.

Older population

  • Percentage of population aged 60+

  • Percentage of population aged 80+

  • Percentage of population aged 60+

  • Percentage of population aged 80+

6.5% of the population

World ranking

123

of 195

15.8% of the population

World ranking

133

of 195

0.6% of the population

World ranking

132

of 195

1.7% of the population

World ranking

142

of 195

Policies and ageing

Introduction of national policy on ageing since 2002 n/a
Introduction of national legislation for older people since 2002 n/a

Social pension

Social pensions are non-contributory cash transfers to older people, provided by government. For more information see www.pension-watch.net.

There is no social pension in Pakistan.

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  • Posted by: Mumtaz Hussain Malik Posted on 2nd October 2013

    Pursuant to 18th amendment in the Constitution of Pakistan, the subject of social welfare has been devolved to the provinces including welfare of elderly population. Hence,legislation of appropriate law(s) for the welfare of older persons is imminent by the respective provincial assemblies.Awareness regarding rights of the older persons has, however, increased both through religious and social pressures.

  • Posted by: muhammad imran Posted on 2nd October 2013

    Pakistan is facing many challenges ,i,e War against militancy, Continues natural disaster.so it need to work for these vulnerable people by the international community in real sense.
    Muhammad Imran
    Pakistan

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