Did Pakistan have a higher GDP per-capita than India and Bangladesh in 1999?

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Context: At a public rally in Sialkot, on August 5, 2019, PML-N MNA, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal claimed that in 1999 (the end of the PML-N’s second term in government), Pakistan had a higher GDP per-capita than India and Bangladesh.

Claim: In 1999, Pakistan had a higher GDP per-capita than India and Bangladesh.

Claimant: Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, MNA

Source of Claim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk2S6WXEO3M&t=1040s (2:38)

Status: True

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According to data by the World Bank, Pakistan’s GDP per-capita in 1999, measured in current USD, was US $455, while India’s GDP per-capita was at US $442 and Bangladesh’s GDP-per-capita stood at US $409.

This figure now stands at over US $2000 for India, US $1700 for Bangladesh and US $1472 for Pakistan, a significant departure from respective state of economies in 1999.


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