A Sacrifice of Statistics

From an advertisement placed by Govt of Pakistan in Wall Street Journal,

Only Pakistan= Making sacrifices statistics cannot reflect.

Oh dear! What would the statisticians say?

Also see http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2011/09/13/pakistan-wsj-ad-unlikely-to-change-narrative/

The ad cites a series of statistics. Almost 22,000 Pakistani civilians have died or been seriously injured in the fight against terrorism, the ad said. The army has lost almost 3,000 soldiers. More than 3.5 million people have been displaced by the fighting and the damage to the economy over the past decade is estimated at $68 billion, it added.

People will quibble with these statistics from a country where reporters often find it difficult to get basic data.



Author: Ajay Ohri


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