Byline: Dr. S. M. Rahman Human perception is notoriously selective in nature. Our biases and prejudices tend to influence how one evaluates social predicament of a nation. Attributional error is inherently tilted towards seeing 'reality', in subjective terms, but maintaining the aura of objectivity. Facts and fiction dichotomy though conceptually valid is intensely intermingled, and as such hard to discern in any absolute sense. The social scientific approach, nevertheless, aims at optimizing objective determination of facts, to separate from fiction which often masquerade as 'truths', Pakistan's psycho-social and politico-economic assessment, despite complexity and conflicting views, tend to depict a linear rising curve of decay. The social indices, which portray robustness of a society are shockingly disappointing and compared to our neighbor - India - we are left far behind. India is now rubbing shoulders with economic giants of the world, notably China.