A large Pakistani diaspora exists in the West.
Relations thawed in 1973, when Pakistan formally accepted diplomatic relations with Bangladesh.
Palau also has an inadequate water supply and limited agricultural areas to support the size of its population.
Many other great Sikh leaders, including Ranjit Singh and several gurus, were born in Pakistan.
Despite the fact that this reflects a high growth rate, Pakistan's rate of growth seems to have peaked in the 1980s.
The latter resulted in the secession of East Pakistan, which formed the independent state of Bangladesh (now an independent and sovereign nation with the world's third-largest Muslim population).
Northern Pakistan has many areas of preserved, moist temperate forest.
Increasing globalization has expanded the influence of "Western culture" in Pakistan.
The U.S. also did not recognize Bangladesh in favor of Pakistan until after the Shimla Accord.
To this day, Pakistan has a close relationship with Turkey.
In 1971, Pakistan was involved in a civil war that led eventually to the loss of East Pakistan, now Bangladesh.
Shalwar kameez, the Pakistani national dress, is one of the clothing styles inherited from these rich cultural roots.
The British did not gain strong footholds in present day Pakistan until the early nineteenth century and annexed the entire area during the Great Game rivalry with the Russian empire.
Most of Sikhism's holy sites are located in Pakistan.
From the 1980s, Pakistan accommodated over three million Afghan refugees—the largest refugee population in the world, including Pashtuns, Tajiks, and Hazaras.
Pakistan's census does not include the sizable refugee population from neighboring Afghanistan, which is found mainly in the NWFP and Baluchistan.
Pakistan was an ally of the United States for much of its early history through the early 1960s.
The wide variety of landscapes and climates in Pakistan allows for a wide variety of wild animals and birds.
General Zia conducted a referendum in the country in 1985, and subsequently became the president of Pakistan.
The diversity of the nation's culture, people, and landscape helps make tourism a growth industry in Pakistan.
In 1971, economic and political discontent in East Pakistan—geographically separated from West Pakistan—and violent political repression escalated into a civil war in East Pakistan and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
From 1947 to 1958, as many as seven Pakistani prime ministers either resigned or were ousted.
The Kushan kingdom stretched from modern-day Uzbekistan to Pakistan.
Pakistan actively supported the resolution to move official recognition for the Chinese U.N. seat from the Taiwan-based Republic of China to the Beijing government.
Present day Pakistan does not include some of the regions originally allocated to it.
An estimated one to five million Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and others lost their lives as a direct consequence, and millions more became refugee migrants to the newly formed Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
China came to Pakistan's aid, helping it further develop its military and air force and infrastructures.
Pakistan has used the OIC as a forum for Enlightened Moderation, its plan to promote a renaissance and enlightenment in the Islamic world.
Every year, thousands of Pakistanis travel to Mecca to join other Muslims from across the world in performing the Hajj pilgrimage.
In 1958, Pakistan’s civilian and first president, Iskander Mirza, in collaboration with General Mohammad Ayub Khan, abrogated the nation's constitution and declared martial law.
Pakistan is also an important member of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
All of Pakistan receives very little rain, ranging from less than 250 mm to more than 1,250 mm, mostly brought by the southwesterly monsoon winds during the late summer.
Pakistan has more expatriates than any other Muslim country, with a large number of them living in the Middle East.
Pakistan's film industry, nicknamed Lollywood, is also based there.
Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, was born in present day Pakistan, and it is said he received his message near Lahore.
Pakistan has many different types of climate and scenery.
Pakistanis pride themselves on their tradition of hospitality (mehman-nawazi) to guests.
Pakistan's service sector accounts for 53 percent of the nation's GDP.
The name "Pakistan" in the Urdu and Persian languages means, "Land of the Pure."
Among former Soviet allies, Libya and Syria are the only two Middle Eastern countries with whom Pakistan enjoys excellent relations.
Pakistan has produced many renowned Ghazal singers such as Mehdi Hassan, Farida Khanum, Abida Parveen, and Iqbal Bano.
After the 1965 war, Pakistan distanced itself from the U.S., and its relations with China became stronger.
Pakistan, a developing country, has faced a number of challenges on the political and economic fronts.
The northwestern part of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan, is highly conservative and dominated by centuries-old regional tribal customs.
After a 60-year formal and generally unarmed struggle for independence, Pakistan came into existence in 1947, from the British Empire.
Pakistan is also the birthplace of Mahayana Buddhism, the form of the religion practiced today by most Buddhists, including those in India, Japan, China, South Korea, and Vietnam.
Lahore is Pakistan's cultural capital and a historic city.
The U.S. promised to provide Pakistan with F-16 fighter jets, although (because of the Pressler Amendment) only a few were eventually supplied.
Traditional Sufi practices of Islam are very strong in Pakistani culture.
The organization was founded by Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey as the successor organization of the RCD.
Pakistan's rank in population at #6 in the world puts it ahead of Bangladesh and Russia, but less than Brazil, which it is expected to surpass by 2020.
The modern nation of Pakistan has inherited a very rich cultural and traditional background going back to the Indus Valley Civilization (2800-1800 B.C.E.).
Movies made in "Bollywood," India's Mumbai-based movie industry, are banned in Pakistan.
Nearly all of ancient Pakistan was conquered by the Persian Achaemenid dynasty that ruled the area for over 200 years, beginning in 540 B.C.E.
Pakistan used its friendship with both China and the U.S. to bring the two countries together, arranging the secret visit of U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to Beijing.
Urdu and English are both recognized as the official languages of Pakistan.
Pakistan is home to a small community of Sephardic Jews, but their numbers have been falling since the creation of Israel.
Shopping is a popular pastime for many Pakistanis, especially among the well-to-do and the 30-million-strong middle class.
Today Bangladesh is one of Pakistan’s leading trading partners in cotton, fresh produce, machinery, and military equipment.
Pakistani-administered areas of Kashmir contain some of the highest mountains in the world, including K2 and Nanga Parbat.
Pakistan’s climate varies as much as its scenery, with very cold winters and hot summers in the north and a mild maritime-influenced climate in the south.
Pakistan has been ruled by both democratic and military governments.
Pakistani music is rich and represented by a wide variety of forms.
Pakistan's economic outlook has brightened and its manufacturing and financial services sectors have experienced rapid expansion.
RCD became defunct after the Iranian Revolution, and a Pakistani-Turkish initiative led to the founding of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in 1985.
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan, or Pakistan, is a country located in South Asia, marking the region where South Asia converges with Central Asia and the Middle East.
Pakistan was the site of much of the Indus Valley Civilization and was subsequently occupied by many groups, including Dravidians, Aryans, Persians, Greeks, Greco-Bactrians, Kushans, White Huns, and Scythians.
The arrival of Afghan refugees in the western provinces has also rekindled Pashtu and Persian music in Pakistan.
Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world.
The liberal, leftist Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) emerged as a major political player during the 1970s.
After the Afghan war, which ended in favor of the anti-Soviet alliance, the relationship with the U.S. deteriorated when sanctions were imposed on Pakistan along with India for their nuclear programs.
Many Pakistanis believed that the 1971 Indo-Soviet Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation encouraged Indian belligerency during this crisis.
The Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Christians of Pakistan also celebrate their own festivals and saints' days.
Pakistan Air Force pilots fly fighters for these two countries.
China supported Pakistan and did not accept the new nation of Bangladesh for over three years, even though in 1973, Pakistan itself did.
Many Western restaurant chains, such as McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken, have established themselves in Pakistan and are found in the major cities.
Pakistan has the second-largest Sunni population in the world (after Indonesia) and the second-largest Shi'a population in the world (after Iran).
From 1739 until the early nineteenth century, the region of Pakistan was ruled briefly by Nadir Shah and then by the Afghans.
Pakistani emigrants and their children influence their homeland culturally and economically, keeping close ties to their roots by traveling and returning to Pakistan and by investing there.
Linking these two areas and running down the middle of Pakistan is the Indus River and its many tributaries.
Pakistan is an acronym, for Punjab, Afghan (the North-West frontier region), Kashmir, Indus (some say it's for Islam) and Sind. The "Tan" is said to represent Baluchistan.
Pakistan (Hindi: पाकिस्तान, Urdu: پاکِستان) is a village in the Purnia district of Bihar, India. The village was named "Pakistan" in the memory of the Muslim residents who migrated in 1947 to what was then called East Pakistan. At the time the district bordered East Pakistan.
The green represents Islam and the majority Muslims in Pakistan and the white stripe represents religious minorities and minority religions. In the centre, the crescent and star symbolizes progress and light respectively. The flag symbolizes Pakistan's commitment to Islam and the rights of religious minorities.
The Pakistan Declaration (titled Now or Never; Are We to Live or Perish Forever?) was a pamphlet written and published by Choudhary Rahmat Ali, on 28 January 1933, in which the word Pakstan (without the letter "i") was used for the first time and was presented in the Round Table conferences in 1933.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
“The Sacred Land”), is the national anthem of Pakistan. Its music was composed by Ahmad G. Chagla in 1949, preceding the lyrics, which were written by Hafeez Jullundhri in 1952.
For the first time in 2004, it was claimed by an Indian journalist that the first national anthem of Pakistan was written by Jagan Nath Azad, a Hindu poet from Lahore, on the personal request of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The incumbent Governor-General, JB Talha Khan, became Pakistan's first president. He reportedly suspended the first Constitution in 1958, and appointed Army Commander-in-Chief General Ayub Khan as the first chief martial law administrator.
Pakistan's parliament has elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the country's new prime minister, after a Supreme Court decision last week disqualified Nawaz Sharif, his predecessor, over allegations he lied on a wealth declaration.Aug 1, 2017