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Pakistan 2011




Jamhuryat Islami Pakistan
In Southern Asia, flat Indus plain in East; mountains in north and northwest; Balochistan plateau in west. 796,095 km2 (= slightly < 2xCA ), 24% arable.

Capital Islamabad (pop est. 689K)

Population 180M (2.3/ km2)

Life expectancy 65 years

HIV/AIDS >0.1%

Literacy 50%

Lang(s) Punjabi 48%, Sindhi 12%, Siraiki 10%, Pashtu 8%, Urdu (official) 8%, Balchi 3%, Hindko 2%, Barhui 1%, English (official), Burushaski, other 8%

Religions Muslim 95% (Sunni 75% Shia 20%), other (includes Christian and Hindu 5%)

Ethnic Groups Punjabi 45%, Pashtun 15%, Sindhi 14%, Sariki 8%, Muhagirs 8%, Balochi 4%, other 6%

Gov’t Federal Republic

GDP/cap $2,600

PCVs 1961 - 1967; 1988 – 1991; health and education (517 volunteers served)

Nat’l holiday Republic Day, 23 March (1956)

Adult Books

The Idea of Pakistan
by Stephen P. Cohen

Paperback: 382 pages
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press; 2nd edition (August 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0815715030

Book Description
To probe beyond the headlines, Stephen Cohen, offers a panoramic portrait of this complex country—from its origins as a homeland for Indian Muslims to a military-dominated state that has experienced uneven economic growth, political chaos, sectarian violence, and several nuclear crises with its much larger neighbor, India.

Kids' Books

Beneath my mother's feet
by Amjed Qamar

Format: Paperback, 208 pages
ISBN: 978-1442414518
Age Range: 12–14 years
Publisher: New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2008


Film: Benazir Bhutto
Director: Jessica A. Hernandez and Johnny O'Hara (2010)


Sam Yusuf (Album: My Ummah): Music from Pakistan

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Punjabi: Turban (tour-ban)

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