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Country Profile

Introducing Pakistan

Pakistan displays some of Asia’s most magnificent landscapes as it stretches from the Arabian Sea, its southern border, to some of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges in the north. Pakistan is also home to sites that date back to word’s earliest settlements rivaling those of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.

Location

Located in South Asia, Pakistan shares an eastern border with India and a north-eastern border with China. Iran makes up the country’s south-west border, and Afghanistan runs along its western and northern edge. The Arabian Sea is Pakistan’s southern boundary with 1,064 km of coastline.

The country has a total area of 796,095 sq km and is nearly four times the size of the United Kingdom. From Gwadar Bay in it’s south-eastern corner, the country extends more than 1,800 km to the Khunjerab Pass on China’s border

Official Name Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876-1948)
National Poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938)
Head of the State Mamnoon Hussain
Head of Government Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
 

Area

Total 803,940 Sq. km.
Islamabad (Capital) 906 Sq. km.
Balochistan 347,190 Sq. km.
Punjab 205,344 Sq. km.
Sindh 140,914 Sq. km.
Khyber Pakhtun Khwa 74,521 Sq. km.
Federally Administered Tribal Areas 27,220 Sq. km.
 

Population 165806000 (March7, 2009)

Pakistan is divided into four provinces viz., Khyber Pakhtun Khwa (KPK), Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan. The tribal belt adjoining NWFP is managed by the Federal Government and is named FATA i.e., Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Azad Kashmir and Northern Areas have their own respective political and administrative machinery, yet certain of their subjects are taken care of by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas. Provinces of Pakistan are further divided into Divisions and Districts

Administrative Setup

  Divisions Districts
KPK 7 24
Punjab 8 24
Sindh 5 21
Balochistan 6 22
 

While FATA consist of 13 Areas/Agencies and Azad Kashmir and Northern Areas have 7 and 5 Districts respectively.

Religion

97% Muslims, (77 % Sunni, 20% Shi’a) Christian Hindu 3%

Annual Per capita income

US $736

GDP

8.4%

Currency

Pak Rupee

Imports

Industrial equipment, chemicals, vehicles, steel, iron ore, petroleum, edible oil, pulses, tea.

Exports

Cotton, textile goods, rice, leather items carpets, sports goods, handi-crafts, fish and fish prep. and fruit

Languages

Urdu (National) and English (Official)

Literacy rate

53%

Government

Parliamentary form

Parliament

Parliament consists of two Houses i.e., the Senate (Upper House) and the National Assembly (Lower House).

The Senate is a permanent legislative body and symbolizes a process of continuity in the national affairs. It consists of 100 members. The four Provincial Assemblies, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Federal Capital form its electoral college.

The National Assembly has a total membership of 342 elected through adult suffrage (272 general seats, 60 women seats and 10 non-Muslim seats).

Pakistan National Flag

Dark green with a white vertical bar, a white crescent and a five-pointed star in the middle. The Flag symbolizes Pakistan’s profound commitment to Islam, the Islamic world and the rights of religious minorities.

National Anthem

Approved in August, 1954 Verses Composed by: Abu-Al-Asar Hafeez Jullandhuri Tune Composed by: Ahmed G. Chagla Duration: 80 seconds

State Emblem

The State Emblem consists of:

  • The crescent and star which are symbols of Islam
  • The shield in the centre shows four major crops
  • Wreath surrounding the shield represents cultural heritage and
  • Scroll contains Quaid’s motto: Unity Faith, Discipline

Popular games

Cricket, Hockey, Football, Squash.

Tourist’s resorts

Murree, Quetta, Hunza, Ziarat, Swat, Kaghan, Chitral and Gilgit

Archaeological sites

Moenjo Daro, Harappa, Taxila, Kot Diji, Mehr Garh, Takht Bhai.

Major Cities

Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Hyderabad, Faisalabad, Multan and Sialkot

Major Crops

Cotton, Wheat, Rice and Sugarcane

Agricultural Growth Rate

7 % in 2007

Total cropped area

22.94 million hectares

Industry

Textiles, Cement, Fertiliser, Steel, Sugar, Electric Goods, Shipbuilding

Energy

Major sources Electricity (Hydel, Thermal, Nuclear) Oil, Coal, and Liquid Petroleum Gas
Power Generating Capacity 19,389 MW

Health

Hospitals 916 Dispensaries 4,600
Basic Health Units (BHUs) 5,301 Maternity & Child Health Centres 906
Rural Health Centres (RHCs) 552 Tuberculosis (TB) Centres 289
Hospital Beds 99,908 Doctors (registered) 113,206
Dentists (registered) 6,127 Nurses (registered ) 48,446
Paramedics 23,559 Lady Health Workers 6,741

Education

Primary Schools 155,000 Middle Schools 28,728
High Schools 16,100 Secondary Vocational Institutions 636
Arts & Science Colleges 1,066 Professional Colleges 382
Universities 51

Transport & Communication

Total length of roads 259, 758 km Pakistan Railway network 7,791 km
Locomotives 580 Railway stations 781
Pakistan International Airlines Covers 38 international and 24 domestic stations with a fleet of 49 planes. Major Airports 8(Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Multan, Faisalabad and Gwadar)

Seaports

International Karachi Port Trust (KPT), Port Mohammad Bin Qasim and Gwadar Deep Sea Port Fish Harbours-Cum-Mini Ports 3 (Minora, Gawadar, and Keti Bandar)

Communications

Post Offices 12,170 Telephone connections 5,052,000
Public Call Offices 217,597 Telegraph offices 299
Internet Connections 2 million Mobile Phones 10,542,641

Employment

Total Labour force 46.84 million Employed Labour Force 43.22 million
Agriculture Sector 18.60 million Manufacturing & Mining sector 5.96 million
Construction 2.52 million Trade 6.39 million
Transport 2.48 million Others 6.98 million

Media

Print Media (In accordance with Central Media List)

Dailies 540 Weeklies 444
Fortnightlies 55 Monthlies 268

News Agencies

Official APP Private PPI, NNI, On Line and Sana.

Electronic Media

TV Centres Five TV centres at Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi covering 88.58% population and 49 re-broadcasting stations. Private PPI, NNI, On Line and Sana.
Pakistan Television Network

(PTV) is a state owned television station which operates on both terrestrial & satellite. PTV offers six channels:

  • PTV
  • PTV World
  • PTV National – Regional Languages Channel
  • PTV Bolan – Baluchi Language Channel
  • AJK TV – Azad & Jammu Kashmir TV

Radio Stations

Public: Total 25, Home services in 19 languages. External Services cover 81 countries in 15 languages Radio stations 22 Private: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has so far awarded 72 FM Radio broadcast licenses including nine (9) specialized subject licenses for universities. Fifteen (15) licenses have been granted for the establishment of Satellite TV Channels. Nine Satellite TV channels have started their operation.

Cable Operators

900

Banks

Central Bank State Bank of Pakistan Nationalized Scheduled Banks First Woman Bank Ltd ,National Bank of Pakistan
Specialized Banks Zari Taraqiati Bank (ZTBL) ,Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan,Punjab Provincial Cooperative Bank Ltd
Private Scheduled Banks
  • Askari Commercial Bank Limited
  • Bank Al-Falah Limited
  • Bolan Bank Limited
  • Faysal Bank Limited
  • Bank Al-Habib Limited
  • Metropolitan Bank Limited
  • KASB Commercial Bank Limited
  • Prime Commercial Bank Limited
  • PICIC Commercial Bank Limited
  • Soneri Bank Limited
  • Union Bank Limited
  • Meezan Bank Limited
  • Saudi-Pak Commercial Bank Limited
  • Crescent Commercial Bank Limited
  • Atlas Bank Limited
  • NDLC-IFIC Bank Limited (NIB)
  • Allied Bank of Pakistan Limited
  • United Bank Limited
  • Habib Bank Limited
  • SME Banks
Foreign Banks
  • Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
  • Albaraka Islamic Bank BSC (EC)
  • American Expresss Bank Limited
  • Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi Limited
  • Citibank N.A
  • Deutsche Bank A.G.
  • Habib Bank A.G. Zurich
  • Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corp Limited
  • Oman International Bank S.O.A.G
  • Rupali Bank Limited
  • Standard Chartered Bank Limited
Development Financial Institutions
  • Pakistan Industrial Credit and Investment Corp. Limited
  • Pak Kuwait Investment Company (Pvt) Limited
  • Pak Libya Holding Company (Pvt) Limited
  • Pak-Oman Investment Company (Pvt) Limited
  • Saudi Pak Industrial and Agricutural Investment Company (Pvt) Limited
Investment Banks
  • Crescent Investment Bank Limited
  • First International Investment Bank Limited
  • Atlas Investment Bank Limited
  • Security Investment Bank Limited
  • Fidelity Investment Bank Limited
  • Prudential Investment Bank Limited
  • Islamic Investment Bank Limited
  • Asset Investment Bank Limited
  • Al-Towfeek Investment Bank Limited
  • Jahangir Siddiqui Investment Bank Limited
  • Franklin Investment Bank Limited
  • Orix Investment Bank (Pak) Limited

Famous Mountain Peaks

Name Height World Rating
K-2 (Chagori) 8616 m 2nd
Nanga Parbat 8125 m 8th
Gasherbrum-I 8068 m 11th
Broad Peak 8065 m 12th
Gasherbrum-II 8047 m 14th
Gasherbrum-III 7952 m 15th
Gasherbrum-IV 7925 m 16th
Disteghil Sar 7885 m 20th
Kunyang Kish 7852 m 22nd
Masherbrum (NE) 7821 m 24th
Rakaposhi 7788 m 27th
Batura I 7785 m 28th
Kanjut Sar 7760 m 29th
Saltoro Kangri 7742 m 33rd
Trivor 7720 m 36th
Tirich Mir 7708 m 41st

Famous Mountain Passes

Location Province
The Khyber Pass NWFP
The Kurram Pass FATA
The Tochi Pass FATA
The Gomal Pass NWFP
The Bolan Pass Balochistan
The Lowari Pass Chitral (NWFP)
The Khunjrab Pass Northern Areas

Rivers

Name : Lenght
The Indus 2,896 km
Jhelum 825 km
Chenab 1,242 km
Ravi 901 km
Sutlej 1,551 km
Beas (tributary of Sutlej) 398 km

Famous Glaciers

Name : Lenght
Siachin 75 km
Batura 55 km
Baltoro 65 km

Deserts

Name : Location/Province
Thar Sindh Cholistan Punjab
Thal Punjab Manchar Sindh
Keenjar Sindh

Lakes

Name : Location/Province
Hanna Balochistan Saif-ul-Maluk NWFP
Satpara Northern Areas Kachura Northern Areas

Major Dams

Name : Location/Province
Mangla Dam Punjab Tarbela Dam NWFP
Warsak Dam NWFP