Pakistan Openarms!



Johanna from Chile. Pakistan Openarms!

The nation of Pakistan is only about six decades old, but human history in the area reaches back for tens of thousands of years.

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In recent history, Pakistan has been inextricably linked in the world’s view with the extremist movement of al Qaeda and with the Taleban, based in neighboring Afghanistan. The Pakistani government is in a delicate position, caught between various factions within the country, as well as policy pressures from without.

Capital:    Islamabad, population 800,000 (3.7 million for greater Islamabad metropolitan area).

Major Cities: Karachi, population 11,624,000, Lahore, population 6,311,000, Faisalabad, population 1,977,000, Rawalpindi, population 1,406,000, Hyderabad, population 1,151,000, All figures based on 2005 estimates.

Pakistan has a (somewhat fragile) parliamentary democracy.

The President is the Head of State, while the Prime Minister is the Head of Government.

Pakistan’s two-house Parliament (Majlis-e-Shura) is made up of a 100-member Senate and a 342-member National Assembly.

The judicial system is a mix of secular and Islamic courts, including a Supreme Court, provincial courts, and Federal Shari’a courts that administer Islamic law.

Pakistan’s secular laws are based on British common law. All citizens over 18 years of age have the vote.

The current Prime Minister is Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. The President is Asif Ali Zardari.

Pakistan’s population as of July, 2008 was 172,800,000, making it the sixth most populous nation on Earth.

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