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Country Name: Pakistan

Capital: Islamabad

Flag meaning:

green with a vertical white band (symbolizing the role of religious minorities) on the hoist side; a large white crescent and star are centered in the green field; the crescent, star, and color green are traditional symbols of Islam


geographic coordinates: 33 41 N, 73 03 E

time difference: UTC+5 (10 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time

Location: southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea, between India on the east and Iran and Afghanistan on the west and China in the north

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Type of government: federal republic

Leader: Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz SHARIF (since 5 June 2013)


What kind of money do they use? Pakistani rupee


textiles (garments, bed linen, cotton cloth, yarn), rice, leather goods, sporting goods, chemicals, manufactures, carpets and rugs


petroleum, petroleum products, machinery, plastics, transportation equipment, edible oils, paper and paperboard, iron and steel, tea


What language do they speak? Punjabi 48%, Sindhi 12%, Saraiki (a Punjabi variant) 10%, Pashto (alternate name, Pashtu) 8%, Urdu (official) 8%, Balochi 3%, Hindko 2%, Brahui 1%, English (official; lingua franca of Pakistani elite and most government ministries), Burushaski, and other 8%

Major Religion

Muslim (official) 96.4% (Sunni 85-90%, Shia 10-15%), other (includes Christian and Hindu) 3.6% (2010 est.)

What type of food do they eat? Dhal (Lentil Stew)


What is the climate in Pakistan? mostly hot, dry desert; temperate in northwest; arctic in north


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