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Official Country Name: Pakistan
Capital: Islamabad
Population: ~150 million
Telephone Code: 92
Time Zone: GMT+5h
Area: sq km
Language(s): National: Urdu, Provincial/Other major: Punjabi, Siraiki, Sindhi, Balochi, Barohi, Pashto, Hindko, Potohari
Ethnic Groups: Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi (various tribes), Kashmiri, Pathan, Mohajir, Bihari, Balti, Hunzawal (or Hunzal, I forget)
There are many, many more as this is really the border land between India and its western neighbours, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Central Asia. Historically, an area that has seen a huge number of significant population movements.
Highest Mountain: K2 aka Mt. Godwin Austin
President/Head of State: Gen. Pervez Musharraf
Government: Suspended Constitution, officially moving towards democracy
Currency: Rupee
Exchange Rate: US$1=~ Rs.60
Health Risks: Heat stroke/dehydration in summer, water in some cities Electricity: Relatively large network and few outages at the moment, but does not reach more remote villages and outposts
Weights & Measures: use a mixture of the SI/metric and the British systems
Country Name in other languages: en français: le Pakistan (sauf qu'il n'y aie pas de son nasal à la fin). I'm guessing that the pronunciation stays un-changed in most languages as it is a new place-name, dating back to no more than the 1920's.


Edited bytobateksingh on 20.11.2004

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