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Territory in southern Asia, ruled since 1956 by the Islāmī Jumhūriyah Pākistān[

Pakistan (Urdu: پاکِستان‬‎), officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Urdu: اِسلامی جمہوریہ پاکِستان‬‎), is a country in South Asia. It is the sixth-most populous country with a population exceeding 212,742,631 people. In area, it is the 33rd-largest country, spanning 881,913 square kilometers. Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometer coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest and China in the far northeast. It is separated narrowly from Tajikistan by Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor in the northwest, and also shares a maritime border with Oman.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 30° N — Longitude: 70° E

Area: 881,913 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: PK

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2021
2019: 5.63, Rank: 145, Personal Freedom: 5.41, Economic Freedom: 5.95
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 6.01, Rank: 133
Pakistan | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2022
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 41, Political Rights: 4, Civil Liberties: 5
Pakistan was relatively stable in 2015. Terrorist violence decreased by one-third from 2014 levels, though it caused 3,682 fatalities. The decrease was consistent with the widely held impression that the terrorist threat in Pakistan has passed its peak. The government began implementing a 20-point National Action Plan (NAP) during the year, announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in December 2014.


Treating People Like Garbage, by Sheldon Richman, The Goal Is Freedom, 4 Oct 2013
Prompted by the "closing" of the U.S. government during Oct 2013, examines two examples of how the state behaves towards people: an Iraq war veteran and his family, and the genocide of Bengalis in March 1971, with the support of Nixon and Kissinger
Their connection to Mao Zedong was General Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan, the anticommunist military dictator of Pakistan ... in 1947, the subcontinent was partitioned into India and Pakistan. But Muslim Pakistan itself was divided into east and west ... Bass explains ...
... As its most important international backer, the United States had great influence over Pakistan ... Nixon and Kissinger ... did not threaten the loss of U.S. support ... if Pakistan took the wrong course ... They did not ask that Pakistan refrain from using U.S. weaponry to slaughter civilians, even though that ... might have deterred the army ...

Cartoons and Comic Strips

Declaration of Thingamajig, by Mark Fiore, 22 Jun 2011
On the wars ... hostilities ... thingamajigs of the U.S. empire
Related Topics: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Barack Obama, Yemen

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Pakistan" as of 24 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.