Jamhuryat Islami Pakistan
In Southern Asia, flat Indus plain in East; mountains in north and northwest; Balochistan plateau in west. 796,095 km2 (= slightly < 2xCA ), 24% arable.

Capital Islamabad (pop est. 689K)
Population 180M (2.3/ km2)
Life expectancy 65 years
HIV/AIDS >0.1%
Literacy 50%
Lang(s) Punjabi 48%, Sindhi 12%, Siraiki 10%, Pashtu 8%, Urdu (official) 8%, Balchi 3%, Hindko 2%, Barhui 1%, English (official), Burushaski, other 8%
Religions Muslim 95% (Sunni 75% Shia 20%), other (includes Christian and Hindu 5%)
Ethnic Groups Punjabi 45%, Pashtun 15%, Sindhi 14%, Sariki 8%, Muhagirs 8%, Balochi 4%, other 6%
Gov’t Federal Republic
GDP/cap $2,600
PCVs 1961 - 1967; 1988 – 1991; health and education (517 volunteers served)
Nat’l holiday Republic Day, 23 March (1956)

Focus word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Punjabi: Turban (tour-ban)


The Idea of Pakistan
by Stephen P. Cohen
Book Description
To probe beyond the headlines, Stephen Cohen, offers a panoramic portrait of this complex country—from its origins as a homeland for Indian Muslims to a military-dominated state that has experienced uneven economic growth, political chaos, sectarian violence, and several nuclear crises with its much larger neighbor, India.

Kids' Books

Beneath my mother's feet
by Amjed Qamar
New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2008.
Ages 12 to 14.


Sam Yusuf
My Ummah
Music from Pakistan


Benazir Bhutto (Jessica A. Hernandez and Johnny O'Hara, 2010)


Karhi/Fried Bean Cakes with Yogurt
Andrak Chai/Ginger Tea