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Pakistan Zindabad!

Pakistan Zindabad!

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What do you know about Pakistan?

Pakistan is a sovereign country in South Asia. With a population exceeding 180 million people, it is the sixth most populous country and with an area covering 796,095 km2 (307,374 sq. miles), it is the 36th largest country in the world in terms of area. Located at the crossroads of the strategically important regions of South Asia, Central Asia and Western Asia, Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre (650 mi) coastlinealong the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west and north,Iran to the southwest and China in the far northeast. It is separated from Tajikistan by Afghanistan's narrow Wakhan Corridor in the north, and also shares a marine border with Oman.

Map of Pakistan

Discuss the following questions (in groups):

  • What are the capitals of Pakistani provinces?
  • What countries are in neighborhood with Pakistan?
  • What is the religion of the majority of Pakistan residents?
  • What is Pakistan famous for? What branches of science are Pakistanis good at?
  • How life in Pakistan might be different from your life?

Watch a brilliant documentary about Pakistan!

Diego Bunel's Don't Tell My Mother I'm in Pakistan originally aired on the National Geographic Channel as part of a television series where the journalist travelled to many 'troubled' countries (Colombia, Iran) and aimed to go beyond the headlines to discover the people and culture.

In Karachi, Bunel begins his journey with a trip to the 'infamous' madrassas. But instead of unearthing a cupboard filled with arsenal or fanatic preachers, he comes across affable men with beards. They inform him that the students who rock back and forth while reading the Quran only do so to prevent themselves from falling asleep. The head-honcho of the establishment is the very busy but jocular Mullah Naeem, who is surrounded by CCTVs and telephones that are constantly ringing. And it gets even better. Opposite the neighbourhood mosque is a factory -- but this is not just any ordinary factory. Employing around 50 local women as seamstresses, this unit fetches over a million dollars a year for gear they stitch for sale in sex shops abroad. Bunel looks at the black masks and red sassy outfits and asks the factory owners, the Kadeer brothers, the inevitable question: Doesn't this go against the tenets of Islam? The Kadeers don't seem to think so.

If you want to know more about Pakistan, go to...

  •                                                                       Journeys to the Ends of the Earth Pakistan by David Adams


  •                                                                            People's ideas of Pakistan (in episodes)