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Country Profile: Pakistan

Pakistan has an impressive a 1,046 kilometre (650 miles) coastline along the Arabian Sea in the south, although sunbathers are not to be seen in this Islamic republic.   This area of 796,000 square kilometres is where South Asia links central Asia with the Middle East, bordering Afghanistan and Iran in the west, India in the east and China in the far northeast.

Pakistan offers both sandy beaches and mangrove swamps in the south, to icy mountains to the north and west, with the fertile Indus valley running the length of the country.  The Tharparkar desert in the southern province of Sindh is the only fertile desert in the world. 

There are currently around 170 million people in Pakistan. Uncontrolled population growth and a massive refugee problem as a result of long-term war, together with the large-scale earthquake centred in the north of the country in October 2005, has hugely impoverished this nation.

The capital city is Islamabad, with 1.1 million people.  The official language is Urdu, with 69 other local languages.

Pakistan achieved independence from the British in 1947, followed by a number of military dictatorships. Pakistan is an Islamic republic, but there is a surprising degree of religious freedom, under the law.

OM began working in Pakistan in 1979, encouraging national believers to build up the Church in Pakistan, alongside expatriate workers. Working together with local churches we seek to equip believers for life and support the national Church.  Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details.

Missions Gallery

Pakistan :: A Pashtun man repairs shoes as a means of income.
Pakistan :: A Pashtun man repairs shoes as a means of income.
Pakistan :: A young man prepares tea.
Pakistan :: Pashtuns make up the second largest people group in Pakistan. They live primarily in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan province.
Pakistan :: Brothers, friends and relatives share a mid-day meal.
Pakistan :: Vendors in Pakistan sell anything from fruits to snacks to sunglasses. Sitting many hours in the hot sun, being a vendor is often not a high paying job.
Pakistan :: A man and son pause in the street.
Pakistan :: An elderly man rides by donkey cart down the road.
Pakistan :: An elderly man rides his bicycle down the street.
Pakistan :: A vendor enjoys a cup of tea next to his vegetable stand.
Pakistan :: A street vendor selling a local treat.
Pakistan :: Stopping on the street for a photo.

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