23 March 2008

Land & peopleArea:
796,095 sq km

Population (July 2007 est.): 164.74 million

Capital: Islamabad

Languages: English is the official language and Urdu national language. Regional languages include Sindhi, Balochi, Punjabi and Pushto

GDP per capita (2007 est.): $2,600

Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC)
Head office, 22-A, Saeed Plaza, Blue Area, Jinnah Avenue,
Islamabad – 44000
Tel: +92-51-9203772
Fax: +92-51-9207427

Pakistan is situated in the western part of the Indian subcontinent, and borders Iran on the west, India in the east, Afghanistan in the north and northwest and the People's Republic of China in the northwest to northeast. A land of many splendours, Pakistan's scenery changes from coastal beaches, lagoons and mangrove swamps in the south to sandy deserts, desolate plateaus, fertile plains and dissected upland in the middle and high mountains with beautiful valleys, snow-covered peaks and glaciers in the north.

The country's terrain includes the flat Indus plain in the east, mountains in the north and northwest, Balochistan plateau in the west and desert in the south. Administratively, Pakistan is divided into four provinces (Balochistan, North West Frontier Province, Punjab and Sindh), one territory (Federally Administered Tribal Areas), and one capital territory (Islamabad Capital Territory). Its largest cities include Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Gujranwala.

Compiled by D. Hari NairPublished: March 23, 2008, 00:17