Published on April 9th, 2004
The capital of Pakistan is Islamabad, named in honor of Islam, the religion of Muslims.
Pakistan is about the size of California and New Mexico combined. Its population is more than half of the population of the entire United States.
Urdu, English, Punjabi
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 5:00 p.m. in Pakistan.
Steering wheels are on the right side of the car in Pakistan, and people drive on the left side of the road.
Only about half the adults in Pakistan can read.
Pakistan was part of India until 1947. Muslims in India who wanted a country of their own started Pakistan. In 1971, East Pakistan left Pakistan to become Bangladesh.
Most of the people in Pakistan are Muslims. By law, the president of the country must be a Muslim.
Many Muslims in Pakistan get along with Christians. But Christians are harshly persecuted by Muslims who are radical in their faith. Muslims who decide to follow Jesus often face the worst persecution. Even their families treat them badly.
Pakistan’s “blasphemy laws” say that no one may say anything against Islam or damage the Muslim holy book, the Quran. Even Christians who do not do these things are sometimes falsely accused of blasphemy.