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Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the fifth-most populous country, with a population of over 241.5 million, having the largest Muslim population as of 2023. Islamabad is the nation's capital, while Karachi is its largest city and financial centre. Pakistan is the 33rd-largest country by area, being the second largest in South Asia. Bounded by the Arabian Sea on the south, the Gulf of Oman on the southwest, and the Sir Creek on the southeast, it shares land borders with India to the east; Afghanistan to the west; Iran to the southwest; and China to the northeast. It shares a maritime border with Oman in the Gulf of Oman, and is separated from Tajikistan in the northwest by Afghanistan's narrow Wakhan Corridor.

Pakistan is the site of several ancient cultures, including the 8,500-year-old Neolithic site of Mehrgarh in Balochistan, the Indus Valley civilisation of the Bronze Age, and the ancient Gandhara civilisation. The regions that comprise the modern state of Pakistan were the realm of multiple empires and dynasties, including the Achaemenid, the Maurya, the Kushan, the Gupta; the Umayyad Caliphate in its southern regions, the Samma, the Hindu Shahis, the Shah Miris, the Ghaznavids, the Delhi Sultanate, the Mughals, and most recently, the British Raj from 1858 to 1947. ( Full article...)

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The Hatf-V Ghauri (right) in Karachi, ca. 2008

The Ghauri–I ( Urdu: غوری-ا; Military designation: Hatf–V, Trans.: Target-5) is a land-based and supersonic medium-range ballistic missile, in current service with the strategic command of the Pakistan Army.

Influenced from the propellent design of Nodong-1 of North Korea, its extensive modification, warhead design and assembly, and engineering of its control system took place in Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) in 1994–2001 with an objective of developing an electronic system that uses a single stage liquid fuel rocket motor to carry a payload of 700 kg to a range of 1,500 km. This range is applicable to address Pakistan's nuclear deterrence against India, if not all of India. ( Full article...)
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A beautiful view of Faiz Mahal in Khairpur, Sindh. Faiz Mahal was built in 1798 as the palace of the Talpur Dynasty in Khairpur Mirs. During the Talpur Rule Khairpur was considered as a Golden City famous for free education and healthcare, Tax freedoms and virtually no crime. It used to be cultural center famous for Ilm-e-Adab (Education and Literatures)and was provided with large parks, sports facilities and clubs.

Photo credit: Arsalan R. Kazi

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A clickable map of Pakistan exhibiting its administrative units. Balochistan (Pakistan) Punjab (Pakistan) Sindh Islamabad Capital Territory Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Azad Kashmir Gilgit-Baltistan
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  1. Balochistan
  2. Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KPK)
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Muhammad Ishaq Dar ( Urdu: محمد اسحاق ڈار; born 23 May 1950) is a senior Pakistani politician and served as federal minister of Pakistan for Finance & Revenue for a record four terms. He is currently a senator of Pakistan.

Dar was born in 1950 in Lahore. He attended the Hailey College of Commerce, Government College University, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He began his career as a chartered accountant in the public and private sector. He entered politics in the 1980s. He was elected to the senate in 2003 and was Leader of the Opposition from 2012 to 2013. He has served as federal minister for commerce; industries and investment; and finance and revenue. ( Full article...)

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  • ... that Burushaski, a predominantly in northern Gilgit-Baltistan spoken rather than written language, has not more than 120,000 native speakers? (9 July 2023)
  • ... that Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau, the famous German–Pakistani Catholic nun who devoted more than 55 years of her life to fighting leprosy was the first Christian and first non-Muslim to have a state funeral in Pakistan? (2 September 2021)
  • ... that Lahore Knowledge Park is an actualization of Triple Helix configuration; a framework to create synergies between government, academia and industry to operate into an interactive rather than linear model for the establishment of social formats and entities to promote commercial innovation and R&D. [2] (27 January 2017)
  • ... that Sialkot is the world's largest producer of hand-sewed footballs, with local factories manufacturing 40~60 million footballs a year, amounting to roughly 60% of world production. (4 December 2017)
  • ... that Hafiz Muhammad Fazal Azim Taha, the famous living Pakistani poet said about Iqbal's work that "He not only dreamed for Pakistan but also got the nation up for their rights". This famous saying is regarded as Iqbal's definition. (14 July 2014)
  • ... that The Edhi Foundation, founded by Edhi, runs the world's largest volunteer ambulance service operating 1,800 of them with upto 6,000 a day in Karachi alone. (4 December 2017)

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Today is December 4, 2023
For up to date, in depth news coverage on Pakistan, see Wikinews:Portal:Pakistan. Wikinews is a sister project of Wikipedia, which deals with journalism of current events. They are both operated by the Wikimedia Foundation.
2 December 2023 – Spillover of the Insurgency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Eight people are killed and 26 others injured in a mass shooting against a bus on the Karakoram Highway near the town of Chilas, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. (Al Jazeera)
2 December 2023 – Al-Qadir Trust case
The Pakistan Movement for Justice party appoints Gohar Ali Khan as its new chairman, replacing party founder and former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who remains detained on various charges. (AFP via The Daily Star)
25 November 2023 – 2023 Karachi mall fire
Eleven people are killed and 35 others are injured by a fire at a shopping mall in Karachi, Pakistan. (AFP via The Guardian)
9 November 2023 – Air pollution in Lahore
Toxic gray smog causes tens of thousands of people in Lahore, Pakistan, to become ill, forcing authorities to close schools, markets, and parks for four days. (AP)
4 November 2023 – Mianwali air base attack
Nine Tehreek-e-Jihad jihadists are killed during a shootout with soldiers when they tried to storm a training air base in Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan. (AP)
3 November 2023 – Insurgency in Balochistan
Fourteen soldiers are killed in an ambush against their convoy in Gwadar District, Balochistan, Pakistan. (VOA)

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  1. ^ Mahendra, Anjali. "The Metro Bus System comes to Lahore, Pakistan". TheCityFix. World Resources Institute. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Lahore Knowledge Park Company".
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