History UsefulNotes / Pakistan

5th Sep '16 1:14:44 PM FFShinra
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* SitcomArchnemesis: Israel. Due to its status as a Muslim nation and also in an effort to maintain brotherly relations with the ArabWorld, Pakistan has long declared itself to be an enemy of Israel and has often backed any international legal actions against it. However, in practice, Pakistan isn't particularly active in its emnity with Israel since the 70s.

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* SitcomArchnemesis: Israel. Due to its status as a Muslim nation and also in an effort to maintain brotherly relations with the ArabWorld, Arab world, Pakistan has long declared itself to be an enemy of Israel and has often backed any international legal actions against it. However, in practice, Pakistan isn't particularly active in its emnity with Israel since the 70s.



* UrbanSegregation: Of the ethnic variety within Karachi, which sometimes leads to flareups.

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* UrbanSegregation: Of the ethnic variety within Karachi, which sometimes leads to flareups.flare-ups.
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* Benazir Bhutto - First woman prime minister of Pakistan (from 1988 until 1990 and from 1993 until 1996), and first female leader in the Muslim world in modern times, daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Assassinated in a bombing in 2007.
* Nawaz Sharif - TheRival to Benazir Bhutto and leader of his own faction of the Pakistan Muslim League. Started out as a steel magnate. Credited for attempting peace with India ([[FailureIsTheOnlyOption before Kargil ruined it]]) and for detonating the world's first "Islamic nuke". Overthrown during his second term. Currently Prime Minister of Pakistan for an unprecedented third term.

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* Benazir Bhutto - First (and thus far, only) woman prime minister of Pakistan (from 1988 until 1990 and from 1993 until 1996), and first female leader in the Muslim world in modern times, daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Assassinated in a bombing in 2007.
* Nawaz Sharif - TheRival to Benazir Bhutto and leader of his own faction of the Pakistan Muslim League. Started out as a steel magnate.magnate, and got into politics when his family's business became one of the victims of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's nationalization schemes. Credited for attempting peace with India ([[FailureIsTheOnlyOption before Kargil ruined it]]) and for detonating the world's first "Islamic nuke". Overthrown during his second term. Currently Prime Minister of Pakistan for an unprecedented third term.



** Also with Israel, but that's kind of a given.



* TheClan: This is the Pashtuns' ''raison d'être''. There's a reason why the "Federally Administered Tribal Areas" is titled like that, or the fact that the Pashtuns are as a whole unbelievably hard to be controlled/ordered, be it in Pakistan or in Afghanistan. Fraternity is just too much valuable for them to discard in exchange for some petty nationalism.

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* TheClan: This is the Pashtuns' ''raison d'être''. There's a reason why the "Federally Administered Tribal Areas" is titled like that, or the fact that the Pashtuns are as a whole are unbelievably hard to be controlled/ordered, be it in Pakistan or in Afghanistan. Fraternity is just too much valuable for them to discard in exchange for some petty nationalism.



* DealWithTheDevil: Many Pakistanis are not overly fond of the country's alliance with the United States and angry protests about American involvement in Pakistan are routinely held in major cities. Conversely, Pakistan's support for the Taliban generates mixed feelings -- sure they were religious loons, but they were able to keep Afghanistan stable and, more importantly, ensures that millions of refugees did escape to Pakistan as what had happened when the Soviets invaded.

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* DealWithTheDevil: Many Pakistanis are not overly fond of the country's alliance with the United States and angry protests about American involvement in Pakistan are routinely held in major cities. Conversely, Pakistan's support for the Taliban generates mixed feelings -- sure they were religious loons, but they were able to keep Afghanistan stable and, more importantly, ensures ensure that millions of refugees did don't escape to (and overwhelm) Pakistan as what had happened when the Soviets invaded.



* DeathMountain: Pakistan has some of the most dangerous mountains to climb in the world. K2, while not the highest, is very difficult to trek thanks to being nigh-symmetrical and being located far away from any civilization; for the record, it has never been climbed during winter (whereas Everest has). Then there's Nanga Parbat...locals nickname it the "Killer Mountain" due to the steep cliffs and glaciers that can and will kill people if they aren't careful. Aaand if you think that natural hazard is enough, the mountain is also infamous for having hidden some remnants of [[ChurchMilitant Tehrik-i-Taliban]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Nanga_Parbat_massacre who once attacked climbers in 2013]].

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* DeathMountain: Pakistan has some of the most dangerous mountains to climb in the world. K2, while not the highest, is very difficult to trek thanks to being nigh-symmetrical and being located far away from any civilization; for the record, it has never been climbed during winter (whereas Everest has). Then there's Nanga Parbat...locals nickname it the "Killer Mountain" due to the steep cliffs and glaciers that can and will kill people if they aren't careful. Aaand And if you think that natural hazard is enough, the mountain is also infamous for having hidden some remnants of the [[ChurchMilitant Tehrik-i-Taliban]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Nanga_Parbat_massacre who once attacked climbers in 2013]].



* EverythingTryingToKillYou: For years Pakistanis are indoctrinated into the belief that anything even mildly critical of Pakistan is, in fact, the work of certain elements hostile to Pakistan, such as a [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy]] hatched by a "[[UsefulNotes/{{India}} foreign]] [[UnusualEuphemism hand]]" or, more specifically, a "CIA-RAW-Mossad Nexus"[[note]]Obviously alluding to the international intelligence agencies of America, India and Israel, respectively[[/note]].
* ExplosiveBreeder: The population, as of 2015, number ''200 million''. Its western neighbors, UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, has 1/3 of the population with 2 times as much area, while Afghanistan has ''1/6'' of the population with about the same area. No matter the {{Realpolitik}}/in-fighting squabbles, Pakistan is a ''large'' country and is understandably difficult to control, especially as a democracy.

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* EverythingTryingToKillYou: For years Pakistanis are were indoctrinated into the belief that anything even mildly critical of Pakistan is, in fact, the work of certain elements hostile to Pakistan, such as a [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy]] hatched by a "[[UsefulNotes/{{India}} foreign]] [[UnusualEuphemism hand]]" or, more specifically, a "CIA-RAW-Mossad Nexus"[[note]]Obviously alluding to the international intelligence agencies of America, India and Israel, respectively[[/note]].
respectively[[/note]]. This is still the case, but the internet and the very active Pakistani press have made the excuses much harder to swallow.
* ExplosiveBreeder: The population, as of 2015, number ''200 million''. Its western neighbors, UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, has 1/3 of the population with 2 times as much area, while Afghanistan has ''1/6'' of the population with about the same area. No matter the {{Realpolitik}}/in-fighting {{Realpolitik}} and in-fighting squabbles, Pakistan is a ''large'' country and is understandably difficult to control, especially as a democracy.



* TheShangriLa: Gilgit-Baltistan (or more specifically, just Baltistan) is known as "Little Tibet" since ancient times. It's not hyperbole either; the whole area is a Buddhist pilgrimage site, and the indigenous people, the Baltis, are really Tibetans who converted to Shia Islam in the 16th century, but otherwise retain their ancestral culture intact. The mountainous scenery helps as well (the Deosai Plain has been called a condensed form of Tibet).

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* TheShangriLa: Gilgit-Baltistan (or more specifically, just Baltistan) is has been known as "Little Tibet" since ancient times. It's not hyperbole either; the whole area is a Buddhist pilgrimage site, and the indigenous people, the Baltis, are really Tibetans who converted to Shia Islam in the 16th century, but otherwise retain their ancestral culture intact. The mountainous scenery helps as well (the Deosai Plain has been called a condensed form of Tibet).
* SitcomArchnemesis: Israel. Due to its status as a Muslim nation and also in an effort to maintain brotherly relations with the ArabWorld, Pakistan has long declared itself to be an enemy of Israel and has often backed any international legal actions against it. However, in practice, Pakistan isn't particularly active in its emnity with Israel since the 70s.
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* '''Khyber Pakhtunkhwa''', the smallest province by land area, it's known for its [[SceneryPorn natural beauty]] (being located so close to the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush) and one particular area, the Swat Valley, was described by UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen herself as the "Switzerland of the East". Is part of the "Pashtunistan", an area that stretches into neighboring Afghanistan and inhabited by the Eastern Iranian Pashtuns, known for their ProudWarriorRaceGuy tendencies, tribal structures, and, curiously enough, one of the nicest and friendliest personalities on the planet. The Pashtuns as a whole have given a middle finger to the border that separates their homeland and have waged a long, long struggle against both governments in an attempt to preserve their homeland, hence the various afflictions in the province, including the various Islamist militias and the drones that have come to hunt them. Peshawar is its capital.
* '''Balochistan''', the largest province by land area and the smallest by population, it also happens to be the most resource-rich. The province is a plateau barricaded by mountains to the east and west, making it very dry and hot. The greater Balochistan area stretches into neighboring Afghanistan and Iran, and all of them are mainly populated by the Balochis, a Western Iranian ethnic group (Pakistan's predominant peoples are the Indo-Aryans), some of whom are have separatist goal in mind. Quetta is its capital.
* '''Sindh''', home of Pakistan's largest city and business hub, the provincial capital Karachi. The eastern part of the province blends in with the Indian subcontinent's largest desert, Thar Desert. The province is primarily inhabited by the [[CaptainObvious Sindhis]], though Karachi's status as a cosmopolitan city attracts other ethnic groups as well. Also the second most populous of the provinces.

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* '''Khyber Pakhtunkhwa''', the smallest province by land area, it's known for its [[SceneryPorn natural beauty]] (being located so close to the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush) and one particular area, the Swat Valley, was described by UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen herself as the "Switzerland of the East". Is It is part of the "Pashtunistan", an area that stretches into neighboring Afghanistan and inhabited by the Eastern Iranian Pashtuns, known for their ProudWarriorRaceGuy tendencies, tribal structures, and, curiously enough, one of the nicest and friendliest personalities on the planet. The Pashtuns as a whole have given a middle finger to the border that separates their homeland and have waged a long, long struggle against both governments in an attempt to preserve their homeland, hence the various afflictions in the province, including the various Islamist militias and the drones that have come to hunt them. Peshawar is its capital.
* '''Balochistan''', the largest province by land area and the smallest by population, it also happens to be the most resource-rich. The province is a plateau barricaded by mountains to the east and west, making it very dry and hot. The greater Balochistan area stretches into neighboring Afghanistan and Iran, and all of them are mainly populated by the Balochis, Baloch, a Western Iranian ethnic group (Pakistan's predominant peoples are the Indo-Aryans), some Indo-Aryans). Sadly, the province is riddled with conflict, the main one being an insurgency to get the province to secede from Pakistan, but also sectarian conflict in the form of whom are anti-Shia militias preying on Shia pilgrims en route to Iran, and ethnic tensions between the Baloch and the Pashtuns who have separatist goal settled in mind. the northern areas of the province. Quetta is its capital.
* '''Sindh''', home of Pakistan's largest city and business hub, the provincial capital Karachi. The eastern part of the province blends in with the Indian Thar Desert, the subcontinent's largest desert, Thar Desert.largest. The province is primarily inhabited by the [[CaptainObvious Sindhis]], though Karachi's status as a cosmopolitan city attracts other ethnic groups as well. Also the second most populous of the provinces.



* '''Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)''', the one part of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa that's even more wilder, being only nominally under the control of Islamabad since colonial times. Again, it's mainly inhabited by the Pashtuns, who make daily border crossings with the Pashtun part of Afghanistan like it's nobody's business. Keep in mind that the Pakistani government can''not'' protect anyone here, so extreme caution should be exercised for anyone brave enough to enter this area.

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* '''Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)''', the one part of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa that's Pashtunistan that is even more wilder, wilder than Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, being only nominally under the control of Islamabad since colonial times. Again, it's mainly inhabited by the Pashtuns, who make daily border crossings with the Pashtun part of into neighboring Afghanistan like it's nobody's business.over a border they do not recognize as legitimate. Keep in mind that the Pakistani government can''not'' protect anyone here, so extreme caution should be exercised for anyone brave enough to enter this area.



* '''Azad Kashmir''', the smaller of the Pakistani-administered Kashmir, with the capital at Muzaffarabad and the largest city at Mirpur. The province's name translates to "Free Kashmir", though some people might challenge that title, since security is very tight here and curfews are common. As expected, the Kashmiris are the largest ethnic group in this division. One interesting fact about the region is that it has the largest share of the Pakistani diaspora in the United Kingdom: the Mirpuri Punjabis, who make up maybe 70% of the British Pakistanis.
* '''Gilgit-Baltistan''', the larger of the Pakistani-administered Kashmir and the northernmost division. The Himalayas/Karakoram cross the region and thus, mountains, glaciers, and harsh winters, are common sights/occurrences; five "eight thousanders" are found here, including the second-highest mountain in the world, K2. Probably has Pakistan's weirdest language structure: the majority language is the Indo-Aryan Shina, which is alien-sounding to other speakers of Indo-Aryan languages; the second largest (and spoken by the province's titular people), Balti, is actually an archaic dialect of the ''Tibetan'' language; and the third largest is Burushaski, a language isolate. Gilgit is the capital, while Skardu is the largest city.

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* '''Azad Kashmir''', the smaller of the two territories of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, with the capital at Muzaffarabad and the largest city at Mirpur.Muzaffarabad. The province's name translates to "Free Kashmir", though some people might challenge that title, since security is very tight here and curfews are common. As expected, the Kashmiris are the largest ethnic group in this division. One interesting fact about the region is that it has the largest share of the Pakistani diaspora in the United Kingdom: the Mirpuri Punjabis, who make up maybe 70% of the British Pakistanis.
* '''Gilgit-Baltistan''', the larger of the two territories of Pakistani-administered Kashmir and the Pakistan's northernmost first-level administrative division. The Himalayas/Karakoram cross the region and thus, mountains, glaciers, and harsh winters, are common sights/occurrences; five "eight thousanders" are found here, including the second-highest mountain in the world, K2. Probably has Pakistan's weirdest language structure: grouping of languages: the majority language is the Indo-Aryan Shina, which is alien-sounding to other speakers of Indo-Aryan languages; the second largest (and spoken by the province's titular people), Balti, is actually an archaic dialect of the ''Tibetan'' language; and the third largest is Burushaski, a language isolate. Gilgit is the capital, while Skardu is the largest city.



* Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan - Pakistan's first military dictator, ruling from 1958 to 1969. Before that was Pakistan's first native to head the Pakistan Army, and before that served with UsefulNotes/KiplingsFinest against the Japanese in Burma during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Under his rule, Pakistan joined the West's side in the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the economy did well (at the cost of increasing the wealth gap), before he screwed up by fighting a war with India in 1965 that ended up crashing Pakistan's economy and sowing the seeds of the Bengali independence movement. He was relieved from his position by the junta in 1969.

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* Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan - Pakistan's first military dictator, ruling from 1958 to 1969. Before that was Pakistan's first native to head the Pakistan Army, and before that served with UsefulNotes/KiplingsFinest against the Japanese in Burma during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Under his rule, Pakistan joined the West's side in the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the economy did well (at the cost of increasing the wealth gap), before he screwed up by fighting a war with India in 1965 that ended up crashing Pakistan's economy and sowing the seeds of the Bengali independence movement. He was relieved from his position by the his own junta in 1969.
12th Aug '16 3:31:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ExplosiveBreeder: The population, as of 2015, number ''200 million''. Its western neighbors, {{Iran}}, has 1/3 of the population with 2 times as much area, while Afghanistan has ''1/6'' of the population with about the same area. No matter the {{Realpolitik}}/in-fighting squabbles, Pakistan is a ''large'' country and is understandably difficult to control, especially as a democracy.

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* ExplosiveBreeder: The population, as of 2015, number ''200 million''. Its western neighbors, {{Iran}}, UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, has 1/3 of the population with 2 times as much area, while Afghanistan has ''1/6'' of the population with about the same area. No matter the {{Realpolitik}}/in-fighting squabbles, Pakistan is a ''large'' country and is understandably difficult to control, especially as a democracy.
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* '''Punjab''', the industrial and agricultural heartland and most populated of the provinces. Punjabis, the titular people of the province, is the largest ethnic group in the country and dominates the culture, particularly music and films. Pakistan's cultural center, Lahore, is its capital.
* '''Khyber Pakhtunkhwa''', the smallest province by land area, it's known for its [[SceneryPorn natural beauty]] (being located so close to the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush) and one particular area, the Swat Valley, was described by UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen herself as the "Switzerland of the East". Is part of the "Pashtunistan", an area that stretches into neighboring UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and inhabited by the Eastern Iranian Pashtuns, known for their ProudWarriorRaceGuy tendencies, tribal structures, and, curiously enough, one of the nicest and friendliest personalities on the planet. The Pashtuns as a whole have given a middle finger to the border that separates their homeland and have waged a long, long struggle against both governments in an attempt to preserve their homeland, hence the various afflictions in the province, including the various Islamist militias and the drones that have come to hunt them. Peshawar is its capital.
* '''Balochistan''', the largest province by land area and the smallest by population, it also happens to be the most resource-rich. The province is a plateau barricaded by mountains to the east and west, making it very dry and hot. Mainly populated by the Balochis, a Western Iranian people (Pakistan's predominant peoples are the Indo-Aryans), some of whom are currently waging war with the government in an attempt to secede. Quetta is its capital.

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* '''Punjab''', the industrial and agricultural heartland and most populated of the provinces. Punjabis, the titular people of the province, is are the largest ethnic group in the country and dominates dominate the culture, particularly music and films. Pakistan's cultural center, Lahore, is its capital.
* '''Khyber Pakhtunkhwa''', the smallest province by land area, it's known for its [[SceneryPorn natural beauty]] (being located so close to the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush) and one particular area, the Swat Valley, was described by UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen herself as the "Switzerland of the East". Is part of the "Pashtunistan", an area that stretches into neighboring UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} Afghanistan and inhabited by the Eastern Iranian Pashtuns, known for their ProudWarriorRaceGuy tendencies, tribal structures, and, curiously enough, one of the nicest and friendliest personalities on the planet. The Pashtuns as a whole have given a middle finger to the border that separates their homeland and have waged a long, long struggle against both governments in an attempt to preserve their homeland, hence the various afflictions in the province, including the various Islamist militias and the drones that have come to hunt them. Peshawar is its capital.
* '''Balochistan''', the largest province by land area and the smallest by population, it also happens to be the most resource-rich. The province is a plateau barricaded by mountains to the east and west, making it very dry and hot. Mainly The greater Balochistan area stretches into neighboring Afghanistan and Iran, and all of them are mainly populated by the Balochis, a Western Iranian people ethnic group (Pakistan's predominant peoples are the Indo-Aryans), some of whom are currently waging war with the government have separatist goal in an attempt to secede.mind. Quetta is its capital.



* '''Islamabad Capital District''', sandwiched between the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces and containing the purpose-built Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

And its two disputed holdings in the Kashmir Region (which are a cross between a protectorate, a puppet state, and a province):
* '''Azad Kashmir''', the smaller of the Pakistani-administered Kashmir and the smallest first-level administrative division of Pakistan. The province's name translates to "Free Kashmir", though some people might challenge that title, since security is very tight here and curfews are common. One interesting fact about the region is that it contributes to the largest of the Pakistani diaspora in the United Kingdom: the Mirpuri people, who make up maybe 70% of about 1,100,000 British Pakistanis. The diaspora contributes heavily to the region's growth, especially after the 2005 earthquake. Its capital is Muzaffarabad, while the largest city is Mirpur.
* '''Gilgit-Baltistan''', the larger of the Pakistani-administered Kashmir and the northernmost division. The Himalayas cross the region and thus, mountains, glaciers, and harsh winters, are common sights/occurrences; five "eight thousanders" are found here, including the second-highest mountain the world, K2. Probably has Pakistan's weirdest language structure: the majority language is the Indo-Aryan Shina, which is alien-sounding to other speakers of Indo-Aryan languages the second largest (and spoken by the province's titular people), Balti, is actually an archaic dialect of the ''Tibetan'' language; and the third largest is Burushaski, a language isolate. Gilgit is the capital, while Skardu is the largest city.

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* '''Islamabad Capital District''', Territory''', sandwiched between the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces and containing the purpose-built Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

Islamabad. It's the smallest first-level administrative division of Pakistan.

And its two disputed holdings in the Kashmir Region (which are a cross between a protectorate, a puppet state, and a province):
province). Note that these two have not been fully integrated into Pakistan, in pursuant to UN-mediated talks. In other words, the people here are not entitled to the same rights as Pakistani citizens, and thus cannot vote, elect members to the Federal Assembly, or have self-governance, at least ''de facto'' (officially, there are separate governments, but their functions are mostly symbolic):
* '''Azad Kashmir''', the smaller of the Pakistani-administered Kashmir Kashmir, with the capital at Muzaffarabad and the smallest first-level administrative division of Pakistan.largest city at Mirpur. The province's name translates to "Free Kashmir", though some people might challenge that title, since security is very tight here and curfews are common. As expected, the Kashmiris are the largest ethnic group in this division. One interesting fact about the region is that it contributes to has the largest share of the Pakistani diaspora in the United Kingdom: the Mirpuri people, Punjabis, who make up maybe 70% of about 1,100,000 the British Pakistanis. The diaspora contributes heavily to the region's growth, especially after the 2005 earthquake. Its capital is Muzaffarabad, while the largest city is Mirpur.
Pakistanis.
* '''Gilgit-Baltistan''', the larger of the Pakistani-administered Kashmir and the northernmost division. The Himalayas Himalayas/Karakoram cross the region and thus, mountains, glaciers, and harsh winters, are common sights/occurrences; five "eight thousanders" are found here, including the second-highest mountain in the world, K2. Probably has Pakistan's weirdest language structure: the majority language is the Indo-Aryan Shina, which is alien-sounding to other speakers of Indo-Aryan languages languages; the second largest (and spoken by the province's titular people), Balti, is actually an archaic dialect of the ''Tibetan'' language; and the third largest is Burushaski, a language isolate. Gilgit is the capital, while Skardu is the largest city.


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** Also with Israel, but that's kind of a given.
** Strangely, Pakistan also has an incredibly terrible relationship with ''Armenia'', of all places. Officially, it's because she supports Azerbaijan's claim over Nagorno-Karabakh, but that doesn't explain her choice [[DisproportionateRetribution not to recognize Armenia as a country]]...when Azerbaijan herself does.


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* DeathMountain: Pakistan has some of the most dangerous mountains to climb in the world. K2, while not the highest, is very difficult to trek thanks to being nigh-symmetrical and being located far away from any civilization; for the record, it has never been climbed during winter (whereas Everest has). Then there's Nanga Parbat...locals nickname it the "Killer Mountain" due to the steep cliffs and glaciers that can and will kill people if they aren't careful. Aaand if you think that natural hazard is enough, the mountain is also infamous for having hidden some remnants of [[ChurchMilitant Tehrik-i-Taliban]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Nanga_Parbat_massacre who once attacked climbers in 2013]].
* DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas: The winter of Gilgit-Baltistan routinely blocks roads and tunnels and freezes lakes and rivers; they usually don't get much contact with the outside world for over eight months within a year.


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* TheShangriLa: Gilgit-Baltistan (or more specifically, just Baltistan) is known as "Little Tibet" since ancient times. It's not hyperbole either; the whole area is a Buddhist pilgrimage site, and the indigenous people, the Baltis, are really Tibetans who converted to Shia Islam in the 16th century, but otherwise retain their ancestral culture intact. The mountainous scenery helps as well (the Deosai Plain has been called a condensed form of Tibet).


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* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Indian English, yes, but still English. While its official status has been repealed recently, it's not going anywhere anytime soon. [[BilingualBackfire Bilingual Backfires]] are not uncommon, especially when there are foreigners.
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* '''Punjab''', the industrial and agricultural heartland and most populated of the provinces. Pakistan's cultural center, Lahore, is its capital.
* '''Khyber Pakhtunkhwa''', the smallest province by land area and heavily afflicted by the WarOnTerror due to the many Islamist militias stationed in the area and the drones that have come to hunt them. Peshawar is its capital.
* '''Balochistan''', the largest province by land area and the smallest by population, it also happens to be the most resource-rich. Currently involved in a heavy insurgency by both Baloch seperatists and anti-Shia militias. Quetta is its capital.
* '''Sindh''', home of Pakistan's largest city and business hub, Karachi. Also the second most populous of the provinces.

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* '''Punjab''', the industrial and agricultural heartland and most populated of the provinces. Punjabis, the titular people of the province, is the largest ethnic group in the country and dominates the culture, particularly music and films. Pakistan's cultural center, Lahore, is its capital.
* '''Khyber Pakhtunkhwa''', the smallest province by land area, it's known for its [[SceneryPorn natural beauty]] (being located so close to the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush) and one particular area, the Swat Valley, was described by UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen herself as the "Switzerland of the East". Is part of the "Pashtunistan", an area that stretches into neighboring UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and heavily afflicted inhabited by the WarOnTerror due Eastern Iranian Pashtuns, known for their ProudWarriorRaceGuy tendencies, tribal structures, and, curiously enough, one of the nicest and friendliest personalities on the planet. The Pashtuns as a whole have given a middle finger to the many border that separates their homeland and have waged a long, long struggle against both governments in an attempt to preserve their homeland, hence the various afflictions in the province, including the various Islamist militias stationed in the area and the drones that have come to hunt them. Peshawar is its capital.
* '''Balochistan''', the largest province by land area and the smallest by population, it also happens to be the most resource-rich. Currently involved in The province is a heavy insurgency plateau barricaded by both Baloch seperatists mountains to the east and anti-Shia militias.west, making it very dry and hot. Mainly populated by the Balochis, a Western Iranian people (Pakistan's predominant peoples are the Indo-Aryans), some of whom are currently waging war with the government in an attempt to secede. Quetta is its capital.
* '''Sindh''', home of Pakistan's largest city and business hub, Karachi.the provincial capital Karachi. The eastern part of the province blends in with the Indian subcontinent's largest desert, Thar Desert. The province is primarily inhabited by the [[CaptainObvious Sindhis]], though Karachi's status as a cosmopolitan city attracts other ethnic groups as well. Also the second most populous of the provinces.



* '''Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)''', only nominally under control of Islamabad since even colonial times and is currently a hotbed of militancy alongside neighboring Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

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* '''Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)''', the one part of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa that's even more wilder, being only nominally under the control of Islamabad since even colonial times and is currently a hotbed times. Again, it's mainly inhabited by the Pashtuns, who make daily border crossings with the Pashtun part of militancy alongside neighboring Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.Afghanistan like it's nobody's business. Keep in mind that the Pakistani government can''not'' protect anyone here, so extreme caution should be exercised for anyone brave enough to enter this area.



* Azad Kashmir
* Gilgit-Baltistan

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* Azad Kashmir
'''Azad Kashmir''', the smaller of the Pakistani-administered Kashmir and the smallest first-level administrative division of Pakistan. The province's name translates to "Free Kashmir", though some people might challenge that title, since security is very tight here and curfews are common. One interesting fact about the region is that it contributes to the largest of the Pakistani diaspora in the United Kingdom: the Mirpuri people, who make up maybe 70% of about 1,100,000 British Pakistanis. The diaspora contributes heavily to the region's growth, especially after the 2005 earthquake. Its capital is Muzaffarabad, while the largest city is Mirpur.
* Gilgit-Baltistan
'''Gilgit-Baltistan''', the larger of the Pakistani-administered Kashmir and the northernmost division. The Himalayas cross the region and thus, mountains, glaciers, and harsh winters, are common sights/occurrences; five "eight thousanders" are found here, including the second-highest mountain the world, K2. Probably has Pakistan's weirdest language structure: the majority language is the Indo-Aryan Shina, which is alien-sounding to other speakers of Indo-Aryan languages the second largest (and spoken by the province's titular people), Balti, is actually an archaic dialect of the ''Tibetan'' language; and the third largest is Burushaski, a language isolate. Gilgit is the capital, while Skardu is the largest city.



* TheClan: This is the Pashtuns' ''raison d'être''. There's a reason why the "Federally Administered Tribal Areas" is titled like that, or the fact that the Pashtuns are as a whole unbelievably hard to be controlled/ordered, be it in Pakistan or in Afghanistan. Fraternity is just too much valuable for them to discard in exchange for some petty nationalism.



* ExplosiveBreeder: The population, as of 2015, number ''200 million''. Its western neighbors, {{Iran}}, has 1/3 of the population with 2 times as much area, while Afghanistan has ''1/6'' of the population with about the same area. No matter the {{Realpolitik}}/in-fighting squabbles, Pakistan is a ''large'' country and is understandably difficult to control, especially as a democracy.



** Pakistan's entire existence can actually be said to a success story case of this. As in the page quote, before 1947, no such thing as a "Pakistan" existed, be it historical or even folk legends. It's an artificial state that's created, even in the founder's wordings, as a safe haven for the Indian Muslims of all ethnicity, be them Punjabis, Sindhis, Hindustanis, etc. Whether they ''accept'' it is debatable, since only about half of the Indian Muslims emigrated to the state (and Bangladesh), and there may be even more Muslims living in India than those to be found in both states.



* LostTribe: The Pashtuns are claimed to be, believe it or not, one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. Yes, ''[[Literature/TheBible that]]'' one. You can even dig out some historical evidences to support that claim. Some of the Pashtun tribal surnames reflect this apparent heritage: Yusufzai, i.e. Son of Joseph, Ishakzai, i.e. Son of Isaac...
* TheManBehindTheMan: Afghans are quick to point out that most of the insurgencies currently happening in their country can be traced back to Pakistan's doings. Pakistan was where most of the Mujahideen faction that waged war against the Soviet-controlled Afghanistan emerged and contributed heavily against the Afghani government itself. Said faction eventually morphed into the Taliban. Then there's the fact that while the Taliban has been virtually eradicated from the Afghani bureaucracy, it still holds a strong point in Pakistan's northwest and plans to take over Afghanistan again, something that the Pakistani government (largely) takes a blind eye at. It's the reason why Afghanistan is beginning to turn over to India nowadays.



* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Pashto inhabitants of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and other northern regions. Also to a lesser extent Punjabis.

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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Pashto Pashtun inhabitants of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and other northern regions. Also to a lesser extent Punjabis.Punjabis.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Islamabad. It's akin to naming your town "Christiansted" or "Jewstown"[[note]]the "-abad" part is actually a Persian cognate (and we mean, real, ''genetic'' cognate; they're from the same Proto-Indo-European root) of the English "abode", so doing a transliteration word-by-word would net "Islamabode", i.e. Abode of Islam[[/note]].
19th Dec '15 12:21:24 PM MarkLungo
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* Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan - Pakistan's first military dictator, ruling from 1958 to 1969. Before that was Pakistan's first native to head the Pakistan Army, and before that served with KiplingsFinest against the Japanese in Burma during WWII. Under his rule, Pakistan joined the West's side in the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the economy did well (at the cost of increasing the wealth gap), before he screwed up by fighting a war with India in 1965 that ended up crashing Pakistan's economy and sowing the seeds of the Bengali independence movement. He was relieved from his position by the junta in 1969.
* General Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan - Ayub's [[ReplacementScrappy successor]], he ruled from 1969 til 1971. Presided over what was to be Pakistan's first free and fair elections...that subsequently led to political deadlock and forced him to choose sides, eventually causing the disasterous 1971 war that broke Pakistan in two and caused him to resign in disgrace. Also served with KiplingsFinest prior to independence.

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* Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan - Pakistan's first military dictator, ruling from 1958 to 1969. Before that was Pakistan's first native to head the Pakistan Army, and before that served with KiplingsFinest UsefulNotes/KiplingsFinest against the Japanese in Burma during WWII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Under his rule, Pakistan joined the West's side in the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the economy did well (at the cost of increasing the wealth gap), before he screwed up by fighting a war with India in 1965 that ended up crashing Pakistan's economy and sowing the seeds of the Bengali independence movement. He was relieved from his position by the junta in 1969.
* General Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan - Ayub's [[ReplacementScrappy successor]], he ruled from 1969 til 1971. Presided over what was to be Pakistan's first free and fair elections...that subsequently led to political deadlock and forced him to choose sides, eventually causing the disasterous 1971 war that broke Pakistan in two and caused him to resign in disgrace. Also served with KiplingsFinest UsefulNotes/KiplingsFinest prior to independence.



* TheWarOnTerror: With Afghanistan to the north and terrorists attacking its borders, Pakistan is one of the lynchpin states in this conflict and features a lot in related news, more so when Osama bin Laden was killed by a covert US mission in Abbottabad, a military city 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Islamabad.

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* TheWarOnTerror: With Afghanistan to the north and terrorists attacking its borders, Pakistan is one of the lynchpin states in this conflict and features a lot in related news, more so when Osama bin Laden UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden was killed by a covert US mission in Abbottabad, a military city 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Islamabad.



->The green field symbolizes Islam, the majority religion of Pakistan, while the white stripe at the hoist denotes religious minorities. The crescent and star are also symbols of Islam, but each also represent progress and light, respectively.

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->The green field symbolizes Islam, the majority religion of Pakistan, while the white stripe at the hoist denotes religious minorities. The crescent and star are also symbols of Islam, but each also represent progress and light, respectively.respectively.
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1st Nov '15 6:57:21 PM nombretomado
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Pakistan ('''Urdu:''' پاکستان Pākstān), officially known as The Islamic Republic of Pakistan ('''Urdu:''' اسلامی جمہوریۂ پاكستان‎, Islāmī Jumhūriyah-yi Pākstān), is a nation in South Asia that was formed from the Muslim majority provinces of TheRaj. At the time of its formation, it consisted of two halves (East and West Pakistan) separated by 2000 miles of UsefulNotes/{{India}}. Following the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1971_Bangladesh_atrocities mass murder and rape committed by the Pakistani Army]] in 1971, East Pakistan declared its secession, and, with India's help, gained independence through the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh_Liberation_War Bangladesh Liberation War]], after which West Pakistan became just Pakistan and East Pakistan became UsefulNotes/{{Bangladesh}}.

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Pakistan ('''Urdu:''' پاکستان Pākstān), officially known as The Islamic Republic of Pakistan ('''Urdu:''' اسلامی جمہوریۂ پاكستان‎, Islāmī Jumhūriyah-yi Pākstān), is a nation in South Asia that was formed from the Muslim majority provinces of TheRaj.UsefulNotes/TheRaj. At the time of its formation, it consisted of two halves (East and West Pakistan) separated by 2000 miles of UsefulNotes/{{India}}. Following the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1971_Bangladesh_atrocities mass murder and rape committed by the Pakistani Army]] in 1971, East Pakistan declared its secession, and, with India's help, gained independence through the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh_Liberation_War Bangladesh Liberation War]], after which West Pakistan became just Pakistan and East Pakistan became UsefulNotes/{{Bangladesh}}.
8th May '15 8:51:03 PM nombretomado
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* General Pervez Musharraf - Called [[FanNickname The Commando]] for his stint in the Pakistan special forces, he was Pakistan's 4th military dictator and harbinger of the 3rd military era of Pakistan. His supporters consider him a Pakistani Mustafa Kemal Ataturk or George Washington. His critics put him somewhere between GeneralRipper and MilesGloriosus. His tenure is most noted for his involvement in the WarOnTerror as a close ally of GeorgeWBush. Was later forced to resign and go into exile following his ouster of the Chief Justice of the Pakistan Supreme Court in 2007, his fate later sealed by the assassination of Benazir Bhutto later that year. Eventually came back to run in the 2013 elections, only to be subsequently arrested and put on trial for treason. [[WhatAnIdiot Mostly because he thought he was still popular based on ''facebook likes'']].

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* General Pervez Musharraf - Called [[FanNickname The Commando]] for his stint in the Pakistan special forces, he was Pakistan's 4th military dictator and harbinger of the 3rd military era of Pakistan. His supporters consider him a Pakistani Mustafa Kemal Ataturk or George Washington. His critics put him somewhere between GeneralRipper and MilesGloriosus. His tenure is most noted for his involvement in the WarOnTerror as a close ally of GeorgeWBush.UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Was later forced to resign and go into exile following his ouster of the Chief Justice of the Pakistan Supreme Court in 2007, his fate later sealed by the assassination of Benazir Bhutto later that year. Eventually came back to run in the 2013 elections, only to be subsequently arrested and put on trial for treason. [[WhatAnIdiot Mostly because he thought he was still popular based on ''facebook likes'']].
20th Apr '15 9:31:05 PM jormis29
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* General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq - Currently the record holder of longest lasting leader of Pakistan at 11 years from 1977 til his mysterious death in 1988. Known for his involvement in opposing the SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan and for his Islamization policies.

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* General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq - Currently the record holder of longest lasting leader of Pakistan at 11 years from 1977 til his mysterious death in 1988. Known for his involvement in opposing the SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan and for his Islamization policies.
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