- Pakistan is a country in southern Asia.
An example of Pakistan is the country of which Islamabad is the capital.
A map showing Pakistan.
Pakistan definition by Webster's New World
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country in S Asia, on the Arabian Sea: formed from parts of former British India, it became a dominion (1947-56) & a republic (1956-72; 1989-99) of the Commonwealth: 307,293 sq mi (795,886 sq km); pop. 131,500,000; cap. Islamabad
Pakistan definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A country of southern Asia. Occupying land crisscrossed by ancient invasion paths, Pakistan was the home of the prehistoric Indus Valley civilization, which flourished until overrun by Aryans c. 1500 B.C. After being conquered by numerous rulers and powers, it passed to the British as part of India and became a separate Muslim state in 1947. The country originally included the Bengalese territory of East Pakistan, which achieved its separate independence in 1971 as Bangladesh. Pakistan became a republic in 1956. Islamabad is the capital and Karachi the largest city. Population: 165,000,000.
- Pakˌi·stanˈi adjective & n.
Pakistan - Cultural Definition
- Pakistan became part of British India in 1857. When India gained its independence in 1947, Muslim leaders demanded a separate Muslim state, and the nation of Pakistan was established. Originally, Pakistan consisted of two regions, West Pakistan (now Pakistan) and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
- In 1998, Pakistan successfully conducted tests of nuclear weapons.
- In 2001, Pakistan's president allowed the United States to use his country as a base to attack Afghanistan for harboring Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda members.