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Pakistan Flag The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a country in southern Asia. It is bordered by Afghanistan, India, Iran, and the People's Republic of China.

As of 2010, the population of Pakistan was estimated as being 169,580,000. The country's capital is Islamabad, which, as of 2009, had an estimated population of 1,740.000. Pakistan's largest city is however Karachi, which is home to somewhere between 12 million and 18 million people.

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Pakistan Country Details


Country Name Pakistan
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Southern Asia
Flag Pakistan Flag
Principal Language Urdu
Capital Islamabad


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Pakistan, from mountains to sea
By Mohamed Amin

Brand: Camerapix Publishers International
Hardcover (248 pages)

Pakistan, from mountains to sea
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Lonely Planet Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway (Country Travel Guide)
By Sarina Singh, Paul Clammer & John Mock

Lonely Planet
Paperback (432 pages)

Lonely Planet Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway (Country Travel Guide)
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Discover Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway

Travel the Karakoram Highway along the route of the fabled Silk Road
Come face to face with ancient Indus Valley civilizations at Moenjodaro
Answer the call of a million-dollar mosque with rocketing minarets and tent-like design
Wind along narrow roads from Peshawar to the legendary Khyber Pass

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Six authors beating every possible path for over 70 weeks of research
Packed with detail, including history and culture analysis, safety advice and the best Himalayan treks
Comprehensive coverage of the entire country and beyond, from Karachi into China's Kashgar
Content updated daily: visit lonelyplanet.com for up-to-the-minute reviews, updates and traveler suggestions
Pakistan - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
By Safia Haleem

Brand: Kuperard
Released: 2013-05-28
Paperback (168 pages)

Pakistan - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
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Pakistan is a land with a unique history, formed by migrating peoples who have left their footprint in its diverse cultures, languages, literature, food, dress, and folklore. The country is besieged by bad news, but despite the political turmoil the everyday life of its people is more stable, rich, and rewarding than the media headlines would lead you to believe. A myriad local festivals and celebrations and a vibrant cultural life go unremarked. Pakistan has the eighth-largest standing army in the world and is the only Muslim-majority nation to possess nuclear weapons, but few know that it is also the home of two unique schools of art. This complex nation consists of various ethnic groups, each with its own individual cultures and subcultures, but which are unified by the common values of hospitality, honor, and respect for elders. Pakistani society has extremes of wealth and poverty, and daily life for most people is full of difficulties, yet everyone knows how to cope with crises. Creative and adaptable, Pakistanis are among the most self-reliant people in the world, bouncing back after major catastrophes. Culture Smart! Pakistan takes you behind the headlines and introduces you to many of the country’s little-known traditions. It describes the vitally important cultural and historical background, shows you how modern Pakistanis live today, and offers crucial advice on what to expect and how to behave in different circumstances. This is an extraordinary country of enterprising, tough, and passionate people. Earn their trust and you will be rewarded many times over.
Insight Guide Pakistan (Insight Guides)
By Tony Holliday

Brand: Insight Guides
Paperback (378 pages)

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Insight Guide: Pakistan provides everything you'll ever need in a guidebook. It is an inspiring background read, an invaluable on-the-spot companion and a superior souvenir of your visit. Evocative photography-Insight Guides are renowned for their great pictures, which vividly convey a sense of everyday life. Illuminating text-Expert writers bring to life Pakistan's history, culture, arts, politics and, above all, the variety of its people. Incisive evaluations-From Karachi to the Khyber Pass, Punjab to Peshawar, Sindh to Swat, and the Karakoram to the Hindu Kush, it's all here. Detailed maps-All major sites are highlighted on specially drawn maps. Full listings-All the travel details, hotels, eating places and phone numbers you'll need.
Winning The Minds: Travels through the terrorist recruiting grounds of Yemen, Pakistan, and the Somali border
By Francisco Martin-Rayo

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Paperback (360 pages)

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“Winning The Minds is a thought-provoking analysis rooted in impressive on-the-ground research. A valuable read.”

- Graham Allison, Founding Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Belfer Center at Harvard University

The Yemeni intelligence officer was yelling at me now, his moustache bristling with rage as he showered me with flecks of spit. “Enta muhim ma’a il jehuddi? Enta muhim?!” I tried to translate his words in my head, the fear paralyzing my brain as I begged for a translator. This only seemed to infuriate him even more, as up until this point we had been speaking in Arabic. Muhim… Important. Jehuddi… Jewish. He was asking me if I was important with the Jews. He thought I was Jewish. Another spate of insults and spit followed, and all I caught was Yisrael. He was implying I was a spy for Israel. I gasped as the significance of this accusation hit me. The Yemeni intelligence officers thought they had caught an Israeli spy. If I couldn’t convince him otherwise, I would soon find myself handcuffed naked to a chair while they tortured me for information I didn’t have.

How had I ended up here? Less than a year ago I was sitting on the 46th floor of a building in midtown Manhattan, part of the indistinguishable group of young college grads working in finance, and now I was seconds away from disappearing into a Yemeni prison. What turn of events, what decisions, had led me to this moment?

Having left his job as a hedge fund analyst in New York’s financial district to study counter-terrorism at Harvard, Francisco Martin-Rayo’s newly chosen path led to a conversation with a top intelligence official. From that single conversation his life would change in ways he could never imagine—and he would learn a simple truth that might change the world as we know it.

Inspired to study terrorist recruitment, Martin-Rayo embarks on a whirlwind journey to the three most fertile refugee camps in the world for terrorist recruiters: Dadaab, Kenya, dominated by al-Shabaab, the most recent al-Qaeda franchisee; the camps around Peshawar, Pakistan, where the Taliban actively recruits fighters; and Kharaz in southern Yemen, right in the middle of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's heartland. Describing the countries' histories and conflicts as he details his own travels, he provides a fundamental understanding of the regions, cultures, and people he comes into contact with. Along the way his experiences prove to be hilarious, heartbreaking, and gripping, including: his detention by the Yemeni Intelligence Service after being confused for an Israeli spy; meetings with Pakistani intelligence officials who talk about the beginnings of the Taliban movement and how they funded it; drunken nights with Kenyan government officials who admit to recruiting Somali refugee children to fight against al-Qaeda; and a stroll through a desecrated ancient Jewish cemetery in the middle of al-Qaeda territory. Most interesting, however, are the conversations that the author has with refugee children and terrorist recruits. He comes to realize that US policy is deeply flawed and that there is a key difference between those individuals who join terrorist organizations and those who don't.

Part travelogue, part analysis of American counterterrorism policies in the region, Martin-Rayo’s groundbreaking treatise is an eye-opening look into the heart of terrorist recruitment. A gripping story reminiscent of Greg Mortenson’s bestseller Three Cups of Tea, Winning the Minds: Travels Through the Terrorist Recruiting Grounds of Yemen, Pakistan, and the Somali Border is an extraordinary journey that changes the face of counterterrorism policy forever.


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