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Pakistan

Pak·i·stan

 (păk′ĭ-stăn′, pä′kĭ-stän′)
A country of South 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 bc. 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.

Pak′i·stan′i (-stăn′ē, -stä′nē) adj. & n.
Word History: The names of many Central and South Asian states, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, end with the element -stan, a suffix of Iranian origin. The suffix is derived from the Iranian root *stā-, "to stand, stay," and means "place (where one stays), home, country." It can be added to the names of peoples to form the names of the countries where they live. The name Pakistan contains the same suffix and was coined—originally in the form Pakstan—by Choudhary Rahmat Ali (1897-1951), a Muslim Indian Nationalist who devoted himself to the creation of separate countries for Muslims in South Asia in anticipation of the end of British rule there. Pakstan first appears in a pamphlet that Rahmat Ali published in 1933 "on behalf of the thirty million Muslims of PAKSTAN, who live in the five Northern Units of India, viz.: Punjab, North-West Frontier Province (Afghan Province), Kashmir, Sind, and Baluchistan." The new name was meant to incorporate letters from names of all these areas, with the P representing Punjab, the A representing the Afghans (Afghān being a Persian word meaning "Pashtun"), and so forth. In Persian and Urdu, the sound of the name Pākstan also suggests an interpretation like "Land of the Pure," as if the name were derived from the Persian word pāk, "pure." Rahmat Ali's name for the region caught on quickly, and its spelling was soon changed to Pakistan, probably in order to break up the difficult consonant cluster kst and bring the word in line with other geographical names like Afghanistan and Baluchistan. Pakistan was chosen as the name of the country when it became independent in 1947.

Pakistani

(ˌpɑːkɪˈstɑːnɪ)
n
(Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Pakistan
adj
1. (Placename) of or relating to Pakistan or its inhabitants
2. (Peoples) of or relating to Pakistan or its inhabitants

Pak•i•stan•i

(ˌpæk əˈstæn i, ˌpɑ kəˈstɑ ni)

n., pl. -stan•is, -stan•i,
adj. n.
1. a native or inhabitant of Pakistan.
adj.
2. of or pertaining to Pakistan or its inhabitants.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pakistani - a native or inhabitant of PakistanPakistani - a native or inhabitant of Pakistan  
Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan, West Pakistan - a Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
Asian, Asiatic - a native or inhabitant of Asia
Brahui - a member of a Dravidian people living in Pakistan
Sindhi - a native or inhabitant of Sind
Adj.1.Pakistani - of or relating to Pakistan or its people or language; "Pakistani mountain passes"; "Pakistani soldiers"
Translations
Pákistánecpákistánský
pakistanerpakistansk
pakistanilainen
Pakistanacpakistanski
パキスタンのパキスタン人
파키스탄 사람파키스탄의
pakistanarepakistansk
เกี่ยวกับปากีสถานชาวปากีสถาน
người Pakistanthuộc nước/người/tiếng Pakistan

Pakistani

[ˌpɑːkɪsˈtɑːnɪ]
B. Npakistaní mf, paquistaní mf

Pakistani

[ˌpɑːkɪˈstɑːni]
adjpakistanais(e)
nPakistanais(e) m/f

Pakistani

adjpakistanisch
nPakistani mf, → Pakistaner(in) m(f)

Pakistani

[ˌpɑːkɪsˈtɑːnɪ] adj & npakistano/a

Pakistani

بَاكِسْتَانِيّ Pákistánec, pákistánský pakistaner, pakistansk Pakistaner, pakistanisch πακιστανικός, Πακιστανός paquistaní pakistanilainen Pakistanais Pakistanac, pakistanski pachistano パキスタンの, パキスタン人 파키스탄 사람, 파키스탄의 Pakistaan, Pakistaans pakistaner, pakistansk Pakistańczyk, pakistański paquistanês пакистанец, пакистанский pakistanare, pakistansk เกี่ยวกับปากีสถาน, ชาวปากีสถาน Pakistan, Pakistanlı người Pakistan, thuộc nước/người/tiếng Pakistan 巴基斯坦人, 巴基斯坦的
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