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Pakistan's Country Information

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Name : Pakistan
Official Name : Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Capital : Islamabad
Climate : Mostly hot, dry desert; temperate in north-west; arctic in north.
Race : Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashtun (Pathan), Baloch, Muhajir (immigrants from India and their descendents)
Language : Punjabi, Sindhi, Siraiki, Pashtu, Urdu, Balochi, Hindko, Brahui, English (official and lingua franca of Pakistani elite and most government ministries), and Burushaski.
Official Language : Urdu
Religion : 97% Muslim, 3% Christian, Hindu and other.
Government : Federal Republic
Population (in mil) : 133.3
Literacy Rate : 37.8%
Visas : Visas are required by nationals from most European and English-speaking countries.
A Pakistan visa allows you to enter the country up to six months from the date you get it, and stay up to three months from the date you enter.
If travellers are staying longer than 30 days, they are required to register at a foreigners' registration office; these are in the larger towns and cities.
Immunisations : Dengue fever, hepatitis A, malaria and, in rural areas, Japanese encephalitis
Time : GMT/UTC plus five hours
Electricity : 220V, 50 Hz
Weights & Measures : Metric
Currency : Pakistani rupee
Travellers Cheque : Travellers cheques and cash are easy to change in the country.
Credit Cards : Credit cards are only accepted by top-end hotels.
Tipping : Tipping is not customary in the country.
Baksheesh - a token of appreciation, normally in monetary form will be helpful.
Bargaining : Bargaining is a way of life in Pakistan.