Population of over 177,000,000 (2010)
6th most populous country in the world
Land area of almost twice the size of the State of California
Independence date – August 14th , 1947 (from British India)
National Holiday – Republic Day, March 23rd
Crossroads of historic trade routes (including the Silk Road)
Only Muslim-majority nuclear state
Major non-Nato ally of the United States
One of the founders of the Organization of the Islamic Conference
Member of the United Nations
Member of the Commonwealth Nations
GDP by sector: Agriculture 20.8%, Industry 24.3%, Services 54.9%
1947 to 1997 Pakistan’s economic growth rate exceeded that of the global average
Recent wide-range economic reforms have resulted in a stronger economic outlook and accelerated growth especially in the manufacturing (automobiles, steel, textiles) pharmaceuticals, and financial services sectors
Capital is Islamabad
Financial and Economic capital is Karachi (Pakistan’s largest city with a population of over 15 million) known as the “City of Lights” and home to the Karachi Stock Exchange, Pakistan’s main seaport, location of most multi-national corporate head offices, etc.
Karachi’s 2008 GDP (PPP) was $78 billion (projected to grow to over $192 Billion by 2025 at an annual growth rate of over 5.4% as per Pricewaterhouse Coopers 2009 Report)
Karachi is home to several large industrial zones such as the Karachi Export Processing Zone, SITE, etc.
Jinnah International Airport (named for Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan and its first Governor General; and the primary hub for Pakistan International Airlines) is the largest airport in Pakistan with 16 passenger gates (servicing over 6 million passengers annually) and is located in Karachi