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Transcript of Pakistan
"The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire"
The British Empire
At its peak in 1919/20, the British Empire controlled 23% of the world's surface. More than 458 million people were ruled by the British.
India was the "Jewel in the Crown" until it got its independence in 1947.
Right after the independence, the country was divided: "partition of sub-continent into mainly
India and Pakistan
1948 - War with Pakistan over disputed territory of Kashmir. This goes on and off for the next 55 years (1948-2003).
During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan (1979-89), fighters from Pakistan crossed over the border to combat. They retained close relations with the Taliban after returning home.
Their aim:"The Taliban's primary target is the Pakistani state and its military," and "Taliban resents the fact that Pakistan has an alliance with the West, and they want Sharia to be imposed in Pakistan."
Monday, September 28, 2015
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Country and People
Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a sovereign country in South Asia. With a population exceeding 190 million people, it is the seventh most populous country and with an area covering 796,095 sq km
President: Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz SHARIF
National anthem: Qaumi Taranah
Population: 199,085,847 (July 2015 est.) 31.6% of children under the age of 5 are underweight
12.4% of the population live below poverty rate
57.9% of the population can read and write
Official languages: Urdu Language,
Government: Federal republic, Parliamentary republic
Sharia law is Islam's legal system. It is derived from both the Koran, Islam's central text, and fatwas - the rulings of Islamic scholars.
Sharia literally means "the clear, well-trodden path to water".
Sharia law acts as a code for living that all Muslims should adhere to, including prayers, fasting and donations to the poor.
It aims to help Muslims understand how they should lead every aspect of their lives according to God's wishes. (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-27307249)