Pakistan

Official name: 
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Name in local language: 
اسلامی جمہوریۂ پاکستان transliterated as Islami Jumhuriya Pakistan
Form of government: 
Republic
Political system: 
Parliamentary
  • Founding date/ Date of independence: 14 August 1947 (from United Kingdom)
  • Date of constitution/reform 1956/1963/1973 (as well as multiple amendments)
  • Form of state: Federal
  • Administrative divisions: 4 provinces (Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa); other territories: Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA); Azad Kashmir; Gilgit-Baltistan. 
  • Official language(s): English (official), Urdu (national)
  • Other spoken languages: Other languages spoken: Pashtun, Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi, Brahvi, Seraiki, among others.
  • Official religion: Confessional (islam)
  • Minorities: Ethnic minorities: Brahuis, Mohajirs, Hazaras, Kalash; Linguistic: Indko, Brahvi, Burushashki, Kohistani, Balti (among other); Religious: Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Ahmadis
  • Dominant actor(s): The military
  • Elected institutions of government: Presidency (indirect election); National Assembly (direct election); Provincial Assemblies (direct election) and Senate (indirect election)
  • Non-elected  institutions of government: None
  • Party system:Multi-party system

Current authorities

  • Head of state: Asif Ali Zardari
  • Head of government:Nawaz Sharif
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs: Nawaz Sharif (assesor: Tariq Fatemi)
  • Minister of Interior:Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
  • Head(s) of Legislative Branch: Prime Minister (Nawaz Sharif) and President (Asif Ali Zardari)
  • Composition legislative branch:  Link to PDF
  • Head of the Judiciary: Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry
  • Schematic representation of the political system: Link to PDF

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