Definition of Pakistan from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Pakistan

 
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a country in southern Asia, west of India. During the time of the British Empire it was part of India. When India became independent in 1947, Pakistan became a separate state consisting of the two areas where most of India's Muslims lived: West Pakistan to the west, and East Pakistan to the east. In 1971 there was a civil war between the two parts of the country and East Pakistan became Bangladesh. West Pakistan became Pakistan and left the Commonwealth in protest against Bangladesh becoming a member. Pakistan joined the Commonwealth again in 1989. Its capital city is Islamabad and its official language is Urdu. There are many Pakistanis living in Britain. See related entries: Countries and continents
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