Pakistan, officially Islamic Republic
of Pakistan, republic in southern Asia, bounded on the
north and northwest by Afghanistan, on the northeast by
Jammu and Kashmir, on the east and southeast by India,
on the south by the Arabian Sea, and on the west by Iran.
The status of Jammu and Kashmir is a matter of dispute
between India and Pakistan. Until December 1971 Pakistan
included the province of East Pakistan; at that time,
however, East Pakistan seceded from Pakistan and assumed
the name Bangladesh. The area of Pakistan is 796,095 sq
km (307,374 sq mi), not including the section of Jammu
and Kashmir under its control. The capital of Pakistan
is Islamabad; the largest city of the country is Karachi.
-- quoted from encata.msn.com
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