General Information, Facts and Statistics

General Information

The BBC Country Profiles include links to relevant BBC coverage, newspapers, radio stations, TV channels and an online country timeline. Update information provided.

The U.S. Department of State offers a detailed country profile on Pakistan. This site focuses on implications for US/US policy.

Portals to the World is a service by the Library of Congress (LOC). The site provides collections of annotated website links for every nation as selected by LOC experts. Links are to both government sites as well as outside servers.


Official websites on Pakistan

Das Auswärtige Amt bietet Länderinformationen über Pakistan, gibt Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise sowie informiert über die Wirtschaftslage und Wirtschaftsstruktur des Landes.

The official website of Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The official website of Pakistan's government.


Facts and Statistics

The Country Indicator for Foreign Policy (CIFP) project represents an on-going effort to identify and assemble statistical information conveying the key features of the political, economic, social and cultural environments of countries around the world. Maintained by Carleton University (Canada).

The International Data Base (IDB) contains statistical tables of demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world. Output is displayed in charts and graphs, but can also be modified individually for use in spreadsheets etc. Maintained by the US Census Bureau.

The CIA World Factbook is a reliable, much-quoted resource on basic country statistics. Update information provided.

Geography and Maps


The Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection offers a comprehensive collection of maps in various formats (political, historical, relief, etc.). Maintained by the University of Texas (Austin).

Embassy World provides a collection of maps of various countries including Pakistan.

TheMaps of Worldsite provides both maps of Pakistan and basic information on the country.


Geography, Climate, Geology

Peter Blood, ed. Pakistan: A Country Study. Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress, 1994. Includes information on Pakistan's GeographyTopography and Drainage,  Climate and Pollution.

News and Media


Daily Jang - Karachi-based, Urdu-language; largest-circulation daily

Dawn - Karachi-based, largest-circulation English-language daily

The Nation - Lahore-based, English-language daily

The Frontier Post - Peshawar-based, English-language

The News - English-language daily, published by Jang group

Daily Ausaf - Islamabad-based, Urdu-language

Daily Times - English-language, publishes in Lahore and Karachi

Pakistan Observer - Islamabad-based daily

Business Recorder - financial daily

Pakistan and Gulf Economist - business weekly

The Friday Times - Lahore-based weekly, English-language



Pakistan Television Corporation Ltd - state TV, Baluchi-language PTV Bolan

ATV - semi-private, terrestrial network

Geo TV - leading private satellite broadcaster, owned by Jang publishing group; based in Dubai; services include Urdu-language Geo News

Dawn News - private satellite broadcaster, owned by Herald group; first English-language news channel

Aaj TV - private satellite broadcaster, owned by Business Recorder group

Indus TV - private, via satellite; services include Indus Vision, Indus News and entertainment channels

ARY Digital - private, via satellite; services include ARY News and entertainment channels



Radio Pakistan - state-run, operates 25 stations nationwide, an external service and the entertainment-based FM 101 network, aimed at younger listeners

Azad Kashmir Radio - state-run service for Pakistani-administered Kashmir

Mast FM 103 - private, music-based

FM 100 - private, music-based


News Agency

Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) - state-funded

Politics, Society and Culture

Political and Legal Situation

The Guide to Law Online by the U.S. Law Library of Congress is an annotated compendium of online sources for legal information including selected links to primary documents, legal commentary, and general government information about specific jurisdictions and topics. offers an index of political sites available on the Internet, sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media.

Wikipedia has an extensive list of political parties in Pakistan.


Human Rights Situation

Human Rights Watch offers frequent reports on human rights issues in each country.

The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices offers a detailed overview of the human rights situation in each country. Submitted annually to the Congress by the US Department of State.



The BBC Country Profiles include an online timeline of each country.

History of Nations is based on information from the US Department of State and highlights each nation's history.

Wikipedia's History of Pakistan.


Colonial Period

Empire Online is an exciting collection of original documents relating to Empire Studies, sourced from libraries and archives around the world. Each Section features thematic essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies. (Access only via university network or vpn client)

The Making of the Modern World: full text database providing access to a myriad of historical documents, mostly related to economic and colonial history. (Access only via university network or vpn client)

Religions, Languages and Art
Ethnic Groups