Pakistan

Pakistan is found in South Asia, to the north of the Arabian Sea. Pakistan has been in many conflicts with India as to the ownership of the northern parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Population: 201.9 million
Ethnic Groups: Punjabi (44.7%), Pashtun (15.4%), Sindhi (14.1%), Sariaki (8.4%), Muhajirs (7.6%), Balochi (3.6%), Other (6.3%)
Languages: Punjabi (48%), Sindhi (12%), Saraiki (10%), Pashto (8%), Urdu (Official) (8%), Balochi (3%), Hindko (2%), Brahui (1%), English (Official), Other (8%)
Religions: Muslim (Official) (96.4% - Sunni (85 - 90%), Shia (10 - 15%)), Other (includes Christian and Hindu) (3.6%)
Capital: Islamabad
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 11, 2017

Pakistanis in Toronto

Pakistani Population:
In Canada: 215,560
In the GTA: 122,950
In Toronto: 36,135

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Markham, Brampton, Vaughan, Mississauga, the City of Toronto (Ward 42 Scarborough Rouge River), and Pickering.

Pakistan’s population consists of a complex arrangement of different ethnic groups, languages, and castes. The country is an Islamic Republic with a Sunni majority. Islamic festivals such as Id-ul-Fitr and Bakr-Id are celebrated. Religious fundamentalism is driven by the Taliban and much of the country is controlled by extremists who apply shari'a law. Consequently, women have almost no rights or freedoms, blasphemy ("defaming" the prophet Mohammed) is punishable by death, and Christians (and other religious minorities) face persecution and violence.

Settlement Services in the GTA

Pakistani Canadian Congress (PCC) Facebook

Pakistani Churches in the GTA

Lightbearers of Christ Church International
1 Regan Road
Brampton, ON
L7A 1B8
Phone: 905-450-2074
Sunday Service: 3 PM (in Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi)

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