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.


Population: 193 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Punjabi (44.68%), Pashtun (15.42%), Sindhi (14.1%), Sariaki (8.38%), Muhajirs (7.57%), Balochi (3.57%), other (6.28%)
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%)


Pakistani Population:
In Canada: 124,730
In the GTA: 76,110
In the City of Toronto: 21,380

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

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services

Pakistani Canadian Congress (PCC) Facebook

Pakistani Churches

South Asian Canadian Church Directory

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


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