Place Name PAKISTAN

TYPE: Country
OTHER SCRIPTS: پاکستان (Urdu, Shahmukhi), Пакистан (Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian)

Meaning & History

From Persian پاک (pak) meaning "pure" and the suffix ستان (stan) meaning "land of". The name was coined in 1933 by the Pakistani nationalist Choudhry Rahmat Ali who justified it as an acronym of Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir and Sindh, plus the final three letters of Baluchistan.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Pákistán (Czech), Pakestan (Persian), Paquistão (Portuguese), Pakistán (Spanish)
SAME SPELLING: Pákistán, Pakistán
Entry updated December 8, 2017