Loyalty to the family comes before all other social or business relationships in Pakistan

In Pakistan, an individual's identity is strongly rooted in extended family. This includes distant relatives and neighbors.

Part of this loyalty includes protecting female relatives from outside influences. Your student may not be comfortable talking about their mother, sisters, aunts, etc. Asking questions about a person’s female relatives is considered inappropriate in Pakistan.

Pakistan is a hierarchical society, and a person’s age and position determine the respect due. This respect comes with the responsibility to make decisions in the best interest of a group.

The majority of Pakistanis practice Islam, and this is reflective in daily life throughout the country. For instance, everything is closed Fridays, as this is a Muslim holy day. If your student practices Islam, he/she may fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month of Ramadan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

  • Capital: Islamabad
  • Population: 193.2 million
  • Area: 800 sq. km. (308.9 sq. mi.)
  • Nationality: Pakistani(s)
  • Language: Urdu (official), Punjabi, English
  • Climate: Mostly hot, dry desert; temperate in the northwest; arctic in the north
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