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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Pakistan mean? 

  The noun PAKISTAN has 1 sense:

1. a Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947

  Familiarity information: PAKISTAN used as a noun is very rare.

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A Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947

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Nouns denoting spatial position


Islamic Republic of Pakistan; Pakistan; West Pakistan

Instance hypernyms:

Asian country; Asian nation (nations occupying the Asian continent)

Meronyms (parts of "Pakistan"):

Cashmere; Jammu and Kashmir; Kashmir (an area in southwestern Asia whose sovereignty is disputed between Pakistan and India)

Faisalabad; Lyallpur (city in northeast Pakistan)

Hyderabad (a city in southern Pakistan on the Indus River)

capital of Pakistan; Islamabad (the capital of Pakistan in the north on a plateau; the site was chosen in 1959)

Karachi (the largest city in Pakistan; located in southeastern Pakistan; an industrial center and seaport on the Arabian Sea; former capital of Pakistan)

Lahore (city in northeast Pakistan)

Peshawar (city in northern Pakistan at the eastern end of the Khyber Pass)

Rawalpindi (an ancient city in northeastern Pakistan; served as capital of Pakistan while Islamabad was being built)

Hindu Kush; Hindu Kush Mountains (a mountain range extending west of the Himalayas)

Indus; Indus River (an Asian river that rises in Tibet and flows through northern India and then southwest through Kashmir and Pakistan to the Arabian Sea)

Khyber Pass (a mountain pass of great strategic and commercial value in the Hindu Kush on the border between northern Pakistan and western Afghanistan; a route by which invaders entered India)

Pamir Mountains; the Pamirs (a mountain range in central Asia that is centered in Tajikistan but extends into Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan and Pakistan and western China)

Tirich Mir (a mountain in the Hindu Kush in Pakistan (25,230 feet high))

Punjab (a historical region on northwestern India and northern Pakistan)

Meronyms (members of "Pakistan"):

Pakistani (a native or inhabitant of Pakistan)

Domain member category:

panchayat; panchayet; punchayet (a village council in India or southern Pakistan)

Domain member region:

Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence; Inter-Services Intelligence; ISI (the Pakistan intelligence agency; a powerful and almost autonomous political and military force; has procured nuclear technology and delivery capabilities; has had strong ties with the Taliban and other militant Islamic groups)

al-Rashid Trust (a terrorist group organized in 1996 after the Taliban took over Afghanistan and part of Osama bin Laden's international system; provides financial support for the Taliban and al-Qaeda and Jaish-i-Mohammed and assists Muslim militants around the world; established a network of madrasas and mosques in Afghanistan)

Al Faran; Harkat ul-Ansar; Harkat ul-Mujahedeen; Harkat-ul-Mujahidin; HUA; HUM; Movement of Holy Warriors (an Islamic fundamentalist group in Pakistan that fought the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s; now operates as a terrorist organization primarily in Kashmir and seeks Kashmir's accession by Pakistan)

Army of Muhammad; Jaish-e-Muhammad; Jaish-i-Mohammed; JEM (a terrorist organization founded in 2000; a militant Islamic group active in Kashmir and closely aligned with al-Rashid Trust; seeks to secure release of imprisoned fellow militants by kidnappings)

Fuqra; Jamaat ul-Fuqra; Tanzimul Fuqra (an Islamic terrorist group organized in the 1980s; seeks to purify Islam through violence; the cells in North America and the Caribbean insulate themselves from Western culture and will even attack other Muslims who they regard as heretics)

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (a Sunni Muslim extremist group in Pakistan that collaborates with al-Qaeda; the armed wing of Sipah-e-Sahaba)

Al Qanoon; Lashkar-e-Omar (a terrorist organization formed in Pakistan in 2002 as a coalition of extremist Islamic militant groups including Lashkar-e-Taiba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Muhammad and elements of al-Qaeda)

Army of the Pure; Army of the Righteous; Lashkar-e-Taiba; Lashkar-e-Tayyiba; Lashkar-e-Toiba; LET (the most brutal terrorist group active in Kashmir; fights against India with the goal of restoring Islamic rule of India)

Sipah-e-Sahaba (a vicious sectarian organization in Pakistan that persecutes Shiite Muslims and collaborates with al-Qaeda to attack foreigners and to disrupt the government of Pakistan)

Markaz-ud-Dawa-wal-Irshad; MDI (a Sunni organization formed in 1989 and based in Pakistan; opposes missionary groups from the United States; has Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as its armed wing)

Umma Tameer-e-Nau; UTN (a nongovernmental organization of Pakistani scientists that has been a supporter of terrorism; has provided information about chemical and biological and nuclear warfare to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda and the Taliban)

madrasa; madrasah (Muslim schools in Bangladesh and Pakistan)

al-Qa'ida; al-Qaeda; al-Qaida; Base; Qaeda (a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries)

Holonyms ("Pakistan" is a part of...):

Asia (the largest continent with 60% of the earth's population; it is joined to Europe on the west to form Eurasia; it is the site of some of the world's earliest civilizations)

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