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South Asia

Pakistan

Mission Trips

The Basics

POPULATION

252.4 million

LANGUAGE

Urdu

RELIGIONS

Islam 96.5%
Hinduism 2.1%
Christianity 1.3%
Other 0.1%
Pakistan is known for its diverse culture, influenced by various ethnic groups including Punjabis, Sindhis, Pashtuns, and Baloch. Pakistan is the fifth-most populous country in the world Cricket is the most popular sport in Pakistan, with the national team achieving success in international competitions like the ICC Cricket World Cup. Islam is the predominant religion in Pakistan, with the majority of the population being Sunni Muslims. Are you ready to share the love of Christ in a region where His influence is scarcely recognized?

Culture

Public displays of affection, especially between unmarried couples, are discouraged in Pakistani culture.

Giving gifts is common in Pakistan, especially during festivals and social gatherings. It’s thoughtful to bring a small gift when visiting someone’s home.

When visiting mosques or other religious sites, dress modestly, remove shoes before entering, and note restricted areas for non-Muslims.

When dining, eat with your right hand (the left hand is considered unclean) and try everything served as a sign of appreciation.

Respect for elders is valued highly in Pakistani culture; you should use titles like “Uncle” and “Auntie” for older individuals.

Pakistani culture emphasizes hospitality; guests are warmly welcomed and offered tea or snacks.

Explore

If you’re interested in hiking, visit the Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat Base Camp, where you can access the Nanga Parbat – the world’s 9th-highest mountain.

For those interested in mines, the Khewra Salt Mines is the world’s 2nd-largest salt minge and has several salt sculptures, underground chambers, and salt therapy experiences.

There are many scenic valleys to visit in Pakistan, including Hunza Valley (Gilgit-Baltistan region), Kaghan Valley (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region), Kalash Valley (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region), Neelum Valley (Azad Kashmir region), Skardu Valley (Gilgit-Baltistan region), and Shigar Valley (Gilgit-Baltistan region).

For polo enthusiasts, be sure to visit Shandur Pass – also known as the Roof of the World. It has the highest polo ground in the world which hosts an annual traditional polo tournament between the Chitral and Gilgit teams.

Upcoming Pakistan Mission Trips

These trips help make a difference in this country by serving alongside local ministries. You can join them!

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