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Pakistan Timeline

The name "Pakistan" was first used in 1933 in a political pamphlet called Now or Never. A Cambridge University student named Rahmat Ali came up with the name. The name is a combination of the many regions that make up Pakistan:

P - The "P" is for Punjab.
A - The "A" is for Afghania
K - The "K" is for Kashmir
S - The "S" is for Sindh
TAN - The "TAN" is for Balochistan.

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Brief Overview of the History of Pakistan

The land that is today Pakistan was part of the Indus Valley civilization thousands of years ago. This civilization flourished until 1500 BCE. In the coming centuries, the area would be invaded by numerous empires and civilizations primarily from the west. These included the Persians, the Greeks (Alexander the Great), the Arabs (who established the religion Islam in the area), and the Ottoman Empire. From the 1500s to the 1700s the Mughal Empire dominated and thrived in the area of Pakistan.


The Tomb of Ali Jinnah

In the 18th century the British came to the region and took over the area of Pakistan, then part of India. They would rule up until 1947. In 1947 the British split up India into three parts: India, Pakistan, and East Pakistan (which would later become Bangladesh). India and Pakistan have long fought over a disputed region called Kashmir.

In 1998 Pakistan conducted nuclear weapons testing. This was in response to India performing its own nuclear tests. Relations are still strained between the two countries.

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