Although the country is often flooded in the monsoon season, there are also alternating periods of devastating drought.
While the country’s official language is Urdu, most Pakistanis are fluent in English, therefore communication should not be of concern.
Recent changes, such as advances in communication and social websites (see above), have brought about a new era of freedom for Pakistanis.
Sandwiched between India to the right and Iran and Afghanistan to the west, Pakistan consists of a wide swathe of land running from the Arabian Sea in the south to Kashmir and the Himalayas in the north, where it borders China. The capital, Islamabad (population 800,000), is situated in the north of the country, close to the border of the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, while the nation’s most populated city, Karachi (population 25,000,000), is situated on the south coast, approximately 200 kilometres from the border with India.
Pakistan’s other major cities include Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Hyderabad.
With a long history of feminine activism, women’s social status has somewhat improved since 1947, when females were seen as being subordinate to the male.
In the urban areas especially, greater numbers of women are attaining better paid jobs and are thus able to help when it comes to supporting the family.
Generally marrying young, around the age of 21 – although girls as young as 15 are often forced into marriage – the wife usually has several babies, hardly ever leaves the house, and is normally allowed to socialise only with female relatives.
With the majority of females being married at such a young age, women who are unmarried in their late twenties are socially outcast, while women who become divorced are not accepted back within the community.
Although the state officially recognises equality between the genders, Pakistan is one of the world’s most dangerous places for women, with high levels of domestic abuse, child marriages and forced marriages.
While education is fairly equal between males and females in the larger cities, girls are usually segregated into their own schools in order to prevent distractive attention from boys.
More than 1,000 women suffered this astonishingly cruel form of mediaeval murder, on account of so-called ‘honour crimes’, in the last year alone.
However, even when their lifestyle is hectic at work and occupied in daily chores, they are still very adept at knowing what pleases their men; there are few nationalities whose women are as expert at looking after their partners.
Today, Pakistan has more than 35 million users of the Internet, so there are enormous possibilities of being able to contact some of the beautiful people of this amazing country.