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Pakistan

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Author(s): Javaid Rehman
I. Social Facts Pakistan emerged as an independent state in August 1947, inheriting those contiguous regions of British India that had a majority Muslim population. The consequence of the partition of British India was a country divided into two wings of unequal sizes—“West” and “East” Pakistan, with a huge inhospitable neighbor bordering both wings of Pakistan. After a nine-month secessionist civil war and a pro-Bengali Indian military intervention, East Pakistan attained sovereign independent sta…