Pakistan is a Muslim-majority South Asian country carved out of the erstwhile British India empire in 1947. The country's capital is Islamabad.
Pakistan is a federal republic comprising of four provinces and several territories. It is the second most populous Muslim nation in the world. Post independence, the country has seen several military coups overthrow democratic governments and fought three major wars with neighboring India. This page collates recent DW content on Pakistan.
More than two million people are currently displaced in Afghanistan. Many had fled their home provinces because of the fighting that has been plaguing the country since the 1980s, and hundreds of thousands used to live in neighboring Pakistan for years or even decades. But now, as Afghan-Pakistan relations have been cooling, Pakistan is expelling the Afghans.
Pakistani officials have said that Shakil Afridi, an incarcerated doctor who allegedly helped the US find bin Laden in 2011, will not be released. Washington has been pressing Islamabad to release Afridi but to no avail.
While the Pakistani civil society is campaigning for the recovery of secular activists, a blasphemy complaint has been put forward against the "disappeared" persons. Experts say this increases the risks to their lives.
Pakistani extremists have accused activist Shaan Taseer of committing blasphemy for his support for Asia Bibi, an imprisoned Christian woman. His father, Salman Taseer, was killed by his own bodyguard for doing the same.