Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a sovereign country in South Asia. With a population exceeding 180 million, it is the sixth most populous country in the world and almost 95 percent of the population is Muslim. The capital is Islamabad. The currency used is the Pakistan Rupee.
Pakistani food today consists of staple ingredients which are affordable and abundant. Wheat and other flour products are the mainstay of the diet, one familiar form being CHAPATI, an unleavened bread akin to a Mexican tortilla. A large percentage of the commercial activities include the sale of handicraft items such as the carpets for which Pakistan is well known. Major industries of Pakistan include textiles, cement, fertilizer, steel, sugar, electric goods, and shipbuilding.
The women of Pakistan are regular voters as are the men, and women also are regular attendees at colleges. Islam gives women rights to child custody, to alimony, and to inheritance, and they also have the right to conduct business and enter any profession. Women are engaged in agriculture production and the services sector. Women judges have been appointed to four high courts as well as several lower courts and a 10 percent quota was established for women to become police officers.
There are growing numbers of violent crimes against or involving women and the government has introduced the concept of women police stations.
The Salvation Army began work in Pakistan in 1883. There are more than 350 Others producers in Pakistan. The work with Others allows women to support themselves and the families, and especially to ensure that young women receive and education.