Pakistan, an etymology

In looking up “Pakistan” in Wikipedia for my previous post, I learned something interesting. Choudhary Rahmat Ali, Founder of Pakistan National Movement, published a pamphlet called Now or Never in 1933 in which he called for the creation of a new state from part of the north of India. This pamphlet was also the first time the name of the country-to-be, Pakistan, was used in print.

In the document, he appeals to the reader

on behalf of our thirty million Muslim brethren who live in PAKISTAN by which we mean the five Northern units of India viz: Punjab, North-West Frontier Province (Afghan Province), Kashmir, Sind, and Baluchistan.

Let me add some bold to the list so you can see it more clearly:

Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir, Sindh, and Balochistan.

Neat, eh?

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