Peoples and Ethnic Groups: Introduction

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Pakistan is a land of diversity containing several ethnic groups, religions, and languages. The main ethnic groups consist of the Punjabis, Pashtuns, Baluchs, Sindhis, Seraikis, and the Muhajirs. Though there is a definite growing sense of nationalism among Pakistanis, most individuals strongly identify with their ethnic group or family. 

As a whole, the people of Pakistan are friendly, hospitable, and generous. Some though, especially Afghani refugees, may be hardened against Westerners due to the loss of their homes and family members during war. They value knowledge, wisdom, patience, and education. Religious piety, modesty, honor, and talking care of one's family are seen as of utmost importance. The majority of the population is not tribal, though the tribal regions of Pakistan are having an increasing impact on the politics of Pakistan as a whole. The majority of the population is ruled by a secular government influenced by Islam. While in the tribal regions, varying tribal codes rule the population with little input from the Pakistani government.

Terminal Learning Objective:
Recognize the various characteristics related to the people and ethnic groups of Pakistan.

Enabling Learning Objectives:


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