People of Pakistan in Pictures – Weekly Roundup

Pakistan has one of the world's fastest growing populations. As the country is located in South Asia, Pakistani people are a mixture of various ethnic groups. Several ethnic groups, invading armies and the migrations to the region by people passing through on their way to and from Indus have left their imprint on the population.

People of Pakistan belong predominantly to seven main ethno-linguistic groups: Punjabis, Sindhis, Seraikis, Pashtuns, Mohajirs, Balochs, and Kashmiris.

Pakistan’s estimated population in 2015 is over 191.71 million, making it the world’s sixth-most-populous country, behind Brazil and ahead of Nigeria. During 1950–2011, Pakistan’s urban population expanded over sevenfold, while the total population increased by over fourfold. In the past, the country’s population had a relatively high growth rate that has been changed by moderate birth rates. In 2014, the population growth rate stands at 1.49%.

Dramatic social changes have led to rapid urbanization and the emergence of megacities. During 1990–2003, Pakistan sustained its historical lead as the second-most urbanized nation in South Asia with city dwellers making up 36% of its population. Furthermore, 50% of Pakistanis now reside in towns of 5,000 people or more.

Pakistan has a multicultural and multi-ethnic society and hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the world as well as a young population.

Beautiful People of Pakistan Slideshow

Pictures of the Week from Truly Pakistan on Vimeo.

More than half the working population is involved in agriculture and live in rural areas. Manufacturing, mining, and service industries are the other large employers in the urban sectors. Many people go abroad in search of work.

Pictures from Getty Images

People of Pakistan - Elderly Swing Clothes - TrulyPakistan

Elderly Swing Clothes – TrulyPakistan

People of Pakistan - Girl Sitting Along Street - TrulyPakistan

Girl Sitting Along Street – TrulyPakistan

People of Pakistan - Children Studying at Home - TrulyPakistan

Children Studying at Home – TrulyPakistan

People of Pakistan - Fruit Store - TrulyPakistan

Fruit Store – TrulyPakistan

People of Pakistan - A Shy Girl - TrulyPakistan

A Shy Girl – TrulyPakistan

People of Pakistan - Little Girl from Kelash Valley - TrulyPakistan

Little Girl from Kelash Valley – TrulyPakistan

People of Pakistan - Labour Man After Work - TrulyPakistan

Labour Man After Work – TrulyPakistan

People of Pakistan - A Child Playing in Street - TrulyPakistan

A Child Playing in Street – TrulyPakistan

A Woman Cleaning Red Chillies - TrulyPakistan

A Woman Cleaning Red Chillies – TrulyPakistan

A Young Lady Shopping Bangles - TrulyPakistan

A Young Lady Shopping Bangles – TrulyPakistan

The Population Divide

The population is a complex mixture of indigenous peoples, many racial types having been introduced by successive waves of migrations from the northwest, as well as by internal migrations across the subcontinent of India. Aryans, Persians, Greeks, Pathans (Pashtuns), and Mughals came from the northwest and spread across the Indo-Gangetic Plain, while the Arabs conquered Sindh. All left their mark on the population and culture of the land. During the long period of Muslim rule, immigrants from the Middle East were brought in and installed as members of the ruling oligarchy.

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