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Pakistan was a country carved out of the British Indian Empire in 1947 as a homeland for the Muslims of India. In 1956 a new Constitution declared Pakistan to be an “Islamic Republic”.
While the Constitution declares Islam to be the state religion, it also states that “adequate provision shall be made for the minorities freely to profess and practice their religions and develop their cultures.”
Pakistan’s founding ideal was to be a land where people of all religions and races were equal.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s founding Father, famously said: “The minorities in Pakistan will be the citizens of Pakistan and enjoy all the rights, privileges, and obligations of citizenship without any distinction of caste, creed, or sect.”
As part of India’s independence from Great Britain in 1947, a partition took part of their land and created Pakistan as a separate Islamic nation. It is estimated that approximately 95 percent of the population is Muslim, but members of several minority religions live there, including some Hindus, Christians, Parsis, Sikhs, and Buddhists.