‘Pakistan’ is an acronym. The word
translates as ‘land of the pure’- but
that’s just a coincidence, because the
country’s name is based on the Muslim
territories of Northern India in the
1930s: (P)unjabi, (A)fghani, (K)ashmiri,
(S)indhi, and Balochis(TAN), with an
extra ‘I’ to make it easier to pronounce.