What does the name Pakistan mean?

The name Pakistan means “Land of (the) Pure” in Urdu and Persian (Farsi). It was coined in 1934 as Pakstan by Choudhary Rahmat Ali, who published it in his pamphlet “Now or Never”. The name represented the “thirty million Muslims of PAKISTAN, who live in the five Northern Units of the British Raj — Punjab, Afghania (also known as North-West Frontier Province), Kashmir, Sindh, and Balochistan.”
Now best-selling British novelist Jeffrey Archer is in trouble with his latest work “Paths of Glory”. There are complaints about the book’s final section, in which the murder of Lt Col Henry Morshead, a real figure, is blamed on his sister’s “Pakistani lover” in 1931. As the press attache to the Pakistani High Commission in London has pointed out: “Pakistan was not created in 1931 so there is no possibility of a Pakistani at that time.”
As we have seen, the term was first proposed in 1934 – but the country did not come into existence until 14 August 1947.

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