How does religion affect the development of Pakistan?

Religions in Pakistan

Pakistan's constitution provides Islam as the state religion. In practice, this means that non-Muslims are denied promotion to high office in the state. It is estimated that around 96% of the total population are Muslims, with the majority belonging to the Sunni faith (Sunni). The Shiites (Shia) only have a share of about 25%, which is very different in the various estimates. There is also an officially unrecognized form of Islam to which the so-called Ahmadis under the leadership of Agha Khan belong. This very peaceful religious community has an estimated two million members.

Sufism as a religion

Sufism, a spiritual movement within Islam, is also widespread in Pakistan. The movement can be described as syncretistic and, in addition to its strict customs, also shows elements of pre-Islamic influences. Many of the descendants of the earlier Sufis are now represented in important offices and have some influence. In addition, Sufism is now more popular, with people meeting at the shrines of the saints for worship and traditional dance culture at annual festivals. For many travelers, a Sufi evening is an absolute highlight of their visit to Pakistan.

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Over six million people living in Pakistan are of other religions. About three million follow hindu beliefdue to the proximity to the Indian border and the long historical tradition on its own territory. Another 2.8 million belong to the christian religion with various denominations represented in Pakistan, especially Catholics and Lutherans. They mostly belong to the lowest strata of the population and are therefore often exposed to restrictions. They follow with significantly lower numbers of followers Baha'i with about 50,000 people and the Sikhs with about 20,000 believers. Even Zoroastrians are among the denominations represented in Pakistan, but the number given in official reports often varies. After all, there are still a few animists in the north on the border with Afghanistan, the so-called Kalash.