Basic Facts
    Land and People



The Pakistan Telecommunications Company Ltd (PTCL) had an installed capacity of more than 3.2 million lines at the end of 1995/96. The company plans to expand and modernize the network and to lay a submarine optical fiber cable from Karachi to the Far East. There are three cellular telephone companies in Pakistan serving about 100,000 subscribers.

Radio stations: Government: Radio Pakistan, FM101
Private: FM100
Television Channels:

Government: Pakistan Television (PTV), Pakistan Television World (PTV World), Channel Three.
Private: ARY Digital, Indus Vision, Indus Music, Indus News, Uni Plus, SPTV and Geo TV

Telephone Lines:

PTCL is the monopoly provider of basic telephone services to the private sector in Pakistan with over 3.2 million telephone lines in service.

International dialling code: +92
Internet country code: .pk
Internet Access

801 cities are already on the Internet, whereas the remaining stations are being connected soon.

Punjab: 418 Cities
Sindh: 118 Cities
N.W.F.P: 187 Cities
Baluchistan: 78 Cities
Federal: 1 City
Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 60
Civil aviation:

There are international airports at Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Quetta.

Pakistan International Airlines Corporation's monopoly ended in August 1992, opening all domestic air routes to any Pakistan-based company. Pakistan International Airlines operates domestic services to 36 destinations and international services to 52 destinations in 46 countries.

Shaheen Air International, Karachi, operates domestic services and international services to Europe and the Middle East.


State-owned Pakistan Railways track has shrunk to 7,788 km from 8,577 km in 1947. In June 1994 the government approved a $700 million railway project to link Pakistan with Turkmenistan via Afghanistan.

The Karachi mass transit systems, due for completion in 1998, is under construction. The first phase covers 14 km of track and 14 stations from Karachi Port to Karimabad in District Central. The system is designed to carry 130 million passengers annually by the year 2,000.


Roads, main and secondary, totaled 171,00 km in 1993, including the 800-km Karakoram highway linking the Xingjian Province of the People's Republic of China with Havelian, north of Islamabad. Work has begun on a 2,000-km transnational Indus Highway from Peshawar to Karachi.