Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Pakistan - Country information


Local short name form

Official name





International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Pakistan - Number format


(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)

Pakistan - Date formats



Pakistan - Languages


Language maps External

Pakistan has 66 languages. The official languages are Urdu External (10 719 000 mother-tongue speakers) and English External (mainly second-language speakers). The other main languages are: Eastern Balochi External (1 730 000 speakers) (written in Urdu script); Southern Balochi External (2 350 000 speakers) (written in Urdu script); Western Balochi External (1 000 000 speakers) (written in Urdu script); Brahui External (1 500 000 speakers) (written in Nastaliq script); Eastern Farsi External (1 000 000 speakers); Gujarati External; Northern Hindko External (1 875 000 speakers); Western Panjabi External (30-45 000 000 speakers) (written using Perso-Arabic script); Eastern Pashto External (9 585 000 speakers) (written using Perso-Arabic script); Southern Pashto External (1 000 000 speakers) (written using Perso-Arabic script); Saraiki External (15 000 000 speakers) and Sindhi External (16 992 000 speakers) (written in Arabic and Gurumukhi scripts).


Pakistan - Company legal forms


Pakistani company legal forms include:

   Limited (Ltd) 
   Private Limited Company (Pvt. Ltd)
   SME Pvt (Ltd) - Single Member Company

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see External

Pakistan - Example address format



Addresses written in a non-native language will be written in English.

A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Pakistan - Postal codes


Pakistani postal codes (introduced in 1988 and known locally as Post Codes) consist of a block of 5 digits. The first two indicate the routing district, the last three the post office. The first digit cannot be 0.

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Pakistan - Postal code format graphic


Pakistan - Postal code format

Pakistan - Postal code specifics

Pakistan - Postal code regular expression


Pakistan - Postal code level of coverage


Pakistan - Administrative districts


Administrative districts graphic


Pakistan has 4 provinces External, 2 centrally administered areas (shown in the list below with ∆) and 1 capital territory (shown in the list below with a ‡):

Province Postal code ranges
Azad Kashmir External 10-13
Balochistan External 8,90-96
Gilgit-Baltistan External ∆ (previously: Northern Area) 14-16
Islamabad Capital Territory External 44-45
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa External (previously: North-West Frontier) 17-19, 2
Punjab External 3,40-43, 46-49, 5, 60-64
Sindh External 7

The Pakistani-administered part of Jammu and Kashmir, disputed with India, includes the territories of Azad Kashmir and Northern Areas.

This regions/postal code data can be acquired as a data file External


Note: North-West Frontier Province is now known as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas merged with it in 2018. Northern Area is now known as Gilgit-Baltistan.

Telephone numbers in Pakistan


Pakistani area codes have 2 or 3 digits when called from abroad, and full numbers have 10 digits. Mobile numbers have the area codes 30-34 or 36.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see External

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