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    Question Is "Pak" pejorative for Pakistani?

    Hello! An English-Chinese dictionary of mine says 'Pak" which refers to Pakistani is a pejorative word. I have found some mistakes in it. So I want to confirm whether it is true. Is it offensive if I call a Pakistani Pak? Thanks!

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    Re: Is "Pak" pejorative for Pakistani?

    I've not seen the word "Pak" before, the shortened version of "Pakistani" is normally "Paki" but I'd recommend that you Don't use it. It can be seen as offensive.

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    Re: Is "Pak" pejorative for Pakistani?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamiep View Post
    I've not seen the word "Pak" before, the shortened version of "Pakistani" is normally "Paki" but I'd recommend that you Don't use it. It can be seen as offensive.
    Thank you, Jamiep.

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    Re: Is "Pak" pejorative for Pakistani?

    Pak is sure a short form of Pakistan. You say Indo-Pak relations, not Indo-Paki relations. Pak in Arabic means pure. Pak(pure,sanctum) + istan(a place of dwelling, country, home) = a country of purity.
    Same way, it would be Indo-Afghan, Sino-Afghan, Pak-Afghan relations or agreements or pacts etc.
    Thus Pak is sure a pejorative for Pakistan, not Pakistani.

    Pakistani, means belonging to Pakistan or a Pakistan national/citizen.(just like chinese).

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