Pakistani Gambling Laws
By Reno Rollins
Gambling in Pakistan is illegal, as the majority of the country adheres to the Muslim faith. The Koran teaches that gambling is evil and forbids all Muslims from taking part in it. Not only are brick-and-mortar casino sites illegal, but Pakistani credit cards are also banned from major Internet gambling sites.
Despite these laws, however, there is a thriving illegal gambling underground in the country. Illegal sports betting and illegal lottery games thrive in Pakistan, in direct defiance of governmental sanction. Punishment for illegal gaming is harsh, though, so this site would not recommend gambling in Pakistan.
Located in South Asia, Pakistan (or The Islamic Republic of Pakistan) is bordered by Afghanistan, Iran, India and China. It is the sixth most populous country in the world, and it also contains the second largest Muslim population. Pakistan is a member of the United Nations, World Trade Organization, G33 Developing Countries and Group of 77. Pakistan is the only Muslim country considered a nuclear weapons state.
The country is divided into the provinces of Sindh, Punjab, North-West Frontier Province and Balochistan. Territories include Islamabad Capital Territory and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Pakistan also administers portions of Kashmir. These include Azad Kashmir and the Northern Areas.
Covering over 340,000 square miles, Pakistan is the combined size of the United Kingdom and France. The vast landscape contains many different types of terrain, from swamps and beaches to forests and icy mountains.
The country’s primary industries are automotives, textiles, cement, fertilizer, steel, ship building, software, telecom and aerospace.
The population of Pakistan is estimated at 164,742,000, giving it a higher population than Russia and less than Brazil. Due to a high birth rate, however, it is expected to pass Brazil by 2020.
Major ethnic groups of Pakistan include: Punjabis, Pashtuns, Sindhis, Seraikis, Muhaijrs and Balochis. Due to ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, there are also 2 million registered Afghan refugees in the country.
Urdu is the national language, while English is considered the official language. While given no official recognition, Punjabi is spoken by over 60 million people.
Muslims make up 96% of the population, with 77% of those being Sunni Muslims. Other religions in Pakistan include Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Animism. The country contains the second largest Shi’a population on the planet.
While cricket is the most popular sport in the country, field hockey is considered the official and national sport. Other popular sports include squash and football (soccer).
Illegal Sportsbetting in Pakistan
Despite the gambling ban in Pakistan, a major underground bookmaking operation exists within the country. Gamblers call their bookie on a cell phone and use a friend or relative as a reference. While the odds aren’t as favorable as other places, it’s the only option available to prospective gamblers. Winnings (or losses) are paid through a money changer.
Prize Bond Draws in Pakistan
Prize Bond Draws (similar to a lottery) are very popular in Pakistan, despite the fact that they’re illegal. Drawings are held on the first and fifteenth of each month, and tickets can be purchased from numerous dealers located in major cities. According to one dealer, over 100 million rupees are wagered on a draw in just the Punjab province.
Players can win anywhere from 200 to 40,000 rupees, and the dealer gets a 10% commission on any prize awarded above 10,000.
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