Pakistan and Burkina Faso, the land of pure and upright men

The name Pakistan literally means “land of the pure” in both Urdu and Persian. The term was coined in 1933.

Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, Burkina Faso was renamed in 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara. The words Burkina and Faso both stem from different languages spoken in the country, the first coming from Mossi and meaning “upright” and the second, from the Dyula language, meaning “fatherland”.



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