Abbreviations of administrative units of Pakistan

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Pakistani subnational abbreviations are used by Pakistan Post, currently in code system of two or more capital letters to represent the Administrative units of Pakistan.

Current abbreviations[edit]

The sources of the current abbreviations vary. Some are from the initials of two of the words in the name of a province or territory, while others are from the first and final letter or from the first and some other letter in the name. All of these names are based on the English form of the name.

Abbreviation English name Urdu name
AJK Azad Jammu & Kashmir آزاد جموں و کشمیر
BL Balochistan بلوچستان
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas قبائلی علاقہ جات
GB Gilgit-Baltistan گلگت بلتستان
KPK Khyber Pakhtunkhwa خیبر پختون خواہ
PJ Punjab پنجاب
SN Sindh سندھ
JCB Jacobabad جیکب آباد
KHI Karachi کراچی (پاکستان کا دل)
ICT Islamabad Capital Territory وفاقی دارالحکومت


These abbreviations are hardly used in postal mail, as most people only tend to write the name of the city/town and not the province. Since there is a five-digit postal code system and only four provinces, writing a provincial abbreviation is not a common practice.

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