Pakistanis in Somalia
|(8,200 Baloch (1989);
<1,000 Indo-Pakistanis (2001))
|Regions with significant populations|
|southern Somalia (mainly Mogadishu)|
|Balochi · Urdu|
There has been a small community of Pakistanis in Somalia since at least the 1960s. Historically, they were mainly shopkeepers, concentrated in Mogadishu and other southern urban areas. Pakistanis were among the main expatriate communities in the country, which also included Indians, Yemenis and Italians.
After the civil war broke out in Somalia in the early 1990s, most of the resident Pakistanis left the country. Around 5,700 Pakistani troops contributed to the ensuing UN peacekeeping operation in southern Somalia.
In the 2000s, some Pakistanis were reported to be among the ranks of foreign fighters involved in the Al-Shabaab-led Islamist insurgency in Somalia. Pakistani missionaries from the Tablighi Jamaat also frequently journeyed to the country, where they would engage in missionary work and dawah.
The Pakistani community in Somalia was diplomatically represented by the Pakistani embassy in Mogadishu. Established in 1973, it provided services to the resident Pakistanis.
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Minister for Commerce and Industry, Mr. Osman Mohammad Adde has assured the Pakistani community in Somalia that it shall not be prevented from doing retail business.
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Other minority population in Somalia include Indians, Pakistanis, and Yemenis who are in the retail business
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A Pakistani embassy was opened here last night at a special ceremony attended by the Pakistani community in Somalia and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.