TOP 20 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PAKISTAN: –
Pakistan is a diverse country with a population of more than 210 million and an area of 881,913 sq.km. The country also has a rich history and great culture. Being a large nation, there are many interesting facts about Pakistan.
Following is a list of 20 interesting facts about Pakistan: –
NAME OF PAKISTAN
The name of Pakistan was first suggested by Chaudhry Rehmat Ali, a student in Cambridge, in 1933. The name of Pakistan referred to the five northern regions of the Indian subcontinent Punjab, Afghania (NWFP), Kashmir, Sindh, Baluchistan.
NORTHERN MOUNTAINOUS REGION
The northern highlands include parts of the Hindu Kush, the Karakorum Range, and the Himalayas. This area includes such famous peaks as K2, also known as Godwin-Austin, and the second-highest mountain on the planet.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES
Pakistan has six inscribed UNESCO world heritage sites. These include ruins at Moenjo-Daro, Taxila, Buddhist ruins of Takht-i-Bahi, Lahore and Shalimar gardens, Makli graveyard at Thatta, and the Rohtas Fort in Jhelum District.
There are two Pakistani Nobel laureates including Dr. Abdus Salam in physics in 1979 and Malala Yousufzai in peace in 2014. Dr. Abdus Salam was awarded the Nobel Prize on his contribution to the Unified Weak and Electromagnetic Interaction Theory.
LARGEST IRRIGATION SYSTEM
Pakistan has the largest irrigation system in the world with almost 202,000 km2 of irrigated land.
BIGGEST FOOTBALL MANUFACTURER
Sialkot, a town in Punjab, has the largest football manufacturing in the whole world. It is said that the town produces almost 50% of the world’s footballs. Sialkot has approximately 390 enterprises of football manufacturing.
WORLD’S HIGHEST ATM MACHINE
The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) Set a New World Record In 2017, By Installing World’s Highest ATM (Automated Teller Machine) At a height of 16,007 Feet above the Sea Level at Khunjerab Pass Located at Pak-China Border.
FIRST FEMALE PRIME MINISTER IN THE MUSLIM WORLD
Benazir Bhutto was the first female who became the prime minister of a Muslim country as well as the youngest elected leader in the Islamic world at 35 on 2 December 1988.
INDUS VALLEY CIVILIZATION
The Indus valley civilization is an ancient civilization in the Indian sub-continent. The civilization was first identified in 1921 at Harappa and then in 1922 at Moen jo-Daro. The Indus valley civilization is the second oldest civilization in the world.
WORLD’S LARGEST DEEP SEAPORT
Gwadar, the hub of the strategic project CPEC, is also the world’s largest deep seaport. In 2015, the governments of Pakistan and China announced the development of the China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) worth $46 billion which will turn into a part of china’s one belt, one road. Gwadar plays an important role in CPEC and will also become the link between one belt, one road, and a maritime Silk Road project.
Regarded as the eighth wonder of the world, the Karakorum road is, definitely, the most epic road trip ever. The Karakorum Highway, formally known as the China-Pakistan friendship highway, is a 1,300km road which links Hasan Abdal with Kashgar, the second most important city in Xinjiang Province, China.
LARGEST AMBULANCE SERVICE
The Edhi foundation is a social welfare organization founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi. The Edhi foundation owns over 1800 ambulances. The ambulance service has reported having over 6000 calls a day.
SECOND LARGEST SALT MINES
The world’s second-largest salt mine is located at khewra. Khewra salt mines were founded by alexander the great, who stopped there with his army and hi9s horses started licking the rocks which taste salty.
THE LARGEST EARTH FILLED DAM
The Tarbela Dam is the world’s largest earth-filled dam. It is located along the River Indus in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Haripur District.
WORLD’S SECOND MOST BEAUTIFUL CAPITAL
The city of Islamabad is said to be the second most beautiful capital in the world surrounded by the lush green Margala hills. Together with its twin city, Rawalpindi, it has a population of 4.5 million. The word Islamabad means ‘the city of Islam.’ it has a humid subtropical climate with five seasons. It is famous for its overall greenery, peace, and cleanliness.
ONLY FERTILE DESERT IN THE WORLD
Tharparkar is the only fertile desert in the world. Although, most of the pat of this desert is located in India and a small part in Pakistan. The desert offers unbelievable views after rainfall as the dusty sand dunes transform into lush green plains.
WORLD’S HIGHEST POLO GROUND
Shandur is the world’s highest polo ground, situated at an altitude of 12,500 feet (38000 meters) above sea level. Each year it hosts the Shandur polo festival which one of the biggest festivals of Pakistan. The polo match is played between the teams of District of Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan.
KASHMIR EARTHQUAKE 2005
On October 8, 2005, the valley of Kashmir was hit by a disastrous earthquake causing more than 80,000 casualties. The earthquake was centered near the city of Muzzafarabad and had a magnitude of 7.6. The earthquake was reported to be one of the deadliest earthquakes in human history.
Pakistani truck and bus drivers have developed a culture of decorating their vehicles. These decorations usually contain elements that remind the truck drivers of home, since they may be away from home for months at a time.
8TH LARGEST AGRICULTURAL PRODUCING COUNTRY
Pakistan has the 8th largest agricultural output in the world and it is the 4th largest producer of cotton and 10th largest producer of wheat in the world. The provinces of Sindh and Punjab have fertile lands that are cultivated to meet the needs of the nation