Pakistan, the name brings out so many emotions. We celebrate our every victory against the country, be it on a warfront or in a cricket stadium. And we can’t even hear anything about Kashmir.
Still we love their actors and musicians. And it’s a unanimous decision that their coke studio is so much better than ours. So let’s try to know our neighbor a little better.
Interesting facts about Pakistan
1. Pakistan is so far the only nation in the world to get established on the basis of religion. It is home to the world’s second-largest Muslim population after Indonesia. The majority of Pakistan’s population is Muslim, amounting to 96.4%, while the rest includes Hindus and Christians.
2. Even though Pakistan is mad about cricket, Football contributes a lot in the economy of the country. Sialkot, located in Pakistan, is the world’s largest producer of handsewn footballs and delivers more than 50% footballs around the world.
3. Some of the highest mountains in the world are located in Pakistan. The Karakoram Mountains form part of Pakistan’s northern border. This mountain range is often called the “Roof of the World.”
K2 is the highest mountain in Pakistan and the second-highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest.
4. Pakistan boasts the world’s highest ATM. It belongs to the National Bank of Pakistan and sits in the Khunjerab Pass at the Pakistani-China Border. The ATM was established in November 2016 and is 15,397 feet above sea level.
5. Speaking about heights, Pakistan has one more achievement. It is home to the world’s highest Polo ground. The Shandur Polo Ground is located at 12149 feet and has been hosting polo festival since 1936.
6. The country’s economy is highly dependent on agriculture and to support it, Pakistan developed a complex and massive system of irrigation to cultivate 202,000 square kilometers of land. This is the largest canal-based irrigation system in the world.
7. Pakistan has the world’s largest ambulance network. The Edhi Foundation proudly runs the world’s largest volunteer ambulance service, which is a record that has been held by Pakistan since 1997. This foundation also provides other services like shelter for the homeless, free health care, drug rehabilitation, orphanage and adoption services, and local and international disaster relief.
8. Pakistan was the first Muslim nation to elect a female prime minister. Benazir Bhutto was elected as the Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1988.
9. The world’s youngest Microsoft Expert is from Pakistan. Ayan Qureshi started learning about computers when he was 3 years old and passed the exams at the age of 5. What were you doing when you were 5?
10. There are a lot of intellectual minds in the country but few of them are notorious as well. The world’s first PC virus was created by two Pakistani brothers. Basit Farooq Alvi and Amjad Farooq Alvi created “Brain,” which was discovered in 1986 and targeted IBM PC platforms.
11. There is a “Ansoo Lake” in Pakistan. According to its name, the shape of the lake resembles that of a tear.
12. Pakistan is also home to the largest single dome mosque in the world – Masjid e Tooba. The mosque is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan, and is locally known as the Gol Masjid. The dome of the mosque is 212 ft in diameter and is 51.48 ft high. It is balanced on a low surrounding wall with no central pillars.
13. Pakistan is the only Muslim nation to control nuclear weapons. In fact, only eight countries in the world are known to have nuclear weapons (including India of course) and Pakistan is one of them.
14. Malala Yousufzai, the youngest Nobel Prizewinner in the world is from Pakistan. Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 jointly with the Indian Kailash Satyarthi “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.
15. When someone says desert, we think hot climate and sand everywhere. But what if I tell you that you can also grow crops in a desert? The Tharparkar Desert in Pakistan is the only fertile desert in the world. It gets regular rainfall from June-August and the dull, arid landscape transforms into a luscious green.
16. Darra Adam Khel is a city situated in Khyber Regency, south of the city of Peshawar. The city is infamous as the largest illegal gun market in the world. Replicas of nearly every gun available on the market are produced in the region and almost three-quarters of the population of the city are involved in the gun business.
Trip leader Sakshi’s Recommendations if you are visiting Pakistan:
Gilgit-Baltistan: A haven for mountaineers and trekkers, the region is one of the must see places in Pakistan. You can visit Hunza valley which has jaw-dropping sceneries of mountainous peaks, magnificent forts, a colourful medley of flora and amazing local cuisines.
Then there is Naltar valley which is famous for its colourful lakes and the world’s tastiest potatoes. The pine trees add to the charm of this beautiful valley.
Another popular destination is the Skardu district that lies in the centre of Gilgit-Baltistan. Its stunning views of crystal clear lakes, deserts, picture-perfect roadways and villages make up Skardu’s fascinating yet unique beauty. The district is also the base camp for some of the world’s highest mountains such as the K2, K3 and Gasherbrum.
Mohenjo-daro: You will love visiting this archaeological site as it reminds you of your school days. Remember learning about the Indus Valley Civilisation and the amazing cities they built. This is for all you history buffs!
Spend some time in the city of Lahore. It is a wondrous mix of cultural, artistic and heritage-filled attractions. There is so much to see – from the beautiful Shahi Qila or Lahore Fort, historic Minar-e-Pakistan and the captivating scenery of the Shalimar Gardens to the shopping spaces of Anarkali Bazaar. And once you are here, don’t forget to make your way out to the outskirts of Lahore to witness the Guard Ceremony at the Wagah Border. It will be a totally different experience.