Another interesting country in South Asia is Pakistan. Let’s start it off in the center of the city where you could find the Clock Tower in the city of Faisalabad. If you wanted to keep clear of the crowd, there is a perfect view of the city in Daman-e-Koh where family and friends could have a picnic while enjoying the view. Lastly, you should not miss the Lahore Fort where you could find the Shish Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors. There are more exciting places to see and explore in Pakistan and these are just glimpses of the experience you may have.
Pakistan– Important and interesting Facts
- The world’s highest mountain ranges exist in this country. They include the Himalayas and Hindu Kush range in which four mountains are present in the list of 14 highest peaks in the world. K-2, the world’s second highest peak, is also located in Pakistan.
- Gwadar port is the largest deep sea port in the world, located on the southwestern Arabian Sea along the coast line of Baluchistan, Pakistan. This port is considered a lifeline in the region’s economy. Pakistan has agreed on collaboration with China to turn Gwadar into a full scale commercial port.
- The “eighth wonder of the world” is located in Pakistan. Karakoram Highway has been constructed at a height of 15,397 ft between China and Pakistan. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in the region.
- Khewara Salt Mines are the World’s second largest and Pakistan’s oldest salt mines. It was discovered by Alexander’s troops in 320 B.C. These salt mines are the largest source of salt in the world producing 350,000 tons per year. However, the salt mines reserves are estimated to be about 600 million tons.
- Thar Desert is located on the border of Pakistan and India. It is the world’s ninth largest sub-tropical desert. This desert is about 10,000 years old and was once a water source for Indus Valley Civilization
- Shandur Top is located in Gilgit, Pakistan and called “Roof of the World” elevated at 12,200 ft. Every year a polo match is played between Gilgit and Chitral teams. People from all around the world come to watch this match. The top is flat, a plateau and can be crossed between late April and early November.
- The world’s largest irrigation network is present in Pakistan. It serves 14.4 million hectares of cultivated land. The irrigation system is fed by water from the Indus River. The main features of the system are its three major storage reservoirs, namely, Tarbela and Chashma on the River Indus and Mangla on the River Jhelum; 19 barrages; 12 inter-river link canals and 43 independent irrigation canals with the total length of the main canals is 58,500 km.
- Edhi Foundation is the world’s largest non-profit social welfare organization. This organization provides 24-hour emergency services, medical & healthcare services and shelter for orphans. Abdul Sattar Edhi started the service from a single room and now it has over 300 centers all over the country. It has branches in other countries such as UK, USA, Canada, Japan and China.
- Pakistan became the first Islamic country to become Nuclear Power on 28th May 1998. The country ensured its solidarity in the face of threats from its longtime nemesis neighboring country.
- Sialkot is a city famous for making sports equipment. Hand-stitched footballs are a trademark of this city. Around 60 million hand-stitched footballs are produced in world cup year in small firms in Sialkot, Pakistan. This year 42 million official footballs Brazuca were exported to Brazil for FIFA World Cup 2014. Even NASA tested this football and declared it the best football ever made.
Pakistan– Cool, Fun, and Funny Facts
- Pakistan is home to one of the largest salt mines in the world. Khewra Salt Mine is the most famous City of Pakistan because of Khewra Salt Mines Tourist Resort which is 98% pure and natural source of Salt in Pakistan named Khewra
- Benazir Bhutto was the first Muslim woman who served as prime minister of a democratic state and Islam country. She was a Pakistani politician and stateswoman who served as the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan for two non-consecutive terms from 1988 to 1990 and then from 1993 to 1996.
- The Tharparkar Desert in the southern area of Pakistan stands as the only fertile desert of the world. Tharparkar desert in Sindh is the largest desert of Pakistan and the eighteenth largest in the world with an area of 22000 square kilometres.
- The city of Quetta is surrounded by hills on all sides – a natural fort. The provincial capital and largest city of Balochistan province, Pakistan. Quetta is also known as the Fruit Garden of Pakistan, due to the numerous fruit orchards in and around it.
- Pakistan has the world’s largest volunteer ambulance organization, which was founded by Sattar Edhi. Abdul Sattar Edhi, NI, LPP, RMA, IBP, GPA, MSP is a prominent Pakistani philanthropist, social activist and humanitarian. He is the founder and head of the Edhi Foundation, a non-profit social welfare organisation in Pakistan.
- Sialkot in Pakistan is the world’s largest producer of hand-stitched footballs. Sialkot is a city and capital of Sialkot District located in the north-east of the Punjab province in Pakistan and is 13th in the List of most populated metropolitan areas in Pakistan.
- Pakistan has been a major contributor to the UN Peacekeeping Forces by being the nation to provide the most troops to the UN missions.
- There is a lake in Naran, Pakistan, called Ansoo Lake that is famous for its tear shape. Ansoo Lake is situated in Kaghan Valley Mansehra District of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is located near Malika Parbat in the Himalayan range at the altitude of 4,245 meters.
- At 12 years old, Pakistan’s Babar Iqbal became the youngest Microsoft-certified technology specialist. Babar Iqbal is a young I.T. Pakistani child prodigy who started computer programming at the age of 5.
- Pakistan is the world’s second-largest producer of chickpeas behind India. The chickpea or chick pea (Cicer arietinum) is a legume of the family Fabaceae, subfamily Faboideae. It is also known as gram, or Bengal gram, garbanzo or garbanzo bean and sometimes known as Egyptian pea, ceci, cece or channa. Its seeds are high in protein. It is one of the earliest cultivated legumes: 7,500-year-old remains have been found in the Middle East
Pakistan – History and Cultural Facts
- Khewara Salt Mines was discovered by Alexander’s troops in 320 B.C. These salt mines are the largest source of salt in the world producing 350,000 tons per year. The Khewra Salt Mine is located in Khewra, north of Pind Dadan Khan, an administrative subdivision of Jhelum District, Punjab, Pakistan. It is Pakistan’s largest and oldest salt mine and the world’s second largest.
- In 28th May 1998, Pakistan became the first Islamic country to become Nuclear Power. The country ensured its solidarity in the face of threats from its longtime nemesis neighboring country. Nuclear power is generated using Uranium, which is a metal mined in various parts of the world
- In 2014, 42 million official football’s Brazuca were exported to Brazil for FIFA World Cup 2014. Even NASA tested this football and declared it the best football ever made. The Adidas Brazuca was the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was held in Brazil. It is designed by the company Adidas, a FIFA Partner and FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball supplier since 1970. The ball was manufactured and supplied for the World Cup by Forward Sports of Sialkot, Pakistan
- On November 11, 1949, some fishermen from Baba Bhit Island captured a whale weighing between 14,000 and 19,000 kilograms (15 and 21 tons), 12 meters (41 feet) long and 7 meters (23 feet) wide. This was listed for 37 years in the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the largest catches, until 1988.
- From 1997-2008, Pakistan held the record for the world’s tallest cake, with a 105ft-high monster. This was overtaken in 2008 by a 108ft cake in Indonesia.
- In 2010, Pakistani cricketers involved in a betting scam were urged to regain respect by taking part in an advert for dog and cat neutering. Network Television Marketing Ltd. created a cake measuring 32 m (105 ft) tall with 105 tiers in Faisalabad, Pakistan, on 16 August 1997
- On 15 July 2009, A Team of 300 Planters Planted 541,176 Trees of mangrove in 24 hours in Thatta District and broke the previous record of 447,874 trees planted in the Shrigram Reserve Forest in Dhubri, Assam. Mangroves are various large and extensive types of trees up to medium height and shrubs that grow in saline coastal sediment habitats in the tropics and subtropics
- In 1979 Abdus Salam won Pakistan’s only Nobel Prize by sharing the physics award. Mohammad Abdus Salam NI, SPk, KBE, was a Pakistani theoretical physicist who, when he shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to electroweak unification
- A nominal democracy was declared in June 2001 by the ruling military leader, Pervez Musharraf.
- Pakistan was one of the two original successor states to British India, which was partitioned along religious lines in 1947. For almost 25 years following independence, it consisted of two separate regions, East and West Pakistan, but now it is made up only of the western sector.