The Unheard of Pakistan

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We know so much about Pakistan. But what image do you carry in mind of this country? Media keeps sabotaging this portion of Globe.

One day I came across facts regarding this country that blowed my mind. Keep in mind this posts is far from any political preaching.

I bring up 15 FANTASTIC facts about this country, that you probably never heard before.

1. Karakoram Highway Highest paved International Road.

Do you know 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 attraction in the region.

2- Thar desert One of the Largest Desert In The World.

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.

3-  K-2 Highest Mountain Ranges In The World.

The world’s highest mountain ranges exist in this country. They include the Himalayas and HinduKush 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.

4- Gwadar port Largest Deep Sea Port in the world.

Gwadar port is the largest deep sea port in the world, located on the southwestern Arabian Sea along the coast line of Balochistan, Pakistan. This port is considered a lifeline in the region’s economy. Pakistan has agreed on a collaboration with China  to turn Gwadar into a full scale commercial port.

5- Khewara Salt Mines Second Largest Salt Mine in the World.

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.

6- Largest Irrigation System of The world.

The world’s largest irrigation  network are 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.

7- Highest Polo Ground in the World.

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.

8- Largest Ambulance Network in the World.

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.

9. World’s youngest certified Microsoft Experts.

World’s youngest certified  Microsoft Experts Arfa Kareem (Late) and Babar Iqbal are from Pakistan.

10. Fourth largest broadband internet system of world.

Pakistan Telecommunication Braod Band Service is 4th Largest Broad Band Servies in The world.

11. One of The Best trained air-force pilots.

Pakistan is notable for having one of the best trained air-force pilots in the world.

12.The highest railway station of Asia is in Pakistan.

13. Number One National Anthem of the world.

 Pakistan’s national anthem tune ranks first in the top three tunes of the world.

14- First Islamic Country To Attain Nuclear Power

Pakistan became the first Islamic country to become Nuclear Power on 28th May 1998.  

 15- More than 50% of World Footballs are made in Pakistan.

Sialkot is a city famous for making sports equipment.  Hand-stitched footballs are a trademark of this city. Around 60 milion hand-stitched footballs are produced in world cup year in small firms in Sialkot, Pakistan. This year 42 million official football Brazuca were exported to Brazil for FIFA World Cup 2014.  Even NASA tested this football and declared it the best football ever made.

Now I highlight a few things of Pakistan that have reached many Indian homes. And are continually capturing hearts across the globe 🙂

1. The Pakistani Dramas.

Redefining hindi urdu television entertainment. Pakistani dramas were so terrifically being followed via YouTube that the Indian television industry actually started the channel ZINDAGI this year. And a vast percentage of viewers were glued to their TV screens probably watching HUMSAFAR, ZINDAGI GULZAR HAI ,AUNN ZARA…etc etc. Their plots are refreshing, realistic stories and great actors. To clearly mention the actor FAWAD KHAN  and director MEHREEN JABBAR for that purpose. I have separately elaborated on the dramas .

2. Scintillating Fashion

High on the ethnic clothing style! Pakistani designers set new trends that becomes viral throughout the world. Pakistani Ethnic women fashion is being crazily followed by all big wholesellers of our country too. Malls in Dubai, USA sell Pakistani dresses at huge prices. I am a follower too! Use your card money and call for a casual, bridal,  party wear dress from anywhere on earth.

My favorite designer is Naureen Arbab. Some of her creations…

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Creations by some other designers….

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3. The culinary art

You name it, they have it!! If you ever watched Masala Tv shows you know what I’m talking about.  These cookery shows give a new edge to your taste buds 😛
Remarkable chefs. Perfect in desi, intercontinental main courses, sides, desserts not only give you a recipe, they give you a  5- starred gluttunous experience. Some of them are –
Chef Zakir
Chef Rahat
Chef  Gulzar
Chef  Zubaida Tariq
Chef Shireen Anwar
Chef Rida Aftab
Chef Sara Riaz
And the list goes…

NOTABLE personalities….

☆Faisalabad The Third largest metropolis of Pakistan is a home town to The famous Sufi singers- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

how many Indian’s can recall these famous lyrics of a song from a much old movie NIKAAH

““Dil k armaan, aansuon me beh gaye. …..
…..hum wafa kar ke bhi tanha reh gaye. ….“““

That was sung and enacted by the very famous Salma Agha. She has Pakistani ethnicity.

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23 thoughts on “The Unheard of Pakistan

  1. beingeternal says:

    Wow! This is a fantastic post. I was not aware of these many facts mentioned, I am just aware of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan because of my inclination towards music. Truly, happy to know. Whenever me and my younger sis quarrelled, we used to settle silently on a swing and sing ” Dil ke armaan aansuo mein behgaye.”
    I used to stress on a particular line ” shaayad unka aakhri ho..yeh sitam….har sitam yeh sochkar..”
    Thanks for the refreshed memories.
    Stay Sweet! 🙂

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    • maryam191 says:

      this sounds so CUTE 🙂 sibling memories are the best ones. i say this from my experience .
      now i feel like listening to this song. i had been working on this post since sometime,finally got it published! are you not into pakistani dramas? they are really good. if you wish, you may see ‘humsafar’. anyways the song here….

      ““““Shayad unka aakhri ho ye sitam
      Shayad unka aakhri ho ye sitam
      Har sitam ye soch kar hum seh gaye
      Har sitam ye soch kar hum seh gaye
      Hum wafa karke bhi tanha reh gaye
      Dil ke armaan aansuon mein beh gaye“““

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  2. Hmm..so finally we get to hear and read something good about Pakistan. Actually every nation has some wonderful history or culture, but its the portrayal in these modern times of development and difficulties which completely changes the perception. We Indians can easily understand the music connection with such a large number of Pakistani singers contributing to Bollywood. Till now we heard of how indian drams are popular in Pakistan. With Zindagi, now we get to see even the Pakistani dramas. 🙂

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    • maryam191 says:

      Exactly ! Looking carefully we realise that every nation has lots of incredible associations with it. With good comes evil too. It’s our vision. What we want to focus on? Evil is not defined by a country’s border, the evil is in people. People irrespective of their location on globe. Likewise, Terrorism should not be subjected to one religion ,it’s the evil of one’s mind. What is a country? A geographical distinction only. After all we are all from the same race. The race of HUMANITY 🙂

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  3. Shilpa says:

    Pakistani clothes are some of the most elegant in the world! Just beautiful

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  4. Miss Maqsood says:

    Pakistan is love ❤
    Sometimes I wish we hadnt separated but whatever happens, happens for the best. I pray we learn to live as normal neighbours.
    I love Pakistani bazaars so much that sometimes I wish yaar kuch nahi toh shopping visa hi issue karde loug. I love their lawn prints so bright yet classy and elegant. And their bridal stuff Maryamm, ufff!
    Oh boy, I can talk about Pakistan for hours! I pray that it emerges victorious of all the mess that's happening there now.
    I have written a special post for Pakistan but waiting for s good day, prolly on 23rd March (their national day) inshaAllah I will posr that. 🙂
    I am so glad to find yet another Pakistan-crazy Indian 😉
    Oh oh have you read Peer E Kamil? If not, you should!

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    • maryam191 says:

      Thanks for your suggestion. I’ll read peer e kamil. Being a girl , Pakistani fashion is the hottest topic for me. Yes, I too sincerely wish that this country emerges safely out of all the mess. Your post on Pakistan is eagerly awaited. I guess 23rd March would be too late.

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      • Miss Maqsood says:

        Peer e Kamil is available online both in urdu and english, its not available in India, do search in Bhopal yahan to nahi mili. There’s a page on fb that delivers it to India, if you are like me who’s not into pdfs and e-books 🙂
        I’ll see if I can post that before 23rd March 😛 lets see insha’Allah 🙂

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      • maryam191 says:

        Then I say. I am like you. I am never comfortable reading lengthy stuff online. Let me see what I can manage.

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  5. randombytes says:

    Very informative blog! Thanks for sharing so much info 🙂

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  6. Sunny says:

    What? This is about Pakistan?? Thanks for sharing something good about out troubled neighbours who are always in news for notorious act.

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  7. arfanazeer says:

    Maryam ! I loved the post 🙂
    People like you really deserve great appreciation for the words write from your heart about a well deserving nation, PAKISTAN ❤
    And i would be very glad if i help you in any thing about Pakistan.

    Stay blessed and write 🙂

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  8. Thank you Maryam for enriching post. wishing you peace, more wisdom, love for humanity and bright blessings

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