Top 50 fascinating and interesting facts about Pakistan’s noted personalities, trade, infrastructure, irrigation, independence, fertile desert, talent and much more, let’s dive in.
The name Pakistan derives from two words, “Pak,” which is Persian for holy, clean or pure, and “istan” derives from the Hindi word “isthan,” which means a place. So the name Pakistan means ‘land of the pure’ in Persian and Urdu.
Below I would mention the most interesting facts about Pakistan that every Pakistani around the world will be proud of.
- Pakistan is the world’s first Islamic country to attain nuclear power.
- With over 200 million population, Pakistan is the 6th most populous nation in the world.
- Pakistan is a large country both by area and population. Further, the economic and geographical importance of the country is also a lot. The people with all these things faces several challenges but still the country is amongst those few countries where their is very less radical discrimination.
- This South Asian country Pakistan has given the world the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner.
- Arfa Karim (late) is the youngest Microsoft certified expert who is from Pakistan. Babar Iqbal is another proud Pakistani who is second to Arfa for the same achievement.
- The Cambridge exams of both A and O levels have been topped by Pakistani students and this is a record yet to be broken.
- Just two people have won the Nobel Prize from Pakistan. Malala Yousafzai for Peace in 2014 and Abdus Salam for Physics in 1979.
- Pakistan has one of the world’s earliest and largest civilizations flourished in the region. Mohenjo-Daro is an archaeological site in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. It was one of the largest and most advanced cities in the world during its time (built around 2500 BCE).
- Pakistan is also home to the world’s second-largest Muslim population, behind Indonesia. Note that India is home to the world’s third-largest Muslim population.
- Home to the second highest mountain K2, third highest Tirich Mir and the three highest mountain ranges in the world.
- Pakistan has the highest paved international road – The Karakoram Highway (KKH).
- The hub of highest peaks in the world, a large portion Karakoram range runs through Pakistan. The country has 8 of the top 20 highest peaks of the world in Pakistan where K2 is the second highest peak after Mount Everest. The other significant peaks include Nanga Parbat, Rakaposhi and Tirch Mir etc.
- Pakistan has the largest canal-based irrigation system in the world.
- Islamabad city, Pakistan is ranked the second most beautiful capital in the world.
- Pakistan has the world’s largest ambulance network. Pakistan’s Edhi Foundation, which is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, operates the network.
- Sialkot city, located in Pakistan, is the world’s largest producer of handsewn footballs.
- Pakistan is also one of the top producers and exporters of surgical instruments in the world. According to a source, almost 99% of these instruments are produced in Sialkot.
- The leather exports of Pakistan are very high and they are loved worldwide by consumers for their quality.
- Pakistan is also blessed with Jahangir Khan, a former World No. 1 professional squash player. Between 1981 and 1986, he won 555 matches consecutively (the longest winning streak by any athlete in top-level professional sports as recorded by Guinness World Records).
- Sohail Abbas, a Pakistani field hockey defender, is the highest goal scorer in the history of field hockey, with his current goal tally at 348.
- The highest polo ground in the world is in Pakistan. Shandur Polo ground is the highest polo ground of the world which is situated at an elevation of 12, 200 feet. It also is a picturesque location with beautiful lakes and sky high mountains on all the sides of the valley.
- The highest batting partnership formed by two players playing in their first Test matches in the sport of Cricket is 249 runs by Khalid Ibadulla (b. 20 December 1935) and Abdul Kadir (b. 1944, d. 2002) for Pakistan against Australia in Karachi, Pakistan, in the match played 24-29 October 1964. Wasim Akram, a former Pakistani fast bowler is the first to take 400 wickets in both Tests and ODIs (second being Muttiah Muralitharan).
- Nestle Pakistan is one of the largest milk processing plant which generates handsome revenue every year. The growth of the company is immense and soon it is expected to be the top most milk processing plant of the world.
- As Pakistan is an agricultural country where the majority of its population is linked with agriculture related business. So, they also have the honor of being the largest producer and as well as the exporter of rice and cotton.
- Pakistan boasts the world’s highest ATM (automated teller machine). The ATM is operated by the National Bank of Pakistan and it is installed at a height of 16,007 feet above sea level, at the Pak-China border, Khunjerab Pass.
- The ‘Khewra Salt Mine’ in Pakistan is the second largest and oldest salt mine in the world.
- Pakistan is also famous for truck art (decorating trucks with complex floral patterns and poetic calligraphy). Trucks are painted with a splash of colors and the artists’ creativity is very appealing.
- Pakistan has the only fertile desert in the world – the Tharparkar desert – located in Sindh province.
- Pakistan also made history with the youngest civil judge in the world. Mohammed Ilyas passed the exam when he was 20 years and 9 months old and thus became the youngest civil judge in the world.
- The world’s seventh-largest collection of scientists and engineers is from Pakistan.
- The Pakistan air force is accredited as one of the top air forces of the world. The credit goes to the great Air Force academy in Risalpur who produces the top most Air Force individuals of the world. They demonstrate their skills on the fighter jet on international platforms where they are highly praised for their efforts.
- Pakistan is a proud manufacturer of one of the best jet fighters of the world. They have produced the mighty JF-17 Thunder fighter jet which the country now is exporting as well.
- Pakistani intelligence is considered the best intelligence corps in the world, even better than the CIA.
- MM Alam, late Air Commodore from Pakistan, is known to have shot five planes in less than a minute during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
- Pakistan has the eleventh-largest armed force in the world. It has 617,000 people in its army. UN peacekeeping missions are supported largely by the Pakistani army.
- Pakistan is the only Muslim country after Turkey to open Combat Jobs for women.
- Benazir Bhutto became the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan, and of any Muslim nation.
- Pakistan is also known for its missile technology, which is one of the best in the world.
- According to a survey, Pakistan has one of the world’s top national anthem tunes. The duration of Pakistan’s National Anthem is 80 seconds.
- The world’s longest glacial system outside the polar regions – the Biafo Glacier – is in Pakistan.
- Gwadar port is the largest deep sea port in the world, located on the southwestern Arabian Sea along the coastline of Balochistan, Pakistan. The port has an area of 64,000 square meters and has a depth of more than 14 meters.
- The mighty Tarbela Dam is the largest earth filled dam of the world which facilitates quite a large population of the country with their water needs. Further, the place is also a famous tourist spot which draws thousands of visitors every year.
- The once world’s largest man-made forest is in Pakistan – the Changa Manga forest (12,423 acres in area). It is named after two brother dacoits, the Changa Manga forest was originally planted in 1866 by British foresters.
- Pakistan produces mangoes in huge quantity and they are important worldwide as far as Europe, America and Canada. The fruit is loved for its unique taste and is second to none when it comes to its quality and taste.
- UNO nominated Pakistan amongst the top 11 countries which have got the potential to be amongst the top economies of the world in the near future.
- Pakistan is one of the top places for tourists. The country is rich with nature’s gifted beauty having high mountains, beautiful valleys, rivers and lush green meadows. The places like Swat, Ziarat, Kaghan and Skardu etc. are rated amongst the finest sightseeing spots of the world.
- Pakistan is a country where you will have the luxury to enjoy all types of weather which is not easily witnessed in most of the other parts of the world.
- More than 60 languages are spoken in Pakistan making it a highly diverse community.
- Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo III was shot in Pakistan
- Queen Elizabeth II was the Queen Of Pakistan until 1956.
There are a lot more interesting facts about Pakistan, which I can’t recall right now, so do let me know in the comment section if I have missed any and you wish me to include them in this blog.
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