Pakistan is a country located in southern Asia. The region now straddling the border of present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan is one of the most torn regions of the world. Here are 10 interesting facts about Pakistan:
1)Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world with a population of over 200 million people. 2) The name ‘Pakistan’ actually means ‘land of the pure’ in Urdu and Persian. It was coined by ChoudhryRahmat Ali, a Muslim student at Cambridge University in 1933.
3) Islam is the official religion of Pakistan and 95% of the population practice it. However, members of other religions such as Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism also live there peacefully side by side. In fact, Islamabad – Pakistan’s capital city – has one of largest Hindu temples in South Asia!
4) Cricket is by far the most popular sport in Pakistan with its national team regularly ranked amongst the top sides in the world. Field hockey is also widely played and followed throughout the country. 5) One third of all mountaineers who have scaled Mount Everest – Earth’s highest peak at 8,848m (29,029ft) – come from Pakistan!
This includes both native Pakistani climbers as well as foreign nationals who have climbed via routes through Pakistani territory such as K2 – often referred to as ‘the mountain that kills’ due to its deadly reputation.
50 Amazing Facts About Pakistan
Pakistan is a country located in southern Asia. The region now straddling the border of present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan is one of the most torn regions of the world. Apart from having one of the richest histories, the land has been home to some of the most ancient civilizations and has seen the rise and fall of many empires.
Pakistan is bordered by the India-administered Kashmir to the east, Afghanistan to the northwest and China in Gilgit-Baltistan to the northeast. The country’s western borders include Iran and Balochistan. To its south lies Arabian Sea with Makran coast line and Sindh province bordering it.
The name Pakistan is derived from two Persian words ‘pachtūn’ (پښتون) or ‘pakhtūn’ (پختون) meaning “the land of Pakhtuns” or alternatively “the pure ones”. It was coined in 1933 as Pakstan by Choudhry Rahmat Ali, a Pakistan Movement activist, who published it in his pamphlet Now or Never, using it as an acronym (“thirty million Muslim brethren who live in PAKSTAN”) referring to cross sections of North Indian Muslims who he believed were united by their religion. Here are 50 interesting facts about Pakistan:
1. At 997,000 square kilometers, Pakistan is slightly less than twice the size of California. 2. It has a population of over 193 million people, making it the world’s sixth most populous nation. 3. Urdu is Pakistan’s national language, although English is also widely spoken throughout government and business circles.
There are also more than 60 other languages spoken throughout different regions in Pakistan! 4 .Islamabad is Pakistan’s capital city – although Karachi used to be until 1969 when Islamabad was purpose built as a more central location for governing purposes following independence from Britain in 1947 .
5 With an average elevation of 1,600 meters (5249 feet), Pakistani Kashmir is home to some of the world’s tallest mountains including K2 – second only to Mount Everest at 8,611 meters (28 251 feet). 6 Speaking of Everest – did you know that four out of fourteen peaks taller than 8000m are located in Pakistan? These ‘eight-thousanders’ include Nanga Parbat (8126m), Gasherbrum I (8068m), Broad Peak (8051m) and Gasherbrum II (8035m).
7 The Karakoram Highway connecting Rawalpindi/Islamabad with Kashgar in Xinjiang Province China crosses through some truly stunning scenery including three mountain passes higher than 4500 meters! 8 Snow leopards aren’t just found on snow globes and Christmas cards – they actually inhabit parts mountainous regions across twelve countries including northern areas such as Chitral district here in Pakistan! 9 Located north east Of Quetta near Ziarat town are Juniper trees which have been growing for almost 5000 years according to carbon dating – making them perhaps some pf fhe oldest living organisms on earth! 10 Not only does Badshahi Mosque have capacity for 55 000 worshippers inside its main hall but its massive courtyard can accommodate an additional 100 000 people too!