10 things you probably didn’t know about Pakistan
“Pakistan is going through difficult times.”
“The future looks bleak.”
“Hope seems to be a luxury we cannot afford.”
Statements such as these are common nowadays. However, I tend to disagree.
I don’t believe there is anything as bad about Pakistan that can’t be fixed by what’s good about it. Pakistan is a beautiful country that has proven to be the epitome of resilience in the most difficult of times.
Here’s to celebrating everything that makes Pakistan a country so beautiful and so strong. Here’s to the breath-taking beauty and unimaginable strength.
Here’s to things you probably didn’t know about Pakistan.
1. The world’s 26th largest economy
2. The world’s seventh largest standing force
Pakistani armed forces are internationally ranked as the seventh largest in the world, with the man power of 642,000. Pakistan provides the largest number of troops to serve the UN peacekeeping missions.
Along with this, Pakistan has one of the best trained air force pilots in the world. During the war of 1965, Squadron Leader Mehmud Alam held the world record of downing five Indian planes in less than a minute.
3. Fourth smartest people in the world
According to a poll organised by the Institute of European Business Administration, from 125 countries, Pakistanis have been ranked the fourth most intelligent people across the globe. Pakistan has the seventh largest collection of scientists and engineers.
4. Top national anthem tune of the world
Inspiring, motivational and beautiful poetry makes Pakistan’s national anthem the number one ranked tune in the world. Hafeez Jullundhri’s words were composed by musician Ahmad G Chagla. Pakistan also holds the record of most people singing the anthem, simultaneously.
5. Miraculous, breath-taking beauty
Aansu Lake, shaped like a tear drop, is at a height of 16,490 feet in Kaghan Valley.
The rooftop of the world, Trango Towers, the tallest vertical mountain in the world, Gilgit-Baltistan, along with four of the 10 highest peaks of the planet, make Pakistan the ‘rooftop of the world’.
Biafo glacier is the world’s longest glacial system outside the polar regions and that too is in Pakistan.
Pakistan has the world’s largest and most scenic railway gradient. A view of a tunnel and bridge over a river on the railway track from Rohri to Quetta, it’s the longest railway gradient of the world and the most scenic railway ride of Asia.
6. The second largest salt mines
The Khewra Mines are Pakistan’s oldest and the world’s second largest salt mines.
Their history goes back to 320 BC.
7. The world’s largest ambulance network
Edhi Foundation is Pakistan’s largest non-profit social welfare program. It runs the world’s largest ambulance network in Pakistan.
8. Exceptional infrastructure
About 25% of Pakistan’s total land area is under cultivation and is watered by the largest irrigation system in the world. Pakistan irrigates three times more acres than Russia.
Tarbela Dam on the Indus River in Pakistan is the largest earth filled dam in the world and second largest by structural volume.
9. The world’s largest manmade forest
Changa Manga is one of the largest man-planned and man-grown forests in the world. It covers the area of approximately 12,000 acres.
10. Asia’s largest bird sanctuary and the place where time stops
Pakistan has Hunza Valley, where time stops and fairies tread. The valley mostly remains covered under snow in winter, but when it melts, the sensuous hilly contour and the luxurious vegetation become a magnet to all and sundry.
Haleji Lake is another asset. It is Asia’s greatest water fowl reserve. During winter, a hundred thousand birds fly down to Haleji from the cold of Siberia, making it the largest bird sanctuary of the continent.
While there are many who are more than willing to give up on Pakistan, for those who wish to salvage and save it, there are enough factors in this country to keep them motivated with their cause.
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