Unnoticed Aspects of Pakistan What comes in your mind after reading or hearing this country’s name? A Terrorist nation? A nation full of suicidal attacks? A backward country? A land of dessert? Or pretty much something else negative? YES, this is the international image of our country despite being unique in millions of ways from the rest of the world. Pakistan’s image was immensely smudged after the incident of 9/11 and still today Pakistan is considered as a terrorist state.
The role of international media was one of the main reasons behind negative propaganda against Pakistan. Media at that time was highlighting only negative things against Pakistan. But today PAKISTAN is emerging as a peace-loving state having so much to offer to the world. Where there is a destructive image of Pakistan there are also some features which need to be highlighted in order to enhance the image of our country. Recently, famous international magazines Forbes ranked Pakistan among Best Under-the-Radar Places to Visit in 2020. On the other hand, another world’s best travel magazines, Condè Nast, in December 2019, while highlighting Pakistan’s scenic and mesmerizing tourist attractions, listed Pakistan as a top tourist destination for next year (2020).
A Berlin-based photographer Manolo Ty at his book launch “Pakistan Now” was asked, what struck you about the culture in Pakistan? And he replied “One word: diversity. The people are as diverse as the terrain. From the coast and river plains to deserts and green hills to some of the highest mountain ranges in the world. It is a cultural crossroad where everybody seems to have left their traces – even Alexander the Great”
Unnoticed Aspects Of Pakistan
Let’s have look at some aspects of Pakistan which often go unnoticed.
Talking about diversity Pakistan is a country with a diverse and huge population. Here live people from different ethnicities, culture and nations. Some major ones are East: Punjabis, Potwaris Kashmiris and Sindhis. West: Burusho, Wakhi, Dards, Shinkai, and Baltis. North: Pashtuns, Hazaras, and Baloch. South: Muhajirs and Makrani.
Pakistan generated a whopping $1 billion in freelancing in the year 2017. Freelancing is the way of providing technical expertise via the internet. Pakistan ranks on the 4th spot behind India, Bangladesh, and the United States.
Pakistan has ‘Blind Dolphin’ a rare species found in the Indus River water. From the most endangered species of freshwater, it is the 2nd most endangered one.
Shandur Pass located in North of Pakistan (Chitral District) is home to the world’s highest Polo ground at 3,700 meters. Since 1936, traditional festival of polo and Shandur festival held at Shandur Top.
Pakistan is also home to a lake which is exceptional named Ansoo Jheel (Tear Lake). The outline of the lake resembles human eye. Which becomes noticeable when ice melts in summer days. The central island of lake looks like iris of eye.
The Karakoram Highway (KKH) is the World’s highest international road in Pakistan. The highway connects the Pakistani provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa plus Gilgit-Baltistan with China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
The world’s highest ATM (automated teller machine) is claimed by Pakistan. The ATM is mounted at a height of 16,007 feet above sea level at the Pak-China border, Khunjerab Pass. This ATM is operated by the NBP (National Bank of Pakistan).
The Biafo Glacier is a 67 km (42 mi) long glacier in the Karakoram Mountains of Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Kashmir which meets the 49 km (30 mi) long Hispar Glacier at an altitude of 5,128 m (16,824 ft) at Hispar La (Pass) to create the world’s longest glacial system outside the polar regions. This highway of ice connects two ancient mountain kingdoms, Nagar, in the west with Baltistan in the east.
The world’s largest deep sea port, Gawadar is located along the coastline of Baluchistan, on Arabian Sea.The port is 14 meters deep and has 64,000 square meters area.
World’s third-largest ship breaking yard, Gaddani is also located in Pakistan.
Pakistan is also home to the largest single dome mosque in the world “Masjid e Tooba”. Locally this mosque is known as the Gol Masjid and is located in Karachi, Sindh. Pakistan. It was built in 1969. The dome of the mosque is 212 ft. in diameter and is 51.48 ft. high.
Makli Hill is located in Thatta which is one of the largest necropolis (a large, designed cemetery with elaborate tomb monuments) in the world. The tombs were built over a period of 400 years between the 14th and 18th centuries.
Pakistan is the first Muslim country in the world which was declared as atomic power after testing its first bombs On May 28, 1998.
Edhi Foundation, established by eminent Philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, runs the world’s largest ambulance network in Pakistan.
The ‘Khewra Mine’ in Pakistan is the second largest and oldest salt mine in the world. Its history goes back to 320 BC.
K-2 is the highest mountain peak in Pakistan and the second highest in the world. Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum-I and Broad Peak are among the 13 highest mountains in the world.
Pakistan’s famous city, Sialkot, is the world’s largest producer of hand sewn footballs, which are used in international football tournaments. It’s worth mentioning here that local factories in this region produces roughly 50-70% of the world’s total production.
The Tarbela Dam’ which is located on the Indus river, is the world’s largest earth-filled dam and fifth largest by structural volume. Built-in between 1968 to 1976, the dam has the volume of 138,600,000 cubic yards (106,000,000 cubic m). With a reservoir capacity of 11,098,000 acre-feet (13,690,000,000 cubic m), the dam is 469 feet (143 m) high and 8,997 feet (2,743 m) wide at its crest.
These are only a few aspects of Pakistan which shows the other side of this beautiful full of resources and natural beauty. Summarizing everything in one article wouldn’t do any justice with its remarkable features. Because there’s a long list what Pakistan has to offer to the world.
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