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Pakistan did not become the independent country known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan until 1947. A section of Muslims broke from the Hindu-majority of British India to rule their own homeland.
Pakistan has borders touching 4 unique countries; China, Iran, Afghanistan, and India with it's southern border accessing the Arabian Sea.
Located in the ancient Indus Valley, settlements in the region among the Khyber Pass, Himalayas, and Arabian Sea are some of the oldest in the world and heaviest traveled. Bordering 4 distinct countries, each region of Pakistan has its own unique cultural identity.
Fun Facts About Pakistan
All in the Name
The name "Pakistan" derives from two words, "Pak" which is Persian for holy, clean and pure, and the Hindi word "Isthan" meaning place. Punjab deriving from Persian "Panj" meaning five and "ab" meaning water. Land of five rivers. Making the Punjab territory of Pakistan rich and profuse in growth.
Pakistan has six designated UNESCO World Heritage sites: the archeological ruins at Moenjodaro; the Buddhist ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and neighboring city remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol; the fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore; the monuments at Makli; Fort Rohtas; and the ancient ruins of Taxila.
Pakistan has the worlds largest contiguous irrigation system according to the United Nations. The waters from the Indus River and its tributaries feed the system. Pakistan started developing this system 150 years ago. There are five rivers running through the Punjab region making it's land lush and fertile
Pakistan is home to one of the world's highest mountains.The world's second-tallest mountain is in the country and has many names: Dapsang or Chogori locally, Mount Godwin-Austen in English and Qogir Fengin Chinese. But most people know it simply as K2, standing at 8,611 meters, or 28,251 feet.
Punjabi, Pakistan had its industrial revolution in the 1950's. Even though agriculture remains its leading industry, they are also leaders in textile and other exports such as soccer balls. Workers in the country hand-sew many of the soccer balls distributed around the world, and roughly 40% of all soccer balls in the world are made in one Pakistani Punjab city: Sialkot.
Nearly 60% of Pakistan's population reside in the Punjab region of the country. An area that spans only 79,284 square miles. The Punjab province is located in the southwest bordering India and due to it's geographic location and multi-ethnic population, Punjabi's have a keen awareness and progressive outlook on national affairs.
A photographic alphabet teaching children about customs, religions and cultures that make up Pakistan. A beautiful look inside one of the fastest developing countries. Amazon link
Culture Smart! Pakistan takes you behind the headlines and introduces you to many of the country's little-known traditions. It describes the vitally important cultural and historical background, shows you how modern Pakistanis live today, and offers crucial advice on what to expect and how to behave in different circumstances. This is an extraordinary country of enterprising, tough, and passionate people. Earn their trust and you will be rewarded many times over. Amazon link
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders illuminates a place and people as it describes the overlapping worlds of an extended Pakistani landowning family. Servants, masters, peasants and socialites, all inextricably bound to each other, confront the advantages and constraints of their station, the dissolution of old ways, and the shock of change. These richly textured stories reveal the complexities of Pakistani class and culture, as they describe the loves, triumphs, misunderstandings and tragedies of everyday life. Amazon link