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Interesting facts about Pakistan#

With permission from the Pakistan Tours Guide
Pictures added by the author

Author: Haris Naeem

*Hand sewn footballs #

Pakistan is the proud manufacturer of more than 50 percent of world's football where they are yet to make a mark in the game on the international scene. FIFA World Cup gets all the footballs from Sialkot, Pakistan.

*Largest deep sea port#

Gwadar is the largest deep sea warm water port in Baluchistan province of Pakistan. It is considered as an economic corridor of South Asia which promises to bring in a lot of prospects for Pakistan in the years to come.

*Karakoram Highway #

The Karakoram Highway is considered as the highest paved highway of the world. This miraculous effort leads it to be unofficially called as the 8th wonder of the world.
Karakoram Highway, Photo: Anthony Maw, from Wikicommons
Karakoram Highway
Photo: Anthony Maw, from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 3.0

*Largest irrigation system of the world#

72 percent of the Pakistan's population is associated with agriculture as their main source of income. The country has the largest canal based irrigation system of the entire world.

*Largest private ambulance network#

The Edhi foundation lead by a noble philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi is accredited to have the largest private ambulance service of the world. This ambulance fleet is of over 1800 ambulances and still growing which serves people all around the country.

*Fastest literacy growth rate#

The country is investing a lot on education and it has been noted that in the last 5 years or since 2009, the growth in the literacy rate is 250 percent which is yet to be achieved by any other developing country.

*The youngest Microsoft Certified expert#

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 hub of peaks#

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.

K2 from the south, from Wikicommons
K2 from the south
from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 3.0

*National Anthem#

The tune of the Pakistan's national anthem is rated amongst the top 3 best national anthem tunes of the world. This has truly became the recognition of Pakistan and something which every Pakistani feels proud of.

Sports achievement#

In 1994, Pakistan became the first country of the world to hold 4 World Cups titles in different mainstream sports simultaneously. The sports include Cricket, Hockey, Squash and Snooker. Pakistan has won the 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2009 T20 World Cup.

*Jahangir Khan#

Jahangir Khan is one of the best player in the game of squash ever. He won the British Open title, the most prestigious event in the game record 10 times which is an unbelievable record. Another great achievement of the man is that in one of his British Open title won, he didn't lose any single point which is incredible!

Jahangir Khan 2010, Photo: Ian Butterworth, from Wikicommons
Jahangir Khan 2010
Photo: Ian Butterworth, from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 4.0

*Best air force pilots #

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.

*Noble prize winners#

Pakistan has produced 2 noble prize winners. The first one was for Dr. Abdus Salam in 1979 who was a physicist. The second one was for Malala Yousafzai who won it just recently on 2014 for her efforts in education for girls and peace.

Dr.Abdul Salam 1987, Photo: Molendijk Bart, from Wikicommons
Dr.Abdul Salam 1987
Photo: Molendijk Bart, from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 3.0
Malala Yousafzai 2013, Photo: Claude TRUONG from Wikicommons
Malala Yousafzai 2013
Photo: Claude TRUONG from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 3.0

*Missile Technology#

Pakistan missile technology is one of the best in the world. The country made a lot of missiles in a very little time since they became a nuclear power. Their missiles are acknowledged as one of the best in the world.

*Jet fighters manufacturing#

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.

*Engineers and scientists#

Pakistan has the 7th largest pool of the he scientists and engineers of the world. The highly qualified number of doctors too in Pakistan is quite large and they are serving in different parts of Pakistan and abroad as well.

*Shah Faisal Mosque#

The great Shah Faisal Mosque of Islamabad was built in 1976 which has a capacity to accommodate 100,000 people for praying. This capacity at the time of it built could accommodate the whole population of the city.

Faisal Masjid, Photo: Asjad Jamshed, from Wikicommons
Faisal Masjid
Photo: Asjad Jamshed, from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 2.0

*Rich heritage#

Several monuments and other buildings in Pakistan are accredited as the most renowned building of the world. Several of them are also marked by UN as the cultural heritage of the world. Some popular buildings mostly belonged to the Mughal empire includes the Badshahi Mosque, Shahi Fort and Shalamar Garden etc.

Badshahi Masjid, Photo: Ali Imran, from Wikicommons
Badshahi Masjid
Photo: Ali Imran, from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 3.0

*Air Commodore M.M. Alam#

He was one of the greatest fighter pilots of the country. He holds the world record of shooting down 5 jet fighters in less than a minute. This world record was made in the 1965 war which is yet to be broken.


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.


With over 200 million population, Pakistan is the 6th most populous nation in the world.

*Super power#

In terms of superpowers of the world, Pakistan is ranked number 9th in the list. It is because of its nuclear power, missile technology, economic growth and having the 6th largest army of the world. This is something which really makes the Pakistanis proud of the achievement.

*Khewra salt mines#

The Khewra salt mines are rated as the 2nd largest salt mines of the world. It is also one of the main tourist attractions of the country with interest of foreigner visitors as well.

Inside the salt caves, Photo: Shikari7 from Wikicommons
Inside the salt caves
Photo: Shikari7 from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 3.0

*Nomination of UNO#

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.

*Excellent place for tourists#

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.

Lake Saif ul Mulook in Kaghan Valley, Photo:Faizan Farooq from Wikicommons
Lake Saif ul Mulook in Kaghan Valley
Photo:Faizan Farooq from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 3.0
Banjosa lake near Rawalakot, Photo:Khurram Naseer from Wikicommons
Banjosa lake near Rawalakot
Photo:Khurram Naseer from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 3.0

*Mango exporters#

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.

*Tarbela Dam#

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.

A beautiful view of Tarbela Dam, Photo: Paul Duncan, from Wikicommons
A beautiful view of Tarbela Dam
Photo: Paul Duncan, from Wikicommons, under CC0 1.0 Universal

*Educational achievements#

The Cambridge exams of both A and O levels have been topped by Pakistani students and this is a record yet to be broken.

*Least radical discrimination#

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.

*Surgical instruments#

Pakistan is one the biggest exporter of surgical instruments all around the world.

*Rice and cotton exporters#

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.

*A place to enjoy all weathers#

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.

*Allama Iqbal#

Allama Iqbal, who is one of the main persons behind the creation of Pakistan, is also known as the famous philosopher and follower of the world. His books of wisdom have followers all around the world.

Allama Iqbal, Photo,from Wikicommons
Allama Iqbal
Photo,from Wikicommons, under CC0 1.0 Universal

*Thar Dessert#

Thar is the 9th largest sub-tropical dessert of the world. This mighty desert is located near the Indian border and is one of the oldest dessert of the world.

Nomads in the Thar desert, Photo: Shiva Nataraja, from Wikicommons
Nomads in the Thar desert
Photo: Shiva Nataraja, from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 3.0

*Shandur Polo Ground#

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.

At Shandur Polo Festival, Photo: PhilippN, 2009; Wikicommons
At Shandur Polo Festival
Photo: PhilippN, 2009; Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 2.0


Pakistan is famous worldwide for its handicrafts where people fell in love with their beautiful art pieces and most specially the handmade carpets which have their class apart.

Handicrafts displayed in a traditional restaurant, Photo: Haris Naeem, 2017
Handicrafts displayed in a traditional restaurant
Photo: Haris Naeem, 2017, under CC BY-SA 4.0

Display of handicrafts, Photo: Haris Naeem, 2017
Display of handicrafts
Photo: Haris Naeem, 2017, under CC BY-SA 4.0


Pakistan is famous for jewelry products and one one of the largest producers of jewelry. The gold and silver jewelry made by Pakistani artists is loved by people all around the world.

*Truck art#

Pakistan is world famous for its trick art and this unique thing has given the country a great recognition on the international scale. Pakistani truck artists have won various awards in different truck art competition held worldwide.

Typical Decorations seen on a truck, Photo: Alexandros Papadopoulos, from Wikicommons
Typical Decorations seen on a truck
Photo: Alexandros Papadopoulos, from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 3.0

*Leather Industry#

The leather exports of Pakistan are very high and they are loved worldwide by consumers for their quality.

*Largest glaciers#

Some of the largest glaciers of the world can be found in the Northern Pakistan. Baltoro Glacier, one of the largest span around 63 kilometer.

Baltoro Glacier from above, Photo: Guilhem Vellut, from Wikicommons
Baltoro Glacier from above
Photo: Guilhem Vellut, from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 3.0

*60 Languages#

More than 60 languages are spoken in Pakistan making it a highly diverse community.

*Eight-Thousanders of Pakistan#

Five of the world's total fourteen mountains over 8000 meters are located in Pakistan. Namely; K2 (8,611 meters), Nanga Parbat (8,126 meters), Gasherbrum I (8080 meters), Broad Peak (8,051 meters), Gasherbrum II (8,034 meters).

Nanga Parbat, Photo: Guilhem Vellut, from Wikicommons
Nanga Parbat
Photo: Guilhem Vellut, from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 3.0

*Lahore Fort and Shalimar Gardens#

Lahore Fort and Shalimar Gardens were enlisted as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1981.
Marvelous view of the Shalimar Gardens, Photo: Muhammad Ashar, from Wikicommons
Marvelous view of the Shalimar Gardens
Photo: Muhammad Ashar, from Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 3.0