You may have heard about Pakistan in relation to ‘Brazuca’ – the official football that was made in Pakistan for the FIFA World Cup in 2014. Or you may have heard some unfortunate news about Pakistan via the various media channels. We’ve gathered 10 facts about Pakistan which you do not see every day on traditional media. These facts will blow your mind and may even change your perspective of the country.
1- Highest Mountain Ranges In The World
Pakistan is home to some of the world’s highest mountain ranges. They include the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush range, in which four mountains out of the fourteen highest peaks in the world are located. K-2, the world’s second highest peak, is also located in Pakistan.
2- Largest Deep Sea Port in the World
Gwadar port is the largest deep sea port in the world, located at the South Western Arabian Sea, along the coast line of Balochistan, Pakistan. This port is considered a lifeline in the region’s economy. Pakistan has agreed on a collaboration with China to turn Gwadar into a full scale commercial port.
3- Highest paved International Road
Did you know that the “Eighth Wonder of the World” is located in Pakistan? Karakoram Highway has been constructed at a height of 15,397 ft between China and Pakistan. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region.
4- Second Largest Salt Mine in the World
Khewara Salt Mines are the world’s second largest, and Pakistan’s oldest salt mines. It was discovered by Alexander the Great’s troops in 320 B.C. So that’s a long long time ago.
The salt mines are the largest source of salt in the world, producing 350,000 tons of salt per year. The salt mine reserves are estimated to be about 600 million tons, so don’t worry, there’s plenty more salt to be mined.
5- One of the Largest Deserts In The World
The Thar desert is located on the border between Pakistan and India. It’s the world’s ninth largest sub-tropical desert. This desert is about 10,000 years old and was once a water source for the Indus Valley Civilization.
6- Highest Polo Field in the World
Shandur Top is located in Gilgit, Pakistan and called “Roof of the World”, because it’s elevated at a height of 12,200 ft. Every year a polo match is played between Gilgit and Chitral teams. People from all around the world come to watch this match, at the highest polo field in the world.
7- Largest Irrigation System in The world
The world’s largest irrigation network is present in Pakistan. It serves 14.4 million hectares of cultivated land. The irrigation system is fed by water from the Indus River. The main features of the system are its three major storage reservoirs, namely, Tarbela and Chashma on the River Indus and Mangla on the River Jhelum; 19 barrages; 12 inter-river link canals and 43 independent irrigation canals with a total length of the main canals at 58,500 km.
8- Largest Ambulance Network in the World
Edhi Foundation is the world’s largest non-profit social welfare organization. This organization provides 24-hour emergency services, medical & healthcare services and shelter for orphans. Abdul Sattar Edhi started the service from a single room and now it has over 300 centers all over Pakistan. It has branches in other countries such as the UK, the US, Canada, Japan and China.
9- First Islamic Country To Attain Nuclear Power
Pakistan became the first Islamic country to become a nuclear power on 28th May 1998. The country ensured a defence against possible threats from outside the country.
10- More than 50% of the Worlds Footballs are made in Pakistan
Sialkot is a city famous for making sports equipment. Hand-stitched footballs are a trademark of the city. Around 60 milion hand-stitched footballs are produced by small firms in Sialkot, Pakistan. In 2014, 42 million official ‘Brazuca’ footballs were exported to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup. Even NASA tested the football and declared it the best football ever made.