Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the world’s sixth-most populous country with a population of more than 199 million people. It is the 36th-largest country in the world in terms of area, covering 796095 sq km (307,374 sq mi.) Let’s explore more about this country with the following facts.
71 Interesting facts about Pakistan’s noted personalities, trade, infrastructure, irrigation, independence, fertile desert, talent and more…
1. Sialkot, located in Pakistan, is the world’s largest producer of hand-sewn footballs. Local factories in the region produce 40-60 million footballs a year, which is roughly 50-70% of the world’s total production.
2. Pakistan is the world’s first Islamic country to attain nuclear power.
3. Pakistan has the highest paved international road – The Karakoram Highway (KKH).
4. Pakistan has the largest canal-based irrigation system in the world.
5. Pakistan has the world’s largest ambulance network. Pakistan’s Edhi Foundation, which is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, operates the network.
6. The highest batting partnership formed by two players playing in their first Test matches in the sport of Cricket is 249 runs by Khalid Ibadulla (b. 20 December 1935) and Abdul Kadir (b. 1944, d. 2002) for Pakistan against Australia in Karachi, Pakistan, in the match played 24-29 October 1964.
7. Pakistan’s estimated population in 2015 was more than 191.71 million, making it the world’s sixth-most-populous country, behind Brazil and ahead of Nigeria.
8. The name Pakistan means ‘land of the pure’ in Persian and Urdu.
9. Just two people have won the Nobel Prize from Pakistan. They are: Malala Yousafzai for Peace in 2014 and Abdus Salam for Physics in 1979.
10. ‘Islamic Republic of Pakistan’ is the official name of Pakistan.
11. Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan, is its financial hub as well as home to almost 13 million people. It also has a major seaport.
12. Pakistan became independent in 1947 from the British Indian Empire.
13. The Pakistani rupee is the official currency of Pakistan.
14. Sugarcane juice is the national drink of Pakistan. In Pakistan, it is also known as “roh.”
16. Pakistan’s national language is Urdu, while its official language is English.
17. The internet is used by 21,063,037 people in Pakistan. It occupies position number 26 on the list of the top internet-using countries in the world. Nearly 11% of its population usees the Internet.
18. The ‘Khewra Salt Mine’ in Pakistan is the largest and oldest salt mine in the world.
19. Pakistan has the only fertile desert in the world – the Tharparkar desert – located in Sindh province.
20. Pakistan has the seventh-largest armed force in the world. It has 642,000 people in its army. UN peacekeeping missions are supported largely by the Pakistani army.
21. According to a survey, Pakistan has the world’s top national anthem tune.
22. Pakistanis are the fourth-most intelligent people in the world, according to poll results gathered from 125 countries by the Institute of European Business Administration.
23. The world’s seventh-largest collection of scientists and engineers is from Pakistan.
24. The world’s longest glacial system outside the polar regions – the Biafo Glacier – is in Pakistan.
25. The largest earth-filled dam in the world (and second largest by structural volume) is the ‘Tarbela Dam’ on the Indus river in Pakistan.
26. Out of the total land area in Pakistan, 25% is under agricultural cultivation. Pakistan irrigates three times more land area than Russia.
27. It is believed that the world’s largest man-made forest is in Pakistan – the Changa Manga forest (12,000 acres in area).
28. Mango is the national fruit of Pakistan, and its national flower is Jasmine.
29. The markhor is the national animal of Pakistan. Its national bird is the chukar partridge.
30. Pakistan has some of the best-trained air force pilots in the world.
31. The Shah Faisal Mosque in Pakistan can accommodate 100,000 worshipers at a time.
32. MM Alam, late Air Commodore from Pakistan, is known to have shot five planes in less than a minute.
33. Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, has a population of 919,000.
34. March 23rd is Pakistan’s Republic Day or “Pakistan Day.”
35. Almost 55% of Pakistan’s population is literate.
36. Life expectancy in Pakistan is 60 years.
37. The majority of Pakistan’s population is Muslim, amounting to 96.4%, while the rest includes Hindus and Christians.
38. The GDP of Pakistan is $884.2 billion.
39. In 1965, Pakistan had a second war with India over Kashmir. The seventeen-day war caused thousands of casualties on both sides, and also witnessed the largest tank battle since World War II.
40. Pakistan and India both claimed victory in the war of 1965, which ended after a ceasefire declaration by the intervention of the Soviet Union and the United States.