71 Interesting Facts About Pakistan

Last updated on December 5th, 2017

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 207 million people. It is the 36th-largest country in the world in terms of area, covering 796,095 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 handsewn 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).

The Karakoram Highway
The Karakoram Highway in Pakistan.

#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 was 201,995,540 in July 2016, 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.

Malala Yousafzai
71 Interesting facts about Pakistan: Malaya Yousafzai – defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

#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 17 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.

Flag of Pakistan

flag of Pakistan
The national flag of Pakistan. Image credit – Wikipedia.org

#14. Sugarcane juice is the national drink of Pakistan. In Pakistan, it is also known as “roh.”

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#15. Afghanistan, China, India, and Iran share a border with Pakistan.

#16. Pakistan’s national language is Urdu, while its official language is English.

#17. The internet is used by 35.835 million people in Pakistan. It occupies position number 27 on the list of the top internet-using countries in the world. Nearly 18% of its population uses the Internet (July 2015 est.)

#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.

Tharparkar desert
71 Interesting facts about Pakistan: A view of the Tharparkar desert

#20. Pakistan has the eleventh-largest armed force in the world. It has 617,000 people in its army. UN peacekeeping missions are supported largely by the Pakistani army.

#21. According to a survey, Pakistan has one of the world’s top national anthem tunes.

#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 fifth 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.

Map of Pakistan

#27. The once world’s largest man-made forest is in Pakistan – the Changa Manga forest (12,423 acres in area). It is named after two brother dacoits, the Changa Manga forest was originally planted in 1866 by British foresters.

#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. It was the largest mosque in the world from 1986 until 1993.

The Shah Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, Pakistan.
The Shah Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, Pakistan. It is named after Saudi King Faisal, who provided a $120 million grant for the construction of the mosque in 1976. Image credit – Wikipedia.org

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#32. MM Alam, late Air Commodore from Pakistan, is known to have shot five planes in less than a minute during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.

#33. Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, has a population of 1.365 million (2015).

#34. March 23rd is Pakistan’s Republic Day or “Pakistan Day.”

#35. Almost 58% of Pakistan’s population is literate.

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