When we think about the Pakistan Resolution Day, our mind wanders to all the sacrifices that our ancestors made to assure the existence of Pakistan.
We have all been repeatedly reminded of the history of Pakistan through school, plays, television, and folklores – so this Pakistan Resolution Day, let’s try something new! We have compiled a few interesting facts about the country that enriches Pakistan’s history, significance, and gives Pakistan a strong foothold in the eyes of the world.
Now, without further ado, let’s begin!
Pakistan Resolution Day: Interesting Facts about the Land of the Pure
There is a lot more to Pakistan than what meets the eye. We have compiled a list of some astonishing facts about Pakistan. Stick with us, and give it a read, to learn more about the country. Here is a list of some of the most interesting facts about the country:
- World’s Oldest and Largest Civilisation
- Highest Paved Road
- Largest Volunteer Ambulance Service
- Highest Polo Ground
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- First Women Prime Minister in the Islamic World
For the patriotic and history buffs, here’s a guide to Quaid-e-Azam’s house all over the country. Let’s take a look at each of the above mentioned facts in detail.
- World’s oldest and largest civilisation
One of the most astonishing facts about Pakistan is that it is one of the oldest and largest civilisations in the world – yes, you got it right! We are talking about the Indus Valley Civilisation. The civilisation was situated around the Indus River and delta. The Indus Valley civilisation has the privilege of being called the world’s oldest and largest civilisation, whose signs and artefacts are still preserved to date and can be found at various museums around the world.
The civilisation consists of various meticulously planned cities. Even though Indus Valley is the oldest civilisation known to mankind, the infrastructure of the civilisation was quite modern back then; their drainage and water supply system have influenced the development of modern drainage systems.
2. World’s Highest Paved Road
The Karakoram Highway is proof of the ever-blooming Pakistan-China friendship, which is considered the eighth wonder of the world. In the world’s history, this is the highest built road. The road covers an area of 800 miles, running from Abbottabad in Pakistan to Kashgar in Xinjiang, West China. The highest point in the road lies at the Khunjerab pass at 4,800 meters.
It is not only the highest road in the world; it is also one of the most beautiful roads to travel on. Everywhere you look, you can see the most marvelous views, hills, mountains, valleys, glaciers with lakes and rivers.
3. Largest Volunteer Ambulance Service
The history of Pakistan is not only rich in heritage and breathtaking views; the country is also rich in generosity.
Edhi Foundation formed in 1951 by Abdul Sattar Edhi is one of the largest volunteer ambulance services in the world. The foundation is monitored from Karachi but operates all around the country, providing emergency services 24 hours. The foundation doesn’t only run ambulance services, but also provides shelter for the homeless and orphans, free health care, drug rehabilitation services as well as disaster relief service.
The charity was started by Abdul Sattar Edhi from one room; it has now expanded into more than 300 centres around the country.
4. Highest Polo Ground
Located at 3700 meters above sea level, at the Shandur Top, is the highest polo ground in the world.
The tradition of the game was started in 1936, by Balti Prince Ali Sher Khan. The Shandur polo festival held annually invites visitors to oversee the game and enjoy folk shows, music, dance and celebration.
Fun Fact: Did you know that the national anthem of Pakistan is played with the help of 21 musical instruments and in 38 different tones?
5. UNESCO world heritage sites
A UNESCO world heritage site is a natural or a cultural site, whose historical and cultural importance is portrayed and preserved, when the site is given the title.
Pakistan is home to six UNESCO world heritage sites.
·Archeological sites at Moen-Jo-Daro
· Buddhist ruins of Takht-e-Babri, near Kallar Kahar
·Monuments at Makli
6. First Woman Prime Minister in the Islamic World
Pakistan is not only the country to be the world’s first Islamic republic, it also has one of the highest honours, of having the first woman prime minister. The late Benazir Bhutto was the first woman in the history of Islamic countries to lead a democratic government.
Here are some of the most interesting and lesser known facts about Pakistan. If you think we missed something, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.