Pakistan,Ã‚Â officially theÃ‚Â Islamic Republic of Pakistan,Ã‚Â is a country inÃ‚Â South Asia. It is theÃ‚Â worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sixth-most populous countryÃ‚Â with a population of more than 204 million people.Ã‚Â It is theÃ‚Â 36th-largest country in the world in terms of area,Ã‚Â covering 796,095 sqÃ‚Â kmÃ‚Â (307,374Ã‚Â sq mi.) LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s explore more about this country with the following facts.
71 Interesting facts about PakistanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s noted personalities, trade, infrastructure, irrigation, independence, fertile desert, talent and moreÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
#1.Ã‚Â Sialkot, located in Pakistan, isÃ‚Â the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s total production.
#2.Ã‚Â PakistanÃ‚Â is the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first IslamicÃ‚Â country to attain nuclear power.
#3.Ã‚Â PakistanÃ‚Â hasÃ‚Â the highest paved international roadÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Karakoram Highway (KKH).
#4.Ã‚Â PakistanÃ‚Â hasÃ‚Â the largest canal-based irrigationÃ‚Â system in the world.
#5.Ã‚Â Pakistan has theÃ‚Â worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest ambulance network. PakistanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Edhi Foundation, which is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, operates the network.
#6.Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â highest batting partnershipÃ‚Â 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.Ã‚Â PakistanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s estimated population was 201,995,540 in July 2016, making itÃ‚Â the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sixth-most-populous country, behindÃ‚Â BrazilÃ‚Â and ahead of Nigeria.
#8.Ã‚Â The name Pakistan meansÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Ëœland of the pureÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã‚Â in Persian and Urdu.
#9.Ã‚Â JustÃ‚Â two people have won theÃ‚Â Nobel PrizeÃ‚Â from Pakistan. They are: Malala Yousafzai for Peace in 2014 and Abdus Salam for Physics in 1979.
#10.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬ËœIslamic Republic of PakistanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ is theÃ‚Â official nameÃ‚Â of Pakistan.
#11.Ã‚Â Karachi, theÃ‚Â largest city of Pakistan, is its financial hub as well as home to almost 17 million people. It also has a major seaport.
#12.Ã‚Â PakistanÃ‚Â became independent in 1947Ã‚Â from the British Indian Empire.
#13.Ã‚Â The Pakistani rupee is theÃ‚Â official currencyÃ‚Â of Pakistan.
#14.Ã‚Â Sugarcane juice is theÃ‚Â national drinkÃ‚Â of Pakistan. In Pakistan, it is also known as Ã¢â‚¬Å“roh.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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#16.Ã‚Â PakistanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â national language is Urdu,Ã‚Â while its official language is English.
#17.Ã‚Â The internet is used by 35.835 million people in Pakistan. It occupiesÃ‚Â position number 27Ã‚Â on the list of the top internet-using countries in the world. NearlyÃ‚Â 18% of its population usesÃ‚Â the Internet (July 2015 est.)
#18.Ã‚Â The Ã¢â‚¬ËœKhewra Salt MineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ in Pakistan isÃ‚Â the largest and oldest salt mineÃ‚Â in the world.
#19.Ã‚Â Pakistan hasÃ‚Â the only fertile desert in the worldÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œÃ‚Â the Tharparkar desertÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ located in Sindh province.
#20.Ã‚Â Pakistan has theÃ‚Â eleventh-largest armed forceÃ‚Â in the world.Ã‚Â It has 617,000 people in its army. UN peacekeeping missions are supported largely by the Pakistani army.
#21.Ã‚Â According to a survey, Pakistan has one of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â top national anthem tunes.
#22.Ã‚Â Pakistanis areÃ‚Â the fourth-most intelligent peopleÃ‚Â in the world, according to poll results gathered from 125 countries by the Institute of European Business Administration.
#23.Ã‚Â The worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â seventh-largest collection of scientistsÃ‚Â and engineers is from Pakistan.
#24.Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s longest glacial systemÃ‚Â outside the polar regions Ã¢â‚¬â€œÃ‚Â the Biafo GlacierÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is in Pakistan.
#25.Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â largest earth-filled damÃ‚Â in the world (and fifth largest by structural volume) is the Ã¢â‚¬ËœTarbela DamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ on the Indus river in Pakistan.
#26.Ã‚Â Out of the total land area in Pakistan, 25% is under agricultural cultivation. Pakistan irrigates three times more land area than Russia.
#27.Ã‚Â The onceÃ‚Â worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest man-made forestÃ‚Â is in Pakistan Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the Changa Manga forest (12,423 acres in area). It is named after twoÃ‚Â brother dacoits, the Changa Manga forest was originally planted in 1866 by British foresters.
#28.Ã‚Â Mango is theÃ‚Â national fruitÃ‚Â of Pakistan, and its national flower is Jasmine.
#29.Ã‚Â The markhor is theÃ‚Â national animalÃ‚Â of Pakistan. Its national bird is the chukar partridge.
#30.Ã‚Â Pakistan has some of theÃ‚Â best-trained air force pilotsÃ‚Â in the world.
#31.Ã‚Â The Shah Faisal Mosque in Pakistan can accommodateÃ‚Â 100,000 worshipersÃ‚Â at a time. It was theÃ‚Â largest mosque in the worldÃ‚Â from 1986 until 1993.
#32.Ã‚Â MM Alam, late Air Commodore from Pakistan, is known to haveÃ‚Â shot five planes in less than a minute during theÃ‚Â Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
#33.Ã‚Â Islamabad, theÃ‚Â capital of Pakistan,Ã‚Â has a population of 1.365 million (2015).
#34.Ã‚Â March 23rdÃ‚Â is PakistanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â Republic DayÃ‚Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pakistan Day.Ã¢â‚¬Â
#35.Ã‚Â Almost 55% of PakistanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s population is literate.
#36. Life expectancyÃ‚Â in Pakistan is 67.7 years (2016.)
#37.Ã‚Â The majority of PakistanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s population is Muslim, amounting to 96.4%, while the rest includes Hindus and Christians.
#38.Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â GDP of PakistanÃ‚Â is $988.2 billion (2016 est.)
#39.Ã‚Â 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.
#41.Ã‚Â In 1973, Pakistan adopted a constitution for the parliamentary system of government.
#42.Ã‚Â Benazir Bhutto became theÃ‚Â first female Prime Minister of Pakistan, and of any Muslim nation. (Learn aboutÃ‚Â Pakistani culture and traditions)
#43.Ã‚Â Islamic law became the law of the land inÃ‚Â Pakistan after legislation was passed in 1991.
#44.Ã‚Â On August 31st, 2007,Ã‚Â General Parvez MusharrafÃ‚Â amended the constitution of Pakistan to allow himself a third term as president.
#45.Ã‚Â On November 29, 2007, Musharraf took the oath as President for the third time.
#46.Ã‚Â On May 2, 2011 Ã¢â‚¬â€œÃ‚Â Osama bin LadenÃ‚Â was killed by U.S.Ã‚Â special forces during a raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan. He was the leader of Al Qaeda.
#47.Ã‚Â Pakistan consumed 82 billion kWh of electricity, while it produced 100 billion kWh (2014 est.)
#48.Ã‚Â Pakistan generatesÃ‚Â 67.7% of energy from fossil fuels, 3.2% from nuclear fuels, 28.6% from hydroelectric plants and 0.4% from other renewable sources (2015).
#49.Ã‚Â Pakistan emits 145 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually (2012).
#50.Ã‚Â There were 2,990,954 fixed-line and 125.9 million cellular mobile subscribers in Pakistan in 2015.
#51.Ã‚Â The internet country code for Pakistan is .pk.
#52.Ã‚Â There areÃ‚Â 151 airportsÃ‚Â in Pakistan (2013).
#53.Ã‚Â A total length of 11,881 km is covered by railways in Pakistan. Out of this length, 11,492 km is the broad gauge, while 389 km is the narrow gauge.
#54.Ã‚Â There is 263,942 km of roadway infrastructure in Pakistan, out of which 708 km is the expressway.
#55.Ã‚Â Port Muhammad Bin Qasim is theÃ‚Â major port in Karachi, Pakistan.
Map of Pakistan
#56.Ã‚Â Pakistan spent 3.56% of its GDP on military expenditures in 2016.
#57.Ã‚Â Moenjo Daro, Harappa, Taxila, Kot Diji, Mehr Garh, Takht Bhai, Juniper Shaft cave, the Murghagull Gharra cave and Mughall saa cave are majorÃ‚Â archaeological sites in Pakistan.
#58.Ã‚Â PakistanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â major cropsÃ‚Â include cotton, wheat, rice and sugarcane.
#59. The total cropped areaÃ‚Â in Pakistan is 22.94 million hectares.
#60.Ã‚Â Textiles, cement, fertilizer, steel, sugar, electric goods and shipbuilding are the major industries in Pakistan.
#61.Ã‚Â There are: 916 hospitals, 4600 dispensaries, 113,206 registered doctors, 552 rural health centers and 6741 womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s health workersÃ‚Â in Pakistan.
#62.Ã‚Â Allama Muhammad Iqbal is theÃ‚Â National PoetÃ‚Â of Pakistan.
#63.Ã‚Â Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876-1948) isÃ‚Â the Father of the Nationof Pakistan.
#64.Ã‚Â The duration ofÃ‚Â PakistanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s National Anthem is 80 seconds.
#65.Ã‚Â There are 51 universities and 155,000 primary schools in Pakistan.
#66.Ã‚Â K-2 (Chagori) is theÃ‚Â highest mountain peakÃ‚Â in Pakistan, and theÃ‚Â second highest in the world.
#67.Ã‚Â Mamnoon Hussain is the current President of Pakistan, and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Prime Minister.
#68.Ã‚Â A person at theÃ‚Â age of 18Ã‚Â is qualified to vote in Pakistan.
#69.Ã‚Â The Supreme Court is the highest court in Pakistan.
#71. Pakistan imports:Ã‚Â machinery, electrical goods, petroleum products, transportation equipment, metals and metal products, fertilizer and foodstuffs.