14 interesting facts about Pakistan that you will be hearing for the first time!

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Our homeland Pakistan has fascinating facts and historical moments locked away; finding out about them is extremely educational.

Here are 14 interesting facts relating to Pakistan that will amaze you and put you in awe.

1.) Karachi of the 1960s was considered a global economic role model.

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, and currently one of the most advanced cities of the Developed World, borrowed Karachi’s second “Five-Year Plan” in the 1960s.

Karachi in 1961.

2.) Gwadar was an enclave controlled by the Sultanate of Oman, even after independence in 1947.

Pakistan officially purchased Gwadar from Oman in 1958.

To this day, Omani and Arab cultural influences are visible in the city.

Omani Arab soldiers in Gwadar.

3.) The Brahui language (براہوئی‎) is a Dravidian (South Indian) language spoken in Balochistan. Its geographic isolation from other Dravidian languages makes it interesting and unique!

List of English words of Dravidian origin - Wikipedia

4.) The Burushaski language, spoken exclusively in some parts of Gilgit-Baltistan, is a rare language as it is considered a language isolate.

Language isolates are languages that cannot be categorized into larger language families with any other languages.

5.) Pakistan and Israel are the two only states in the modern world that were solely created on religious grounds. The rest of the countries in the world were created on social, political, cultural, ethnic, and historic grounds.

6.) There are ‘East Pakistanis’, commonly known as Stranded Pakistanis, in Bangladesh who consider Pakistan their homeland but are stuck in Bangladesh since the Fall of Dhaka in 1971.

7.) The Indus Basin Irrigation System (IBIS) in Pakistan is considered the largest contiguous irrigation system in the world.

8.) Pakistan’s Edhi Foundation has the largest volunteer ambulance service in the world.

9.) Karachi, one of the dirtiest cities in the world, was known as the ‘Paris Of Asia’ from the 1900s till the early 1940s. It was considered to be one of the cleanest cities in British India.

During that time, the city’s streets used to be cleaned, often with water, on a daily basis.

Karachi during the British Raj of India.

10.) Peshawer is considered to be the most ancient city in Pakistan, and one of the oldest in South Asia. The city’s recorded history dates back to at least 539 BCE.

11.) The Kashmiri language is barely spoken in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK). People in AJK mostly speak Pahari–Pothwari with its various dialects.

12.) The Takht-e-Sulaiman mountain in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) is named after Prophet Sulaiman (PBUH).

According to renowned explorer Ibn Battuta, Prophet Sulaiman (PBUH) allegedly climbed this mountain and looked out over the land of India, which was then “covered with darkness”, but he turned back without descending into this new frontier


13.) Karachi, located thousands of miles outside the Pakhtun heartland, has more Pakhtuns than any city of KPK.

14.) Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport (KHI) was considered to be one of the busiest in the world between the 1960s and the 1980s.

Several of the world’s renowned airlines used the airport as a stopover for long-haul flights.

Jinnah International Airport (KHI) in 1967.

However, due to the political climate in the city, starting from the 1990s, and the emergence of Dubai’s airport on the world map, this was no longer the case.

What are your views on these facts? Share with us in the comments below.

  • This easily explains how the Arabs screwed us over after 80s… so much for giving them respect…

    • How so? Much of what has fallen on us since the ’80s is due to several factors; most of which are due to our own deeds.

      • Karachi Airport — Dubai airport
        PIA — Emirates
        OBL — helped Taliban and offshoots..
        Dubai — indirect controlling and money funneling place for top media houses
        Dubai — largest direct beneficiary of black money
        Saudi Arabia — Moulvi culture, Wahhabism.
        Nawazoo, Zardari — supported and saved by Arabs multiple times
        Arabs — dragged us into 9/11

        Arabs have treated us as 2nd class citizens. As our religion originated from there, we keep on giving them benefit of doubt, while they keep on abusing us. It is about time to partner with Turkey and others

  • Most of them are know facts but Laanat til Qeyamah on creaters and controlers of MQM. MQM is curse on Karachi and Pakistan.

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