10 Things Only In Pakistan

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10 Things Only In Pakistan
Pakistan stands at the crossroads of South and Central Asia. This unique geographical position has given the country immense social and natural diversity. There exist many features, cultures and honors unique to Pakistan. Following are some of these surprises.
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The Biggest Glaciers:

The north of Pakistan boasts undoubtedly the world’s most stunning mountain scenery. Forget about those touristy Himalayan trials in Nepal, if you are looking for real wild mountain beauty, then Northern Areas are the place to go. The extreme northeastern part of Pakistan is dominated by the craggy Karakorums, whose glaciers are the world’s biggest permanent mass of snow and ice outside the poles.
2.  

A Language Isolate:

The Hunza valley, with its beauty and isolation has inspired many legends. The former princely state only really opened up to the rest of the world with the completion of Karakorum Highway in 1986. Of the many unique features about the region, the presence of a language isolate is the most puzzling. Burushaski is not related to any other language in the world and with Korean and Basque, is the world’s most vibrant language isolate.
3.  

World’s Biggest Mountain Face:

Nanga Parbat is a sight to behold. It towers above the surrounding terrain like a brooding giant. Its south face, known as “Rupal Face” is the world’s biggest mountain face, rising unbroken for 4600 meters from its base. If one considers the peak to base distance, the north face of Nanga Parbat forms the world’s deepest gorge, plunging almost 7000 meters to the Indus River.
4.  

World’s Tallest Cliff:

Trango Towers are amongst the many jewels encountered during the epic trek to K2. Standing tall like guardians of the great glaciers, the biggest member of the group, the Grand Trango, features the world’s greatest nearly vertical drop; nearly 1340 meters. They also offer some of the most technical rock climbing and extreme BASE jumping opportunities.
5.  

The most Mysterious Tribe:

Although un-contacted tribes still exist in unexplored rainforest regions, Kalash are possibly the world’s most mysterious group. Surrounded for thousands of kilometers by Islamic strongholds, they are the only tribe which has kept its pre-Islamic belief religion. Their exotic European features have inspired many theories about possible origins but nothing substantial has yet been proven. Their long term existence is however in doubt due to increasing tourist exposure and Islamization.
6.  

The World’s Largest Mosque:

The Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad can accommodate almost 100000 worshipers. Completed in 1976, it could at that time probably hold the city’s entire population. Built with Saudi donations, was named for its King and designed like a desert tent.
7.  

The Area of Greatest Linguistic Diversity:

The Chitral district of northwest Pakistan has 13 languages spoken, more than any other similarly sized area in the world. Many of these are unique to the district and are loosing strength in numbers. This incredible diversity, prevalence of European facial features and existence of a language isolate has lead to an extraordinary hypothesis; that the “White” race did not invade India from Central Asia but in fact originated in the area around Chitral and then migrated to Central Area and Europe.
8.  

World’s biggest refugee population:

Pakistan’s western neighbor Afghanistan has been in a perpetual state of war for generations. The Afghans however had largely learned to live with internal tribal conflicts and prejudices but the situation changed dramatically with the 1979 Soviet invasion. This coupled with non-existent border control resulted in more than 5 million refugees pouring into Pakistan. Although recent years have been some of the most peaceful of the past decades, around 1.8 million refugees still reside in Pakistan and its still hosting the world’s biggest such population.
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The Highest Paved Border Crossing:

The phenomenal Karakorum highway reaches its highest point at the Khunjerab Pass, the world’s highest paved border crossing. It is located on a watershed and has largely flatter, rolling terrain on the other side into China. Despite its hostile altitude, the pass has been used for centuries as a part of the famous Silk Route.
10.  

World’s Largest Irrigation System:

Pakistan has the world’s largest canal based irrigation system. Dependant exclusively on the Indus river and its tributaries, this network has also irrigated a population boom. The system was originally built by the British and was then expanded in 1960’s but now has become a rusty, inefficient old machine.
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Comments (44)
  • Zara
    What an amazing compilation of great facts about Pakistan. So many amazing things that one tends to look over with all the media hype shifted towards the negatives of the country. It is refreshing to read historical, geographical, lingual and ethnic facts. Great job!
  • khalid
    My dear friend correct me if i am wrong but i think Masjid al-Haram is world's largets mosque with a capacity of 820,000 worshippers.
  • Papa ji
    @khalid:Masjid Al-Haram is not strictly a mosque by definition but a place of pilgrimage.
  • Imran
    @Papa ji:Dear Papa ji then how would you define Masjid al-Nabawi(with a capacity of 650,000 worshippers and with area of 4,311,000 sq ft)?
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  • Ching Lee
    You pakistani are a junk for this whole world Just dont focus on the brighter part of the sun Also look at the darker part of pakistan What have u guys done for the whole world?? Just dont think about yourself,i saw on the Tv,that you guys dont pay salaries,prostitute are fuckd in 50 bucks (****THATS A DIFFRRNT THING THAT 20 MEN FUCK THAT GIRL **** )JUST TRY TO AVOID TERRORISM IN YOUR COUNTRY & WHOLE WORLD WILL BE IN PEACE
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    HEy ching lee,i wll fuck your ass,your mother ass,if i come in china You chinese people only knw ,how to increase population You peple has also troubled our BHAI Jann in china Rmemember one thing ,if pakistani get angry,all your china will be finished ALLAH -HO - AKBAR
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  • Ross
    Also you guys forgot to mention the most dirtiest of all the countries is Pakistan dosen't reflect the name Pak.
  • Ross
    Ohh forgot they hate India but at home and in the evening they all watch Indian movies:) everyone copies Indian songs and style very stupid:) Come on guys before you reply to this post honestly have you not watched Zee TV or any Indian movie last night or last hour??? or last month if not then reply to me if you did watch then fuck off !!!
  • aun shah
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  • Taha Pakistani
    Ross I ve been to India as well.talking of dirty does not suits from an Indian. Moreover, if we enjoy so called indian songs, they are usually sung by a pakistani singer, like Atif, Rahat or Ali Zafar. Ching Lee with lots of regards to China, I think looking at the brighter side makes ur mind brighter. We shd not deny bad things happening, but prostitution is far more in China, you better check at your side. And better do your homework, give any single Pakistani name, involved and convicted for terrorism. We can give you names of Americans, Britishers, Indians and even a few Chinese, involved in terrorism within Pakistan. The conditions of Pakistan is solely our personal matter, and we dont need any outsider to comment.
  • Taha Pakistani
    @khalid:Khalid & Imran, Shah Faisal Masjid, owns the uniqueness of 100,000 people to pray within the roof, otherwise if we include the open area, it is much more than that. The Masjid al Haram, and Masjid al Nabwi doesnot allow, that much people to gather within the roof area. That's why the Faisal Mosque is counted as the largest mosques of all.
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  • Muzzammil
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  • waju
    Heyyy..!!!! 27 languages are spoken in chitral.
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    take take take take take ok u have these things but what sports star??major film star or invention has ever come out of pakistan??? only bad things terrorism bombs and murderers any how happy eid
  • Arsh cheema
    no matter what opposition says pakistan is most loved country on planet
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