“Pakistan” is the land of pure people, by virtue of its meanings
Pakistan is the home for 200 million people with Muslim majority. Christianity and Hinduism are the next minorities living in Pakistan. Pakistan has the official status of Islamic republic country. We are the 6th most largest country of the world by our population!
Pakistan was the part of Indian sub-continent in south Asia. This area has been ruled by many different emperors and invaders from the neighboring regions, like Mauryans, Persians, the Arab Umayyads, Mughals, Hindus, Sikh rulers and British Empire at last.
The struggle for separate Muslim homeland started in late 19th century with the name of Pakistan Movement. This resulted in the separation of Muslim majority areas of subcontinent as an independent country, Pakistan, on 14th August 1947.
Pakistan is administratively divided into four provinces of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan. Islamabad is our capital. Islamabad and the north western tribal areas are federally administered by Pakistan Government.
Pakistan enjoys a supreme geopolitical location. It is a junction of south Asia, west Asia and central Asia. Pakistani coastline provides access to the Persian Gulf and oil rich central Asian countries, making a trade path from resource efficient countries to resource deficient countries of central Asia.
Pakistan has the status of only Muslim nuclear power. We are 2nd largest Muslim country by population with 8th largest armed forces in the world.
Pakistan today is a multi-party system parliamentary state. Pakistan Muslim League has the majority in parliament and formed its government in June 2013. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and Pakistan Peoples Party are the next largest political parties in Pakistan.
Pakistan people have adopted their culture from all of the ancient ruling communities. Today, Pakistan culture is the made up of oldest civilizations of Indus valley to the most modern westernized life style.
Pakistan culture is a very rich and diversified. Punjabi, Sindhi, Pakhtuns, Balochi and Kashmiri people make the vast majority of Pakistani people. All of these ethnic communities have adopted their culture from their old ancestors from Indian sub-continent, Arabs, Afghans, Persians and Rajput Hindus.Being a Muslim society, all of our regional cultures are based on Islamic rituals.
Urdu, English, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashtu, Balochi are the most speaking languages in Pakistan. Urdu is the National Language of Pakistan, with English as our official language. 49% of Pakistanis are English speakers.
Shalwaar Kameez is the national dress of Pakistan. Achkan, Laacha, Ghagra Choli , Kurtas and Pajama are the other common dresses in Pakistani rural areas. The official dressing includes formal Western styled dressings of Pants and Shirts. Most famous Pakistani designers are Khaddi, Bareeze, HSY, Gul Ahmad and Sana Safina.
Pakistani Music and Cinema
Pakistani music has a huge variety of regional folk. Qawali, Ghazals and Geets are loved by the people of every age and community. Coke Studio and Nescafe Basement are the most popular music programs in Pakistan today. The modern directors like Rohail Hayat, Faisal Masood and Bilal Masood have presented an excellent mix of our folk music with the westernized music.
Pakistani Cinema is inspired by our the social issues and legendary figures. WAAR, CHOORIAN, BOL, KHUDA K LIA, MAIN HOON SHAHID AFRIDI are the most famous and highly grossing Urdu movies of Pakistani Cinema.
Pakistani festivals are the complete representation of our regional culture and Islamic practices. The Muslims New Year starts with the religious ceremony of Muharrams, when Muslims mourn for their martyred leader Hussain.
Milaad un Nabi, is celebrated as the birthday of Muslims’ last prophet Muhammad. Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Azha are the largest religious festivals in Pakistan. Pakistani people make religious offerings and enjoy the special dishes, Eidi gifts and family feasts on these events.
Jashan e Baharan is celebrated in the whole country to welcome the springs with flower decorations and kite flying competitions.
Iqbal Day (9th November), Pakistan Day (23rd March), Youam – Takebeer (28th May) Independence Day (14th August) , Defense Day (6th September) and Quaid e Azam’s Day are our national holidays in the commemoration of our historic events and national pride.
Famous cities of Pakistan
The largest cities of Pakistan depict vibrant attractions of Pakistani Culture. Pakistan has 271 listed cities in four provinces of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Baluchistan and federally administered areas of Islamabad and semi-autonomous territories.
Lahore, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad are the largest cities of Punjab. Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur in Sindh. Peshawar, Mardan and Abottabad in Khyber Pakhtukhwa and Quetta in Baluchistan.
More than 30% of our population is concentrated in our provincial capitals and Islamabad. These cities of Pakistan serve as our major economic, educational and commercial centers.