Pakistan: Interesting Facts
- Pakistan is home to the second highest mountain K2, third highest Tirich Mir and the three highest mountain ranges in the world (Hindukush, Karakoram and Himalayas).
- The world's largest deep sea port, Gwadar, is in Pakistan.
- World's highest paved road, the eighth wonder of the world (the China-Pakistan friendship highway or the Karakoram Highway) is in Pakistan!
- Pakistan’s Edhi Foundation proudly runs the world’s largest volunteer ambulance service.
- Pakistan’s Sialkot produces over half the world’s footballs, making the country world’s largest producer of hand-sewed footballs. The official footballs in the last two FIFA World Cups were made in Pakistan.
- Pakistan has the fourth largest irrigation system in the world (Indus Basin).
- World’s second largest salt mines (Khewra Mines) are located in Pakistan. The world's famous pink Himalayan salt is also mined in Pakistan.
- The highest polo ground in the world is in Shandur, Pakistan.
- Pakistan is the only Muslim nuclear power country in the world.
- From 1981 to 1986, Jahangir Khan of Pakistan was unbeaten and during that time, he won 555 consecutive matches – the longest winning streak by any athlete in top-level professional sport.
- Pakistan is home to the youngest Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousafzai.
- The President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, is the second ever Dentist who has become a President, while the Prime Minister Imran Khan is the first Cricketer of the world to become a PM.
- The world’s oldest and largest civilizations (Indus Valley Civilization) flourished in the region that is today Pakistan.
- Tarbela Dam of Pakistan is the largest earth-filled dam in the world, and also the largest dam by structural volume.
- Samina Baig, a Pakistani high-altitude mountaineer, became the first and youngest Muslim woman to climb Mount Everest (2013) and all the Seven Summits (2014), having done so at the age of 21. A documentary film “Beyond the Heights” was made on her expedition to Mount Everest.
- Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a Pakistani journalist, filmmaker and activist, who is the recipient of two Oscars, six Emmy Awards and a Knight International Journalism Award. Her Academy Award win for Saving Face made her the first Pakistani to win an Academy Award. She is the only female film director to have won two academy awards by the age of 37 and one of only eleven female directors who have ever won an Oscar for a non-fiction film.
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