Pakistan: a world to discover

Pakistan: a world to discover

Pakistan is an Islamic Republic bordered by China, Afghanistan, China, and Iran. Pakistan is considered one of the cradles of human civilization as well as the home for Muslim people. The flag of Pakistan is a tribute to Islam since it has a vertical band on its left side, along with a green background which highlights the moon and the star, main symbols of Islam.

By 2016, Pakistan had an estimated population of 201,995,540, with a population growth of 1.45%, being thus one of the most populated countries in the world. Its capital city is Islamabad which has about 1.365 million in habitants, but Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, are also some of the main towns in Pakistan.

Pakistan achieved its independence on August 14, 1947, from the British India, and acquired a legal system based on the common law system with a high Islamic law influence. Urdu, a language related to Hindi with many loan words from Arabic, was designated as the official language in 1978. Thus, most people in Pakistan speak at least three languages: their own –according to the ethnic composition group, as well as Urdu, and English.

Islam has fostered some of Pakistan's highest expressions of culture. Architecturally, such influence can be seen not only in the country's mosques, gardens, buildings, and palaces but also in the traditional crafts such as pottery or carpet-making. Traditional music is another widely practiced art and is one of the most common vehicles for the country's popular poetry.

“Pakistan's cuisine reflects the influence of India and the Middle East, both in individual dishes and in the array of spices used to flavor them. Bread is integral to every meal; its most common form is called naan, which is a flat bread baked in a clay oven. Tea, usually prepared with spices, milk, and sugar, is the most popular drink; other drinks include lassi, made from yogurt, fresh fruit juices, and sugar cane juice.”

In economic terms, the international investment has increased insofar as the government began cooperating with its neighbors to clamp down on terrorists. The industrial sector such as textiles, construction, pharmaceuticals or paper products depends on the agricultural sector for raw materials. When it comes to energy, Pakistan does not produce enough energy to satisfy its needs reason why the government has made several efforts to increase energy supplies using hydropower and nuclear power.

At the same time, “Pakistan boasts both extensive natural beauty and cultural riches. The rugged northern terrain, which includes several of the highest mountain peaks in the world, attracts climbers and hikers. Several national parks protect the natural scenery as well as rare wildlife. Culturally, Pakistan offers architecture from three major religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. Also, there are ancient archaeological sites, bazaars, and well-preserved examples of British colonial architecture. Significant development of the country’s tourism industry remains challenged by security and safety concerns.”

But this is just a little of what you can learn about Pakistan since the High Commission for Pakistan cordially is inviting all citizens and residents to join them at the Pakistan’s Export Products Exhibition to Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, the 70th Anniversary of Independence of Pakistan and the 70th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, being organized in collaboration with the City of “Ottawa Welcomes the World’ at the Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park, this Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17, 2017.