‘The Most’ in Pakistan

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‘The Most’ in Pakistan

Pakistan has 35 summits with heights exceeding 7000 metres. The 8.611 metres tall K2 is second to the Mount Everest and the 8.125 metres tall Nanga Parbat is termed as the Killer Mountain due to the number of deaths in scaling attempts. 7 out of 16 highest summits in Asia are within the borders of Pakistan.

40 out of 50 highest mountains are here

40 out of the world’s highest 50 mountains are within the borders of Pakistan. 45 summits in the northern Baltistan region are 6.600 metres and higher. Within a stretch of 104 square kilometres in Gilgit-Baltistan, there are 24 mountains ranging between 6.000 and 7.900 metres. There are 14 summits higher than 8.800 metres in the world: 8 of them are in Nepal, 5 are in Pakistan and 1 is in China.

Glaciers galore

Pakistan has the pride of having the largest glaciers in the world after the North and South Poles. Pakistan’s glaciers occupy 13 per cent of the mountainous terrain in the north and span 13.680 square kilometres. It would not be an exaggeration to say Pakistan’s glaciers occupy the largest frozen terrain on the earth.

The world’s highest trade route is the Karakoram Highway, which links Pakistan and China in the north.

A nuclear power

Pakistan is the first Muslim country with nuclear power.

Opened for residence in 1963, Islamabad is not only Pakistan’s but also one of the world’s most-expertly planned capitals.

The three famed mountain ranges i.e., the Himalayas, the Karakoram, and the Hindukush, converge in northern Pakistan.

The people in Pakistan speak more than 20 languages and more than 50 dialects. The common words between Turkish and Urdu number around 4000.

An agricultural country

Pakistan is an agricultural country where 25 per cent income is generated from agribusiness.

The five rivers naming the Punjab (The Five Waters) province and traverse the country from north to south are the Indus (2.896 km), Jhelum (825 km), Chenab (1.242 km), Ravi (901 km) and Sutlaj (1551 km – in addition, the River Beas is a tributary of the Sutlaj and is 398 km long).

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