Located in South Asia, the Islamic Republic of Pakistani is the sixth most populous country in the world. Ever since its creation and independence from British rule in 1947, Pakistan has occupied a significant niche in regional and global affairs. It is a melting pot of different ethnicities, customs and beliefs. This translates into a constantly changing political scenario, a dynamic social structure that evolves with every passing year, and a fusion of many Middle Eastern and Asian nuances.
What makes Pakistan special? If you are interested in global politics, you will quite probably have heard of the country in a South Asian sociopolitical context. But that is not all Pakistan has to offer. It boasts a nationwide zeal for sports such as cricket and field hockey, a mind-blowing cuisine that absorbs the best of Persian, Central Asian, and Indian cuisines and culture just brimming with color, enthusiasm and warmth.
Historically, Pakistan has been home to civilizations such as the mighty and mysterious Indus Valley civilization, and to dynasties such as the Mughals. These ancient ties to civilizations have left a lasting mark on Pakistan, with beautiful and intricate architecture, mesmerizing artwork and music pervading the cultural atmosphere. Here are some facts about Pakistan.
Population: 231.4 million (2021)
President: Arif Alvi
Currency: Pakistani rupee
Prime minister: Shehbaz Sharif
Official languages: Urdu, English
All that aside, Pakistan is a place brimming with spirit and relentless hope. Despite the negativity stemming from political and social issues that plague the country today, the people of Pakistan remain defiantly happy as they go about their lives within or away from their native land. If you meet a Pakistani, be it on the street or in a class or dining hall, please reach out and ask them about themselves and their country. You will be surprised at the readiness with which they can launch into endless anecdotes about life in the South Asian heaven that is Pakistan.
They will also probably offer you food. Take them up on that offer.