23rd March marks a historical event in the history of Pakistan. It is proudly celebrated by Pakistanis all around the country! The event dates back to 1940 when Pakistan Resolution which was previously known as Lahore Resolution was signed. The event holds utmost significance in the history of the country as well as for its people. Minar e Pakistan is the historical monument built at the place where the resolution was held. This is primarily because this was the first time, the idea for a separate nation was accepted. The dream that was completed on 14th August 1947 was initiated on 23rd March 1940.
Pakistan Resolution 1940
Pakistan Resolution was passed on 23rd March 1940 by the All-India Muslim League at Manto Park. This document is also known as the ‘Father Document’ of the country because it was the only document upon which everyone agreed! Throughout the history of Pakistan, numerous initiatives were brought but some agreed while some disagreed leading to its failure. However, Pakistan Resolution was unanimously agreed upon by everyone who was present. A three-day session was held from 22nd to 24th March in 1940 and the resolution was passed on the third day. Initially, the historic day was called Republic day because Pakistan was not the name that was used at that time. It was after the establishment of the separate state that the significant event came to be known as the Pakistan Resolution.
Do you know how Pakistan Day is celebrated every year?
Pakistan Resolution is one of the most significant events that occurred in the history of the country. Therefore, this day is celebrated with great devotion and vigor. The flag of the country is hoisted on all public and government buildings on the morning of Pakistan Day. Other than this, a 31 gun salute is performed in Islamabad, the capital city, and 21 gun salute in the provincial capitals of the country. Not only this, but a change of guards also occurs at the mausoleums of Allama Iqbal in Lahore and Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi. This is also followed by the layering of garlands.
Pakistan is a beautiful, magical country that never fails to impress us with its jaw-dropping beauty. This Pakistan Day let’s explore some of the facts of the country that we previously did not know of!
Greatest Density of 8000m Peaks
The greatest mountain range in Pakistan is the Karakoram which is located in the northern province of Gilgit Baltistan. This is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world that give an epic experience of trekking. Pakistan is famous for having the densest collection of 8000m peaks. There are a total of four mountain peaks that are over the height of 8000m. Also, the mountain peaks with a height of 7000m are endless.
Four out of seven longest glaciers are in Pakistan
There are numerous reasons to love Pakistan but one of them is the scenic beauty of Pakistan. There are a total of seven longest glaciers in the world, out of which four are located in the Karakoram range of Pakistan. These glaciers include Siachen, Batura, Baltaro, and Biafo. The four glaciers are massive in size as they encompass valleys, peaks, and also rivers inside of them. These are definitely a sight to watch. Although, these glaciers provide scenic views from a distance one only realizes their massive size when they walk close to them!
Indus Valley is one of the most ancient civilizations
In ancient times, there were only a few areas that survived. These were as a result of the fertile lands which provided people sufficient water and resources to thrive. These include River Nile and Mesopotamia. These are the prominent names that come to mind but did you know the Indus River was also among the ancient cradles of civilization? It was because of the Indus River that a huge number of people were able to survive. The ruins of Mohenjodaro are proof of this. Moreover, it should also be noted that Pakistan has the world’s largest continuous irrigation system and this is only because of the Indus River.
Karakoram Highway: The Highest Paved Road in the World
Karakoram Highway is one of the most epic spots located in Pakistan. It is the highest paved road in the world. Not only this, but the highway also shares the world’s highest border with China. Other than this, it cannot be ignored that the highway holds the world’s highest ATM machine. Who knew you could find an ATM machine in the highest mountains! There are numerous titles attached to the picture-perfect road that makes us immediately want to visit the place.
Lahore was the capital of the Mughal Empire
The Pakistan Resolution was signed in Lahore and that is why it was originally known as Lahore Resolution. However, this is not the only reason the city is famous. Lahore was also the capital of the Mughal Empire. Mughals were originally based in the region that later came to be known as Pakistan. These Mughals later took over India and ruled for hundreds of years. Lahore was the capital of the Mughal Empire for a period of time and during that period, major developments were made. Many of the famous buildings in Lahore located in Old (Androon) Lahore such as Badshahi Mosque, Wazir Khan Mosque, and Lahore Fort were all made by the Mughals.
Over 74 languages spoken in Pakistan
Pakistan is a diverse country that encompasses people of different religions and cultures. It is a home of culturally diverse people with extremely variable languages. Urdu is the official language of the country but there are over 74 languages spoken in Pakistan. From Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi, Saraiki, and English, there are numerous other languages that are spoken in Pakistan. The people of the country are usually fluent in three languages.
Hub of Soccer
Pakistan is always praised for its beauty and the magnificent travel destinations that it possesses but did you know it manufactures more than half of the world’s soccer balls? More than half of the soccer balls that are used in the world are manufactured in Sialkot which is a city located in the north of Pakistan. It is one of the key supporters of the economy of the country as it is a massive producer of sports equipment. Along with the soccer balls, the city is also responsible for manufacturing half of the footballs used in the world.
Benazir Bhutto: First Female Leader in a Muslim Nation
Despite the challenges faced by the determined leader, Benazir Bhutto was the first female leader to be elected in a Muslim nation. She was a powerful, influential woman who was able to make her space in a male-dominated society. She was seen as an inspiration for a lot of countries as she fulfilled her responsibilities dutifully and allowed Pakistan to connect with the outside world at various levels. In 2007, the gallant leader was assassinated in Rawalpindi.
Country of Sufi Shrines
Sufism holds significance in Islam as the Sufis develop a personal experience with God. The country is full of hundreds of Sufi Shrines. Some are big while some are developed at a large scale. These are primarily located in Punjab and Sindh. These shrines usually consist of the remains of notable scholars. Thursday is a special day when these shrines lit up. The larger ones also arrange dhamaal which is a meditative dance. It is a whole experience at the shrines that one must do once in their life.