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Fun and interesting facts about Pakistan

Pakistan came into being on 14th August 1947 and the founder of this country was Muhammad Ali Jinnah. But do we know all the fun and interesting facts about this country? Read on for a list:

National flag of Pakistan

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The national flag of Pakistan was designed by Amir ud Kidwai and approved by the Constituent Assembly on 11th August 1947, just three days before independence of the country. The flag bears a simple yet elegant design with a crescent and star and just two colors. The major part of the flag is green which represents the Muslim majority in the country while the white part represents the minorities (Hindus, Sikhs, Christians) of the country.

National emblem of Pakistan

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The emblem of Pakistan was adopted in 1954 which represents Pakistan’s beliefs and cultural legacy. In the middle is a shield which represents Mughal cultural heritage and contains four various icons which show the major crops of the country. These include wheat, tea, jute, and cotton. On the top of the shield is the symbol of the star and crescent which represent our religion, Islam.

The shield is covered by a floral wreath of Jasmine which is the national flower of Pakistan. Lastly, underneath the shield is a scroll which reads “Iman, Ittehad, Tanzeem” which translates to “Faith, Unity and Discipline” which is a famous motto coined by the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

National anthem of Pakistan

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The national anthem was initially composed and music was given by Ahmed Ghulam Ali Chagla in 1949 while a few years later in 1952, Hafeez Jalandhri penned down the lyrics in Persian. The national anthem of Pakistan was broadcasted on radio for the first time on 13th August 1954 while on 16th August 1954 the government formally announced the national anthem. Ahmed Rushdi and 10 other singers were part of the first official performance of the national anthem.

National language of Pakistan

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The national language of Pakistan is Urdu with several regional languages and dialects being spoken such as Balochi, Sindhi, Saraiki, Pushto, Punjabi, Hindko, etc.

National Mosque of Pakistan

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The national mosque of Pakistan is the glorious Faisal Mosque located in Islamabad. The mosque was designed by Vedat Dalokay, a Turkish architect and named after Shah Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz, late king of Saudi Arabia. The mosque was completed in 1986 and boasts of a capacity of 2 lakh people inside the grounds while the mosque can accomodate 74,000 worshippers.

National sport of Pakistan

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The national sport of Pakistan is hockey while the country is famous for squash, cricket, volleyball and kabadi atheletes.

National fruit of Pakistan

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Mango is the king of fruit while Pakistani mangoes are loved all around the world making it the national fruit of Pakistan.

National flower of Pakistan

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Jasmine is the national flower of Pakistan because it symbolizes modesty and amiability.

National bird of Pakistan

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Chukar is the national bird of Pakistan. The chukar symbolizes unrequited love making it a reason to be the national bird of the country.

National animal of Pakistan

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Markhor is the national animal of Pakistan typically found in Hunza, Chitral and Ghizer. It was selected to be the national animal as it was able to sustain the mountaineous regions and could be found in abundance by sadly it is getting extinct nowadays.