Flag of the Week: Pakistan

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Phoebe Kiburi
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Pakistan, is a country in South Asia and on junction of West Asia, Central Asia and East Asia. It is the fifth-most populous country with a population exceeding 207.77 million people. In terms of area, it is the 33rd-largest country spanning 881,913 square kilometers. Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometer coastline along the Arabian Sea and its Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China in the far northeast, respectively. It is separated narrowly from Tajikistan by Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor in the north-west, and also shares a maritime border with Oman.

Pakistan may be known largely for its military history given it's involvement in the four wars of 1947,1961, 1965 and 1971 but there are many other components of Pakistan that make it stand out among other countries. Firstly, it is among the 'next 11' which is a list of countries that have a high potential of becoming the world's biggest economy in the twenty first century.This could be attributed to the rising middle class due to the countries numerous advances in infrastructure, agriculture, science and technology, education and nuclear energy.

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The people of Pakistan pride themselves in their rich culture which is evident in the Shalwar Kameez, their national dress; Pakistani architecture, and their exquisite cuisine which includes chapati, a specific flat bread, which is the staple meal. This rich culture not only identifies them but also attracts tourists. For example, around 1 million foreign tourists visited Pakistan in 2014, to take part in the popular Hippie trail.

Fun fact : Pakistan has the world’s largest ambulance network. Pakistan’s Edhi Foundation, which is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, operates the network.

 

Sources : wikipedia, thefactfile.org

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