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July 22, 2017

Largest District of Balochistan-Largest District of Pakistan

Largest District of Balochistan

Chagai District is not only the largest district of Balochistan Province but also the largest district of Pakistan. Chagai is also famous because in 1998 Pakistan conducted nuclear weapon test in Ras Koh Hills in this district. Strategically Chagai is also important because it forms border with two neighboring countries i.e. Afghanistan and Iran. Total population of Chagai District is 300000 according to 1998 census. Its vast areas are uninhibited which makes it population density very low i.e. only 7 person per square km.

Largest District Of Khyber Pakhtunkhwan

Largest District Of Khyber Pakhtunkhwan

Chitral is the largest district of Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwan with total land area of 14850 square km. Almost all the land area of this district is covered with mountains which makes its population density very low i.e. only 21 people per square km. Chitral also has distinction of being Northernmost district of Pakistan. It has total population of 318689 according to 1998 census. Strategically Chitral is also very important because it shares border with three provinces of Afghanistan. The narrow strip of Wakhan Corridor separates Chitral form Tajikstan in the North.

Largest District of Sindh

Largest District of Sindh

Tharparkar District is considered as the largest district of Sindh with total area of 19638 square km. Thatta District has almost same land area as of Tharparkar but its large part consist of sea bed and river delta which makes its land area less than Tharparkar. District headquarters of Tharparkar is city of Mithi. Another important thing to note about Tharparkar is that it has the lowest Human Development Index of all districts of Sindh. Tharparkar has huge tract of land but most of it is unpopulated which makes it population density only 49 people per square km.

Largest District of Azad Kashmir

Largest District of Azad Kashmir

Neelam District is the largest district of Pakistan controlled Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Neelam has the 200 kilometers long valley along Neelum River which makes it largest district by area of Azad Kashmir. District Neelum has total population of 171000 (according to 1998 census) and population density of 47 people per square kilometer. Headquarters of Neelum District is town of “Athmuqam or Athmakam” with population of around 20000 people. Previously Neelum was part of Muzaffarabad but it was made a separate district in recent past.

Largest Tehsil in Pakistan

Largest Tehsil in Pakistan

Depalpur Tehsil of District Okara is the largest Tehsil of Pakistan. The Okara District is situated in Punjab Province and in Sahiwal Division. Depalpur Tehsil has total 55 Union Councils. Headquarter of this largest Tehsil of Pakistan is town of Depalpur which is 25 km away from the Okara City. The land of Depalpur is fertile as is on the bank of Beas River and in the Bari Doab region.

Largest District of Punjab

Largest District of Punjab

Bahawalpur District is the largest District of Punjab Province. Total land area of District Bahawalpur is 24830 square km which makes is the largest District of Punjab. According to 1998 census total population of Bahawalpur District is 2,433,091. It has low population density due to its large unpopulated tracts of land i.e. 98 people per square km. The large swathe of this district is covered by Cholistan Desert (almost two-third area of this district consists of Desert).

Pakistan Carpet Weaving – Historical Overview

Carpet Weaving in Pakistan

Alongside Iran, Pakistan is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of Persian rugs, or, more inclusively, “Oriental” carpets. The tradition of weaving textiles is important to many cultures, ancient and modern, and today unique Pakistani rugs are sought after from every corner of the globe.

The first Pakistani rugs were woven using spindles, as evidenced by excavations of ancient sites such as Moenjodaro and Harappa, which thrived a part of the Indus Valley Civilization (3300-41300 BCE), one of the world’s oldest urban societies, similar to Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia with regards to culture, technology and language.

Carpets have a special place in Islamic religion and culture, because they adorn the floor of houses, mosques and even walls as tapestries for artistic and insulation purposes. Rug production quickened after Muslim conquerors, the Ghauris and the Ghaznavids, introduced the need for “Islamic carpets” in the 11th century. Between the 11th and 16th centuries, Pakistani carpet weaving was refined using the new techniques. Their popularity increased when European crusaders sacked Constantinople and discovered lovely “Islam carpets” in their loot.

Punjab Carpet Weaving pic

By the early 16th century, the role of these carpets expended. Instead of being used primarily as carpets, wealthy owners made them the center of their rooms hung them as tapestries alongside the Flemish ones of the late 15th century and even made them focal points of Renaissance paintings.

Under the Mughal Empire, the rugs reached their peak. The ‘Golden Age’ or ‘Classic’ period of Pakistani carpet weaving took place during the first half of the 16th century.

It was during this time that rugs produced in Iran, Pakistan and Turkey became widely recognized as “Islamic carpets”, thereby ensuring their fame for centuries to come. They were so popular that they became symbols of cultured taste, class, sophistication and worldliness, especially because Pakistani – and other “Oriental” – carpets were so scarce. Any social climbing merchant in Venice felt obliged to own one area rug.Pakistani rugs continue in their appeal today. With the creation of Pakistan in 1947, many Muslim carpet weavers migrated there and settled in two primary places that now serve as the home to carpet weaving today, Karachi and Lahore.

Therefore, the tradition of sumptuous textiles flourished with geometric designs, paisleys, center medallions and gulls continues in Pakistan, one of the greatest producers and exporters of area rugs today. Ninety-five percent of the carpets are produced for export and Turkoman, Persian and Caucasian designs are crafted since they meet the popular taste abroad.

Balochistan and NWFP excel in tribal Turkoman patterns and color combinations, while Lahore and Karachi are famous for single-wafted designs in Turkoman and Caucasian style, and double-wafted Mughal types.

Almost 95% of the carpets produced in Pakistan are imported to USA, European markets and Middle-East, where they are in great demand.

Pakistan’s First Miss Mount Everest – Samina Baig

Samina Khayal Baig – Pakistan’s 1st Miss Everest

Women in Pakistan have proved themselves equal to men in different fields. They are witness becoming doctors, engineers, politicians, pilots or even climbing the high mountains on earth. One such Pakistani woman is Samina Baig who became the first Pakistani woman and the third Pakistani to mark her presence at the great Mount Everest (8848 meters above sea level) on May 19, 2013 after legendary Nazir Sabir who was the first Pakistani followed by Hassan Sadpar to climb Mount Everest. Born on 19 September 1990, Samina started her mountaineering career with climbing Chashkin Sar, a 6000 meters peak in Shmishal in 2010. She also climbed Koh-i-Brobar in 2011. While an attempt at the 7000m high Spantik Peak ended in failure due to adverse conditions on the mountain.

Pakistan first miss mount everest

Samina Baig hails from Shimshal village in Hunza Gojal, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, and was trained in mountaineering from the age of 15 by her brother Mirza Ali who himself is a mountaineer and a patron to her sister in the field of mountaineering. Her expedition was a demonstration of gender equality, as the philosophy she and her brother follows in their climbing exploits. According to the Pakistan Alpine Club, her brother Mirza Ali was unable to reach the summit as he dropped out in the end due to his illness. Her expedition to the summit took 48 days, the team traversed the South Col passed in eight hours, with the other fellow mountaineers and guiding Sherpas reaching their goal on the sixtieth anniversary of Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing’s first successful conquest of Everest. Her success has widely been applauded in mountaineering communities and by the people.

The government of Pakistan has also appreciated her for this remarkable achievement and has announced monetary compensation, Climbing Everest in these days is a lucrative business and a lot of sums are required to be paid for organization of an expedition and Samina and her brother somehow managed to raise all such funds through help from friends and sponsors abroad.

Punjab Tourism Policy – Good News for Tourists in Punjab

Punjab Tourism Policy

Punjab has all the elements to become a destination of choice for tourists owing to its scenic beauty, historical monuments, cultural diversity and hospitable people. Through development and management of well-articulated policies, products, marketing strategies and public-private partnerships, the tourism sector in Punjab will contribute to the over-all socio-economic development of Pakistan.

To achieve these objectives, Punjab will launch its Tourism Policy with three months. In the light of this policy, The Government will develop Punjab tourism as a hub of high quality facilities and services i.e. cultural assets, recreation sits, arts and crafts, music, transportation, hotels, restaurants, tourist shops and products. Not only will the tourism serve economies of various allied sectors in the province, it will also serve as a key driver for job creation, human resource development, youth participation, earning foreign exchange, especially linking Punjabi diaspora back to its roots, attracting investment and sharing of benefits with local communities. Punjab will further improve its close interaction with other provinces and mutual cooperation will be increased by regular inter-provincial consultations on tourism.

Punjab Tourism Policy

International marketing efforts for tourism promotion will be beefed up to create awareness about Pakistan through foreign missions. Punjab will participate, along with private sector, in international tourism conferences and expos. An international tourism expo will be organized in Lahore to portray a soft image of the country.

Government will progressively increase the budget allocation for development of tourism infrastructure. The Government will also encourage private sector investment by providing appropriate incentives. Public private partnership will be promoted for resort development, providing facilities for tourists, and marketing of Pakistan as a tourist destination.

Punjab has already a lot to offer to foreign and domestic tourists. Nature has been kind to bestow natural beauty and breadth-taking landscapes like rivers, deserts, mountains and valleys. But if you think you have seen it all, TDCP is adding more to the menu.

Mr. Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, in a recent briefing given to him by Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan, Minister for Youth Affairs, Sports, Tourism and Archeology, directed to execute the projects on fast track. He appreciated the initiatives in the tourism sector and lauded Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan for following the vision of the Chief Minister Punjab which includes a new chairlift and Lahore Tourist Bus Service. Mr. Hamza Shahbaz Sharif endorsed the project of Lahore Tourist Bus Service which is being planned on the model of London open Bus. The feasibility has already been started on the project and very soon Lahoriets and foreign tourists will enjoy the new attraction.

The Chair also stressed upon TDCP management to restore and maintain tourist attractions for encouraging visitors. He desired to launch digital mobile libraries equipped with IT infrastructure pertaining to awareness, education, archeology and tourism. He emphasized to expand the “Cholistan Jeep Rally” and invite the foreigners to participate in the rally and come to see it. For a holistic and sustainable tourism strategy the chair stressed to develop Lahore Museum as a state of the art facility.

Largest Desert in Pakistan

Largest Desert in Pakistan
Thar Desert is the largest desert of Pakistan. It is also known as Great Indian Desert and covers areas of India and Pakistan. Thar has total area of more that 200000 Km sq and also 18th largest subtropical desert.