Pakistan is situated in South Asia having borders with Afghanistan to West, Iran to South-West, India to East and China to North. In South. there is Arabian Sea.
We often criticize our education system and institutions which no doubt have their faults but when Pakistani people work they achieve wonders and because of that Pakistan is a land of wonders and also the land of some marvelous achievements. So, with that in mind let’s see 9 things in which the country of Pakistan ranks first in the entire world.
1. World’s Largest Canal-based Irrigation System:
Pakistan has the world’s largest canal-based Irrigation System. As Pakistan is an agricultural country, so obviously it needs a developed irrigation system. Its canals meet agricultural requirements as well as industrial and domestic needs. Its main canals are derived from its largest rivers that include Indus, Ravi, Jehlum, Sutlaj and Chenab. In KPK province, there are also canals derived from river Kabul.
2. World’s highest paved international road:
Pakistan has the highest paved international road, the Karakoram Highway. The KKH (Karakoram Highway) streches from Hasan Abdal in Punjab Province to Khunjerab Pass in Gilgit-Baltistan where it crosses into China and becomes China National Highway 314.
The highway is a popular tourist attraction, and is one of the highest paved roads in the world, passing through the Karakoram mountain range, at 36°51′00″N 75°25′40″E at maximum elevation of 4,714 metres (15,466 ft) near Khunjerab pass. Due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
3. World’s Largest producer of hand-sewn footballs:
City of Sialkot, in Punjab Province is the world’s largesst producer of hand-sewn footballs. Local factories here produce 40-50 million footballs every year which is about 70% of entire world’s production and because they are hand-sewn with by skilled labour, they are unmatched in quality. There are about 200 factories, most of which are contracted by Adidas.
Official football of 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, known as Adidas Brazuca and 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, called Adidas Telstar (shown in picture above, football not the trophy) were both made in Sialkot.
4. First Islamic Country to attain nuclear power:
Pakistan is the world’s first Islamic Country to attain nuclear power which is among 50 countries in the world. Pakistan’s nuclear weapons development was in response to the loss of East Pakistan in 1971’s Bangladesh Liberation War and India’s surprise nuclear test, code-named Smiling Buddha in 1974.
Finally, on 28 May 1998, a few weeks after India’s second nuclear test (Operation Shakti), Pakistan detonated five nuclear devices in the Ras Koh Hills in the Chaghi district, Balochistan. This confirmed Pakistan’s place as the world’s first islamic state to attain nuclear power.
5. World’s Largest Ambulance Network:
Pakistan has the world’s largest ambulance network operated by Edhi foundation, which also has its name in Guinness book of world records. Founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi, Edhi Foundation also does other welfare work as sheltering homeless people, animal shelter, rehab centers and orphanages.
6. Most Squash Championships:
Between 1981 and 1986, Jehangir Khan won 555 continuous matches which is the longest running winning streak by any athlete in any sport.
7. Most Field Hockey World Cup wins:
Pakistan is also the leading country in number of world cup titles in Field Hockey that is Four. Second is Netherlands and Australia both with 3 titles.
Also, Pakistan player Sohail Abbass is world leading goalscorer in history of sport.
8. Largest Deep Sea-Port in the World:
Gwadar port is the largest deep sea port in the world, located on the southwestern Arabian Sea along the coast line of Balochistan, Pakistan. This port is considered a lifeline in the region’s economy. Pakistan has agreed on a collaboration with China to turn Gwadar into a full scale commercial port.
9. World’s Highest ATM:
Pakistan has the world’s highest ATM machine in the world, operated by National Bank of Pakistan at Khunjerab Pass on the hieght of 16,007 feet from the sea level.
10. World’s Largest Single Dome Mosque:
Pakistan is also home to world’s largest single dome mosque in the world, Masjid-e-Tooba in Karachi. It is locally known as Gol Masjid. Its dome is 212 ft in diameter and 51.48 ft high. It was built in 1969.
Things in which Pakistan previously ranked first:
- Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad was the world’s largest mosque by land area until 1993 and 11th among largest mosques in the world by capacity right now. .
- Changa Manga Forest used to world’s largest man-made forest.
- Islamabad, Capital of Pakistan is considered to be second most beautiful capital city in the world, only behind Buenos Aires of Argentina.