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Culture of Pakistan – history, people, clothing, traditions and etiquette.

July 31st, 2010 · Pakistan TravelPakistani CulturePakistani FashionPakistani FoodPeople of Pakistan

Pakistan’s culture is very diverse. This stems from the fact that what is now Pakistan has in the past been invaded and occupied by many different peoples, including White Huns, Persians, Arabs, Turks, Mongols and various Eurasian groups. There are differences in culture among the different ethnic groups in matters such as dress, food, and religion, especially where indigenous pre-Islamic customs differ from Islamic practices.
The national dress of Pakistan is Shalwar Kameez for both men and women. It consists of a long, loose fitting tunic with very baggy trousers. The men’s version consists of solid, masculine colors, and is almost always accompanied by a collar and buttons (similar to a polo shirt). The women’s version almost never contains collar and buttons but is often embroidered and consists of feminine colors and may feature lace or flower patterns.
Spices and curry are an essential part of any Pakistani recipe. The most prevalent spices include chili powder, turmeric, garlic, paprika, black and red pepper, cumin seed, bay leaf, coriander, cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, saffron, nutmeg, and poppy seeds, among others. Using yogurt to marinate meats is another typical recipe. Because of the use of spices and curry for the main dish, the usual side dish is plain rice. Lentils are another common specialty. Usually any meat, fowl, or seafood is curried, and frying is the typical method of cooking. Ghee, which is clarified butter, is another commonly used recipe item and is often used for frying.
Pakistani literature, that is, the literature of Pakistan, originates from when Pakistan gained its nationhood as a sovereign state in 1947. The common and shared tradition of Urdu literature and English literature of South Asia was inherited by the new state. Over a period of time, a body of literature unique to Pakistan has emerged in nearly all major Pakistani languages, including Urdu, English, Punjabi, Pashto, Seraike, Blochi, and Sindhi.
Perhaps the most popular sport in Pakistan is cricket, and large amounts of Pakistanis gather around TV sets to watch the Pakistani team play in World competitions, especially against Pakistan’s rival India. Pakistan has one of the top teams in international cricket, one that won the World Cup in 1992. Field Hockey is also an important sport in Pakistan, Pakistan having won the gold medal at the Olympics a number of times in the sport.
The enthusiasm for poetry exists at a regional level as well, with nearly all of Pakistan’s provincial languages continuing the legacy. Urdu as the national language, poetry is written in that language as well. Allama Iqbal is the national poet includes the famous poets Mirza Ghalib, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, and Ahmad Nadeem Qasimi. Apart from Urdu poetry, Pakistani poetry also has blends of other regional languages.
Following festivals celebrated in Pakistan through out the county Ramadan, Chand Raat, Eid celebrations, Milaad UN Nabi, Jashn-e-Baharan, Nowruz, Independence Day, Defense Day Parade
Many tourists and travelers to Pakistan are often surprised at the hospitality that Pakistani show to guests and tourists. In many of the traditional cultures of Pakistan, hospitality is considered an obligatory and anyone found to be a poor host is shunned socially. Consumption of alcoholic beverages by Muslims is officially illegal in Pakistan.

Trip to Mangla Dam Pakistan – Mangla Hydel Power Station

July 31st, 2010 · Demographics of PakistanPakistan Travel

Worlds sixth largest dam while it was constructed, Mangla Dam located in Mirpur District Azad Kashmir Pakistan. It was built from 1961-1967. Having height 138 meters or 453 ft form the level of river and with length of 3140 meters or 10302 ft. It capacity to hold the water is 7250 million cubic meters.
India gained rights to the waters of the raci,sutlej and beas rivers while Pakistan in addition to water to of the above three rivers withein Pakistan jhelum chenab andindus rivers. Until 1967, the entire irrigation system of Pakistan was fully dependent on unregulated flows of the Indus and its major tributaries. The agricultural yield was very low for a number of reasons, the most important being a lack of water during critical growing periods. Mangla dam was the first development project to reduce the shortage of water for the irrigation system.
Now Mangle dam is at the number of 20 in the ranking of the largest dam of the world.
Its construction completed in 1967. During the Pak-indo war of 1971 dam was damaged due to an Indian air force raid. It’s about 100 km from the Pakistan capital Islamabad.

Since during its first impounding in 1967, sedimentation has occurred to the extent of 1.13 million acre feet, and the present gross storage capacity has declined to 4.75 million acre feet, this reduce the capacity of the dam up to 19.22%. The power unit of the Mangla dam consist of 10 units each having capacity of 100MW, so the total capacity of the dam is 1000MW.
The Government of Pakistan had agreed to pay royalties to the Government of AJK (Azad Kashmir) for the use of the water and electricity generated by the dam. Over 280 villages and the towns of Mirpur and Dadyal were submerged and over 110,000 people were displaced from the area as a result of the dam being built.
Pakistan needs such type of mega projects as recently Pakistan is suffering from the energy crises. Kala Bagh dam can resolve our problem of energy. Kala Bagh dam can be the largest dam of Pakistan but due to some ominous politicians this project is hanging from a long time.

AirBlue Passenger Plane Crashes Near Margalla Hills Islamabad

July 28th, 2010 · Pakistan Daily News

AirBlue Passenger Plane Crashes Near Margalla Hills Islamabad
An Airbus A321 operated by privately owned Pakistani carrier Airblue Ltd. crashed in to hills near Islamabad in foggy weather and rain on Wednesday, killing many of the 152 people on board, civil aviation authorities said.
Airblue was started in 2004 by Pakistan businessman and politician Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and has quickly grown in to the nation’s number two carrier behind PIA. Mr. Abbasi was a former chairman of PIA in the 1990s. It flies international routes to the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and Oman.
According to Airblue’s website, the airline carried 1.4 million passengers in its 2006-2007 fiscal year compared with PIA’s five million, the latest figures available. Until Wednesday, the airline has not suffered any fatal crashes.

Shahi Qila (Lahore Fort) Indo Islamic Architecture

July 27th, 2010 · Demographics of PakistanPakistan TravelTwitter Pakistan Users

Lahore Fort locally called as the Shahi Qila (Royal Fort) situated in the city of Lahore in Punjab Pakistan. Located in the northwestern corner of the city Lahore, having area of 20 hectares.
This fort was initially constructed in 1566 AD by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Durind the Mughal Emperors period in subcontinent there construct many historical buildings among which some are in India some are in Pakistan. Lahore Is one of the greatest construction from the Mughals that are recently present in there original shape. Fort contains 13 gates; the main gates are located alongside the center of the western and eastern walls.

Agricultural Importance of Pakistan

July 26th, 2010 · Demographics of PakistanGifts to PakistanTwitter Pakistan Users

Pakistan is an agricultural country. Allah has gives us a land that is suitable for every kind of crops also every type of suit able season for crops remains in Pakistan. World’s greatest and largest irrigation system containing country Pakistan. About 70% of the peoples of the Pakistan are related to agriculture. Pakistan is one of the world’s largest producer and suppliers of the food item to he united nations. With the agriculture the Pakistani peoples are also rich in livestock’s. It is a trend that every farmer must have livestock’s collection with the cultivation. Due to this many fertilizer companies and pesticide companies from Pakistan and out of the Pakistan working in Pakistan.
The most popular crops of Pakistan are Wheat, Sugarcane, Cotton (Pakistan is one of the world’s largest producers of raw cotton. The size of the annual cotton crop—the bulk of it grown in Punjab province—is a crucial barometer of the health of the overall economy) and Rice (Pakistan is a major rice exporter and annually exports about 2 million tons, or about 10 percent of world trade. About 25 percent of exports are Pakistan’s famous fragrant Basmati rice. Rice is Pakistan’s second leading source of export earnings. Private traders handle all exports), Tobacco is grown mainly in the North-West Frontier Province and Punjab and is an important cash crop. Yields in Pakistan are about twice those for neighboring countries largely due to the extension services provided by the industry. About 75% of the value of total crop output.
The Pakistan Army پاک فوج Iman, Taqwa, Jihad Fi Sabilillah
One of the best military fore of the world, Pakistan Army is the branch of the Pakistani Military responsible for land-based military operations. It is the largest and oldest established branch of the Pakistani military and is one of seven uniformed services.
The Pakistan Army came into existence after the Partition of India and the resulting independence of Pakistan in 1947. It is currently headed by General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. The Pakistan Army is a volunteer professional fighting force. It has an active force of 550,000 personnel. The Pakistani constitution contains a provision for conscription, but it has never been imposed.
The Pakistani Army is a volunteer force and has been involved in many conflicts with India. Combined with this rich combat experience, the Army is also actively involved in contributing to United Nations peacekeeping efforts. Other foreign deployments have consisted of Pakistani Army personnel as advisers in many African, South Asian and Arab countries. Since the September 11th terrorist attacks, Pakistani military forces have been extensively engaged in the War on Terrorism against Taliban and Al Qaeda extremists. Over 90,000 troops along with various paramilitary forces are involved in a protracted fight against extremists in the tribal areas of Pakistan. It is more important than ever for the army to build bridges with civilians, as success in fighting extremism and terrorism is dependent on this.
Army also provides opportunity to women to serve in the Pakistan Army. Currently, there are a sizable number of Women serving in the army. The army sees itself as a national institution and thus many non-Muslim officers have achieved high ranks within the army. The army in Pakistan is most organized and powerful institution of a state, like all capitalist states, has the fundamental role of preserving and protecting the assets, social status, privileges and economic exploitation of the local ruling and imperialism.

With the start of the day Muslims say the special Eid prayer. They wear new clothes and go to mosques. This day all the people celebrate according to there passion. The peoples with strong economical passions help there poor brothers who can not spend on the day. People go to there friends and relatives to meet them Eid and mostly they took Sweet with them.
Muslims celebrate the Chand Rat before one night of the Eid day. Ladies make fantastic designs of Mehendi and wear special colorful bangles. Children celebrate this day with great pleasure. Children take money from there elders which is called Eidi. Then they spend this money with out any hesitation because this money is just for them and they are free to spend it where they want.
After the Eid prayer Muslims pray for there country and help the poor peoples who can not spend on this day. After the fasting of the one month Muslims make special dishes on the day. Before going to the Eid prayer Muslims eat Eid noodles that are traditional food from the beginning of Islam.

But this year Pakistani Muslims are celebrating this event due to the Flood the hit most part of the country. Instead of spending on the Eid peoples are trying to spend for those who are out of there houses and waiting for our respond.

Village life in Pakistan – Pictures of Pakistan

September 8th, 2010 · Cities in PakistanLahore GirlsPakistan PicturesPakistan TravelPakistani CulturePakistani Food,Pakistani GirlsPakistani Girls DressPakistani Girls FashionPeople of Pakistan

As Pakistan is an agricultural country about 65% of the population lives in villages. They are the people they are working hard for the progress of there country. They are devoting there life to feed rest of the people and also producing a good income in the form of export of different eating goods. With the blessing of Allah Pakistan is very rich in Agriculture almost all kind of foods. Vegetables and fruits found here. All this is done in the villages.
Village life in Pakistan, People of Pakistan
Village’s life in Pakistan is so simple and beautiful. People of the villages are true and simple, they have only concern with there land, animals and there family. They work all the day and have no rest. In the evening they have a calm and peaceful sleep after the work of whole the day. On of the poet of Pakistan beautifully convert this thing in his poetry which means, the tension less sleep that a villager have can not enjoyed by the rich man having fantastic bed.
Mostly village’s women wear shalwar Kameez along with dopata some old ladies uer to wear Gharara and local dress dhoti. Man also uses to wear Shalwar Kameez, dhoti and many men use pagri also. They use simple cloths and made new clothes only on the season when there crops are ready, on Eid function and on the wedding parties. They did not collect a large amount of clothes they just keep they need. Simple people of the villages both men and women in Pakistan work all the year and the main celebration for them comes when there crop become ready. They celebrate this time with great happiness and spend money on there family and themselves. Special type of functions locally called Mela held on these occasions. They celebrate the wedding parties and the Eid functions for enjoyment. They have no tension in life except the tension of there crop production.
Village life in Pakistan, Pakistani Girls Washing Clothes, Pakistani Women Pictures
Most of the villages of Pakistan are still not have even the necessary daily life facilities. But after all of this they are happy and tanks to Allah who is blessing them there land which is providing them bead. Our land is rich to produce every kind of crops if our government provide facilities to the formers, they can change the fate of the country by there hare working.

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