In 14th December 1971, just two days before officially losing the war, Pakistan made a final effort was made to kill as many intellectuals (including professors, journalists, doctors, artists, engineers etc.) as possible, to eliminate the future leaders of the new nation of Bangladesh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Norman Borlaug has been credited with saving over a billion people from starvation by his use of genetic crossbreeding to greatly increase crop yield in places like Mexico, India, Pakistan, and China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
The 1947 British partition of India was driven by fear of civil war. Yet, in haste, borders went unannounced for days after Independence Day. As a result, Hindus didn't know if they would wake up one day in Pakistan, or Muslims in India. 15 million were displaced and over a million died in chaos newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Pakistan, a profiled Islamic nation, democratically elected a female Prime Minister in 1988 and 1993, Benazir Bhutto, thus becoming the first muslim majority nation lead by a woman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
France is the 23rd member of Indian Ocean Rim Association. IORA earlier had 22 members (Countries bordering Indian Ocean, except Pakistan, Myanmar & Djibouti) with 10 dialogue members (including France). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Chuck Yeager, the first pilot in history to have exceeded the speed of sound was assigned as advisor to the Pakistani Air Force by then US Ambassador to Pakistan during the 1971 war against India. His aircraft, a Beechcraft was destroyed in an Indian air raid on an airbase in Islamabad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Pink Himalayan sea salt is actually mined from mountains in Pakistan from a sea that existed hundreds of millions of years ago loveseasalt.com/himalayan…
The only female Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, was a Harvard graduate and served as PM from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996. After losing the election in 1997 she went into self-exile in Dubai. She returned to Pakistan in 2007 to run again but was assassinated during a rally. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
A Russian eagle named "Min" & 3 other eagles being tracked by scientists unexpectedly flew into Iran/Pakistan; the birds racked up so many out-of-network data roaming charges on SMS text transmitters that scientists had to take out a loan & ask for help on social media to pay off the phone bill. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
The deadliest tropical cyclone on record was the Bhola cyclone, which hit East Pakistan in Nov. 1970. Over five hundred thousand people perished. The storm's damage and aftermath were major factors in sparking the revolution that led the province to becoming independent Bangladesh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
There is an arrest order for Mark Zuckerberg in Faisalabad. Pakistan since 2012 because of blasphemous content on Facebook tribune.com.pk/story/3420…
The Hijra (transgender) community in India and Pakistan use a secret language called Hijra Farsi, which originated more than 200 years ago due to government persecution. The language is introduced to newcomers when they enter the community, together with the group’s other traditions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hij…
India is named after the Indus River, almost 90% of which runs through Pakistan, their long time rival. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
India is the world’s largest milk producer, with 22 percent of global production, followed by the United States of America, China, Pakistan and Brazil indiangrowth.substack.com…
Both India and Pakistan had british officers commanding their respective armies in the Indo-Pakistani war of 1947 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
The daughter of Pakistan's ex PM used Typeface Calibri font to forge documents about illegal offshore companies. The documents were purportedly created in 2006. However, the font wasn’t publicly available to computer users worldwide until 2007. newsweek.com/brief-histor…
In 1968 Mao Zedong received a box of 40 mangoes from Pakistan. They were taken on a tour of China and became part of Chinese propaganda. A dentist that compared the mangoes to sweet potatoes in appearance was executed. surprisinglytrue.com/post…
The country name "Pakistan" was proposed by Rahmat Ali of Cambridge University as an acronym of Punjab, Afghan Province, Kashmir, Sindh, and Balochistan, while "Pak" means "pure" and "-stan" means country in Persian open.ac.uk/researchprojec…
Not only is field hockey the national sport of Pakistan, but the national team has won four Hockey World Cup championships, eight gold medals at the Asian Games, and the only Asian team to win the Champions Trophy (three wins). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pak…
The initial 1972 meeting between President Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong was planned for fifteen minutes, but it lasted about an hour. Mao seemed to only want to talk philosophic questions, although Nixon brought up questions like the India-Pakistan crisis, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea historyengine.richmond.ed…
During a visit to India, then PM of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif mentioned Raveena Tandon was his favorite actress. During the 1999 Kargil War, Indian soldiers wrote "From Raveena Tandon to Nawaz Shareef" on a bomb before dropping it over a Pakistani location. timesnownews.com/india/ar…
The first virus that attacked MS-DOC is called Brain and was written by two brothers, Basit Farooq Alvi and Amjad Farooq Alvi, from Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan in 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Today I learned about the 80s Pakistani action flick, Hitlar, in which der FΓΌhrer settles down in Pakistan and sires a son. The son of Hitler -Hitlar - spends his days terrorizing a small town, using his musical sting to petrify his enemies, and conversing with paintings of his dead Nazi father. uproxx.com/filmdrunk/hitl…
Following their successful Billion Tree Tsunami campaign in 2017 to plant 1 billion trees, Pakistan launched the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami campaign, vowing to plant 10 billion trees in the next 5 years independent.co.uk/news/wo…
China has one time zone despite geographically covering what would be five time zones. It borders Pakistan on the west and there is a 3-hour difference between the two sides of the border. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
The longest straight line you could sail is 32,000 kilometers. Sonmiani, Pakistan to Karaginsky District, Russia technologyreview.com/2018…
Before the British partitioned India, the spoken language of Urdu and Hindi was referred to collectively as β€œHindustani”. When India became independent, Gandhi wanted to keep this Hindustani language. But later Urdu became official language of Pakistan, and Hindi, official language of India artsci.wustl.edu/ampersan…
There is a Pakistan Blind Cricket Council that forms blind cricket teams and organizes games. pbcc.org.pk/
During World War II King George VI was at war with Germany as the King of the UK, but as King of Ireland he was also at peace with Germany and validated the credentials of German ambassadors. After WWII he was at war with himself as King of India and separately King of Pakistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Pakistan's name is actually an acronym: (P)unjabi, (A)fghani, (K)ashmiri, (S)indhi, and Balochis(TAN), with an extra β€˜I’ to make it easier to pronounce mentalfloss.com/article/1…
The Baghdad Pact was a NATO type alliance between the UK, Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan until 1979 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag…
Beijing Airport was opened on March 2, 1958. The airport then consisted of one small terminal building, which still stands to this day. The first international flight to China and Beijing Capital International Airport was of Pakistan International Airlines from Islamabad english.visitbeijing.com.…
The girl in the iconic National Geographic photo was arrested decades later in Pakistan on charges of fraudulently obtaining national identity cards. nytimes.com/2016/10/27/wo…
In Pakistan in 2017, a tanker truck overturned and spilled 40,000 litres of petrol onto a highway. Hundreds of people gathered to collect it. They ignored attempts by police to clear the area. 10 minutes later, the truck exploded, killing 219 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Today I learned of the Kalash, a group of around 30,000 people in Pakistan who don't fit into any race category, being genetically distinct from all other races in the world. They are now considered to be humanity's sixth genetic cluster, alongside African, Caucasian, Asian, Oceanian, and Native American. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of Neerja Bhanot - a stewardess on hijacked Pan Am flight 73. She hid the passports of American passengers to protect them. Hijackers shot passengers killing 22 and wounding 150. Bhanot was posthumously awarded medals of bravery by India, Pakistan, and the US. britannica.com/event/Pan-…
Arfa Abdul Karim at age of nine, became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) from Pakistan in 2004 but lost her life to cardiac arrest at the age of 16 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arf…
No prime minister has ever completed a full term in Pakistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Pakistan used Indian currency notes from 1947 to 1948, Indian notes were stamped with β€˜Government of Pakistan’ title | The Reserve Bank of India acted as the common currency authority for India and Pakistan until September 1948 insider.pk/business/money…
Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, chain-smoked fifty Craven A cigarettes a day, even while terminally ill with tuberculosis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
The India and Pakistan border is lit so well it can be seen from space earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
'Pakistan' is both a Persian and an Urdu word. It is composed of letters taken from the names of homelands, and means the land of the Paks - the spiritually pure and clean uh.edu/~sriaz/thecountry/…
A group of Hindus and Sikhs, who were forced out of Pakistan to India after the borders were drawn, now take care of, using the conventional Muslim tradition, the ornate Muslim graves and shrine originally maintained by the Muslims who were forced out of India into Pakistan during the same time. youtu.be/r5Ps1TZXAN8
Today I learned about Muchu Chhish, a mountain in Pakistan that is so remote and difficult that even if there are no restrictions to climb it, no one has ever reached its summit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muc…
Northeast Greenland National Park is bigger than Pakistan, Venezeula, or France, and only 30 countries are bigger. There are abundant polar bears, hares, foxes, caribou, and walruses, as well as almost half the world’s population of musk oxen, about 15,000 head cntraveler.com/stories/20…
Today I learned of Dr. Ruth Pfau, a German doctor and nun, who served for more than five decades in Pakistan fighting leprosy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
A popular sport in Mongolia and Pakistan is yak polo; yaks are used instead of horses. It originally started as a tourist attraction but ended up becoming popular with the locals. topendsports.com/sport/li…
Greek architect-engineer and town planner Constantinos Doxiadis designed Pakistan's capital of Islamabad in 1960. Doxiadis planned generous public spaces around the mountains, hillocks, plain and ravines. His aim was to use an urban agro-farm model that would keep the city connected with nature thefridaytimes.com/the-ar…
Cyril Radcliffe was given just five weeks to decide on a border between India and Pakistan. Before his appointment, he had never visited India and knew no one there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
During the 1971 Bangladeshi genocide, President Nixon refused to condemn Pakistan's actions as they viewed them as an ally during the Cold War. Both President Nixon and China suppressed the news and downplayed the entire incident at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…

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