Pakistan Independence Day: Six things to know about the country

Published: 14th August 2018 01:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2018 09:34 PM  

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Sugarcane juice is the national drink of Pakistan. It is popularly known as “Roh” in the country. (Photo | AFP)
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Pakistan is the only Muslim country after Turkey to open Combat Jobs for women. In December 2006 female cadets from PMA for the first time assumed guard duties at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam at Karachi. (Photo | AFP)
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Tharparkar desert, the only fertile desert in the world, is located in Pakistan. There are two perennial springs, namely Anchlesar and Sardhro, as well as temporary streams called Bhatuyani River and Gordhro River which flow during the rainy season. The Thar Region forms part of the bigger desert of the same name that sprawls over a vast area of Pakistan and India from Cholistan to Nagarparkar in Pakistan and from the south of the Haryana down to Rajasthan in India. (Photo | AP)
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The capital city of Islamabad is widely ranked as the second most beautiful capital in the world after London. Though some lists show otherwise, Islamabad has never failed to qualify for the top-ten. (Photo | AFP)
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The Changa Manga forest located in the country's Punjab province is one of the largest man-made forests in the world. Spreading across an area of 12,423 acres, it is home to 14 species of mammals, 50 species of birds, six species of reptiles, two species of amphibians and 27 species of insects. Thus, other than producing timber for the local industry, the forest also serves as an important wildlife reserve. (Photo | AP)
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Pakistan is the first Muslim country in the world to attain Nuclear power. The country has a lot to be proud of its far-advanced missile technology, which is considered among the best in the world. (Photo | AP)
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This year, the anniversary comes amid political change with a new government taking over following the July 25 general elections. (Photo | AP)
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President Mamnoon Hussain hoisted the national flag at a ceremony in Islamabad on Tuesday while Pakistanis across the country raised the banner at their homes and on their cars. (Photo | AFP)
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Pakistani Wing Commander Bilal (4L) presents sweets to Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Commandant Sudeep (4R) during a ceremony to celebrate the country's Independence Day at the Wagah border post. (Photo | AFP)
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