Pakistan-In the international world, people associate this name with terrorism, poverty, illiteracy, extremism, women oppression and what not. Its the need of time to show the world real picture of this country, which is for its own people another name of beauty. A country is made by its people, its culture and its society. Pakistan, although infamous of being weak state is a country with strong society. It, being the leading country in the Muslim world, is a hope for entire Muslim Ummah. Its strength lies in its people having a sea of potential.
Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world. One in every forty human beings in the world is a Pakistani. Most of the population in this country is young. It has a diverse culture with a large variety of languages spoken across the country. Mohsin Hamid in his article “Why Pakistan will survive” states that Punjabi speakers constitute more people than entire population of France. Pushto speakers are more than those living in Saudi Arabia. Sindhi is spoken by more people than the entire Australian population, Seraiki by more than the entire population of Netherlands, Urdu by more than Cuban, and Balochi by more than Singaporean population. The linguistic diversity exhibited by this densely populated region makes this country distinct and charming.
Along with linguistic beauty, this country offers rich cultural diversity as well. Every province offers different ethnicity ranging from the Punjabis, Kashmiris, Sindhis in east,Muhajirs, Makrani in the south; Baloch, Hazaras and Pashtun in the west; and the ancient Dardic, Wakhi, Baltistani and Burusho communities in the north. Each province exhibits diversity of ways of life, cultural practices such as food, customs, dances, music and much more. Analysts argue that Pakistan is a civilization state going back to the Indus Valley Civilization constituting the origins of Gandhara, Harappa and Mohenjodaro civilizations. This is the region where three big contemporary religions: Buddhism, Hinduism and later Islam spread with great intensity.
The variety of Pakistani music ranges from diverse provincial folk music and traditional styles such as Qawwali and Ghazal Gayaki to modern forms fusing traditional and Western music, such as the synchronisation of Qawwali and Western music by the world-renowned Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. In addition Pakistan is home to many famous folk singers such as the late Alam Lohar, who is also well known in Indian Punjab. The arrival of Afghan refugees in the western provinces has rekindled Dari music and established Peshawar as a hub for Afghani musicians and a distribution center for Afghani music abroad.
One of the many interesting elements in this country is its truck art. Its, being an indigenous form of art in Pakistan, is a source of attraction for tourists and internationals here. Almost every truck is decorated and customized by its owner exhibiting beautiful floral patterns, bright colors, calligraphy, indigenous poetry, adages, ornaments and much more. Sometimes there is funny poetry and sayings at the back of truck which makes the driver of the car driving behind smile, despite the disorderly chaotic traffic 🙂