Pakistan: A land of rich history, resilient people, and tremendous potential

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Pakistan, Kuwait share deep-rooted bonds of friendship, cooperation

Pakistan boasts a rich and diverse history that spans over thousands of years. From the Indus Valley Civilization, one of the world’s oldest urban settlements, to the Mughal Empire’s grandeur and the cultural legacy of the Gandhara civilization, the country is a treasure trove of historical wonders. The birth of Pakistan in 1947 marked a significant milestone, as it became an independent nation dedicated to upholding the principles of democracy, freedom, and social justice.

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The people of Pakistan are known for their warm hospitality, resilience, and diversity. With a population exceeding 240 million, Pakistan is a melting pot of various ethnicities, languages, and religions. The nation thrives on the spirit of unity, as people from different backgrounds coexist harmoniously. Pakistani society values education and has produced intellectuals, scientists, artists, and professionals, who have made substantial contributions globally.

Nestled in South Asia, Pakistan has breathtaking geographical diversity. From the mighty Himalayas in the north to the serene coastal lines along the Arabian Sea in the south, the country offers a stunning array of landscapes. Pakistan is home to enchanting valleys, such as Swat and Hunza, where one can witness the majestic beauty of nature. With its rich biodiversity, including national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, Pakistan is truly a paradise for nature enthusiasts.

Polo match on top of the world in Shindur, near Chitral, Pakistan

Hidden gem
Pakistan is a hidden gem for avid travelers. From ancient archaeological sites like Mohenjo-Daro and Taxila to the mesmerizing mountain ranges of the Karakoram and the world’s second- highest peak, K2, Pakistan offers a wealth of unique experiences. The country’s cultural festivals, vibrant markets, and delicious cuisine are a testament to its diverse heritage. With improved infrastructure and a renewed focus on tourism, Pakistan is set to become a top destination for adventure seekers and history buffs alike.

The world’s leading US travel magazine Conde Nast declared Pakistan as the best tourist destination of 2020 and highlighted Pakistan’s scenic and mesmerizing tourist attractions. The magazine had listed Pakistan as top tourist destination and inscribed “Pakistan has more peaks taller than 22,965ft than China and Nepal combined, making it an almost magnetic spot for adventure travelers and intrepid hikers.” Similarly, British Backpackers Society (BBS) declared Pakistan as the world’s third highest potential adventure destination for the year 2020. Pakistan presents lucrative investment opportunities across various sectors.

The majestic Lake Saif-ul-muluk nestled among huge mountains in Naran, Kaghan Valley.

The government has implemented investor-friendly policies, creating a favorable business environment. The country’s strategic location as a gateway to Central and South Asia, coupled with its young and skilled workforce, makes it an attractive destination for foreign investors. With ongoing infrastructure development projects, particularly the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pakistan is poised for rapid economic growth and offers immense potential for investment in energy, manufacturing, technology, and agriculture. Pakistan has improved its ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index from 136 to 108, refl ecting the commitment of the authorities for enhancing business and facilitating the investments.

The second-highest mountain in the world, K2 in northern Pakistan

Pakistan has a proud sporting heritage, with notable achievements in cricket, hockey, squash, and other disciplines. The Pakistani cricket team has won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1992 and 2009 and produced legendary players (Javed Miandad, Waseem Akram and Younas Khan) who have enthralled audiences worldwide. Pakistan’s hockey team has dominated the international scene, clinching numerous Olympic and World Cup titles. The country has also produced world-class squash players, including Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan, who reigned as undisputed champions for years. These accomplishments showcase the nation’s passion for sports and its ability to nurture exceptional talent.

Pakistan’s peaceful nuclear program is a testament to its commitment to energy self-sufficiency and technological advancements. Pakistan’s nuclear power plants contribute significantly to the national energy grid, reducing dependency on fossil fuels and promoting a cleaner environment. Through responsible and peaceful use of nuclear technology, Pakistan aims to meet its growing energy needs and enhance its socio-economic development.

The Lahore Fort main gate

Women’s role
Pakistan recognizes the pivotal role of women in society and is striving to ensure their empowerment and gender equality. The government has reserved 10% quota for employment of women to all posts across the board in federal and provincial civil services of Pakistan, besides competing on open merit; in the Parliament out of 342 total seats, Constitution of Pakistan reserves 60 seats for women. Female offi cers in our Armed Forces are equally serving the nation. Significant progress has been made in promoting women’s education, healthcare, and participation in various sectors, women in Pakistan playing equally important role in the development of the country. Pakistan and Kuwait share a deeprooted bond of friendship and cooperation that has stood the test of time. Th

e bilateral relations between these two nations have flourished over the years, laying a strong foundation for a mutually beneficial partnership. The friendship between Pakistan and Kuwait is characterized by mutual respect, understanding, and shared values, which have contributed to the growth and development of both countries.

The Parliament building in Islamabad

The visit of the business delegation in February 2023, the launching of the joint Logo for the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations and the signing of the very important Defence Cooperation Agreement are vital milestones in this friendly journey. The cooperation in the Health Sector and appreciation of Pakistan’s medical personnel by the Kuwaitis are perfect examples of supporting each other in times of need as well as of trust and cordiality between the two countries . Dr Syed Ja’afar Samdani Senior Associate Lawyer

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