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Karachi is well known for its shorelines. Most of the northern section of the country consists of mountains and also the famous Khyber Pass, whose history goes back several thousand years. It is in this northern section where most of the ancient tribes still live and where many ancient tribal cultures and customs still exist. The city of Islamabad, which is centrally located in the country, was officially named the capital of Pakistan inand construction began on government buildings in addition to others.
Islamabad became the active capital in In addition to modern government buildings it also features a wide variety of modern hotels, an international airport, and the nearby famous ancient city of Rawalpindi. In addition to being known for a number of mountains, including K-2, which is the second-highest mountain in world, Pakistan also has several lakes and rivers, including the Indus River, which is 1, miles 2, kilometers long.
Pakistan also has several deserts, in Punjab and Sind.
Pakistan is also home to Taxila, the oldest known university in the world. In the north, leading from China, through Tammu and Kashmir, is a famous ancient silk road.
There are snowcapped mountains in the north, sunny beaches in the south, and a wide variety of geographically and culturally interesting sites elsewhere. The population of Pakistan is estimated to be million. An estimated 40 million live in urban areas, with the balance in rural areas. In addition to the residents of the major cities of Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar, which is the city at the edge of the Kybher Pass gateway, a number of tribal residents live in valleys.
These include Chitral Valley, at an elevation of 3, feet 1, meterswhere the majority of the people are Muslims but that also is home to the Kafir-Kalash wearers of the black robea primitive pagan tribe.
In Swat Valley, which was once the cradle of Buddhism, Muslim conquerors fought battles and residents claim to be descendants of soldiers of Alexander the Great. In the Hunza Valley, people are noted Pakistan for longevity, which they claim is because of diet and way of life. The people of Hunza Valley are Muslims and also are believed to be descendants of soldiers of Alexander the Great.
Shardu Valley is the capital of the district of Baltistan and is known as "Little Tibet" because the lifestyle there is similar to that in Tibet itself. The people of each of these valley areas are well known for their tribal cultures, handicrafts, and for fascinating clothing, most of which is woven and handmade there and unique to their particular area.
The official language of Pakistan is Urdu, but most public officials, people, and others in Pakistan also speak English; English is referred to as the informal official language of Pakistan.
Urdu was created by combining the languages of early invaders and settlers, including Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. The spoken form of Urdu is the same as that of Hindi but it is written in a different script than Hindi. While Urdu and English are prevalent throughout Pakistan, a number of other languages are spoken in different valleys and areas. The design of Pakistan's flag was officially adopted by the country's Constituent Assembly in Julyit was flown for the first time on their independence day, 14 August l The flag was designed by Ali Jinnah, the man acclaimed as the founder of Pakistan.
There is a thick white strip on the left side of the flag; the rest of the flag has a dark green background with a white crescent and a five-pointed star centered on it. The white represents peace, and the dark green represents prosperity.
The crescent stands for progress, and the star stands for light, guidance, and knowledge. Pakistan also has a national emblem. In the middle of a circled wreath of jasmine flowers is a shield that has four sections, each of which shows a major product of the country from when the country was created. One section shows cotton, another shows wheat, one tea, and one jute.
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Above the four sections are the crescent and star, as on the national flag. On a scroll beneath the wreath is written in Urdu "Faith, Unity, Discipline. For many years India sought independence from Great Britain. During most of those years the Muslim League of India was also striving to establish an independent Islamic nation. The Muslim leader was Ali Jinnah from as early as ; in he began advocating and working for a separate Muslim state.
When the British finally agreed to India's independence and withdrew inPakistan became a Muslim nation, with Ali Jinnah as its first governor-general. Originally it was divided into two parts. The nation now called Pakistan was then called West Pakistan, and on the opposite side of India, some 1, miles 1, kilometers away, was another Muslim area, designated East Pakistan.
In Pakistan became a republic. In East Pakistan waged a successful war of independence from West Pakistan and became the independent nation of Bangladesh.
While the history of Pakistan as an independent nation dates only tothe history of the territory it encompasses dates back many thousands of years, during the period when the territory was a portion of the Indian subcontinent. In addition, the land is home to the famous Khyber Pass, which is the route that many invaders into India used. These include Mogul invaders and Alexander the Great. Many centuries ago a number of Buddhists also used that northern section as a route, so Pakistan today has many interesting Buddhist sites and historical notes as part of its history.
Punjab is also a portion of the country; it was the home of the founder of the Sikh religion, and it continues to play a significant role in Pakistan.
Lines of demarcation between India and Pakistan in northern border areas are unclear in places or in dispute, and controversy continues to surround these lines. The national identity of Pakistan today is that of an Islamic nation; it was created as such.
However, because the territory that is now Pakistan has a history that goes back several thousand years, the area has a history that forms part of the present identity of Pakistan. That is one of the reasons why both residents and visitors find the relatively young nation of Pakistan historically interesting and why the national identity includes many sites and stories that are centuries older than the nation itself.
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There are at least five ethnic groups within Pakistan. In general, there are not continuous or frequent problems between the different ethnic groups other than ethnic tensions in Sind, which occur somewhat regularly.
Urbanism, Architecture and the Use of Space Because of the relative newness of the capital city of Islamabad, it features modern architecture arrayed under a master plan. In addition to modern capital buildings, Islamabad is also home to the famous Shah Faisal Mosque, which is so large that the prayer hall can accommodate ten thousand persons, while verandas and porticoes can hold more than twenty-four thousand worshipers.
It also has a courtyard that has enough space for forty thousand people. Islamabad also has a sports complex, art galleries, a museum of natural history, and four universities. The ancient city of Rawalpindi, on the border of Islamabad, has a history that dates back three thousand years.
While many new modern buildings have been added to this city, it has retained much of its historical look and is well known for its bazaars that specialize in handicrafts. Rawalpindi is home to Linquat Memorial Hall with a large auditorium and library; Ayub National Park; and the Rawalpindi Golf Course, which was completed in but is still in regular use.
Another well-known urban area is Lahore, founded four thousand years ago. Lahore was the cultural center of the Mogul Empire, which glorified it with palaces, gardens, and mosques. It is the second-largest city in Pakistan and the capital of Punjab. Some of its historical sites include the Royal Fort, which was built in by Akbar the Great, and Wazir Khan's mosque, which was built in and is still considered one of the most beautiful mosques in all of South Asia.
Another ancient but still famous site in Lahore is the Shalimar Gardens, which were originally laid out in by Mogul emperor Shah-Jehan. The garden is surrounded by high walls and a watchtower at each of the four corners.
The garden is used as the site of regular special state receptions. Lahore is also home to several other well-known mosques, museums, and parks. A more recent historical site in Lahore is the Minar-e-Pakistan, where a resolution was passed in demanding creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims. The minar is an estimated feet 60 meters high. Another equally well-known urban area is the city of Karachi, which was the first capital of Pakistan.
Karachi is in the south of the nation and in addition to being a modern city on the shores of the Arabian Sea, it has a number of interesting sites, including the Masjid-e-Tooba which is said to be the largest single-dome mosque, and several art galleries and bazaars. It has a wide variety of water sports and remains the center of commerce and industry. There are a number of other urban areas throughout Pakistan, but one of the best known is the city of Peshawar, which is the northernmost major city and is home to the gateway to the Khyber Pass.
Peshawar is a city of Pathan tribals who are also Muslims. Alexander the Great and parts of his army stayed in this city for forty days in B.
Balahissar Fort is on both the eastern and western approaches to the city, and it is from near here that one can take a train along the mountain routes of the Khyber Pass. While the city is centuries old, the modern Peshawar is well known for its bazaars and for several colleges and a university. Food and Economy Food in Daily Life. Because at least 95 percent of the Pakistani population is Muslim, there are two food customs that are followed almost universally.
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One is that Muslims do not eat pork therefore beef, chicken, lamb, and fish are the basic foodsand the other is that during the month of Ramadan, fasting is a daily activity. Spices and curry are an essential part of any Pakistani recipe. The most prevalent spices include chili powder, tumeric, 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.
The food in the south is more exotic and highly spiced, while that in the north often features plain barbecued meat as the main dish. 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. Wheat and flour products are considered mainstays of the daily diet, and the use of pickles, chutneys, preserves, and sauces along with curried meats, seafood, vegetables, and lentils and are why Pakistani cuisine has such a unique flavor.
Green tea is the typical drink served at all meals. Food Customs at Ceremonial Occasions. Fasting is an important part of the Muslim observance of Ramadan, but food does play a role on many other occasions. One such event is the Eid-ul-Azha Feast of Sacrifice in the last month of the Muslim calendar, commemorating the occasion when the prophet Abraham was about to sacrifice his son in response to an order from God. Muslims who can afford it are required to sacrifice a sheep, goat, camel, or cow symbolizing Abraham's submission to God.
Eating the meat is part of the festival celebration activity. The important religious festival Shab-I-Barat involves a special type of pudding known as halwa and unleavened bread known as nan being distributed among the poor. The halwa and nan dishes are specially decorated with silver or gold leaves and also are sent to relatives and neighbors. As I was getting down from the aircraft, I did not know what the damage was -- and not a word of this is an exaggeration -- I told the airmen, 'Yaar yeh choti si baat hai, main kal phir se ja raha hoon.
Doosri sortie ke liye aircraft prepare karo This is just a small mishap. Prepare the aircraft for my next sortie tomorrow. I was so lucky because that bullet that had gone through my shoulder had pierced the centre of my headrest, inside which is kept a very vital part of the parachute.
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The drogue chute would have landed like a kati patang. I had kept that parachute and my flying overall with my blood caked on it for a long time. Then my wife said, 'What morbid stuff you are keeping and threw it. They took me to hospital and the senior medical officer said, 'We have to stitch this up. I thought he would certify me medically unfit and I would be unable to fly.
What had happened was that Mr U Thant, the secretary general of the United Nations, was already in Pakistan trying to bring an end to the hostilities.
I knew if a ceasefire was declared, there would be no fighting or firing for me. I told the senior medical officer, 'Sir, you make me fit for flying tomorrow. He gave me 14 stitches and told me to rest. He said as a medical officer he would not allow me. Since I had rushed to Halwara from Hindon only in my flying boots and overalls, I had no other clothes.
I borrowed a bush shirt and shorts from a chap from Nagpur whose room I was sharing. I was wearing his clothes and he was three sizes smaller!
My arm was in a sling. When we go for war, we are given a revolver for personal protection. It was nothing handy like.
Since it was issued to me, I had to look after it and return it after the war. So I kept this revolver in the pocket of my shorts. In the meantime, another pilot had crashed and his body had been recovered. An IL aircraft had come from Delhi to take the body back. Since my flying was over and my squadron was in Delhi, I thought I would go to the principal medical officer at the command headquarters at the Western Air Command.
I also thought I would be returning to my squadron as a war hero and there would be additional attention etc laughs. With the IL's lumbering speed, we reached Delhi at nightfall and were not allowed to land and were diverted to Agra.
The crew said we would go to Delhi the next morning and I thought it would be much faster to go by train. That way I would get to sleep in my own room that night! I went to the railway station with my flying boots in one carry bag and my overall and helmet in another. I took a coolie since my arm was in a sling.
My revolver was in my pocket. The train was late and I was walking up and down the platform. Since we were at war, there was a lot of troop movement and there was a group of airmen at the station.
One of them spotted my revolver. They thought I was a Pakistani paratrooper! At that time there was fear of Pakistani paratroopers because Pakistan had dropped armed paratroopers outside our air fields. It was such a futile exercise, they could not create any damage but created lot of commotion.
So this airman went and reported it to his sergeant. I was nonchalant about it when 10, 15 of them surrounded me. They asked for my ID. I told them during war we're not allowed to carry IDs but I had a traffic offence challan and a picture with a cousin who died as a cadet just before he got commissioned.
I had a photo with him in front of an HT-2 aircraft. I showed it and told them I was carrying an air force revolver that was issued to me. One of them opened the breach and saw that it was loaded. I said it had to be!
But they marched me to the police station where the inspector also asked for my ID. This continued from around 7 to 11 pm. By then, my faithful coolie came and told me that the train had reached the station's outer signal. I thought now it was time to take action because I had to be on that train.
I kept telling the inspector to call the commissioner, but he wouldn't listen. I then pretended to lose my temper -- something I rarely have done in life -- I told him my wound was from a Pakistani bullet and when he would know the truth tomorrow, I don't know what would happen to him. He was finally convinced, and told one of his constables to get me a lower berth.
One of Group Captain Parulkar's flying log books. He still remembers his days of flying with great excitement. He was the principal medical officer. My clothes were better, of course.
I was shot in Halwara and have a wound. I assured him that I could do any exercise in the air, that I would go to my squadron and do a sortie in a dual aircraft with an experienced pilot. I would do every exercise and show them that I could do it all. There was a very senior pilot Squadron Leader Ian Loughran known as 'Locky' Winner of a gallantry medal inhe flew 14 combat mission in the War. An authenticated copy of the Employment contract and proof of registration of the employing organisation are to be furnished.
Employment visa is granted initially for a period of six months or for the duration of the employment contract. Those going for volunteer work should also apply for Employment visa. Documents to be submitted along with Visa application form 1. Letter from Indian Company stating why they are unable to recruit the position from India. Copies of documents relating to company's incorporation in India 9. V showing qualification and work experience of the applicant. Remarks Entry X visa can be issued to the applicant's dependent family members on production of proof of their relationship i.
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