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The word “Pakistan” means “Land of the Pure” in Urdu and Persian language. Modern day Pakistan consists of four major parts called provinces Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and North-West Frontier Province. It also governs part of Kashmir which is currently split between Pakistan and India. However in four provinces, there are eleven major cities which are popular worldwide:

Karachi: Karachi is the largest city in Pakistan with its population being the second largest in the world after Mumbai. The city is called The City of Lights for its beautiful lights display at night. Located at the southern coast of Sind, this city is the 6th largest in the world according to the business, area and population.

Islamabad: Islamabad is a rather modern and clean city, especially in comparison to other cities in Pakistan. It is well-organized, with the city being divided into different sectors and zones. Islamabad was divided into eight zones: the diplomatic enclave, the commercial district, the educational sector, the industrial area and so on, each with its own shopping area and park. Islamabad is also home to the Faisal Mosque which is well known for its architecture and immense size. The mosque was gifted by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

Lahore: Lahore is the second largest city in Pakistan after Karachi. It is popularly known as the Heart of Pakistan, due to its historical importance in the creation of Pakistan, and also being the cultural, political and educational centre of the country. It is also often called Gardens of the Mughals or City of Gardens because of the heritage of the Mughal Empire. It is located near the Ravi River and Wagah, close to the Pakistan-India border.


Quetta: Quetta, derived from kwatta meaning fort in Pushtu, the fruit garden of Pakistan and the capital of Baluchistan is the legendary stronghold of the western frontier. It sits at 1,680 meters (5,500 feet) above sea level.

Faisalabad: Faisalabad is the third largest city in Pakistan. It is an important industrial centre located in the Punjab province, west of Lahore.

Gujranwala: The district of Gujranwala, with a population of about 11 million has an area of 3198 km², making Gujranwala the fifth largest city in Pakistan. It borders with and some small towns and villages.

Hyderabad: Hyderabad is a city, district and division in the Sindh province. Hyderabad is one of the oldest cities of the sub-continent. The city is an administrative headquarters lying on the most northern hill of the Ganjo Takkar ridge just east of the River Indus. Before the creation of Pakistan, it was known as the Paris of India, for its roads used to be washed with perfume every day.

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