To promote the welfare of the people of South Asiaand to improve their quality of life. To accelerate economic growth, social progress and culturaldevelopment in the region and to provide all individuals theopportunity to live in dignity and to realize their full potential. To promote and strengthen collective self-reliance among thecountries of South Asia. To contribute to mutual trust, understanding andappreciation of one anothers problems. To Next Page>>
To promote active collaboration and mutualassistance in the economic, social, cultural, technicaland scientific fields. To strengthen cooperation with other developingcountries. To strengthen cooperation among themselves ininternational forums on matters of common.
Uch SharifThe city of Uch Sharif has along history with links toAlexander the Great andancient Hindu culture. Thecity is located just more than45 miles from Bahawalpur,and contains many shrines andtombs. The tombs havecentral Asian influences, andare decorated with blue andwhite tiles. Over thecenturies, many of the shrineshave fallen into disrepair;however, the site remains animportant religious center inPakistan.
Wazir Khan MosqueThe Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahoredates back to 1634. Shaikh Ilm-ud-din Ansari built the mosque atopthe tomb of the 13th-centurysaint Syed Muhammed Ishaq. Morethan just a religious structure, theoriginal plans for the mosque andits surrounding complex includeda bathhouse and bazaar to ensurefunding for the mosque. Thebuilding of a minaret at eachcorner of the mosque was anarchitectural first in Lahore. Muchof the mosques brick structure isdecorated with glazed tilemosaics.
Rohtas FortRohtas Fort is located just lessthan 70 miles from Islamabad.The 16th-century Afghan rulerSher Shah Suri orderedconstruction of this militaryfortress as a base of operationsfor conflicts with the Gakkhars.Architects adapted the buildingplans to the surrounding terrain,using deep ravines as defensivestructures. The rampart wallsstretch more than 2 miles incircumference, and include 68bastions and 12 gates. At theirthickest point near the Mon Gate,the walls are 36 feet thick.
Lahore Fort and Shalamar GardensIn 2000, the United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)added the Fort and Shalamar Gardens inLahore to its List of World Heritage in Danger. Click Here For Picture>>>The two monuments date back to the Mughalcivilization that ruled the area from the 16thto 19th centuries. Within the fort are marblepalaces and ornately decorated mosques. Thegarden spans three terraces and includesscenic waterfalls, ornamental ponds andlodges. Destruction of the 375-year old watertanks that supplied the gardens in 1999 andits deteriorating outer walls prompted thePakistani government to request assistancefrom UNESCO to preserve the Mughalmonuments.
Pakistan MonumentThe Pakistan Monument, alsocalled the National Monument,in Islamabad is one of thecountrys newest landmarks. Thelarge monument is in the shapeof a blossoming flower, witheach of its four petalsrepresenting the four provincesof Pakistan. The PakistanMonument was designed byarchitect Arif Masood and islocated in the heart of the city.
Men all over Pakistan preferShalwar Kameez with someadditional accessories whichinclude Pakistani Waistcoat withShalwar Kameez, Achkan andSherwani with Shalwar Kameez orwith Churidar Pajama. Jinnah Capalso called Karakul, Fez also calledRumi Topi and Taqiyah (cap) is usedwith Shalwar Kameez. Khussa is apopular foot wear with shalwarkameez. Men like to weartraditional shawls made ofPashmina or other warm materialsespecially in Northern part of thecountry.
The most favorite dressing amongPakistani women is Shalwar Kameezwhich is worn in different styles, colorsand designs especially the front part ofKameez is decorated with differentstyles and designs of embroidery. It isworn with different sleeve length, shirtlength, necklines and different types ofShalwars like Patiala Shalwar, ChuridarPajama and simple trouser. Kurta is alsoworn by women in latest designs.Dupatta is an essential part of ShalwarKameez and considered a symbol ofwomans respect.It is used withdifferent embroidery designs ofKamdani and Gota.
Eid-ul-FitrEid-ul-fitr is the biggestMuslim festival celebrated allover Pakistan. It is celebratedafter one month of fastingduring the month of Ramadan.Celebrated on the 1st ofShawwal, the 10th month ofIslamic Calendar, The Eid daystarts with the special Eidprayers. People exchange giftsand sweet with each other andalms to the poor and the needy.
Eid-ul-AzhaEid-ul-Azha is also anothermassive religious festivalcommemorating the great sacrificeoffered by Prophet Ibrahim. It iscelebrated on the 10th of Zilhaj, the12th month in the IslamicCalendar. Collective prayers areoffered after sunset and thesacrifice of goats, sheep, cows orcamels is made and the meat isdistributed among relatives,friends and poor.
National Horse & Cattle ShowLahoreHeld at the Fortress StadiumLahore, the Horse and Cattleshow is a famous event inLahore. The event’s highlightsinclude Cattle races, cattledances, tent-pegging, tattooshow, folk music, dances,bands, cultural floats and folkgames. It takes place on the 3rdweek of November for 15 days.