The People of Pakistan, Principal Cities
central Punjab, Islamabad Capital Territory, North-West Frontier Province, capital of Pakistan, industrial center
Pakistanís largest city is Karachi, the capital of Sind Province. It is the countryís only seaport and a major financial, industrial, and commercial center. It is also known as the ethnic melting pot of Pakistan. Lahore, the capital of Punjab Province, is Pakistanís second largest city and a cultural and educational center. Faisalabad, in central Punjab, is the center of textile and fertilizer industries. Multan, the largest city in southern Punjab, has many ancient Muslim shrines, a huge fertilizer factory, and small cottage industries such as carpet weaving and pottery. Hyderabad, in Sind Province, is a manufacturing center with textile and glass factories, as well as a cultural center with museums, historic mosques, and a medical school. Peshawar, the capital of the North-West Frontier Province, is a busy, overcrowded frontier outpost and a hub of trade with Afghanistan. For centuries it served as a gateway and trading post between Afghanistan and Southeast Asia.
Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan and the seat of the federal government; it forms its own administrative unit, the Islamabad Capital Territory. Just to the south, in bordering Punjab Province, is Rawalpindi, the headquarters of the Pakistani army and an industrial center.
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