Punjab, Pakistan

Punjab is the most populous of the four provinces of Pakistan. It has an area of 79,284 square miles (205,345 square km) and a population exceeding 82 million, approximately 56% of the country's total population. Its provincial capital and largest city is Lahore.

Geography

The land of 5-rivers, population-wise the largest, and once known as the granary of east, Punjab is the lifeline of Pakistan. To the North of the Punjab is the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa Province and the federal capital area of Islamabad, to the North-East is Azad Kashmir, to its South-East is India (Indian Punjab & Rajasthan), to the South-West is the province of Sindh while to the West are Baluchistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

The province is predominantly on plain level, however, there are some hilly areas in the North-West and extreme South-West. There is also a plateau adjacent to the mountains known as the Potohar plateau and a desert belt in the South Eastern part known as Cholistan.

All the major rivers of the country namely Indus, Jhelum, Chanab, Ravi, & Sutlaj flow through this province. They originate from the Himalayas and pass from North-West to South-West. They are primeval in nature and the volume of water increases in the summer after the monsoon rains, resulting sometimes in floods.

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