> CULTURE & HERITAGE:
Pakistani society is largely multilingual and multicultural. Religious
practices of various faiths are an integral part of everyday life
in society. Education is highly regarded by members of every socio-economic
stratum. The traditional family values are highly respected and
considered sacred, although urban families have grown into a nuclear
family system, owing to the socio-economic constraints imposed by
the traditional joint family system.
past few decades have seen emergence of a middle class in cities
such as Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Hyderabad, Faisalabad, Sukkur,
Peshawar, Abbottabad and Multan. The North-western part of Pakistan,
bordering with Afghanistan, is highly conservative and dominated
by regional tribal customs dating back hundreds of years.
One of the most familiar sights in Pakistan, is that traditionally
pakistani men wear Shalwar kameez. They come in many different styles,
fabrics, colours and patterns that make them look really stylish.
Pakistani women also wear shalwar kameez but the designs defer.
women from sindh province and in the lower regions of Pakistan are
known to wear saris more traditionally.
sherwani is the national dress of Pakistan for men, as it is not
specifically associated with any of the provinces. Most government
officials wear the formal Black sherwani on state occasions.
Typical Lollywood Movie Billboards .Traditionally, the government-owned
Pakistan Television (PTV) has been the dominant media player in
Pakistan. However past decade has seen emergence of several private
TV channels (news , entertainment) such as the GEO TV, AAJ TV, ARY
Digital and a dozen or so more channels. Traditionally the bulk
of TV shows have been plays or soap operas---some of them critically
acclaimed. Various American, European, Asian and Indian TV channels
and movies are available to a majority of the population via Cable
Main Article : Lollywood
An indigenous movie industry exists in Pakistan, and is known as
Lollywood as it is based in Lahore, producing over forty feature-length
films a year. In contrast, Indian movies are popular in Pakistan
despite a ban on the screening of Hindi films since the Indo- Pakistan
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan performing on PTVMain Article : Music of Pakistan
Pakistani music is represented by a wide variety of forms. It ranges
from traditional styles (such as Qawwali) to more modern forms that
try to fuse traditional Pakistani music with western music. A famous
Pakistani musician, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is internationally renowned
for creating a form of music which synchronized Qawwali with western
music. Popular forms of music also prevail, the most notable being
Film music and Urdu Pop music. In addition to this are the diverse
traditions of folk music.
These are very similar to stage plays in theatres. They are performed
by many well-known actors and actresses in the Lollywood industry.
The are many types of themes that are brought across with lots of
Also : Communications in Pakistan, List of Pakistani musicians,
Sufi rock, Pakistani black metal
Iqbal in deep thought;The picture earned him the Famous title of
"The Thinker"Main Article : Pakistani literature
Pakistani literature, that is, the literature of Pakistan, as a
distinct literature came into being when Pakistan gained its nationhood
as a sovereign state in 1947. The common and shared tradition of
Urdu literature and English literature of the Indian subcontinent
was inherited by the new state. Over a period of time, a body of
literature unique to Pakistan has emerged in nearly all major Pakistani
languages, including Urdu, English, Punjabi, Pushto and Sindhi.
The Urdu language has a rich tradition of poetry boasting such renown
poets as Mirza Ghalib, Allama Iqbal (who is the national poet of
Pakistan) and Faiz Ahmad Faiz.