From the outside looking in, Pakistan seems like a country in constant turmoil. It's polarized political parties have resulted in unstable government, it's maintained a tense relationship with India over the Kashmir region, and it was the final hiding place of Osama bin Laden. What many people don't realize is Pakistan holds an incredible place in human history.
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Pakistan and northwest India were once home to one of the oldest known civilizations, the Indus Valley Civilization. This dates back to around 3300 BCE and, at its peak, may have included around five million people. There were two large cities, Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, and around 100 smaller settlements. A possible writing system from this area, called Indus Script, dates back to about 3500 BCE and may be the earliest form of writing found in the Indian subcontinent. Attempts so far to decipher this script have be unsuccessful, leaving much about this civilization a mystery.
While good can come from being informed about current events around the world, if you find yourself following narratives where entire countries are superior or scary, you're ignoring the bigger picture. Pakistan is experiencing a troubling and complex period in its long history. That shouldn't deceive you of the value of this fascinating region.
Read more about life in Pakistan:
CNN: Pakistan Fast Facts
Ancient History Encyclopedia: Indus Script