Love of homeland is a natural thing. If we love our country, we also love its cities. All the cities of Pakistan are very beautiful and dear to every Pakistani. Name of a city not only give it a unique identity but also have historical background.
Read this full article to know history of major Pakistani cities and also know "how these cities got their current names". We have written details in English as well as in Urdu with beautiful relevant images.
Pakistan is combination of "Pak" and "istan". Pak mean spiritually pure and clean while "istan" is derived from Sanskrit word "asthan", which means land/ country. So in this way meaning of Pakistan is spiritually pure land or land of spiritually pure people.
P of Pakistan is taken from Punjab, A from Afghania (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), K from Kashmir, S from Sindh and Tan from Baluchistan.
IslamabadThis name was given on the name of religion Islam. It became federal capital of Pakistan in 1959.
KarachiIt was a village of fishermen about 200 years ago. It got its name from name of a Baloch named Kalachoo or on name of a woman named Kalachi. Kalachi became Karachi with the passage of time.
It got status of a city in 1925. It was federal capital of Pakistan from 1947 to 1959.
LahoreLahore is a historical city. We could not find any solid evidence about its name however some people says that its name was originated from word "Loh" or "Lava" which is, according to Ramayana religious book of Hinduism, son of Ram.
PeshawarPeshawar is a city of Paishawar (professional and skilled) people.
QuettaWord Quetta is derived from Quata which means mountains.
RawalpindiThis city was homeland of Rawal family. Chaudhry Jhanday Khan Rawal built this city in 15th century so its name was given to it on the name of its founder.
HyderabadGhulam Ahmed Kalhorra built this city. Its old name was Nairoon Kot. Later Kalhorra family changed his name as Hyderabad on the name of Hazrat Ali (R.A).
SargodhaGodha was a Hindu saint who live beside a water pool. In Sanskrit, pool is called sar. So this place was called "Godhay wala Sar" which later became Sargodha. Proper city was founded on this place in 1903.
Nawab Bahawal Khan built this city and name of this city was also given on his name. For a long time, this was capital of State of Bahawalpur. Abbassis were rulers of Bahawalpur. This was the first state that affiliated with Pakistan.
MultanIt is about 4000 years old city. Its old name was Kaisapur.