Partially located in one of the longest inhabited regions in the world, the Indus Valley, Pakistan is a country rich in culture and history, with a proud past that has seen the national culture overcome countless obstacles and challenges, both internal and imposed form without. Though in the mid-20th century (which is when Pakistan attained its independence from Great Britain, though it is still a member of the Commonwealth of Nations) this country was fraught with poverty, over the decades Pakistan has made strived toward prosperity, today being one of the biggest and most important emerging economies. With annual growth rates of about 7% for many years, development in Pakistan has been (and currently is) booming, which makes it a very attractive destination for people looking to move abroad.
In addition to the attraction of such a resilient and potent domestic economy, Pakistan offers up some of the most sumptuous scenic vistas and adventuresome tourist circuits in Asia: from the imposing Himalayan mountains (Pakistan has the second highest peak in the world, the infamous K2) to the vast plains of the northwestern plateau to the beautiful beaches along the Arabian Sea, there is nothing lacking in this country’s natural repertoire.
Moving to Pakistan is a relatively easy affair thanks to the detailed information that the national government has made available through its official website. Read up on the different kinds of possible visas; you’ll even be able to download a copy of a particular form you may need. Furthermore, there are more forms and requirements about buying real estate in Pakistan, and once you have a decent understanding of the process, take a look at the property listings for the country.
As far as what specific places to visit in Pakistan, check out the government’s tourism portal, and also read up on a more impartial site like Lonely Planet to get a better notion of which places are really worth a visit. Definitely on the list of places to check out would be the historic city of Lahore, as well as some ancient ruin sites at Harappa or Taxila.
The national language in Pakistan is Urdu, but expats in Pakistan will find that many people, in particular those with a good education, will speak fluent English, thus making communication a lot easier for expats and helping them integrate into the host society; definitely a plus for those looking to move to this enchanting country.