A little over 100km away from Lahore is the city of Sialkot, another of the ancient living cities of the country. It has been recorded to have been in existence already as early as around the 300BCE. This gives it special prominence amongst the cities of the Punjab, although it also played a significant role in the very establishment of the country later on. Not only was the national poet, Muhammad Iqbal, born here, but Sialkot also hosted the convention that would later see the Muslim League gaining more recognition among the rest of the political parties that would spearhead the creation of Pakistan. The city has featured prominently in the country’s wars as well: the most important battles of the Shakargarh bulge took place near it, including the Battle of Barapind (Basantar), which would be considered a major turning point in the India-Pakistan War of the 1970’s.
Sialkot is a dream if you happen to be in search of authentic Punjab culture. Not only are the people and tradesmen wonderfully [Read more…]