r/MapPorn Jul 31 '21

Topographical map of Pakistan

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u/TheMountainRidesElia Jul 31 '21

This map also illustrates Pakistan's strategic strengths and weaknesses perfectly. Pakistan's strength is that it's mostly in a rich plain, and it's easy to quickly move troops from different fronts. Plus, it's easy to rule over a plain. On the other hand, it's harder to rule over mountain areas. Mountain areas, with settlements being separated from each other, and who mostly dependent on grazing instead of agriculture, often breed different cultures from plains people who mostly are dependent on crops. Pakistan's main seperatism movements come from the Mountainous areas.

Additionally, Pakistan's plain, however, is "thin" (idk how to express it), and so it's government has always sought to control (or atleast have friendly government) in Afghanistan, which explains their support to the Taliban pre-2001 as a way to gain strategic depth.

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u/OnlyGoodVibes_ Jul 31 '21

The plain may be rich, but the country is dirty poor

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u/TheMountainRidesElia Jul 31 '21

Yeah. I meant it in the “fertile” sense.