ISLAMABAD, May 16 (APP): Eight Pakistani cities have 47 sister cities in various parts of Asia, Europe, North America and Africa.Shanghai, Beijing, Chicago, Houston, Ankara, Istanbul, Ankara,Manchester,Glasgow, Rome, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Amman, Dhaka, Beirut, Kolkata,Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent are some of the important cities which are sisters of cities in Pakistan.According to official sources, Istanbul was the first city which became sister city of Lahore in 1975 and the latest addition is Saint Petersburg, Russia which became sister city of Karachi this month.
During the recent visit of President Asif Ali Zardari to Russia, it was decided to declare St Petersburg and Karachi as sister cities to further boost bilateral trade and commercial ties.
Karachi is the largest city, main sea port and financial hub of Pakistan with a population of about 15 million.
While Saint Petersburg is often described as the most Western city of Russia. With over one million people, Saint Petersburg is the northernmost city in Russia.
Saint Petersburg is also home to The Hermitage, the largest art museum in the world. A large number of foreign consulates, international corporations,banks and other businesses are located in Saint Petersburg.
The cities are made sisters to promote educational, business, professional and cultural ties and expand youth exchanges.
Istanbul, Turkey, Sariwon, North Korea, Xi’an, China, Kortrijk, Belgium,Fez, Morocco, C¢rdoba, Spain, Bukhara and Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Isfahan, Iran,Mashad, Iran, Glasgow, Scotland, Chicago, United States, Belgrade, Serbia,Fresno, United States, Krakow, Poland, Coimbra, Portugal and Dushanbe, Tajikistan are sister cities of Lahore.
Port Louis, Mauritius, Kolkata, India, Shanghai, China, Hong Kong, Jeddah,Saudi Arabia, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Istanbul, Turkey, Beirut, Lebanon, Dhaka,Bangladesh, Chicago, United States, Izmir, Turkey, Houston, United States,Manama, Bahrain, Pristina, Kosovo, Dubai, UAE and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are sister cities of Karachi.
Amman, Jordan, Ankara, Turkey, Beijing, China and Seoul, South Korea are sister cities of Islamabad.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Cairo, Egypt are sister cities of Rahim Yar Khan.Manchester, England and Kobe, Japan are sister cities of Faisalabad while Redditch, England is a sister town of Gujar Khan.
Urumqi, China and Makassar, Indonesia are sister cities of Peshawar and Rome, Italy and Konya, Turkey are sister cities of Multan.