Quetta (Pashto: کوټه, Urdu: کوئٹہ About this sound pronunciation (help·info), Hazaragi: کویته, Brahui: Koŧá) is the largest city and the provincial capital of the Balochistan Province of Pakistan. Known as the Fruit Garden of Balochistan due to the diversity of its plant and animal wildlife, Quetta is home to the Hazarganji Chiltan National Park, which contains rare wildlife.

The city is situated at an average elevation of 1,680 meters (5,500 ft) above sea level,[3]making it Pakistan’s only high-altitude major city. Located in a river valley, Quetta derives its name from the Pashto word “Kuwatta”, which means a fort.[3]

Sitting near the Durand Line border with Afghanistan and close to Kandahar province, Quetta is a trade and communications center between the two countries as well as an important military location which occupies a strategic position for the Pakistani Armed Forces. The city lies on the Bolan Pass route which was once the only gateway to and from South Asia. Due to its proximity to Afghanistan and Central Asia, the city is a major stronghold along the western frontier of the country.


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