Sialkot (Punjab)

Sialkot is situated in the north-east of the Punjab province in Pakistan at the feet of the snow-covered peaks of Kashmir near the Chenab River. Formerly, Sialkot has been the winter-capital of the State of Kashmir. The city is about 125 km north-west of Lahore and only a few kilometers from Jammu in India.

Sialkot is the world's largest producer of hand-sewed footballs, with local factories manufacturing around 40-60 million footballs a year, amounting to roughly 70% of world production. As of 2015, Sialkot exported US$2 billion worth of goods which is equal to 9% of Pakistan's total exports.

Sialkot features a humid subtropical climate under the Köppen climate classification, with four seasons. The post-monsoon season from mid-September to mid-November remains hot during the daytime but nights cool down substantially and the low humidity makes the heat more bearable. In the winter from mid-November to March, days are pleasantly mild to warm and occasionally heavy rainfalls occur from the passage of frontal cloudbands.

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