Quetta? (Pashto: کوټه, Urdu: کوئٹہ, Hazaragi: کویته, Brahui: Koŧá) is the lairgest ceety an the provincial caipital o the Balochistan Province o Pakistan. It is kent as the "Fruit Garden o Pakistan", due tae the diversity o its plant an animal wildlife. Situatit at an average elevation o 1,654 metres (5,429 ft) abuin sea level, the ceety is a major stranghold alang the wastren frontier o the kintra. The ceety is an aa hame tae the Hazarganji Chiltan National Park, which contains some o the rarest species o wildlife in the warld an tae a research institute, the Geological Survey of Pakistan.
Quetta sits near the Durand Line border wi Afghanistan an is an important trade an communications centre atween the twa kintras as well as an important military location occupyin a vital strategic position for the Pakistani Airmed Forces. The ceety lies on the Bolan Pass route which wis ance the anerlie gateway tae and from Sooth Asie. The ceety wis the closest ceety tae the 1935 an the 2008 earthquakes baith o which resultit in a great deal o damage tae the ceety an significant loss o life.
Quetta is an aa spelled Kuwatah which is a variation o Kuatta, a Pashto wird,. It is believed the ceety's name is derived frae the fower imposin hills (Chiltan, Takatu, Zarghoon an Murdaar) that surroond the ceety.