Amazing Pakistan: Radiant Textures … (Part- two)

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This article is co-authored by Huneza Khan and Dua. I’m really thankful to them for joining hands in the effort of unveiling the true spirit of being a Pakistani characterized by the liveliness, the passion, the lifestyle, the glee and the zest that is clearly reflected by the architectural heritage and the geography of this pure land. The spirit that holds an energy that resonates in the atmosphere epitomized by the roads & streets of Pakistan. This article touch upon the three major cities trying to paint the vivid colors and the distinguishable textures of life and structures within each .

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ISLAMABAD: The ‘Switzerland’ of South Asia

Islamabad: Top View from Peer Sohawa | Photographed by Imran Shabbir

Islamabad: Top View from Peer Sohawa | Photographed by Imran Shabbir

Islamabad (Capital of Pakistan) meaning “City of Peace” lies in the lap of nature, surrounded by lush green Margalla hills and high headed pine trees is often quoted as  “The Switzerland of South Asia” due to it’s serene elegance. It is listed amongst the most well planned cities in the world. The amalgamation of modern architecture and nature’s artistry exhibits a heavenly magnificence that symbolizes the aspirations, dreams and hopes of a progressive and shinning Pakistan.

The Lotus lake, Loke Virsa ( The National Cultural Center and Museum), 21st century architectural wonderment like Convention Centre, Serena Hotel, well sculpted gardens like Shakarparian Hills, Jasmine garden, Rawal Dam, Golra Shareef, South East Asia’s largest park Fatima Jinnah park and the breathtaking PeerSohawa are few highlights of Islamabad. To the west of Islamabad lies Buddhist site of Taxila where one find the traces of Greek history. Taxila is oftenly described as “World’s Oldest University” [1] discovered by Aristotle where eminent scholars from different part of the world used to lay the foundation of earliest research in medical science. Islamabad, a city that hold in itself a history from the pages of time, a charisma of today’s vision, and a future for tomorrow.

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Secretariat Islamabad

Faisal Mosque- Islamabad

Faisal Mosque- Islamabad

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Islamabad: Faizabad-Interchange

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Jinnah Avenue Islamabad

National Momument Islamabad representing 4 provinces of Pakistan

National Momument Islamabad representing 4 provinces of Pakistan

The Centaurus Tower Islamabad: A 37 Story Complex symbolises the growth of Pakistan

The Centaurus Tower Islamabad: A 37 Story Complex symbolises the growth of Pakistan

LAHORE: The heart of Pakistan ….(by Dua)

Lahore the heart of Pakistan , a versatile city having its historical, cultural and commercial value maintained in today’s modernized era. The city famous for its livelihood, joviality and aroma of it’s food . It is commonly said whosoever hasn’t seen Lahore hasn’t sensed life’s true spirit to its entirety. Sun never sets in Lahore , thrill and compassion dwell in the atmosphere that better describe the spirit of lahori’s (people of Lahore). Life giggles in the corners of streets and smiles in the hearts of hospitable residents of Lahore. Colors of love, life and liberty spread their unanimous shades, never fading.

An evening at Lahore Fort | Photographed by Micheal Foley

An evening at Lahore Fort | Photographed by Micheal Foley

A city with a historical origin embracing the architectural marvel during the Sultanate period. The Mughal rule greatly enhanced its cultural and social aspect. Some of the monuments that depicts the splendid architecture of the Mughal period are Shahi Mosque, Shalamar Gardens, Shahi Qila (Lahore Fort)and Jahangir’s Tomb. The Diwan-e-Aam, the marble Baradari, the splendid Sheesh Mahal, studded with glittering mirrors and Masjid Wazir Khan are treat to watch. The Badshahi Mosque, built by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1670 is one of the largest mosques in the world. It can accommodate nearly 100,000 worshippers in its spacious yard to offer their prayers.

Badshahi Mosque| A mosque that can accomodate 100,000 worshippers

Badshahi Mosque| A mosque that can accomodate 100,000 worshippers

The “walled city” Lahore comprises of 13 gates known as “old city” which is embodiment of old values ,art and culture. Minar-e-Pakistan which is also called Lahore Monument is situated in the famous Iqbal park with all it’s grandeur symbolizing the sacrifices of our ancestors who gave their precious lives to acquire freedom.

Fun & festivity never ends in Lahore. Food is something that makes lahore special apart from other cities, as lahori’s are said to have real good taste buds. Food Street is the place which is a tourist’s main attraction. In the day light the place is a busy lane bustling with traffic but as soon as sun sets, various lamps lit up the street & side buildings that are built on Kashmiri-Persian architecture and turns into a heaven for food lovers where you will find all kind of traditional Pakistani food. Lahore is famous for it’s basant festival celebrations as the sky get covered with thousands of kites with bright and shinny colors representing the passion, joviality, warmheartedness of the people of lahore. Lahore is also termed as the city of gardens because of the fascinating gardens like Lawrence garden, Shalimar garden, Race coarse park and many more…

Basant Festival Celebrations

Basant Festival Celebrations

Lahore | Jinnah Garden

Lahore | Jinnah Garden

Lahore | Minar-e-Pakistan

Lahore | Minar-e-Pakistan

Lahore | Food Street

Lahore | Food Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asia’s most expensive motorway M2 connects Lahore to Islamabad passing through various smaller cities is an exhibit of technical marvelous in the road design and construction . It then become M1 linking Islamabad with Peshawar and in between near khewara Salt range lies ” Asia’s Highest Pillared Bridge” designed by highly professional architects , thus becoming another landmark for this country.

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Asia's Highest Pillared Bridge near Khewara Salt Range Pakistan

Karachi:

7th Largest City in the World (by Huneza Khan)

Karachi | The City of Lights

Karachi | The City of Lights

Karachi, the 7th largest city in the world with population exceeding 13 million spreads over 3,530 km² (2,193 sq mi) in area. It is located in the south of Sindh, on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It’s ablaze with flyovers, high rises and expansive roads. The coastal climate is idyllic as the breeze never stops; the sun never heats up. Karachi is rich in aesthetics due to the Victorian architecture and tendency to amalgamate diversified cultures characterized by the blending of Middle Eastern, South Asian and Western influences, as well as the status of the city as a major international business center. Soon after the creation of Pakistan this city has been inhabited and developed majorly by Muslims migrating from India to their homeland but like any other major metropolitan center it has a unique diversity with a wide variety of communities belonging to different religious and linguistic groups drawn from N.W.F.P, Kashmir, Punjab, Baluchistan, and of course from different parts of Sindh. In this way Karachi has developed into a National Metropolis. No wonder, it is often described as miniature Pakistan, which it really is, just as Bombay is mini-India, London is mini-England, and Paris is mini-France.

Karachi |Narang Churagni FlyOver

Karachi |Narang Churagni FlyOver

Karachi | kothari Parade | Pictured by Ahmed Jalbani

Karachi | kothari Parade | Pictured by Ahmed Jalbani

Karachi Port Trust

Karachi Port Trust

The city’s multicultural lifestyle, its monument of historic value, the beaches and structures of various architectural styles has all the flavors for attracting tourist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The unprecedented vitality in the indo-gothic and the Neo-gothic styles of Frere Hall, Empress Market and St. cathedral is highly appreciated. Italian Renaissance was very popular and was the language for St. Joseph’s Convent (1870) and the Sindh Club

The Hindu gymkhana and Mohatta Palace are the example of Mughal revival buildings. Mohatta palace is built using pink Jodhpur stone in combination with the local yellow stone from Gizri. There is the secret underground tunnel that leads from the grounds of the palace all the way to a subterranean Hindu temple less than a kilometer away. Its also wide heard that the palace is haunted and the museum guides and curators have acknowledge supernatural happenings.

Karachi | Empress Market

Karachi | Empress Market

Karachi | Mohatta Palace

Karachi | Mohatta Palace

Karachi | Ferrar Hall

Karachi | Frere Hall

Tomb of Founder of Pakistan

Tomb of Founder of Pakistan

Manghopir has the oldest sufi shrines in Karachi famous for its crocodiles and hot sulphur springs that are believed to have curative powers. Similarly the Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar built in 1356 with mirror work and sindhi kashi tiles and two Gold plated doors give a paramount prestige and spiritual contour to Clifton beach.

The Port Fountain is the World’s third tallest fountain located on the Oyster Rocks off the Karachi Harbour. It rises to a height of 620 feet. Because the fountain rises so high into the air, it is easily seen from many locations of the city. Alliance Francaise, Area 51, The Arena’s ice-skating rink, Goethe Institute, Sadequain Gallery, T2f, Universe Cineplex are places to forget the tedium of the humdrum of life and getting indulge in various activities like theatre, drama, music, film, contemporary & classical dances, cultural festivals, sports and education, which are highly appreciated by the local community.

Karachi Port Fountain| 3rd Tallest Fountain in the World

Karachi Port Fountain | 3rd Tallest Fountain in the World

Glittering lights of Karachi Harbour

Glittering lights of Karachi Harbour| Picture by Ali Reza

Karachi is the city that never sleeps, The core attraction of this city lies in the beaches which are being renovated and its magnetism is galvanized by the mega projects that are being planned and are under construction. One such mega-project that adds exuberance to the city is Asia’s largest rotary food street at Karachi Port named as “Port Grand Food Resort and Entertainment Complex” which will be inaugurated in August 2009.

A Sunset at SeaView Beach karachi

A Sunset at SeaView Beach karachi

Asia's largest Rotatory Food Street | Port Ground Food Street Karachi

Asia's Largest Rotatory Food Street at Karachi Port| "Port Grand Food Street"

Pakistan: The land of Emperors

Derawar Fort - Cholistan Desert

Derawar Fort - Cholistan Desert

Pakistan, a piece of land that had been dreamed by the mightiest Emperors in the history of mankind. Whether it was the Aryans in 1,700 B.C followed by the armies of Cyrus the great which later overcome by Alexander the great who stopped it’s voyage of conquer due to the harsh desert regions of Baluchistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Later came Ashoka, the Parthians and lastly the Great Mughal Emperors , all of them left behind monumental signs of their glory in this region. The architecture and design of their Forts symbolizes their strength, knowledge and their pride. Pakistan is endowed with charismatic and mind impelling forts of these great emperors. Ranikot Fort is the World’s largest Fort [1] with a circumference of 18 miles located 30 km south of Jamshuru District, Sindh Pakistan. Derawar, Rohtas, Attock, Giri, Rawat and most famous of all Royal Fort Lahore are few of the notable jewels of Pakistani heritage.

Ranikot Fort: World's Largest Fort with a circumference of 18 miles

Ranikot Fort: World's Largest Fort with a circumference of 18 miles

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The above article provides a glimpse of magnificence owned by the people of this pure land we know as ” Pakistan“. Apart from these three major cities , every city has a unique story to tell hiding in itself some of the most unbelievable wonders and sites, villages with traditional & exuberant life. Words are not enough to do justice with all of them but it is just an effort to portray the real picture of my homeland.

The next and the last part of Amazing Pakistan will be co-authored by Mujtaba Saeed that would focus on technological growth of this country and alongside it provides a synopsis on Sport’s achievements by some of finest players this land has given to the World of Sports. It would be published by the last week of May. Thank you all for reading and spreading the word

— Be a Proud Pakistani —

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22 thoughts on “Amazing Pakistan: Radiant Textures … (Part- two)

  1. Huneza Khan says:

    It Really is…. Amazing, the pictures are adding the panorama to city that was previously shrouded due to imposed trepidations

  2. Imran says:

    Hat’s off guys, you are doing a great job by spreading positivity amongst the Pakistani, I really like the use of words and picture to show what Pakistan is truly all about..

  3. fatima says:

    long live Pkistan!! we all need to join in our hands together to abolish the negativity spreading within n without,it’s our duty being born ov the soil ov Pakistan.Ahmed Zoha keep it up!

  4. does not matter says:

    No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of losers.
    the point is not that we have moenjodaro, mizar quiad, badshadi mosque etc . the point is what we have acheived in last 60yr.
    where do pakistan lies a as nation?? we one of the most populated nation cant even feed ourselves for a week alone. we are totally dependent on foriegn aid to survive for our own existence. what can be bigger shame for a nation? whom we are better than?? the level of poverty, injustice, corruption, class divide and nepotism is self speaking.
    even our educated middle class is not taking the real issues and have lost its focus. its easy to satisfy oneself with glamorous pictures (yup, for how many hours we have electricy in “city of light”?), false hopes, shady facts, useless statistics while avoid the ground realities.
    i hate to sound skeptic. what we lack is a sense of national responsibility . A patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. we have to be more critical and have a realistic approcah. its time to take prompt actions rather than wasting our time building boasted egos. its politicians act to speak popular (awami) sentences. we dont need popular tone, we need the right one. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.
    its time we stand up for ourselves and people around us. not unguided with false dreams, but with clear objectives with concise frameworks.
    take care

    • No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of losers.

      Lol!! I believe you must have heard the famous quote ” The refuge of losers lies in the trama of self pity” so better wake up..

      the point is not that we have moenjodaro, mizar quiad, badshadi mosque etc . the point is what we have acheived in last 60yr.
      where do pakistan lies a as nation?? we one of the most populated nation cant even feed ourselves for a week alone. we are totally dependent on foriegn aid to survive for our own existence. what can be bigger shame for a nation? whom we are better than?? the level of poverty, injustice, corruption, class divide and nepotism is self speakin
      g.

      Can you name me any single nation , any single country which is considered pure from this self speaking dilemma’s? Can you name any single nation in the whole wide world. 95 % of the population of this world lives below a poverty line, do you really think we are the only one? Does this take away the right to take pride on his/her identity. Negativity is inherited in our blood, With in a moment we get inspired with something falshy shown on the tv screens about europe, but we bearly knows what exactly we inherit? You are not the only one my friend there are hundreds like you.

      even our educated middle class is not taking the real issues and have lost its focus. its easy to satisfy oneself with glamorous pictures (yup, for how many hours we have electricy in “city of light”?), false hopes, shady facts, useless statistics while avoid the ground realities.
      i hate to sound skeptic. what we lack is a sense of national responsibility . A patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. we have to be more critical and have a realistic approcah. its time to take prompt actions rather than wasting our time building boasted egos. its politicians act to speak popular (awami) sentences. we dont need popular tone, we need the right one. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.

      I must advice you to first define and get a clear concept of what patriotism is truly about ? Can you really make a child to learn maths when he hate the subject, you have to inspire the child that this subject is not as bad as you think, you need to motivate the brain. Great revolutions in the world found their meanings in the heart of bigger dreams with an echo so loud that curbed the skeptical tones somewhere deep beneath,,

      I hope my tone is not that hard, but i really want you to first believe in yourself, take pride in what you are or else just talking won’t help. Apart from all the negativity we are much much better than hundreds of other nations in the world . The first step is to start loving who you are , I hope my words may help..

      Take care,

      Wslam

  5. Dua says:

    :)”does not matter” had a very emotional tone n chatter out all the filth in heart,n m sure u must be feeling fine after this,now think havinng a cool mind that instead ov calling names to ur own homeland what positivity can u add up being what u are,provided what u have n remained with.If that’s only be a mind which is left behind,and not the practical strengh n approach,then make use ov it well for the land u are born with…..

    The situation is worst ,even more than that,but should we all give up? No,,,, we dun have swords ov strength to kill all the immoral ,dishonest blacksheep present in our own homeland that are there like a leech to their land,but we have words to spread atleast…if we turn our back by avoiding n negating all that we had,we will surely lose the strength that we owe from our glorious past that still links with the present as we have the blood ov our ancestors.brother if we only see darkness,it may get absorbed within us.Remember! when muzlim army in old tymz used to go for war,the poets used to recite poetry in praise ov chivalric conquers had held previously in the past.

    “unto the line tells his own tale,the story ov hunt will always glofy the hunters” (Chinua Achebe)
    we all have to tell our tale to provoke hope n optamisn,even if it is the last beam ov light we bring in.play ur part!!
    Regards

  6. Sorry to All who have been waiting for the last part of Amazing Pakistan, due to my busy schedule I was unable to pen it down, but hopefully InsAllah soon it will be published..

    Regards,

    Ahmed

  7. Please add about armay, atomic power, how many doctors, how many engeeneers, and how many .lawers .Business admistrators, how many how many .. pass out ever year

    Love you you are doing good

  8. Abhiram says:

    Beautiful Pictures Zoha. I’m Indian and I have to say you have a beautiful country and I have to visit sometime.. 🙂
    God Bless..

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