Islamabad (help·info) (Urdu: اسلام آباد) Islāmabād (Meaning "Abode of Islam") is the capital of Pakistan, and is the tenth largest city in Pakistan. The Rawalpindi/Islamabad metropolitan area is the third largest in Pakistan with a population of over 4.5 million inhabitants, 1.5 million in Islamabad and three million in Rawalpindi.
Islamabad is located in the Potohar Plateau in the north of the country, within the Islamabad Capital Territory. The region has historically been a part of the crossroads of Punjab and the North-West Frontier Province, Margalla pass being a gateway to the North-West Frontier Province.
The city was built during the 1960s to replace Karachi as Pakistan's capital. However the capital was not moved directly from Karachi to Islamabad but first moved from Karachi to Rawalpindi then to Islamabad. The development of the country was focused on Karachi and President Ayub Khan wanted it to be equally distributed.
Islamabad is one of the most well-planned and green cities in South Asia. The city is well-organized and divided into different sectors and zones. Islamabad is also home to the Faisal Masjid which is well known for its architecture and immense size.
The Blue Area is the commercial and business hub of Islamabad, Pakistan. It is called the "Blue Area" because it was represented in a colour blue in the original design of the planned city. The area is actually a corridor that runs along Islamabad's Kayban-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Islamabad's primary arterial road which leads up to the main government buildings. The Blue Area has recently received a significant amount of foreign direct investment. Recently, construction began on The Centaurus, a multi-purpose complex in the Blue Area which will include residential and office towers, and a luxury hotel. There are many tall skyscrapers in blue area. (More...)
Today is June 19, 2013
- Rawalpindi: City Police Officer (CPO) Rao Muhammad Iqbal has asked people to help their brothers and sisters who had been displaced from Swat, Buner and other areas and temporarily living in relief camps. (THENEWS)
- Islamabad: The federal government on Saturday allocated Rs700 million for the fiscal year 2009-2010 to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for three major road construction projects to be initiated this year. (THENEWS)
- Islamabad: The ‘Red Zone’ around the Parliament House in the metropolis remained under siege during the budget session of the National Assembly on Saturday. The law enforcement agencies were on high alert to counter threats of terrorism. The capital was sealed as law enforcement agencies, assisted by the Frontier Constabulary (FC) and Rangers, were seen all prepared to fight against terrorism. (THENEWS)
Administrative divisions of Islamabad
Rural ICT is divided into 12 union councils. As far as development is concern, most of the Union Councils are neglected by the District Administration/CDA except for Union Council Koral which is the biggest and most developed union council of the ICT. This Union Council is working hard for the development of the area under the Administratorship of Assistant Commissioner of Islamabad, and with the rural and management skills of Mr Idrees Khan.
Efforts are being made towards the establishment of a local Government system in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), which is still not in place in ICT as local government systems exist in other parts of the country. In 2005, the Ministry of Interior divided the ICT into 40 union councils — 26 union councils in urban areas of the ICT, and 14 union councils in the rural areas. However, the Union Council system is yet to be implemented.
The table below lists the 20 union councils, each union council is named after the main town (e.g. Rewat or Tarnol), and shows the areas under its jurisdiction.
Union Councils of Islamabad Capital Territory
||Rewat, Bhangreel Kalan, Bhangreel Khurd, Kortara, Takht Pari, Shadi Dhamial, Mohra Amir, Sood Gangal, Mohri Khumbal, Sheikhpur, Hoon Dhamial, Chuchkal and Bhima Kanait
||Humak, Kotha Kalan and Naizian
||Sihala, Gagri, Mughal, Chak Kamidar, Nara Sayedan, Sandu, Chitroh, Herdogher, Jabi Gakhran, Ladhiot, Kangota, Sayedan, Jandala and Kangota Gujran
||Union Council Koral
||Koral, Lohi Bher, Choocha, Rakh Lohi Bher, Pagh, Panwal, Bora Bangial, Bukher, Khathreel, Dhaliala, Pind Dia, Paija, Darwala, Sher Dhamial, Pindi Malkan, Pindori Hathial, Pindori Sayedan, Bhimber Trar, Gohra Mast, Sigga, Channi Mahsu and Khan
||Khana Dak, Gangal, Gandhian, Tarlai Khurd and Sodhar
||Tarlai Kalan, Chaper Mir-Khanal, Tramri, Tamma, Gohra Sardar, Chatha Bakhtawar and Khardapur
||Kirpa, Jhang Sayedan, Partal, Saknal, Panjgran, Frash and Ali Pur
||Cherah, Herno Thanda Pani and Ara
||Tumair, Kijnah, Sihali, New Simbli, Jandala, Jandgran, Garathian, Darkalai, Rakh Tumair A, Rakh Tumair B, Dakhian and Pind Begwal
||Phulgran, Shahpur, Sakrila, Dohala, Bbbri Betha, Athal, Maira Begwal, Chattar, Karlot, Hotran, Kathar, Mangal, Chaniari, Rakh Maira A & B
||Malpur, Shahdara (Malpur Rural), Jhanga Bangial, Mandla, Subban, Mangial, Quaid-e-Azam University and Muslim Colony
||Noor Pur Shahan, Ratta Hoter, Talhar, Gokina and Saidpur
||Kuri at Chak Shehzad
||Kuri, Rehara, Chak Shahzad, Majuhan, Mohrian, Gohra Baz, Mohra Jijan, Jagiot and Nogazi,Malot
||Mohra Noor, Rawal Tonw, Rawal Colony, Mochianwala Mohra, Sumbal Korak (Katchi Abadi) and Sumbal Korak
||Sohan, Kana Kak, Jaba Taili, Shakrial, Pindori, Sihana, Lakhwal, Chak Bera Sing, Kartal, Bohan, Dhoke Sharaf, Ojri Kalan & Khurd and Poona Faqiran
||Golra Sharif, Maira Bairi, Baker Akku, Dharek Mori, Maira Sumbal Aku, Maira Sumbal Jafer, Dharmian (F-11), E-10 (Sihala), Badia Rustam and Khan
||Shah Allah Ditta
||Shah Allah Ditta, Seri Seral, Pind Sangral, Sara-e-Kharbooza, Johd, Siray Madhu, Bara Dari, Bakhar Fateh and Bakhsh
||Jhangi Sayedan, Nothia, Thala Sayedan and Chailo, Sheikhpur, Kak, Noon, Narala and Bokra
||Bhadana Kalan, Tarnol, Pindi Parian, Naugazi, Dorey, Ahi Paswal, Sangjani and Bhadana Khurd
Pakistan Daily Times
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:38:51 -0700
ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) for the first time has taken effective measures to resolve the chronic issues in the most populated Sectors “I and G” as these sectors have been neglected in the past by the successive regimes.
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:31:19 -0700
Islamabad - Islamabad Inspector General of Police Bani Amin Khan on Tuesday arranged a ceremony to honour one transferred and two retired Islamabad Police Superintendents. It was attended by Headquarters Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Khalid ...
International Business Times AU
International Business Times AU
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:00:41 -0700
Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani advocate for girls' rights to education, condemned the bombing of a school bus in Islamabad. According to Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, a female suicide bomber was the one responsible for the bombing. View Full Image.
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 05:08:29 -0700
Summers are swelteringly hot in Pakistan. So, when there's no power for up to 18 hours a day (and you can't afford a generator) what do you do? Head for the nearest lake. NPR's Philip Reeves reports from Lake View Park, on the edge of Islamabad's edge.
The Express Tribune
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:21:33 -0700
Islamabad: US Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed Washington's support to the new democratic government in Pakistan during a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistani foreign ministry said on Monday. Secretary Kerry ...
The Express Tribune
The Express Tribune
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:00:43 -0700
View point: 'Islamabad to blame for Punjab's lean years'. 16 more services added to the list of services liable to sales tax. By Rana Tanveer. Published: June 18, 2013. Tweet · Share this article Print this page Email. The White Paper says the national ...
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:22:47 -0700
QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has dispelled the impression that decisions regarding the province were being made in Islamabad. Speaking to media representatives after oath taking ceremony of newly appointed Governor ...
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 02:34:02 -0700
A trial court in Islamabad has indicted former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for detaining country's top judges including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. On Saturday, Kausar Abbas Zaidi, an anti-terrorism court judge, indicted Musharaf ...
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