The Capital of Pakistan

Islamabad (Meaning: Abode of Islam)
is the capital of Pakistan, and is the
tenth largest city in Pakistan.
The Rawalpindi/Islamabad metro-
politan area is the third largest in
Pakistan. 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.

               Photography by: Danyal Gilani


Faisal Mosque:

The Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad
is among one of the largest mosques
in the world. It is a state National
Mosque. It is a popular mosque in
the Islamic world, and is renowned
for both its size and its architecture,
covering an area of 5,000 sq. meters
and can hold about 300,000
worshippers. The mausoleum of
General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
whose 1988 funeral at the site was
the largest in the history of Pakistan
is located adjacent to the mosque.

                                                                                                                                                                               Photography by: Omar Zeeshan


Shah Faisal Masjid:

The impetus for the mosque began
in 1966 when the late King Faisal
bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia sugg-
ested it during a visit to Islamabad.
Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay has
designed the mosque. Construction
of the mosque began in 1976 and
was funded by the government of
Saudi Arabia, at a cost of over 130
million Saudi Riyals. King Faisal bin
Abdul Aziz was instrumental in the
funding and both the mosque and
the road leading to it were named
after him after his assassination in
1975. The mosque was completed
in 1986.

               Photography by: Oleg Bartunov


Residential Flats
in Islamabad

The city was built during the 1960s to
replace Karachi as Pakistan's capital.
The capital was first moved to Pindi
then to Islamabad. The city is one of
the most well-planned and green cities
in South Asia. City of Islamabad is
very well-organized and divided into
different sectors and zones. The surr-
ounding areas of Islamabad include:
Kotli Sattian, Murree, Kahuta, Taxila
Wah Cantt, Attock District, Gujar Khan
Kallar Syedian, Rawat, Mandrah
Rawalpindi & North-West Frontier

                                                                                                                                                                                   Photography by: Raja Qaiser

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