Sunday, April 11, 2010

Islamabad – the Modern Capital of Pakistan

At the time of independence, Karachi was chosen as the capital of Pakistan. However, after assuming the reins of the government in the late 50s, President Muhammad Ayub Khan decided to develop a new capital for the country, which should portray the natural beauty and and aspirations of the people of Pakistan. A site north of Rawalpindi was chosen to be named as Islamabad and the new capital city of the country. 

The master plan of this modern city was prepared in 1960 by M/s. Constantinos A Doxiades, a Greek firm of Architects. Construction was started in October 1961, and the city came into life on 26 October, 1966, when the first office building of Islamabad was occupied. In 1967 Islamabad was officially made the capital, and work on the city's principal buildings, streets, and facilities was completed by the mid-1970s.

In order to commemorate the big day for Pakistan, a set of two stamps was issued by Pakistan Post on 29th November 1966. Both stamps valued at Paisa 15 and 50 , showed the Pakistan Flag with the building of Pakistan Secretariat offices in the background. On the right hand side, photos of the then president appear in uniform and in mufti.


Islamabad since then has developed into a beautiful city and metropolis. I was a small kid in 1966 when I first saw Islamabad where my father was serving as the head of the Interpol Pakistan. I had a vivid memory of the straight road from Faizaabad to Zero Point, which is presently under renovation. I visited many places like Shakarparian, where now the National Monument (photo on the right of the stamps) beautifully nestles and can be seen from far away atop the hills. 

The other places included the Saidpur Village which has now become a tourist attractive site. The Siraj Covered Market was a novel market, which has now been demolished. The capital is lush green in summers and is freezing cold in winters.

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  3. Dear Brother,
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    With regards