Articles  >  Visit  >  Islamabad is the capital of…

Islamabad is the capital of…

Author: 31.07.2017 | Pakistan
Despite its declarative name, Islamabad is probably the most secular, cosmopolitan and westernized city of the Islamic Pakistan; and it is also the capital of this state. What its life is about – read further in Outlook.

Some very successful cities of present days where historically lucky to get located where they are: on banks of great rivers, on shores of seas and oceans or on crossing of important trade roads. It is hard to reckon Islamabad among such lucky ones because both strategic routes and majestic Indus River are seemingly close but still aloof, therefore for centuries, even for thousands years Rawalpindi, situated nearby, had developed and prospered. Present-day capital, on the other hand, had existed in a status of a settlement, then a village and for a long time had humbly waited for its hour of triumph to come – and it did, in the middle of 20th century when Pakistanis, upon gaining so aspired independence, decided to move their capital from huge port Karachi somewhere into the depth of their large country. Rawalpindi neighborhood was singled out, it was decided to virtually build a new city there. A back then popular Greek architect Constantinos Doxiadis was trusted with dealing with this ambitious task. It was thanks to his efforts that as soon as in 1960s-1970s Pakistanis got a pretty comfortable and logistic-wise European city at the very bottom of the Himalaya as their capital.


Today’s Islamabad (“City of Peace”) honors architectural traditions laid by Doxiadis, therefore it visually represents a westernized multi-million metropolis where Asian and Muslim traditions feel very comfortable – panoramas now and then focus on mosques neighboring high-risers. At that, locals, though they are proud of it, say that even climate differs there – thank to mountain ranges situated on the outskirts. Islamabad isn’t only blown with winds, it almost literally wallows in freshness, lakes and verdure which is quite rare not just for Pakistan but for the entire a bit stuffy and humid Asia. The capital of the state is not just political but also financial center, where most important material and legal issues of the country with almost 200 million of population are dealt with. In order for everything to be all right and for the capital to develop evenly, as far back as 40 years ago local authorities decided to divide the city into 8 areas: industrial, financial, trade, agricultural and others. At that, one cannot say that one of them dominates the other – dwellers of Islamabad-Rawalpindi agglomeration (one of the largest on the globe) have opportunities to do what’s to their liking.


Upon a ride around the city (it is worth mentioning that roads are just perfect) on a weekday morning, one can see farmers rushing to get to work, and busy-bee builders erecting new infrastructure, important politicians and military officials, white collars with coffee cups who flow offices and skyscrapers. The capital is a true city of contrasts, as is entire Pakistan, because it, being a developing country, is famous for both its agriculture and industry. One cannot say that living standards in Islamabad are significantly higher than in other cities – it attracts Pakistanis with a different thing: with opportunity to do what you really like; this is why population of the capital is growing, people go there to study and learn to live in a slightly non-Asian way, try various things. Even though Pakistan goes to some serious expenses on military needs, the state doesn’t forget about social projects – a lot of hospitals and schools are built, new educational institutions are opened. By all these parsmeters Islamabad is the leader in the region.


Foreigners bring new blood to the city – employees of diplomatic missions or local units of large companies. These reputable men of all others are some sort of trend-setters in terms of fashion and business protocol – Pakistani businessmen adopt their manner of dressing, picking a car or a restaurant therefore at a fleeting glance in the streets of Islamabad you may get an impression that you are not even in Asia and sure not in an Islamic state. All in all, speaking about Pakistani capital we can arrive at a conclusion that its citizens got precisely what they wanted – a comfortable city that looks like a western one so much – and this is why they love and criticize it for at the same time. And for tourists and lovers of characteristic color there are outskirts of the capital, Karachi, Lahore, Multan and other amazing cities and places of this distinctive and a bit mysterious country.

Заглавное фото

It will be interesting:
Morocco Day of Throne in Kyiv
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Morocco to Ukraine Mina Tounsi organized an official reception in honor of the national holiday. The Day of Throne is dedicated to the anniversary of King Mohammed VI coming on the throne.
Not by tower alone
The word is, Guy de Maupassant hated Eiffel Tower. The famous writer believed that it was uglifying the face of Paris without benefiting the city. Nevertheless, he could be often seen in a cozy cafe on the top of the construction. In such cases the author of “Bel Ami” used to say that “it was the only way the damned tower dropped out of his sight…”
Look at us: Michael Yarymovych
Behind the famous landing of Neil Armstrong and his team of the Moon in 1969 there wasn’t just an abstract triumph of the power of human brain but also a large group of highly-skilled engineers solving complicated tasks. Among them there was one specially standing out with his bold and unusual approach – a native of Ukraine Michael Yarymovych, one of supervisors of the “Moon program”. It is about him that we proudly tell about today within the framework of our column Ours Make the Grade.
The Ambassador of Egypt organized an official reception in honor of National Day
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Egypt to Ukraine Mr Hossam Eldeen Aly organized an official diplomatic reception in honor of National holiday dedicated to July revolution of 1952.
The eccentric elder Katsushika Hokusai was the real star of the Edo period, the creative genius and the brutal debtor of the half of his city. He used at least 30 names, changed 93 houses and created a lot of prints, drawings and paintings. His internationally recognized print The Great Wave off Kanagawa is mesmerizing. But only a few people know that this block printing, as well as many other works, was created by Hokusai with assistance of his daughter - artist Katsushika Ōi, lost in time and overshadowed by her genius father crazy about art.
Costa Rica: reasons to be happy
In a search of a perfect destination one could base on different principles. Being guided by the desire to see the life of exhilarating people, you should go to Costa Rica. This country is the leader according to the international happiness statistics The Happy Planet Index.
VIDEO: Asian Games 2017 in Turkmenistan
September 17 through 27 Asian Games 2017 - fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games - will take place. Ashgabat as a venue for the competition was chosen in Kuwait on December 19, 2010. The city is the first one in Central Asia to host the Asian Games. Tournamnents in 21 kinds of sports were included into the program. Competitions will be held in chess, futsal, tennis, Muaythai (Thai boxing), sambo, Kurash, jujitsu, bowling, track cycling, short course swimming, indoor athletics, weightlifting, basketball, taekwondo (WTF), dancesport, kickboxing, equestrian, belt wrestling, traditional wrestling (Greco-roman and Freestyle), billiards and Turkmen national combat.
The Ambassador of Iraq organized a press conference in honor of Mosul city liberation
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iraq to Ukraine Bakir Ahmed Asis Al Jaff organized a press conference related to liberation of Iraq city Mosul from groups of terroristic organization ISIS.
The Ambassador of France Isabelle Dumont organized an official reception in honor of Bastille Day
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont organized an official diplomatic reception in honor of national holiday, Day of storming of Bastille as well as 25-th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and France.
The Ambassador of Canada and Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine signed collective plan of actions on going through audit of International maritime organization
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Ukraine Roman Vaschuk and Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine Vladimir Omelyan signed collective plan of actions on Ukraine’s going through audit of International maritime organization. The signing of document happened on the 12-th of July in the room of Embassy of Canada to Ukraine.
We Were There: America through the Eyes of a Ukrainian
Context manager Bohdan Yanchev undertook a long-term journey to the United States. He spend six months there and not just visited large cities like Miami, New York and Washington but also worked in different positions, made numerous acquaintances with locals and visited places that ordinary tourists know nothing about. Upon his return he told us about his brightest impressions.
Nature and heritage are above and beyond temporary drawbacks in infrastructure and services of Kyrgyzstan, which in terms of tourism is approaching to Georgia and Armenia. Let's consider this through the example of the cosy city of Karakol.
In Kyiv NATO agency is opened
The delegation of North Atlantic Council, including 29 ambassadors of countries-NATO members guided by the general secretary Jens Stotenberg arrived to Kyiv. On the 10-th of July there was an official opening of NATO agency to Ukraine.
Video: Craft of Uzbekistan. Golden-stitched embroidery
OUTLOOK was lucky to visit hospitable Uzbekistan and get better acquainted with crafts of this amazing country. Today we'll tell you about art of golden-stitched embroidery: about mediums artisans use, secrets and unique distinctives of this craft. Feel the world with us!
The brand story: Jean Patou
He succeeded in understanding the boisterous spirit of the twentieth century to transform the ideals of the epoch in the fashionable fancies. Joy, speed, and easiness represent emotions that help to sell, but the recollections connected with the brand of Jean Patou will be verily like that.
Varanasi: Crematorium City
Some call it the city of temples, some – created by gods and others call it crematorium on the Ganges River. Today we speak about Indian city of Varanasi where no one is scared by death and the latter one has long ago become business.
The Ambassador Gert Antsu organized a reception in honor of the beginning of the presidency of Estonia in the Council of European Union
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Estonia to Ukraine Gert Antsu organized an official reception in honor of the beginning of the presidency of Estonia in the Council of European Union.
In Kyiv open the exhibition and mural by the author KLONE
KLONE is artist who was born in Ukraine. He left country when he was eleven years old. That is why he pays a special credit to the opportunity to present his exhibition in Ukraine and color mural. We were able to take an exclusive interview from the mysterious master who accurately hides even his true name from the world.
Spain: There’s No Coming Clean Out of Wine
Two “armies” on the warpath are dressed in traditional uniforms – white shirts – look at each other menacingly, their weapons standby… The fight begins and the whiteness of outfits gets mixed with maroon – thanks God, it isn’t blood but nice Spanish wine! Today in one of Spanish provinces annual Battle of Wine is held.
Between Heaven And... Water: World’s 5 Smallest Inhabited Islands
Each of us wants to escape rush of a city from time to time and lie low somewhere far from everything and anything. And it better be a place where one can listen to whisper of waves, feel light breeze and forever make friends with inimitably loud silence that muffles every disturbing thought…
Outlook facebook page