Islamabad was built according to a carefully organized plan, divided into sectors along a grid of clean, tree-lined streets. The city is sheltered by the Margalla Hills, the foothills of the Himalayas and the home of rare species of leopard, deer, birds, and even porcupines. Several hiking paths end at Daman-e-Koh, a picnic spot with a splendid view of the entire city, including the massive modernist Faisal Mosque and even the Rawal Dam.
Since its foundation, Islamabad has attracted people from all over Pakistan, making it one of the most cosmopolitan and urbanized cities of Pakistan. As the national capital, Islamabad is the seat of the Government of Pakistan; the Presidential Palace (Aiwan-e-Sadr) is located here. Islamabad is also home to the Pakistan Monument, which is one of the two national monuments of Pakistan. Islamabad hosts a large number of foreign diplomats, politicians and government employees. The Capital Development Authority is responsible for managing the public works within the city.
The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) (Urdu:وفاقی دارالحکومت) is one of the two federal territories of Pakistan. It includes Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, and covers an area of 1,165.5km2 (450mi2) of which 906km2 (349.8mi2) is Islamabad proper. It is represented in the National Assembly by two constituencies, namely NA-48 and NA-49.
In 1960, land was transferred from the Rawalpindi District of the Punjab province for the purpose of establishing Pakistan's new capital. According to the 1960 master plan, the ICT included the city of Rawalpindi, and was to be composed of the following parts:
However, the city of Rawalpindi was eventually excluded from the ICT on its creation in the 1980s. The remainder of the territory is now subdivided into five zones, with Zone I designated to house all residential, industrial and government institutions.
The name Anantnag is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit term for "countless springs"Nag also means water spring in the Kashmiri language. Thus Anantnag is believed to mean "numerous springs", because there are many springs in the town, such as Nag Bal, Salak Nag and Malik Nag. According to Marc Aurel Stein, the name of the city comes from the great spring Ananta Nag issuing at the centre of the city. This is also corroborated by almost all local historians including Kalhana, according to whom the city has taken the name of this great spring of Cesha Nag or Ananta Nag.
Anantnag is an ancient city that came into existence as a market town around 5000BCE making it one of the oldest urban human settlements in the world.
Before the advent of Muslim rule in 1320 CE, Kashmir was divided into three divisions, viz., Maraz in the south, Yamraj in the centre and Kamraj in the north of the Valley. Old chronicles reveal that the division was the culmination of the rift Marhan and Kaman, the two brothers, over the crown of their father. The part of the valley which lies between Pir Panjal and Srinagar, and called the Anantnag, was given to Marhan and named after him as Maraj. While Srinagar is no longer known as Yamraj, the area to its north and south are still called Kamraz and Maraz respectively. These divisions were later on divided into thirty four sub-divisions which after 1871 were again reduced to five Zilas or districts.
ISLAMABAD. Pakistan on Friday permitted use of Afghan trucks for transporting Indian humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. “It has been decided to allow the use of Afghan trucks for transportation from Wagah border to Torkham,” FO spokesman Asim Iftikhar said ... FO says transportation from Wagah to Torkham allowed.
India and Pakistan seemed close to breaking the deadlock over delivery of 50,000 MT of Indian wheat to Afghanistan with Islamabad announcing on Friday it had conveyed to India its consent to the proposed use of Afghan trucks for transporting the grain ... The same was conveyed to the Indian high commission in Islamabad on Friday.
According to the Pakistan foreign office, this was communicated to the Indian charge d’affaires in Islamabad on Friday ... Over a month later, Pakistan Prime MinisterImran Khan told a Taliban delegation in Islamabad that it would consider their request for allowing the Indian shipment to be transported through Pakistani territory.
Two months after India requested Pakistan to allow transportation of food grains to Afghanistan via land route, Islamabad told New Delhi Friday that it will allow “Afghan trucks” for transportation of wheat and life-saving medicines. The decision was conveyed by the Pakistan’s foreign ministry to Indian diplomats in Islamabad.
New Delhi has chosen instead to take the diplomatic initiative to engage Pakistan constructively, seeking transit facilities for transporting 50,000 metric tons of wheat as humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan... It now transpires that Pakistan has given the green light to the transit request for the Indian wheat to be transported to Afghanistan.
Mosharraf Zaidi, chief executive of Tabadlab, a think tank based in Islamabad, said CPEC has also had a profound impact on urban and highway transport, and helped in the construction of numerous roads connecting villages ... Islamabad is alarmed by the costliness of Chinese projects.
Under the transit trade, Islamabad does not allow transportation of goods from India through trucks from the Wagah. "On the basis of a special case as Afghanistan is facing a crisis-like situation, Islamabad ...
The minister further stated that education, health, transport, tourism and water supply and sewerage departments would work under the mayor in Islamabad...Umar said that the PTI-led government will resolve Karachi's transport issues as he announced that PM Imran Khan will inaugurate the project in Karachi in two weeks.
The Turkmen president underlined that energy and transportation play a decisive role in global economic growth ... Welcoming the activation of the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul corridor, Alvi said ECO members should robustly develop their transportation corridors in accordance with the TransitTransportFramework Agreement (TTFA).