Pakistan’s Modern Capital

Built in the 1960’s to be the country’s capital at the foot of historic rawalpindi, Islamabad reflects the modern face of these ancient lands.

When it was decided to build another city in place of the capital, Karachi, of Pakistan, which had achieved its independence in 1947, a city strategically more suited for the purpose, the calendar was showing 1958. Today’s Islamabad was built from nothing in a feverish round of activity that started in the 1960’s. Commissioned to world-famous city planners, Islamabad is one of the most unusual cities in the region.

CITY OF UNIVERSITIES

The result of architectural planning, Islamabad stands out for its broad boulevards, green areas and orderly structure. A modern city where you may encounter magnificent public buildings, Islamabad is also one of the places where the heart of the country’s educational life beats because it is home to numerous universities.

KING FAISAL MOSQUE


In Pakistan, be sure to visit King Faisal Mosque, one of the most modern places of worship in the Islamic world. Visiting Pakistan in 1966, the Saudi King Faisal decides to build a modern mosque as a gift to the country. Among 43 projects from 17 countries, that of Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay is chosen for the King Faisal Mosque and Complex. The mosque, situated inside a close to 70-acre park, is finished and opens in 1988. Islamabad’s Ataturk Avenue, named simultaneously with Jinnah Avenue in Ankara, is an example of Pakistan’s brotherhood with Turkey. Meanwhile the Turkey-Pakistan Friendship Monument rises in Fatma Jinnah, the city’s largest park. In short, when you go to Islamabad you are going to feel another country’s love for Turkey right down to the marrow of your bones.

HOW TO GO

Turkish Airlines has regular Istanbul-Islamabad-Istanbul flights. The flights are  Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 8:10 p.m. from Istanbul, and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. from Islamabad. For more information: www.turkishairlines.com