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Flying High.jpgA serious thinking is developing to eventually merge Rawalpindi Tehsil with the Federal Capital of Islamabad so that neighboring areas could also benefit from fast pace development and facilities.The idea is to merge Rawalpindi, only Tehsil and not the entire district and an exercise to move ahead on this matter has been initiated.Rawalpindi Tehsil is an old city and it houses GHQ which will be shifted to Islamabad in 5 Years and with the construction of new Islamabad Airport, the Rawalpindi Tehsil will no longer enjoy the status of metropolis.

In particular many believe that Rawalpindi Tehsil is fast being surrounded by ever extending boundaries of Islamabad., as at present all three sides of Rawalpindi are encircled by Islamabad and only side of Adialia is left where some extension of the city can take place.

The idea of this merger is being spearheaded on the political front by none other than Mr Sheikh Rasheed himself. Throughout the world, town planning initiatives always recommend having cities of low population and small size. But over here, our politicians think that instead of creating new cities, we should merge older ones.

S Rasheed.jpgSheikh Rasheed believes that Pindi is not being developed due to shortage of funds and Pindi-developers are facing multiple problems and having lesser civic facilities. Rawalpindi’s merger with Islamabad would help this area grow fast at par with posh area of the capital.

He further said that there will be no problem to include Rawalpindi in the Capital Territory and that would be done through proper legislation and Punjab government and Pindiites would no have any objections to their prosperous future.

The question is, what do Islooites have to say about this.

16 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 1:43 am

    Waah jii waah … Muhtaram sheikh rasheed sahab ki kaami rah gayi thi IMB pay … :D

    I dont personally think that there’s any need for this merger … matlab kiyaa?? let it be like this … I dont want my lovely city to be polluted like pindi … let us enjoy twin cities game :> and poor donkey … my sympathies with … ummm … him :>

  2. Formerly Yahya (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

    Rawalpindi is poorer sibling for too long. Considering everything it may not be such a bad idea.

  3. Purple_Haze (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 7:36 am

    I think Mr. Rasheed wants to move his “Lal Haweli” in Isloo so he thought why not just make Pindi Isloo. Anything is possible for the rich in Pakistan.

    However! As an Islooiite I’d say, they may do it on one condition, bring down the entire pindi area (areas under consideration) demolish all dirty and ugly buildings and houses and build it fresh from scratch. We r talking entire set-light town area etc. Otherwise it will go the other way meaning the merger can turn Isloo into Pindi.

    Secondly where did that donkey image came from? This is animal abuse. Its crazy, I thought the blog would be about animal cruelty. Who can we talk to about such abuse?

  4. 1967 (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 9:52 am

    Purple_Haze: Where have you been man, hello, this is Pakistan. Talk about animals, have you ever thought about man and woman abuse here?

    Move your mouse over the picture, you will get the idea what the picture is talking about. It’s a metaphor.

    Formerly Yahya: Islmabad cannot bear the load properly of its own inhabitants. We should be thinking of creating more cities on the pattern of Islamabad, rather than merging old ones, and creating a nightmare for citizens and authorities.

  5. Nosheen (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

    I strongly endorse the new development.
    Well what i think from merging the two cities , it is not meant that the sanitation outlets of pindi will be opened in islamabad :P,or the specifically “Koora kricket” will be dumped in Islamabad :).or the buildings will be uprooted like lal haweli and planted somewhere in islamaabd greens.It’s just about giving the area under CDA jurisdiction for planning and development of the city.and by the way CDA is all in money , it eats drinks smells money ,even the dogs at CDA gates know what really money is. under the table , over teh table ;sub chalta hay ;P As far as new cities should be opened , one is being opened in Gawadar, so would any one of you like to be displaced from islamabd to gawadar , iguess none of you will ever want to.

    And most of all most people who call them selves islamabadians are the migrants from other smaller cities,even dirtier than Rawalpindi.Most of the people working in Islamabad are residents of Rawalpindi , if they can contribute to the corporates and businesses in Islamabad to develop ,then to develop there living areas why being such misors.They are also paying the taxes so they equally deserve the rights to live in clean,developed and beautiful habitats, no one is asking islamabadians i guess to share there green areas which now already are being used by the residents themselves as parking areas.thats’s Bravo

    And Animal Abuse…..oh my God , have you ever seen the begging kids who are taking drugs,have you ever seen there ruthless treatement by the so called socialists(NGO Workers) when they are driving their rovers, lancers ,ever touched by the staining hands of these kids….

    Come on guys you are being asked to just put an effort to change teh way of your thinking.lets be rationale and open to positive things. Think united as Pakistan.not as islooite or a krachiite.This plat form can really induce the change in our thinking patterns ,if we see within our selves it is even more filthy and dirty there .. we need to drain that first from our minds… :P and Talha sorry for a lengthy post like comment again ….:) cheers

  6. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    @Nausheen … Lolz girl I’m a true Islooitte … born here lived ALL my LIFE here … :P But still … Sh. rasheed ko adat hay aisay chutkulay chornay ki :P

  7. 1967 (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

    Many would want to move to Gawadar, given the right opportunities. And that also depends on a case to case basis. We cannot rationalize one scenario to everyone. I myself would like to go to Gawadar, with the right type of facilities, if they are available there.

    Comming to the fact, the solution of the problem is not to pull Islamabad too in a whirlwind of chaos just because one neigbour is feeling the brunt of neglect by government officials. The logical solution to the problem is to improve the living conditions of those affected by pouring more money into their projects. Politicians know better.

    Finally it’s not just about Islamabad, it’s a technical aspect of city and regional planning principles. You try to take load off the city instead of putting more load onto it after a certain threshold. This is true for Delhi to Detroit, London to Timbaktu.

  8. Purple_Haze (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 7:36 am

    If I see that donkey like that, I’ll do the same thing to its owner. Somebody help our animals they are Pakistani too…

  9. Nosheen (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 10:39 am

    Asma .. it was nothing personal all my views were soleley geneal comments.by the way i am a lahori pure lahori :P although now living in Rawalpindi.So nice to meet you girl ;)

    1967 :”ight type of facilities, if they are available there”
    i guess that’s the resonance of what i said .every one is looking forward to that.be it islooites ,gwadarites or pindites.

  10. Nosheen (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 10:40 am

    purple_haze; the donkey lover oops i mean animal lover.i must say you are truly a humanbeing :P

  11. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

    For purple_haze .. do send us a pic ;-) and nausheen … lolz … I’m a lahore by heart but cmplete islooitte by heart soul n mind :D

  12. Sa'ad (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

    I see two asses.

  13. 1967 (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

    Ok Nosheen. By that reasoning we should have one big giant city by the name of Pakistan.

  14. Formerly Yahya (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 10:45 pm

    So we are not oging to have mud wrestlig on this issue after all? Aaaah…hazarooN khawahayshaiN aisee…

  15. Nosheen (unregistered) on December 18th, 2006 @ 11:55 am

    Welcome to Pakistan :P this offer is only for yahya. :)

  16. Formerly Yahya (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 9:06 am

    Thanks Nosheen. :) I will say no further. ;)

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