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Olympics Torch to Touch Islamabad

Beijing Olympics TorchThe Beijing Olympics 2008 torch will reach Islamabad on 16th of april – 2 days down the lane :)

Supposedly Islamabad will be decorated for the event … Let’s see what the two-day wait brings in here.

Islamabad is one of the 22 venues selected around the world for the Beijing 2008 Olympics Torch Relay, said Pakistan Olympics Association (POA) Chairman. Six Olympic Torch Bearers who would represent the sposnors during the torch relay in the country were also announced. The six individuals have been selected for their contributions towards the uplift of the society.

Nominated were Syed Babar Ali, a noted business icon, philanthropist, environmentalist and the chairman Coca Cola Pakistan; Dr Yasmin Rashid who is the founder of Pani Pakistan; former world squash champion and currently president of World Squash Federation Jahangir Khan; Hassan Sardar, renowned former national hockey player and 1984 Olympics gold medalist; Ali Hassan Habib, president WWF-Pakistan; and CARE chairperson Seema Aziz.

One of the three ‘concepts’ of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games is the “Green Olympics”.

Information Courtesy: Dawn

Image Courtesy: Pro Pakistan

What Am I …?

Yesterday was 10th April. 20 Years down the Ojri Camp incident. And I’m so tempted to re-post this post here :)  Previously it was posted in Dec’ 05

Life is full of events … tragic … happy … alarming …. monumental …. all sorts of … in different phases and times …!

OK … wait a minute … I was about to write some flashback moments here … Let’s have a small quiz first … Can you tell me what is this thing … any idea into its history ????

Ciao …!

Update [7th Dec 06 – 11:15 PM]

So some of you were quite correct – some funnier :-)

It’s a small-sized Rocket’s propeller (see the fan like thing on which it is standing) – it had a shell on it with gunpowder – the cylindrical shape also contains gunpowder (to the best of my knowledge) …!

A little history of this Rocket now … but first the INCIDENT … It dates back to 10th April 1988 … another day (apart from 8-10-2005) when Islamabad and Rawalpindi were almost shook by rockets and missiles flying in the air … falling here and there … rumors in the air that Islamabad is invaded by India (and even some said Russia) … it was all due to Ojri Camp incident.

Ojri Camp was basically army depot with ammunition (I’m not sure … anyone??? I guess it was abandoned by 1988 and people didn’t even knew that it do have LIVE AMMUNITION) … and then something (what?? Ummm I don’t remember … don’t BLAME me … I was just 4 then) happened and taraah … the rumors outside Pindi-Islamabad is all finished … it’s no more … since telephone lines also suffered … few rockets hit the exchange too … !

My father incidentally went to work on (my beloved) Vespa and not on car … so while coming from Pindi to Islamabad at around 11 … (this incident happened between 10-11) … he had 2-3 rockets with him :D as “his collection” … hence a Live Masterpiece no Re-Collection from POF or anywhere … we only painted it golden laters… En route he narrates that there were missiles of lamp post size and man they were real huge … the incident was tragic with lots and lots of stories to tell …!

One of our acquaintances had a missile hit their home in satellite town such that it perfectly drilled on wall, ten next room and perfect drilling of wall … such wise it drilled 3 walls perfectly and then hit off 4th wall … that brought all energy game to an end …!

I vaguely (READ it CLEARLY … because Even Now I seem to have it in my memory) remember when rockets were really flying off in air, with everyone worried about their kids and men out on work … everyone praying and talking if it is an invasion or Allah’s wrath ..!

So it was kind of brief flashback from Islamabad’s life … with this rocket memoir … by the way the other two bigger (and my mom told us that the shell was much beautiful :>) rockets we gave back since the chances of it be LIVE were always there … !

Hidden Treasures

Bamyans in Golra

Flickring through Islamabad MB group on Flickr, I ended up looking at the serene beauty of Golra’s century old Bamyans Banyans (aka bargad ~ century old is purely my own assumption).

Have you been tO Golra Railway Station ever? If no ~ wake up, pack up and get going. Its a MUST visit. The picture above seems familiar? If you closely watched vital Signs singing their tunes in early 90’s … you can recognize it :) Remember Islamabad’s 5th gift to world?

The News published a fine article almost an year back on Golra Railways station and it’s heritage museum … citing:

… All said and done, it is a gem of a museum and well worth a visit, especially if you remember the good old days Golra's Treasureswhen traveling by train was an exciting prospect — something to look forward to as you packed your bags; a hamper with food and books and magazines to read when it became too dark to look outside. A paratha and an omelet never tasted as good as when you had them cold with a nice hot cup of tea bought from the vendor on the platform. The strident voices of other vendors as they called out their wares — most of these to titillate pangs of hunger that are somehow intensified during travel — each trying to outdo the other so he could be heard and be the one to make the first sale, the thrill of travelling on a ‘choo-choo’; or ‘chook chook’, as we say in this part of the world; the clouds of hissing steam coming out of the wood and coal fired engine; the hustle bustle of passengers and porters and the “All aboard”, call of the guard as he waved his green flag, are all part of childhood memories a visit to Golra Station brings back — a nostalgic hour or two well spent!

Islamabad 262 Kms away but WHERE?


Few weeks back we inquired about a visual which was taken 850 Kms away from Islamabad. Some interesting replies :-)

This time it’s nearer but is it really this near?? Where do you think this picture’s been taken.

Islamabad is just 262 KMs away ..!

Will be answered on 21st Mar !!

Credits Later…!

Update – 22nd March 2008:

Oh it’s 22nd march already … sorry for being late :)

The picture is taken by Go2Net … in Besham, Karakoram highway.

Rehan’s technical answer was quite amusing but hey in first go Riaz answered correctly.

Thanks everyone for participating and most of you were close to the answer here … stay tuned…!

Riaz, you’ll get  1 month free supply of Islooitte news in ur feed reader if u get subscribed to this :P

13th National Ass-embly & the PM Race

Marking the increase in fuel prices, terrorist attacks,  declining state of a common pakistani … the 13th NA is all set to gather at Parliament house today to take their oaths.

The war on PM, hopefully, will catch some light today …  Who will you support for the chair of Prime Minister?

  • Makhdoom Amin fahim
  • Asif Ali Zardari-Bhutto
  • Yusuf Reza 3

More>> All Things Pakistan talks of Uncertainty too.

The Next PM?

As All Things Pakistan raise a question about probable Next President … I still can’t figure out who is going to run for the Prime Minister’s presitigious chair.

Strong speculatons give way to Makhdoom Amin Fahim. He seems like a sensible sane person but not an assertive type. Will he be your choice?

Who do YOU (the awaam) see as Prospective Prime Minister of Pakistan?

Winter Chill, Nights & Peanuts

The best part about winters in here is the munching of roasted peanuts when light is gone, heaters blazing full and the chill’s increasing outside :-)

Ain’t aye??

Let the heat come in :-)

Snow or Hail; Whatever Thou Art :)

Talha and Backpacker has shared quite some amount of hailstones aka SNOW FALL in Islamabad with you. And as if I can resist posting anything =D

If I remember corretly after 28-29 Jan 2003’s early winters this happened in Islamabad for teh second time. I missed last time’s heavy hailstorm but glad I was out in time to witness the marvellous white beauty, Subhan Allah :) Who wants to go to Murree now =)

Hoping to see the slush by the roads tomorrow too … if you were not in Islamabad; you definitely missed it big time. If you were then woohoo I hope you enjoyed well.

You may have seen snow man but for the first time I saw a SNOW-DOGGy =)) And its cute :>

Hot Spot in F-6 All White

A view of White Islamabad

More pictures after the jump courtesy a friend :)

Millat ka Paasban hay – Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Apart from Christmas, Pakistan celebrates 25th December as Quaid e Azam Day. Praying not only for the progress, peace, and solidarity of our beloved homeland on this day … we pray for eternal peace and blessings of Allah on Quaid too, also knows as Babaa e Qaum (Father of the Nation). We may have still been fighing; it was his astuteness that blessed us with a piece of land we pollute call our home.

I’d like to share the words written by Dr. Adil Najam on All Things Pakistan last year … a profound thought, said by Quaid decades ago, yet we are dismissing it for decades – needs to be injected in our bloods.

“You are free to go to your temples; you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the state.”

Of course, his vision was not always followed. But on this, the eve of Pakistan’s Independence Day, there could not be a more timely moment to remind ourselves what the vision was.

Pakistan is a Pakistan for all Pakistanis. Equally.

Image Courtesy: Dr. Ghulam Nabi Kazi on Flickr – You can view many historical and unseen pics of Jinnah – The Quaid in Dr. Ghulam Nabi Kazi’s photostream.

Peek into History: After Laying Foundation Stone of Pakistan’s Second Capital

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Kazi has some real interesting pictures saved in his photostream. All the rare pictures of Quaid, initial years of Pakistan, the struggle, Media, Entertainment in olden days; you name it and find a picture there !!

This picture also comes from his photostream. President General Ayub Khan, along with his men, is having fun time at Shakarparian after laying the foundation stone of Pakistan’s Second Capital, Islamabad.

Whom you can figure out from the picture?? Let’s play a little history quiz too :-)

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