Islamabad: Its Beauty & Oddities

I just came across a very nice article …. Have a read. Sharing some of pieces here with you all.

Almost all creature comforts and amenities of modern living are available in the city. But, that is exactly what has created the oddities and given it a paradoxical character.

Islamabad strikes one as a patch of the 20th century on a 19th century tapestry: it is an island of ‘haves’ surrounded by a vast sea of ‘have-nots’. Islamabad does not epitomize life elsewhere in the country. As a wit has put it, Pakistan is fifteen miles away from Islamabad.

Islamabad was originally meant to be a civil servants’ town like Ottawa, Washington or Canberra. But, with the shift from Karachi to Islamabad of the nation’s policy-making apparatus, and given the concentration of power in the political leadership and bureaucracy, and the pendulum of power swinging, from time to time, between the civil and military leaders, both having their headquarters here, the elite of the society made a bee-line to the blossoms of the burgeoning new seat of power

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