Covered … No More

Siraj market, commonly known as Covered Market, in G-6 is no more. A unique and exciting place aboding small art galleries, haven to picture framing in Islamabad, grocery shopping and a few handicraft shops. One of the oldest markets that cater to artistic minds needful is eliminated now, after much hue and cry, to build a Shopping Complex.

Covered Market Before and Now


Though it was not as huge and classy as Oxford’s Covered Market, nevertheless islooites treasured the idea of this market. Always flooded with gorasfor a peek into paintings and sketches, largely on display, in the various art shops.

I always loved visiting it … where will I go for picture framing now :-\ I wonder if the shops are replaced at some suitable place too??

6 Comments so far

  1. Islamabadi (unregistered) on October 28th, 2007 @ 6:33 pm

    Saw this in THE NEWS yesterday. Islamabad’s pride!
    Pakistani Professor Adil Najam, now teaching at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA, is among the team of scientists and experts in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

    Prof Adil Najam did much of his schooling in Islamabad, at the Islamabad College for Boys (ICB) G-6. Before that he also studied at St Mary’s Academy, Rawalpindi, and St Patrick’s High School, Karachi.

    Before embarking to the US to pursue higher studies and taking up the teaching profession there, Adil Najam remained associated with the now defunct ‘The Muslim’ in the early 1980s as a ‘Sports Reporter’. {MORE}

  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 28th, 2007 @ 7:04 pm

    aray haan, i think I saw this. Was it opposite to masjid bilal?

  3. Phil (unregistered) on October 28th, 2007 @ 7:38 pm

    No, it was near Lal Masjid and G-6/3 boys college and Melody Food Park and Naval Headquarters.

    It was an old fashioned place, but I did happen to go there for my uniforms and stuff when I was in school. It had this enigmatic pace to it, the picture frame people, the sports shops, the sabzi wala etc.

    Lets hope they make something better there, for the changing face of Islamabad.

  4. DB9 (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 5:41 am

    Hmm, interesting. It was a unique place, it was like a pre-historic mall.

    Ama (but) the writer did not say what will be erected on its place? There has to be a reason. I hope some type of modern day mall? However I dont think they have enough real state at that location since its in the middle of a residence area.

    I m personally against the idea of the miniature copy of modern day malls that are popping up in Karachi & Lahore. Ager banana ho tu theek se banana chahiye – like the the “King of Prussia” mall in PA ( )

  5. 1967 (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 10:33 am

    Well we need many more of these. Isn’t it strange that a country of 160 Million has been able to produce just one….I repeat ONE Nobel Laureate in 60 years…what a waste of human captial Just to get a comparision However we have been able to produce top class generals, politicains and bureaucrats…

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 1:32 am

    oh yes , near melody.. sorry i dont reember but since i visited melody area so I remembered it.

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