D-AIGW From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2001, 261 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2297 times:
Here's a question that Airmale or PIA747 might be interested in answering.
Following the military movements by the States about to attack Afghanistan, there're lots of news reports here regarding the US forces in Pakistan. Then they talk about the "Pakistani capital" Islamabad.
I have always thought that the capital of Pakistan is Karachi. If memory serves, my atlas also tells me that. Is it just that I'm stupid, or did Pakistan move their capital in the recent years?
Thanks in advance, and more info about that (the capital) will be appreciated.
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2240 times:
Karachi is in no way connected with the Federal govt. in any way, its just the commercial centre of the country and the provincial capital of Sind province, as for the Motorway, it was to link Pakistan with Afghanistan and Central Asia, the part between Islamabad and Lahore has been functional for a long time, its superb and can be compared with teh Motorways world wide, Daewoo also run an extremely successful luxury bus service on it, toll charges are high so most people still use the old Grand Trunk road, which is really not that bad, but quite congested, the Motorway comparatively is very empty, soem circles are of teh view that Pakistan didnt need it and the money couldve been put to better use, the project has faced many set backs, in the mid 90's Benazirs govt, reduced it breadth from 8 lanes to 6, the Peshawar-Islamabad leg still under construction was cancelled twice and the Turkish firm who were to build it have sued the govt. now its being bulit by a Pakistani company, the Sindh-Lahore leg is also being built by the same local firm but wont be an actual Motorway as the Sind province has not handed over the National Highway to the Federal authorities who wanted it to be under the Govt. instead the highway is just being spruced up to Motorway standrads but will remain the 4 laneer that it is, the balochistan leg linking it with Iran was to be built by an Irani firm, part of it is complete but the rest is yet to be done I think work theer is also under suspension, the grand plan was that the Motorway would provide easy access to Central Asia from the sea port in Karachi and the proposed one in Gwadr via Afghansitan