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Capital Of Pakistan - Karachi Or Islamabad?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 9:16 pm

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.
 
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RE: Capital Of Pakistan - Karachi Or Islamabad?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 9:19 pm

It is Islamabad. Karachi is the largest city
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RE: Capital Of Pakistan - Karachi Or Islamabad?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 10:16 pm

Karachi used to be the capital but it was changed to Islamabad which is a completely new city planned by an Australian, it came into being in the 1950's Smile
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RE: Capital Of Pakistan - Karachi Or Islamabad?

Fri Sep 21, 2001 6:35 am

Speaking of Pakistani geography, hows that Daewoo hiway from Afghan. to Karachi going?

One of my close friends here at school is a cute girl from Lahore and when I met her dad in London this summer, he was describing the hiway and how it will benefit the struggling country.

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RE: Capital Of Pakistan - Karachi Or Islamabad?

Fri Sep 21, 2001 8:22 am

Karachi shares government offices with Islamabad, but Islamabad is the current, official capital.

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RE: Capital Of Pakistan - Karachi Or Islamabad?

Fri Sep 21, 2001 9:37 pm

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 Smile
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RE: Capital Of Pakistan - Karachi Or Islamabad?

Fri Sep 21, 2001 10:34 pm

There is no Motorway in Afghanistan, and Daewoo were only contracted for the ISB-LHE leg Smile
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RE: Capital Of Pakistan - Karachi Or Islamabad?

Fri Sep 21, 2001 10:39 pm

Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan.
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RE: Capital Of Pakistan - Karachi Or Islamabad?

Tue Sep 25, 2001 6:48 am

I stand corrected, Airmale.

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