Monuments That The CDA Must Preserve

Islamabad is projected as a quaint essential-modern city of Pakistan, which has the singular distinction of being planned, as the capital, in a scenic environment in the foothills of Margalla. General (r) Ayub Khan, then president of Pakistan was instrumental in its creation, as he pressed the newly formed Capital Development Authority (CDA) to look for the world’s famous architects to plan the city and design most of the government buildings....

Connecting the Two Capitals: From Taxila to Islamabad

When Pakistani government chose to shift capital from the bustling port city of Karachi to the north of Rawalpindi, where the Potohar plateau rises to Margalla Hills, little did they realize that they are establishing a direct territorial link to the capital of an ancient civilization, Takshasila, i.e., the hill capital of the Kingdom of Gandhara. Situated at the pivotal junction of trade routes of South Asia and Central Asia in the lush green...

Cultural Heritage on the Cusp of Silk Roads: Caravanserai Kharbooza in Islamabad

Historically, the caravanserais supported the flow of commerce, information, and people across the Silk Road networks of trade routes connecting Asia, North Africa, and southeastern Europe. Many thousands of caravanserais were built across the world, over the millennium, from the 9th to the 19th centuries, in the wake of spread and stability of Muslim rule in vast territories across continents, leading to the growth of land trade between...