Quiet Islamabad and picturesque Kashmir

Photos by Abu Jar M Akkas


Islamabad, a relatively quiet city with a population of two million, is the political seat of Pakistan. It hosts mainly federal government offices, parliament house, official residences of ranking government leaders, diplomatic enclave and the like. Karachi had been the national capital of Pakistan when it gained independence in 1947. The capital later moved to Islamabad, constructed in the 1960s.


The Pakistan-administered Kashmir, or Azad Jammu and Kashmir, a self-governing administrative division of Pakistan, is an abundance of natural beauty, high mountains, lush green valleys and rivers. It has a parliamentary form of government with its capital located at Muzaffarabad.