Administrative Divisions of Pakistan

by on January 31, 2010
in Descriptive Maps of Pakistan

Administrative Divisions of Pakistan

Pakistan is located in South Asia. It is located at a very important place from geographic and strategic point of view. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan comprises of 4 provinces Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan and NWFP, one capital territory Islamabad, a federal territory FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) and two autonomous states Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit and Baltistan.

In 2000 the Pervez Musharraf government adopted a system of administration named “Local government system”, in which each province was sub-divided into districts, known as “zilas” locally). The districts form the topmost tier of the three tier local government and are further sub divided into tehsils (counties). Villages and municipalities come under tehsils. The City Districts are big metropolitan areas which comprise of towns and union councils. The tehsils and union councils are the 2 lower tiers of the local government.

The districts have the authority of carrying out certain functions independently. Each district is headed by a Nazim (Mayor). There are 105 provincial districts with 400 tehsils and over 6 thousand union councils. Over all there are five thousand local governments.

There are seven tribal agencies and six small frontier regions in FATA. Azad Kashmir has seven districts and Gilgit Baltistan comprises of six districts.

Federal capital Islamabad has been given the status of a district.

Places to visit in Islamabad

Rawal lake Islamabad

Islamabad is the Federal Capital of Pakistan. It is situated in the North of the country on Potowar Plateau. Islamabad is a well planned city established to replace Karachi as the state capital. Established against the backdrop of the tree clad Margalla Hills, it is truly a beautiful city. As all the official residence of the Prime Minister and The President are located here, it is the cleanest city of Pakistan. When visiting Islamabad do go to the following places:

1. Margalla Hills Margalla Hills are a range of small hills spread over an area of 12,605 hectares. The hills are extremely pretty with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Hiking and trekking are the main activities. Some private clubs also provide facilities for Hand gliding and Para gliding. The best spot of Margalla Hills is Daman e Koh. It is the central point of Margalla Hills and gives a fantastic view of Islamabad. It is a well developed picnic point.

2. Faisal Mosque The Faisal Mosque is the largest mosque of Pakistan and the 6th largest in the world. The construction of the mosque was completed in 1986. Faisal Mosque covers an area of 5,000 sq meters. The interior hall is decorated with chandeliers and the walls are adorned with mosaic and calligraphy done by Sadequain the great Pakistani artist.

3. Rawal Lake Rawal Lake is the man made lake of the Rawal Dam. It has been developed as a tourist resort. Boating can be done here. It is also a bird watcher’s paradise. It is a very beautiful place with many things to entertain you. There are several places worth visiting in Islamabad like Pir Sohawa, The Zoo, Margalla Hills National Park, Japanese Garden, Rose and Jasmine Garden and The Pakistan Monument.

Islamabad-Pakistan’s capital city

by on October 4, 2009
in Travel Pakistan

Islamad-capital of Pakistan

Islamabad meaning ‘abode of Islam’ is the capital of Pakistan. It was built in 1960s to replace Karachi as the capital city. It nestles against the backdrop of the Margalla Hills at the northern end of the Potohar Plateau and is the 10th largest city of Pakistan. Islamabad is to date one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world.

The city was chosen to be the national capital as it was accessible from all parts of the country and also because it is not as vulnerable to attack as Karachi was. It is a modern and carefully planned city with wide tree-lined streets, large houses, elegant public buildings and well-organized shopping centers. Water supply to the city is from Rawal dam. Due to all these facilities provided Islamabad is an expensive city to live in.

Faisal Mosque, the largest mosque in South Asia and the 6th largest mosque in the world, is located here. The mosque is a tourist attraction, but it alone does not pull the tourists towards the city. Due to its central position Islamabad provides a route to many hill stations.

Places to visit in Islamabad are;
1. Faisal Mosque

2. Daman-e-Koh

3. Rawal Dam

4. Pir Sohawa


5. Rawal Lake View Park.

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