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    The earth trembles...

    by Laurina Written May 5, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The big excitement, so far, was a little earth tremor that registered 2.6 or so. The epicenter, somewhere in the Pakistani mountains further north, registered 5.6. Islamabad lies on a fault line, the Margella Hills, you know, the ones you can always see in the background of journalists reporting on the big networks. Geologists have estimated that a BIG one will hit any time now, up to 8.6! help!

    Don't know if this is my 'favorite' thing, but it's a general tip at least!

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    The earth trembles...

    by Laurina Updated May 5, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The big excitement, so far, was a little earth tremor that registered 2.6 or so. The epicenter, somewhere in the Pakistani mountains further north, registered 5.6. Islamabad lies on a fault line, the Margella Hills, you know, the ones you can always see in the background of journalists reporting on the big networks. Geologists have estimated that a BIG one will hit any time now, up to 8.6! help!

    Don't know if this is my 'favorite' thing, but it's a general tip at least!

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  • FM radios in Islamabad

    by najamrulz Updated Jun 2, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you are in Islamabad then you can enjoy FM-radio programs on your hands free radio while exploring this beautiful city. City FM 89, Power 99 FM, FM-100 Pakistan and FM-101 are the four FM radios operating in Islamabad.

    You can enjoy English, Arabic and Urdu songs during various timings. FM-100, the pioneer of FM broadcast in Pakistan, operate 24 hours a day. Other FM radios usually take a break of approximately 2-4 hours in early morning.

    Fondest memory: Bring your mini-FM radio with hands free kit when you are in Islamabad next time. You would for sure love to explore this beautiful city while listening your favorite tracks on radio.

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    Islamabad,s Beautiful Park,RAWAL LAKE VIEW PARK

    by maztek Updated Apr 16, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Rawal View Park is a newly created beautiful park which has lovely gardens, children playing areas and plenty of picnic spots with an open views of Rawal Lake. It is away from the hustle and bustle of the city and keep you amused because of well laid out various spots. You will find lot of tourists and locals spending their relatedleisure time. Boating is another attraction at this Park.While you visit Islamabad, should not forget to visit this place.
    It is located about 4 KMs fom convention center on your way to Murree. You will find signs and directions on the main Murree Road. You may visit this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn9jbE2QPWY&feature=related

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    Drive around Blue Area

    by fashionapple Written Mar 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If you have nothing to do then just drive around Jinnah Avenue (blue area) and watch out the happenings at those plazas. There are many restaurants, fast foods, ice cream parlors, bakeries and cafes in this area. Just park your car some where and enjoy some delicious food of your choice.

    Lovely view of Jinnah Avenue, Blue Area
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    FM radios

    by fashionapple Written Mar 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Life in Islamabad some times get quite boring when there is nothing much to do. In such situation just turn on your FM radio. City FM 89, Power 99 FM, FM-100 Pakistan and FM-101 are the stations available. ou can enjoy English, Arabic and Urdu songs during various timings. FM-100, the pioneer of FM broadcast in Pakistan, operate 24 hours a day. Other FM radios usually take a break of approximately 2-4 hours in early morning.

    Fondest memory: Bring your mini-FM radio with hands free kit next time when you are in Islamabad. You would for sure love exploring this beautiful city while listening your favorite songs on radio.

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  • Moving in and around Blue Area

    by najamrulz Updated Jan 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you have nothing to do then just move around in Junnah Avenue (blue area) and watch out those plazas. You would find lot of restaurants, bakeries, ice cream parlors and cafe. Just park your car some where and enjoy some food.

    Lovely view of Jinnah Avenue, Blue Area

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    Religion in Pakistan

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 17, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Pakistan is considered about 97 percent Muslim, and the official state religion is Islam, according to the Constitution (though the Constitution does provide equal protection under the law for all religious groups). Small groups of other religions exist including Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists.

    Islamabad has two main mosques: the Faisal Mosque and the Lal Masjid. The Faisal Mosque, when completed in 1986 was the world's largest mosque, but five others are now bigger. This "national mosque" of Pakistan can host 300,000 worshipers at once. Its 260 foot minarets are the tallest in South Asia.

    The Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, was constructed in 1965 and is one of the oldest mosques in Islamabad. It is home to a large madrassah with Islamist roots. In 2007, after a long siege by the government, the military was sent in to storm the mosque. 100 people were said to have been killed in the raid. Many consider the siege of the Red Mosque a major trigger of the growing militancy in Pakistan.

    You also will see small signs of Islam around the capital city, such as a large number of mosques, rugs that say Allah on them, the call to prayer five times a day, and more. My favorite is the feet washers for Muslims to perform ablutions prior to praying.

    Feet washers for ablution

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    Window Washer Boys

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 17, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Probably the funniest thing I saw in Islamabad was the boys washing windows of cars stopped at a light. Our driver takes this same route every day, and the same boys take their dirty old squeegee, smear up his window, then expect a tip. After a few times of this, our driver got sick of it, so when the boys show up he waves them off. They are aggressive, so they go about smearing up his window. He honks, he yells, then he runs his wipers and sprays water. They finally get the point, but they insist on glaring in the windows like punk American kids.

    It was all pretty comical, but it also makes one wonder why these kids were on the street rather than in school in the early afternoon on a weekday.

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    What is this "halal" thing?

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 11, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Generically, halal just means legal or lawful, but its real meaning is food permissible according to Islamic law. Islam has two meanings for Halal, both types of food that can be eaten and certain ways of slaughtering animals for eating. Halal killing of animals for food is defined as a quick, deep incision of an animal's neck leading to a sudden death with lots of blood leaving the body.

    Haram, or not lawful or permissible, items include pork, blood, and alcohol, as well as foods cross contaminated with the latter, including pharmaceuticals and cosmetics contaminated with animal byproducts.

    Of course, halal and humane are not synonyms. Experts claim halal killing is very inhumane as animals suffer fro up to two minutes as their bloods runs over the ground. Yay!

    This certainly isn't Halal... maybe OK, probably...

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    Pakistan Money

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 7, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Pakistan money is called the Rupee. Rupee is also the name of the currency in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mauritius, Seychelles, Indonesia, and the Maldives. The word rupee come from Sanskrit and means silver coins, and the first monetary unit called rupee dates back to the mid 1500s. The rupee became Pakistan's official money upon partition, but Pakistan's official money was not printed until 1948. In 1961 the money was decimalized with 100 paise to the rupee, though paise coins are no longer printed as of 1994 (note: in Pashto, Dari, Urdu and other local language paise simply means "money").

    Many shops in Islamabad will accept US dollars. They know the exchange rate and usually have a calculator sitting on the counter so they can be accurate. Sure they always round up to make a few extra Rupees for themselves!

    10, 20, 500, and 1000 Rupee Notes

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    Security Measures in Islamabad

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 18, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Throughout the Capital Region of Islamabad and Rawalpindi you will notice heightened security. Government buildings, the embassy areas, major Western hotels, airports, military bases and more are lined with barricades, wire and armed guards. The "red-zone" is the name of the security area around parliament, the prime minister's house, and other major federal government buildings.

    2008-2009 was the worst year in Pakistan history (other than the partition of India itself). Warnings still persist, cautioning travelers to avoid crowded markets, mosques during Friday prayers, and the tribal areas in general. As of summer 2010, Karachi and Quetta had more problems than Islamabad.

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1845732,00.html

    French Embassy

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    The Quran

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 11, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The Quran (or Koran) is the central text of Islam and is said to be the word of God as recorded by Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) between the years 610 and 632 CE.

    The Quran is for sale in many of the bookshops in Kabul, though the copies are often kept locked up in a glass case. I have also seen digital copies of the Quran available.

    http://quran.com/

    The Quran

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    HUNZA VALLEY : Full of wheat...

    by AliJoe Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: HUNZA VALLEY : Full of wheat fields, orchards of Apricots, apples, plums, cherries,
    peaches and grapes.....set against the background of snow covered mountains.

    Next Photo : HUNZA Valley girls, very nice complexion rosy incolor.

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    Indian visa in Pakistan

    by imranthetrekker Written Apr 1, 2008

    Favorite thing: Bonjour mon ami,

    Go to the Indian High commission, Diplomatic Enclave G-5, Islamabad
    City: Islamabad

    Phone: +92-51-2206950, 2206951, 2206953, 2206954, 2828376
    Fax: +92-51-2823386


    It takes one week and they grant the visa, normally 3 months single, double entries.

    Through Gerry and visa drop box service, it takes more time.

    Bon voyage,

    Imran Schah

    Valleys,Mountains, lakes of Pakistan
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