Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pakistan In Pictures




Karachi: The Sindh High Court.




Palas Valley, Kohistan
Palas valley is located in Kohistan District, on the left bank of the river Indus. It is bounded on the north and north-east by Jalkot valley, on the east by Kaghan, on the south by Allai and on the West by the river Indus.





Stone carved panel from Taxila.

Taxila is situated about 32 km (20 mi) northwest of Islamabad Capital Territory and Rawalpindi in Panjab; just off the Grand Trunk Road. Taxila lies 549 metres (1,801 ft) above sea level.

The city dates back to the Gandhara period and contains the ruins of the Gandhāran city of Takṣaśilā which was an important Hindu and Buddhist centre. Takṣaśilā is reputed to derive its name from Takṣa, who was the great grandson of Bharata, the brother of Rama.[1]

Historically, Takṣaśilā lay at the crossroads of three major trade routes:

  1. The uttarāpatha, the northern road—the later Grand Trunk or GT Road — the royal road which connected Gandhara in the west to the kingdom of Magadha and its capital Pāṭaliputra in the Ganges valley in the east.
  2. The northwestern route through Bactria, Kāpiśa, and Puṣkalāvatī.
  3. The Sindu (English: Indus river) route from Kashmir and Central Asia, via Śri nagara, Mansehra, and the Haripur valley[2] across the Khunjerab pass to the Silk Road in the north to the Indian Ocean in the south. The Khunjerab passes between Kashmir and Xinjiang—the current Karakoram highway—and was traversed in antiquity.



A Pakistani girl watches the photographer, while standing on the muddy path of a slum during a rain day, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)






Cash’n’Carry Store organises Family Fiesta in Lahore:


  Alyzeh and Fia. PHOTO : COURTESY BILAL MUKHTAR EVENTS & PR

Natasha and Babloo. PHOTO : COURTESY BILAL MUKHTAR EVENTS & PR
Sara Gillani and Bilal Mukhtar. PHOTO : COURTESY BILAL MUKHTAR EVENTS & PR

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