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Facts and Figures:

ALTITUDE

510 Meters

AREA

150 Sq Km

POPULATION

1.5 MILLION

TELE CODE

051

POSTAL CODE

46000

Historical Overview of Rawalpindi:

RAWALPINDI,  the commercial center of the Potowar plateau, is one of the largest cities of Pakistan. It is a glamorous mixture of ancient culture and modern traditions. In the past few years,Rawalpindi has grown rapidly. Modern shopping complexes have sprung up through out the city and it now boasts a collection of High-Rise buildings. It has grown from a mere village to the largest city in the area.
      Rawalpindi is ideally located in the foot of the Margalla. It therefore holds the unique status of being the staging ground for tourists from around the world.

 

Pindi Through the Ages:

Throughout the ages, Rawalpindi has been on the route of invaders. The first muslim invader, Mahmood of Ghazni (979-1030 AD), gifted the city to a Gakkhar chief, Kai Gohar. The town however, being on the invaders route, could not prosper and remained deserted until Jhanda Khan, restored it and gave it the name Rawalpindi after the villiage Rawal in 1493 AD. Rawalpindi remained under the rule of the Gakkhars until Muqarrab Khan, the last Gakkhar ruler was defeated by the Sikhs in 1765 AD. The Sikhs invited traders from other places to settle here. This brought the city into prominence. Sikhs lost the city to the British in 1849 AD.  The British, seeing the strategic importance of the city, turned it into a military garrison in 1849 and established a military cantonment south of the old city. It soon became one of the major centers of the British Indian army. In 1879, the Punjab Northern Railway was extended to Rawalpindi but the train service was formally inaugurated on January 01, 1886. After the partition of the subcontinent, Rawalpindi was made the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army and began to grow rapidly. Today, it is one of the most important cities of Pakistan, both politically and economically.

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