Jinnah Sports Stadium

Jinnah Sports Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Islamabad, Pakistan. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium has a capacity of 48,200 people. This stadium was built back in the 1970s. The stadium was renovated and used for the SAF games in 2004. The playing field has a running track around its perimeter allowing athletics use. It hosted all the matches of 2014 SAFF Women’s Championship.
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Bari Imam

Bari Imam (1617–1705), or Shah Abdul Latif Kazmi, is the patron saint of Islamabad and the greater Pothohar region. 
History 
Bari Imam (1617–1705), whose real name was Shah Abdul Latif Kazmi, was born in 1026 Hijra (1617 AD) in Jhelum. His father, Syed Mehmood Shah, shifted his family from Jhelum District to Baghan village, presently called Aabpara. At that time, it was a barren land. Soon after the arrival of Bari Imam’s family, his father started farming and also kept some animals. Shah Latif helped his father in grazing the animals, but left his father at 12 and came to Nurpur Shahan. He is the first cousin from his father’s side of Shah Chan Charagh.
Nurpur Shahan, the village was initially called churpur Shahan since it was infested by thieves, robbers and people of dubious character in those days. Bari Imam while spreading the message of peace converted them to Islam and convinced them to become law abiding citizens. From Nurpur Shahan, Bari Imam went to Ghorghushti in Campbellpur (now known as Attock) where he stayed for two years to learning fiqh, hadith, logic, and other disciplines related to Islam, because at that time Ghorghushti was a great seat of learning.
To get spiritual knowledge and satiate his love for Islam, Bari Imam visited many places, including Kashmir, Badakhshan, Bukhara, Mashhad, Baghdad and Damascus. He not only received spiritual knowledge in these places but also held discussions with scholars belonging to different schools of thought on various subjects. Later, he went to Hejaz to perform Hajj. Bari Imam received spiritual knowledge from Hayat-al-Mir (Zinda Pir). His Pir (Sufi Mentor) gave him the title of Bari Imam (The leader of the earth). Bari Imam converted thousands of Hindus into Muslims through the teachings of Islam at Nurpur Shahan. It is stated that once Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir himself came there to pay respects to Bari Imam.
Bari Imam’s meditation at Neelaan Bhotou:
The lush green surroundings; The mountains with violet hue; Where the winds blow majestically; The chirping of the birds; The stone frozen in time; Is the place where the illuminated spirit; Lied submerged in the depth of clear running stream; No wonder why the fish ate the flesh; The place still resonates the calm of perfect unification; When the wisdom of Abu Tahir graced the purity of Abu Turab!

Golra Sharif

Golra Sharif is a town situated near the Margalla Hills, in the Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan, at about 520 m (1,710 ft) above sea level, 17 km (11 mi) from the ancient city of Taxila. The Mausoleum of Meher Ali Shah, Golra Sharif has a lot of importance for the people of the Pothohar Plateau and yearly anniversary of the Pir Meher Ali Shah is attended by thousands every year to pay their regards. 
Geographical importance 
Prior to the arrival of Hazrat’s ancestors Golra Sharif was just a small village named golra owned by abdullah golra and khair Muhammad golra in the suburbs of Rawalpindi. Golra Sharif also has fundamental importance geographically. The vast tracts of Margalla Hills and their adjoining plains have been witness to a vast panorama of chequered history. The area extending from Hasan Abdal to the neighborhood of Taxila, a settlement traced back to 2000 years, is custodian of a rich cultural heritage of pre-Islamic period. Even today the archaeological remains dotting the area furnish evidence of the splendid cultural and religious traditions of Buddhist era. Eminent historians of the world agree that it was here that Greek wisdom and Indian civilization meshed together to bring about a synthesis which influenced cultures and art movements everywhere. With the passage of time, it was overrun by many foreign invaders, such as Greeks, Persians, Afghans, White Huns, Mughals, Sikhs and the British.
Political scenario 
With his rule extending from 1747 to 1773, Ahmad Shah Abdali emerged as one of its last period rulers. After his death his son Taimur Shah ruled the area till 1793. he had to face tremendous pressure from the Marhattas and Sikhs, and by the British at river Sutlaj. when the Afghan ruler, Ahmed Shah Abdali, died and his subedar in Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, took advantage of the power vacuum and proclaimed his autonomy, it became a part of Sikh Kingdom. From 1818 to 1849, the area remained under the Sikhs till it was annexed by the British. This was the period of great political upheaval and instability. Some of the communities, known as marauding tribes, were addicted to violent crime and internecine warfare. They levied black-mail tax on the roads south of the Margalla Pass.
Railway 
Golra Sharif Railway station is situated on Golra Road in Golra Sharif town. The station was established in 1882 during the British rule. It is an important junction of Pakistan Railways to link Peshawar, Kohat, Havelian and Multan. Now its get more importance due to its Railways Heritage Museum.

Pakistan Museum of Natural History

Pakistan Museum of Natural History, established in 1976, is a public museum of natural history situated in Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan. It has exhibits and galleries which display and provide information about the ecology, geology and palaeontology of the country. Currently, the museum houses a collection of over 300,000 objects.  The museum also acts as research center and works closely with the Lok Virsa Museum. The museum is open to public everyday, except for Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm. The museum is managed by the Pakistan Science Foundation, Ministry of Science and Technology. 
Exhibits 
Biological gallery displays and discusses wild flora and fauna portrayed in their respective habitats. 
Ecological gallery is an educational section where ecological cycles, habitats and environmental problems are discussed through visuals and audios. 
Gemstones gallery shows a variety of gems in raw as well as cut and polished forms.
Palaeontology gallery displays fossils along with their studies. Anthropology is also discussed through paintings and writings – including a skull of Australopithecus. Wall paintings depict the pre-historic era. 
Tethys gallery provides information about oceanology, petrology, pedology and mineralogy of Pakistan. It displays three-dimensional diorama of seascapes as well as a skeleton of a whale. Different aspects of Salt Range are also studied in detail. 
Notable staff 
Dr. Muhammad Khan Leghari- Director General
Dr. Muhammad Rafique – Deputy Director General
Botanical Sciences Division
Dr. Muhammad Khan Leghari – Director
Dr. Saleem Ahmed – Curator
Dr. Muhammad Ismail Bhatti – Associate curator
Dr. Syed Anil Gilani – Associate Curator
Earth Sciences Division
Dr. Ghazala Roohi – Director
Zoological Sciences Division
Dr. Muhammad Rafique – Director
Dr.Khalid Mahmood – Curator
Muhammad Asif Khan – Associate Curator
Muhammad Abbas – Research Associate
S. Jaffar Hussain Naqvi – Librarian
Events 
PMNH Acquired a Huge Whale Shark landed at Karachi fish Harbor(2012). accourding to PMNH The Whale Shark was belong to Rhincodon typus and this family of fish is the one of the biggest in the world. It is a rare species and declared vulnerable by IUCN as its population is decreasing at an alarming rate. It is being commercially exploited as the fish has high value in international trade. It is called whale shark because it attains huge size like whales and also because its feeding habit resemble to whales. This distinctively marked fish is the only member of its genus and its family. This Whale Shark has a length of 42 feet and weighs 16 tonnes. Its liver weighed about 800 kg. Weight of stomach was about 600 kg, the ovary had a weight of 120 kg and had about 1500 eggs. The Whale Shark was seen on February 6, 2012 in the Gora Bari area in Pakistani territory of Arabian Sea by the local fishermen. According to them, it was alive at that time but motionless. It, however, died before they started hauling it towards sea shore. the Fish was brought toKarachi Fish Harbour on February 7, 2012 and auctioned for Rs. 200,000 The auctioneer who purchased the fish managed an exhibition of this specimen and levied a ticket of Rs. 20. The largest verified specimen of this huge shark was caught on 11 November 1947, near Baba Island, in Karachi, Pakistan. It was 41.50 ft long & that was more than 21.5 tonnes and had a girth (belt) of 23.0 ft.

Lake View Park

Lake View Park (also known as Rawal Lake View Point or Rawal Lake Promenade) is a recreational area and wildlife park located near Rawal Lake, on Murree Road inIslamabad, Capital Territory, Pakistan. It runs under the administration of Capital Development Authority.

Fatima Jinnah Park

Fatima Jinnah Park, also known as F-9 Park, is a public recreational park situated within the F-9 sector of Islamabad,Pakistan. The park is one of the largest covered areas in Pakistan. It is named after Fatima Jinnah, the younger sister ofMuhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. The park’s builder, Michael Japero, took five years to design it. 
Present state 
Fatima Jinnah Park’s vast acreage is mostly covered by greenery, with a few man-made structures dotting the landscape. Most of the park area is effectively a wildlife sanctuary, except for a few areas of the park that are close to residential districts. The park is bounded by a steel fence with entrance doors placed at regular intervals, although only a few are routinely open and used. A further strip of land outside of the fence is lined with a footpath. A well laid network of footpaths lies inside the park, with neat grass and a few statues. The park is known for its wildlife, and the question of further development there divides people in the surrounding communities, many of whom worry that development would jeopardise its untamed feel.[citation needed]
Public uses 
The park’s open spaces are commonly used for recreational walking and outdoor sports. Occasionally, they are used for driving lessons. Because of a lack of attendance, the roads in the park are not managed so as to provide smooth driving[original research?], but they are still useful in teaching young drivers how to negotiate a few tight turns.
Only a few areas of Fatima Jinnah Park are well developed, containing busy clusters of buildings, while other areas rarely see human activity. One of the more developed areas is the Megazone complex, which includes a sports zone with a standard-length swimming pool and tables for table tennis and snooker. The complex also includes facilities for bowling, arcade games, laser tag, and other games; areas for a fast food and dining; and an assortment of shops for clothes, DVDs, and other items.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered a McDonalds fast-food restaurant and several clubs, such as an Aeromodelling Club, that had been operating inside F-9 Park to close down. Yet, as of March 2011, the McDonalds had reopened. The Capital Development Authority (CDA), which manages the park, has grand plans for the space, which is sometimes called the “sleeping heart” of Islamabad. The issue of the park’s development is more pressing now that the people of Islamabad have taken a keen interest in recreational activities. The CDA’s proposed future design for the park will include lakes, rock gardens, aquariums, and fountains.

National Herbarium, Islamabad

The National Herbarium is an herbarium, located in Islamabad, Pakistan.
History and collection 
The largest herbarium in Pakistan, it was established in 1975 with Dr. Ralph Randles Stewart’s collection as its initial beginning. It has a collection of over 100,000 plants. The plants in the herbarium are divided into magnoliophytes (dicotyledons andmonocotyledons), gymnosperms and pteridophytes (or ferns) and they are placed according to families, genera; and species arranged in alphabetical order.