A caretaker releases racing pigeons from their cage on the final day of the pigeon race national championship in Islamabad.
Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan located within the Islamabad Capital Territory. It has a population of 2 million and together with its neighbouring twin city of Rawalpindi, the greater Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area is the third largest in Pakistan with a population of over 4.5 million inhabitants. Islamabad is located in the Pothohar Plateau in the northeastern part of the country, within the Islamabad Capital Territory. The region has historically been a part of the crossroads of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the Margalla Pass acting as the gateway between the two regions. The city was built during the 1960s to replace Karachi as Pakistan’s capital. Islamabad is a well-organised international city divided into several different sectors and zones. It is regarded as the most developed city in Pakistan and is ranked as a Gamma+ world city.
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Islamabad United were crowned the inaugural champions of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) after they beat Quetta Gladiators in the final by six wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Misbah opted to bowl first after winning the toss and the Gladiators, riding on the back of half-tons by Ahmed Shehzad (64) and Kumar Sangakkara (55), scored 174-7 in their 20 overs.
Cold waves griped Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the northern areas of the country on Thursday as new spell of rain and snowfall started in different areas, forcing the people to remain indoors. Heavy rain started in early hours of the day and continued till afternoon in the valleys and plains, while snowfall occurred on hilly areas and peaks of the mountains, bringing the daily life activities to almost a standstill in northern areas. Margalla Hills and Pir sohawa received light snowfall for two hours after almost ten years, an official of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) told APP.
A large number of people thronged to Margalla hills and Pir Sohawa to enjoy the snow after media reported that the city’s hill resorts received snowfall after a decade. It also snowed in Abbottabad.
“A two inch white blanket has covered the picnic spot of Pir Sohawa and upper hills which has attracted the tourists,” the official said. PMD has predicted that the showers will continue in several areas including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.