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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Peshawar - My City… - The Youth Magazine, May 2008

Peshawar- My City

By Hamza Asad!

All hail thy own Peshawar. You might have heard that “Old is Gold”. No other city is quite older than Peshawar. It is one of the most peaceful cities of Pakistan. Being the capital of N.W.F.P, it is above doubts that this city has historic importance in all aspects. If only Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi have wonderful places to visit, Peshawar is also full of euphoria and is no less than that! Peshawar being one of the oldest cities of Pakistan is an attraction personified. This is the land of pathans who are the most dignified people and their versatility lies in hospitality! According to Ghani khan “Pashtun is not merely a race but, in fact, a state of mind; there is a Pashtun lying inside every man, who at times wakes up and overpowers him". The ever living statement of the great English bard Shakespeare “To be or not to be? That is the question” highlights every target but in this case I must say… Yes! Peshawar really is an exciting historical place for visit. As far as modernism is concerned, no one can deny that it is an under developing city of Pakistan. But still there are many places here at Peshawar which is enough to capture the minds of tourists and visitors.


Baala Hisaar fort is the most attractive place in Peshawar. It is really an eye-opener for the visitors. Baala Hisaar fort stands at the North western edge of the city. Its original structure was raised in 1519 AD during the reign of Mughal Emperor Babar. Some rocking concerts of famous Pakistani singers are also held in this fort. The army uses this fort that is why it is usually closed to the public but visitors can obtain permits to visit it!


Available almost everywhere, but the real flavor of these barbequed Tikkas of sheep and lambs lie in the restaurants of Namak Mandi! It is situated in the city besides Shoba bazaar. This place has gained popularity amongst both locals and visitors. This place has its own importance. People from far away places come at night to have their toothsome barbeque in the restaurants of Namak Mandi. So if you come to Peshawar and you don’t visit Namak Mandi, You are missing an opportunity because without visiting this place, your trip to Peshawar would be half left! That’s why it’s a must visiting place because Namak Mandi has the charismatic power to make the visitors and tourists fall in love at a first sight with this city after tasting its barbeque when the saliva in their mouths starts flowing naturally…


Islamiya College is said to be the biggest cynosure of the city-Peshawar. This is the most beautiful place for visiting. It’s an unprecedented case but Yes! This is not only a college for the most brilliant students but also a very nice place for visiting. Visitors are given the permission to walk in the big grounds of this college and to see it from inside during special occasions like 23rd March or 14th of August etc. This college was established in 1913. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah during his historical visit to Peshawar gave 1/3rd of his property to Islamiya college. This is another feather in the cap for this college. The beauty of this college lies in its lightening. One finds it extremely attractive from the roadside when its lights are on. The visitors specially the students are thrilled with enthusiasm when they visit Islamiya College! So, do visit this college if you ever come to Peshawar as I mentioned before “This College is the biggest cynosure of our city.”


The Khyber Pass is the mountain pass that links Pakistan and Afghanistan. Through out the history, it has been an important trade route between Central Asia and South Asia. The bab-e-khyber has great historical importance. Many revolutionary periods have passed, but the Khyber Pass still exists and remains the same as it was. The Indo-Aryans also migrated to India via the Khyber Pass. Many battles have taken place here. Moreover, it has kissed the footsteps of Alexander the Great who crossed into south Asia in 326BC through this route in an attempt to conquer the Indus Valley. The great Pushto Poet Ameer Hamza Khan Shinwari said that “If someone wants to experience greatness in this life, so for him it is must to visit The Khyber Pass once in his lifetime.” Then what are you waiting for? Gain the experience blessed on the city of Peshawar which reflects the gravity towards its historic importance!


There are many nice eat out places here in Peshawar like Pizza hut, KFC, Ballana, Spring rose, Greens hut and CafĂ© D’ Milano but no one can take the position of Chief Burger as it stands on the top of eat out places in Peshawar. It is located in the Fawad Plaza. In the beginning a person used to sell small burgers on the road side. People would come from different corners of the city to have those burgers as it was the best source of recreation in olden times. Then he opened a small shop known as Chief Burger to sell his burgers and now his fast food restaurant has become so much popular among all the other eat out places that one cannot paint it with the same brush anymore!

The shopping places mostly include Sadar and Kissa khwani bazaar where every kind of stuff is available. But the young crowd prefers places like City Towers; Chain one, Jan’s arcade and Dean’s trade centre where every kind of stuff and clothes for modern generation is present. But these are the best places for shopping and entertainment. Eat out places are also present in these places so the visitors can enjoy their time with filled tummies!

Difficult it is to digest the truth but it is fact that Peshawar is one of the under developing cities of Pakistan. Therefore, it does not have such exciting places which Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi have. But the twist which lies in the city of Peshawar does not belong to any other city of Pakistan because


The writer is a student of tenth standard and a resident of Peshawar.