Rawalpindi ( or ; , ur||translit=Rāwalpiṇḍī; ), commonly known as Pindi ( pa||translit=Piṇḍi), is a city and capital of Rawalpindi Division
located in the Punjab
province of Pakistan
. Rawalpindi is the fourth-largest
city proper in Pakistan, while the larger Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area
is also the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area. Rawalpindi is adjacent to Pakistan's capital of Islamabad
, and the two are jointly known as the "twin cities
" on account of strong social and economic links between the cities.
Rawalpindi is located on the Pothohar Plateau
, known for its ancient Buddhist
heritage, especially in the neighbouring town of Taxila
– a UNESCO World Heritage Site
. The city was destroyed during the invasion of Mahmud of Ghazni
before being taken over by Gakhars
in 1493. In 1765, the ruling Gakhars were defeated as the city came under Sikh rule, and eventually became a major city within the Sikh Empire
based in Lahore
. The city was conquered by the British Raj
in 1849, and in 1851 became the largest garrison town
of the British Indian Army
. Following the partition of British India
in 1947, the city became home to the headquarters
of Pakistan Army
hence retaining its status as a major military city.
Construction of Pakistan's new purpose-built national capital city of Islamabad
in 1961 led to greater investment in the city, as well as a brief stint as the country's capital immediately before completion of Islamabad.
Modern Rawalpindi is socially and economically intertwined with Islamabad, and the greater metropolitan area
. The city is also home to numerous suburban housing developments that serve as bedroom-communities for workers in Islamabad.
As home to GHQ of Pakistan Army
& Benazir Bhutto International Airport
, and with connections to the M-1
motorways, Rawalpindi is a major logistics and transportation centre for northern Pakistan. The city is also home to historic haveli
s and temples, and serves as a hub for tourists visiting Rohtas Fort
, Azad Kashmir
The region around Rawalpindi has been inhabited for thousands of years. Rawalpindi falls within the ancient boundaries of Gandhara
, and is in a region littered with Buddhist ruins. In the region north-west of Rawalpindi, traces have been found of at least 55 stupa
s, 28 Buddhist monasteries, 9 temples, and various artifacts in the Kharoshthi
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To the southeast are the ruins of the [[Mankiala stupa]] – a 2nd-century stupa where, according to the [[Jataka tales]], a previous incarnation of the [[Buddha]] leapt off a cliff in order to offer his corpse to seven hungry tiger cubs.
The nearby town of Taxila
is thought to have been home to the world's first university. Sir Alexander Cunningham
identified ruins on the site of the Rawalpindi Cantonment
as the ancient city of Ganjipur (or Gajnipur), the capital of the Bhatti tribe
in the ages preceding the Christian era.
The first mention of Rawalpindi's earliest settlement dates from when Mahmud of Ghazni
destroyed Rawalpindi and the town was restored by ''Gakhar
'' chief ''Kai Gohar'' in the early 11th century. The town fell into decay again after Mongol invasions in the 14th century.
Situated along an invasion route, the settlement did not prosper and remained deserted until 1493, when ''Jhanda Khan'' re-established the ruined town, and named it ''Rawal''.
During the Mughal era, Rawalpindi remained under the rule of the Ghakhar
clan, who in turn pledged allegiance to the Mughal Empire. The city was developed as an important outpost in order to guard the frontiers of the Mughal realm.
Gakhars fortified a nearby caravanserai
, in the 16th century, transforming it into the Rawat Fort
in order to defend the Pothohar plateau from Sher Shah Suri
's forces. Construction of the Attock Fort
in 1581 after Akbar led a campaign against his brother Mirza Muhammad Hakim
, further securing Rawalpindi's environs.
In December 1585, the Emperor Akbar
arrived in Rawalpindi, and remained in and around Rawalpindi for 13 years as he extended the frontiers of the empire,
in an era described as a "glorious period" in his career as Emperor.
With the onset of chaos and rivalry between Gakhar chiefs after the death of Kamal Khan in 1559, Rawalpindi was awarded to Said Khan by the Mughal Emperor.
The Emperor Jehangir
visited the royal camp in Rawalpindi in 1622, where he first learned of Shah Abbas I of Persia
's plan to invade Kandahar
Rawalpindi declined in importance as Mughal
power declined, until the town was captured in the mid 1760s from Muqarrab Khan by the Sikhs
under Sardar Gujjar Singh and his son Sahib Singh.
The city's administration was handed to Sardar Milkha Singh, who then invited traders from the neighbouring commercial centers of Jhelum
to settle in the territory in 1766.
The city then began to prosper, although the population in 1770 is estimated to have been only about 300 families.
Rawalpindi became for a time the refuge of Shah Shuja
, the exiled king of Afghanistan
, and of his brother Shah Zaman in the early 19th century.
Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh
allowed the son of Sardar Milkha Singh to continue as Governor of Rawalpindi, after Ranjit Singh seized the district in 1810.
Sikh rule over Rawalpindi was consolidated by defeat of the Afghans at Haidaran in July 1813.
The Sikh rulers allied themselves with some of the local Gakhar
tribes, and jointly defeated Syed Ahmad Barelvi
at Akora Khattak
in 1827, and again in 1831 in Balakot
Jews first arrived in Rawalpindi's ''Babu Mohallah'' neighbourhood from Mashhad
in order to flee from anti-Jewish laws instituted by the Qajar
dynasty. In 1841, Diwan Kishan Kaur was appointed ''Sardar'' of Rawalpindi.
On 14 March 1849, Sardar Chattar Singh and Raja Sher Singh of the Sikh Empire surrendered to General Gilbert near Rawalpindi, ceding the city to the British.
The Sikh Empire then came to an end on 29 March 1849.
Following Rawalpindi's capture by the British East India company, 53rd Regiment of the company army took quarters in the newly captured city.
The decision to man a permanent military cantonment in the city was made in 1851 by the Marquess of Dalhousie
The city saw its first telegraph
office in the early 1850s.
The city's Garrison Church was built shortly after in 1854,
and is the site where Robert Milman
, Bishop of Calcutta, was buried following his death in Rawalpindi in 1876.
The city was home to 15,913 people in the 1855 census.
During the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny
, the area's Gakhars
tribes remained loyal to the British.
Numerous civil and military buildings were built during the British era, and the Municipality of Rawalpindi was constituted in 1867,
while the city's population as per the 1868 census was 19,228, with another 9,358 people residing in the city's cantonment.
The city was also connected to railways that offered connection to India and the northwest frontier in Peshawar
in the 1880s.
The Commissariat Steam Flour Mills were the first such mills in Punjab, and supplied most of the needs of British cantonments throughout Punjab.
Rawalpindi's cantonment served as a feeder to other cantonments throughout the region.
Rawalpindi flourished as a commercial centre, though the city remained largely devoid of an industrial base during the British era.
A large portion of Kashmir's external trade passing through the city; in 1885, 14% of Kashmir's exports, and 27% of its imports passed through the city.
A large market was opened in central Rawalpindi in 1883 by Sardar Sujan Singh, while the British further developed a shopping district for the city's elite known as ''Saddar'' with an archway built to commemorate Brigadier General Massey.
Rawalpindi's cantonment became a major center of military power of the Raj after an arsenal was established in 1883.
Britain's army elevated the city from a small town, to the third largest city in Punjab by 1921.
In 1868, 9,358 people lived in the city's cantonment – by 1891, the number rose to 37,870.
In 1891, the city's population excluding the Cantonment was 34,153.
The city was considered to be a favourite first posting for newly arrived soldiers from England, owing to the city's agreeable climate, and nearby hill station
at nearby Murree
In 1901, Rawalpindi was made the winter headquarters of the Northern Command and of the Rawalpindi military division. Riots broke out against British rule in 1905, following a famine in Punjab that peasants were led to believe was a deliberate act.
During World War I
, Rawalpindi District
"stood first" among districts in recruiting for the British war effort, with greater financial assistance from the British government channeled into the area in return.
By 1921, Rawalpindi's cantonment had overshadowed the city - Rawalpindi was one of seven cities of Punjab in which over half the population lived in the cantonment district.
Communal riots erupted between Rawalpindi's Sikh and Muslim communities in 1926 after Sikhs refused to silence music from a procession that was passing in front of a mosque.
was launched as an ocean liner
in 1925 by Harland and Wolff
, the same company which built . The ship was converted into an armed vessel, and was sunk in October 1939. The British government carried out poison gas testing on Indian troops during the Rawalpindi experiments
over the course of more than a decade beginning in the 1930s.
On 5 March 1947, members of Rawalpindi's Hindu and Sikh communities took out a procession against the formation of a Muslim ministry within the Government of Punjab. Policemen fired upon protestors, while Hindus and Sikhs fought against weaker Muslim counter-protestors. The area's first Partition riots erupted the next day on 6 March 1947, when the city's Muslims, angered by the actions of Hindus and Sikhs and encouraged by the Pir of Golra Sharif
, raided nearby villages after they were unable to do so in the city on account of Rawalpindi's heavily armed Sikhs.
At the dawn of Pakistan's independence in 1947 following the success of the Pakistan Movement
, Rawalpindi was a 43.79% Muslim, while Rawalpindi District as a whole was 80% Muslim.
The region, on account of its large Muslim majority, was thus awarded to Pakistan. Rawalpindi's Hindu
population, who had made up 33.72% and 17.32% of the city,
migrated ''en masse'' to the newly independent Dominion of India
after communal riots in western Punjab, while Muslim refugees from India settled in the city following anti-Muslim pogroms in eastern Punjab and northern India.
In the years following independence, Rawalpindi saw an influx of Muhajir
settlers. Having been the largest British Cantonment in the region at the dawn of Pakistan's independence, Rawalpindi was chosen as headquarters for the Pakistani Army, despite the fact that Karachi had been selected as the first capital.
In 1951, the Rawalpindi conspiracy
took place in which leftist army officers conspired to depose the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan
, Liaquat Ali Khan
Rawalpindi later became the site of the Liaquat Ali Khan's assassination, in what is now known as Liaquat Bagh Park
. In 1958, Field Marshal Ayub Khan
launched his ''coup d'etat
'' from Rawalpindi.
In 1959, the city became the interim capital of the country under Ayub Khan, who had sought the creation of a new planned capital of Islamabad in the vicinity of Rawalpindi. As a result, Rawalpindi saw most major central government offices and institutions relocate to nearby territory, and its population rapidly expand.
Construction of Pakistan's new capital city of Islamabad
in 1961 led to greater investment in Rawalpindi.
Rawalpindi remained the headquarters of the Pakistani Army
after the capital shifted to Islamabad in 1969, while the Pakistan Air Force
continues to maintain an airbase in the Chaklala
district of Rawalpindi. The military dictatorship of General Zia ul Haq
hanged Pakistan's deposed Prime Minister
, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
, in Rawalpindi in 1979.
In 1980, tens of thousands of Shia protestors led by Mufti Jaffar Hussain marched on Rawalpindi to protest a provision of Zia ul Haqs Islamization programme.
A spate of bombings in September 1987 took place in the city killing 5 people, in attacks that are believed to have been orchestrated by agents of Afghanistan's communist government.
Ojhri Camp disaster
On 10 April 1988, Rawalpindi's Ojhri Camp
, an ammunition depot for Afghan mujahideen
fighting against Soviet
forces in Afghanistan, exploded and killed many in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. At the time, the New York Times reported more than 93 were killed and another 1,100 wounded;
many believe that the toll was much higher.
Riots erupted in Rawalpindi in 1992 as mobs attacked Hindu temples in retaliation for the destruction of the Babri Masjid
in India by Hindu extremists.
In March 2003, Pakistani authorities captured Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
, mastermind of the 11 September attacks
in New York City
. On 27 December 2007, Rawalpindi was the site of the assassination
of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Modern Rawalpindi is socially and economically intertwined with Islamabad, and the greater metropolitan area
. The city is also home to numerous suburban housing developments that serve as bedroom-communities for workers in Islamabad.
In June 2015, the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metrobus
, a new bus rapid transit
line with various points in Islamabad
, opened for service.
Rawalpindi features a humid subtropical climate
with hot and wet summers, a cooler and drier winter. Rawalpindi and its twin city Islamabad
, during the year experiences an average of 91 thunderstorms, which is the highest frequency of any plain elevation city in the country. Strong windstorms are frequent in the summer during which wind gusts have been reported by Pakistan Meteorological Department
to have reached . In such thunder/wind storms, which results in some damage of infrastructure. The weather is highly variable due to the proximity of the city to the foothills of Himalayas.
The average annual rainfall is , most of which falls in the summer monsoon season. However, westerly disturbances also bring quite significant rainfall in the winter. In summer, the record maximum temperature has soared to recorded in June 1954, while it has dropped to a minimum of several occasions, though the last of which was in January 1967.
Social structures in Rawalpindi's historic core centre around neighbourhoods, each known as a ''Mohallah
''. Each neighbourhood is served by a nearby bazaar and mosque, which in turn serve as a place where people can gather for trade and manufacturing.
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Each ''Mohallah'' has narrow ''gallies'', and the grouping of houses around short lanes and cul-de-sac
s lends a sense of privacy and security to residents of each neighbourhood. Major intersections in the neighbourhood are each referred to as a ''chowk''.
South of Rawalpindi's historic core, and across the Lai Nullah
, are the wide lanes of the Rawalpindi Cantonment
. With tree-lined avenues and historic architecture, the cantonment was the main European area developed during British colonial rule. British colonialists also built the Saddar Bazaar south of the historic core, which served as a retail center geared towards Europeans in the city. Beyond the cantonment are the large suburban housing developments that serve as bedroom communities for Islamabad's commuter population.
The population of Rawalpindi is 2,098,231 in 2017. 84% of the population is Punjabi
, 9% is Pashtun
, and 7% is from other ethnic groups.
96.8% of Rawalpindi's population is Muslim, 2.47% is Christian, 0.73% belong to other religious groups. The city's ''Kohaati Bazaar'' is site of large Shia
mourning-processions for Ashura
The neighbourhoods of ''Waris Shah Mohallah'' and ''Pir Harra Mohallah'' form the core of Muslim settlement in Rawalpindi's old city.
Rawalpindi was a majority Hindu
city prior to the Partition of British India
while Muslims made up 43.79% of the population.
The Baba Dyal Singh Gurdwara in Rawalpindi was where the reformist Nirankari
movement of Sikhism originated.
The city still has a small Sikh population, but has been bolstered by the arrival of Sikhs fleeing political instability in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
The city is still home to a few hundred Hindu families.
Despite the fact that the vast majority of the city's Hindus fled ''en masse'' to India after Partition, most Hindu temples in the old city remain standing, although in disrepair and often abandoned.
Many of the old city's neighbourhoods continue to bear Hindu and Sikh names, such as Krishanpura, Arya Mohallah, Akaal Garh, Mohanpura, Amarpura, Kartarpura, Bagh Sardaraan, Angatpura.
The Shri Krishna Mandir
is the only functional Hindu temple in Rawalpindi.
It was built in the Kabarri Bazaar in 1897.
Other temples are abandoned or were repurposed. Rawalpindi's large Kalyan Das Temple from 1880 has been used as the "Gov't. Qandeel Secondary School for the Blind" since 1973. The Ram Leela Temple in ''Kanak Mandi'', and the Kaanji Mal Ujagar Mal Ram Richpal Temple in the Kabarri Bazaar, are both currently used to house Kashmiri refugees. Mohan Temple in the ''Lunda Bazaar'' remains standing, but is abandoned and the building no longer used for any purpose. The city's "Shamshan Ghat" serves as the city's cremation grounds, and was partly renovated in 2012.
The city's ''Babu Mohallah'' neighbourhood was once home to a community of Jewish traders that had fled Mashhad
in the 1830s.
The community had entirely emigrated to Israel
by the 1960s.
In the British era many churches were built for the British soldiers to come to the churches for Sunday prayer because
Rawalpindi Cantonment was the home for the British Army
The Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metrobus
is a bus rapid transit
service that connects Rawalpindi to Islamabad
. The Metrobus network was opened on 4 June 2015, and connects the Pak Secretariat
in Islamabad to Saddar
in Rawalpindi. A second stage is from Peshawar Morr Interchange
to the New Islamabad International Airport
. The system uses e-ticketing and Intelligent Transportation System
wand and is managed by the Punjab Mass Transit Authority
Rawalpindi is situated along the historic Grand Trunk Road
that connects Peshawar to Islamabad
. The road is roughly paralleled by the M-1 Motorway
between Peshawar and Rawalpindi, while the M-2 Motorway
provides an alternate route to Lahore via the Salt Range
. The Grand Trunk Road also provides access to the Afghan border via the Khyber Pass
, with onwards connections to Kabul
and Central Asia
via the Salang Pass
. The Karakoram Highway
provides access between Islamabad and western China, and an alternate route to Central Asia via Kashgar
in the Chinese region of Xinjiang
The Islamabad Expressway
connects Rawalpindi's eastern portions with the Rawal Lake
and heart of Islamabad
. The IJP Road separates Rawalpindi's northern edge from Islamabad.
Rawalpindi is connected to Peshawar
by the M-1 Motorway
. The motorway also links Rawalpindi to major cities in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province, such as Charsadda
. The M-2 motorway
offers high speed access to Lahore via the Potohar Plateau
and Salt Range
. The M-3 Motorway
branches off from the M-2 at the city of Pindi Bhattian
, where the M-3 offers onward connections to Faisalabad
, and connects to the M-4 Motorway
which continues onward to Multan
. A new motorway network is under construction to connect Multan and Karachi
as part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor
. The Hazara Motorway
is also under construction as part of CPEC, and will provide control-access motorway travel all the way to Mansehra
via the M-1 or Grand Trunk Road.
Rawalpindi railway station
in the Saddar
neighbourhood serves as a stop along Pakistan's -long Main Line-1
railway that connects the city to the port city of Karachi
. The stations is served by the Awam Express
, Hazara Express
, Islamabad Express
, Jaffar Express
, Khyber Mail
trains, and serves as the terminus for the Margalla Express
, Mehr Express
, Rawal Express
, Pakistan Express
, Subak Raftar Express
, Green Line Express, Sir Syed Express, Subak Kharam Express
, and Tezgam
The entire Main Line-1 railway track between Karachi and Peshawar is to be overhauled at a cost of $3.65 billion for the first phase of the project, with completion by 2021. Upgrading of the railway line will permit train travel at speeds of 160 kilometres per hour, versus the average 60 to 105 km per hour speed currently possible on existing track.
Rawalpindi is served by the Islamabad International Airport
. The airport is located in Fateh Jang
. It offers non-stop flights throughout Pakistan, as well as to the Middle East, Europe, North America, Central Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.
of Rawalpindi is sub-divided into one Municipal Corporation Two Cantonment Board and Seven tehsil
*Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation
*Rawalpindi Cantonment|Rawalpindi Cantonment Board
*Chaklala Cantonment|Chaklala Cantonment Board
Rawalpindi also holds many private colonies that have developed themselves rapidly, e.g. Gulraiz Housing Society, Korang Town, Agochs Town, Ghori Town, Pakistan Town, Judicial Town, Bahria Town which is the Asia's largest private colony, Kashmir Housing Society, Danial Town, Al-Haram City, Education City, Gul Afshan Colony, Allama Iqbal Colony.
Ayub National Park
is located beyond the old Presidency on Jhelum
Road. It covers an area of about and has a playland, lake with boating facility, an aquarium and a garden-restaurant. Rawalpindi Public Park is on Murree Road
near Shamsabad. The Park was opened to the public in 1991. It has a playland for children, grassy lawns, fountains and flower beds.
In 2008 Jinnah Park
was inaugurated at the heart of Rawalpindi and has since become a hotspot of activity for the city. It houses a state-of-the-art cinema, Cinepax
, a Metro Cash and Carry
supermart, an outlet of McDonald's
, gaming lounges, Motion Rides
and other recreational facilities. The vast lawns also provide an adequate picnic spot.
Rawalpindi is situated near the ''Ayub National Park
'' formerly known as 'Topi Rakh' (keep the hat on) is by the old Presidency, between the Murree Brewery
Co. and Grand Trunk Road
. It covers an area of about and has a play area, lake with boating facility, an aquarium, a garden-restaurant and an open-air theater. This park hosts "The Jungle Kingdom
" which is particularly popular among young residents.
, formerly known as the "company bagh" (East India Company's Garden), is of great historical interest. The first prime minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan
, was assassinated here in 1950. Pakistan's Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated here on 27 December 2007. She was the youngest and the only woman to be elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan.
*Rawalpindi Public Park (previously Nawaz Sharif Park, renamed Iqbal Park in 2019) is located on Murree Road just opposite to the Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi. The park was opened in 1991. It has a play area for children, lawns, fountains and flower beds. A cricket stadium
was built in 1992 opposite the public park. Several matches in the 1996 World Cup
were held on this cricket ground.
Rawalpindi District is home to 2,463 government public schools, out of which 1706 are primary schools, 306 middle schools, 334 are high schools, while 117 are higher education colleges.
97.4% of children ages 6–16 in urban areas of Rawalpindi District
are enrolled in school – the third highest percentage in Pakistan after Islamabad and Karachi
77.1% of Rawalpindi's students in Class 5 are able to read sentences in English.
27% of children in Rawalpindi attend paid private schools.
*Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Rawalpindi
, established in 1978 to conduct SSC and HSSC examinations.
*Pir Mehr Ali Shah, Arid Agriculture University
(also known as Barani University) is a renowned public university offering research and education in a number of fields and specializing in agriculture. It is on the Murree Road and is placed near other landmarks of the city including the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Nawaz Sharif Park, Rawalpindi Arts Council
etc. Arid University is the only university providing agriculture related degrees in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
*Army Medical College
is also known as the College of Medical Sciences and is on Abid Majid Road in Rawalpindi. Separate computer labs are available for post-graduate and undergraduate students. Other facilities in the campus include a library, cafeteria, college mosque, swimming pool, gym, squash court, and auditorium. There are seven hostels for male and female students near the college campus.
*College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
is located on Grand Trunk Road in Rawalpindi, EME is the largest constituent college of NUST. The campus includes all on-campus facilities, auditorium and conference hall, accommodation and mess facilities. The library is fully computerized, with a collection of 70,000 volumes.
*Military College of Signals
is on Hamayun Road in Rawalpindi Cantt; it is the oldest constituent college of NUST, founded in 1947 after the independence of Pakistan to train the members of Pakistan Armed Forces. The College of Telecommunication Engineering is located on this campus. The MCS library is computerized, with over 55,000 volumes.
*Rawalpindi Medical University
provides education in health care. It is a comprehensive, state-assisted institution. It was established in March 1974.It has the highest enrollment of 350 students among medical colleges in Pakistan.
*The Rawalpindi Public Library was one of the earliest private public libraries organized after separation from India. The building was donated for a public library by the then-Deputy Commissioner Major Davis on the initiative of philanthropist Khurshid Anwar Jilani, an attorney, writer and social worker. However, the building was confiscated for election and political campaigning during the last days of Field Marshal Ayub Khan's reign, and rare manuscripts and artifacts were taken away by the influential.
*Fatima Jinnah Women University
The first ever Women University of Pakistan
*Gordon College Rawalpindi
is one of the oldest colleges located in the heart of the city. It was established in 1872. College offers Graduate and master's degree program. Historically the college has been known for its cultural activities as it has one of the largest auditorium in which stage dramas and other programs were regularly conducted. College remained co-education until the early 1970s but after Zia-ul-Haq regime it was converted to boys only.
*Foundation University RWP Campus
located in new lalazar alongside FFCB.They offer mainly IT and Biotech related courses like Phd in Computer Science etc.
Rawalpindi, being so close to the capital, has an active media and newspaper climate. There are over a dozen of newspaper companies based in the city including ''Daily Nawa-i-Waqt
, Daily Jang
, Daily Asas, The Daily Sada-e-Haq, Daily Express
, Daily Din
, Daily Aajkal Rawalpindi, Daily Islam,'' and ''Daily Pakistan
'' in Urdu
, Express Tribune
, Daily Times
, The News International
'' and ''The Nation
'' in English.
There are a large number of Cable TV service providers in the city such as Nayatel, PTCL, SA Cable Network and DWN.
Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation has a centre in Rawalpindi
Television channels based in Rawalpindi include:
(Regional language channel)
*Pahariwood Network (Regional language channel)
In mid-2012 3D cinema, The Arena, started its operations in Bahria Town
Phase-4 in Rawalpindi.
*Rawalpindi Golf Course was completed in 1926 by Rawalpindi Golf Club, one of the oldest golf clubs of Pakistan. The facility was initially developed as a nine-hole course. After several phases of development, it is now a 27-hole course and the biggest in Pakistan. From the clubhouse, there is a panoramic view of Faisal Mosque, the twin cities of Islamabad
and Rawalpindi. Major domestic golf tournaments are regularly held here.
*Playland is another public park parallel to Ayub Park
*In 2019, after the Army Heritage Foundation took over Ayub park from Chaklala Cantonment Board, a new amusement park called JoyLand was opened on the site of a previously failed project. This newly developed park has a number of rides and activities for visitors, from the relaxing Ferris wheel to the daring Discovery. All rides are imported and meet safety standards. JoyLand is the only amusement park in Pakistan that is ISO 9001:2008 certified.
* Lal Haveli
* Rawalpindi Gazetteer
* Christ Church Rawalpindi
* Military Hospital Rawalpindi
* Murree Road
* Central Jail Rawalpindi
* General Headquarters (Pakistan Army)
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