Colors of Pakistan – Street Art in a Village of Pakistan

  • Gwadar Bay

    Gwadar Bay is a bay in Karachi city of Pakistan. The name is from Persian, Khalij-e Gavader or ‘Gulf of Gwadar’ on Arabian Sea. Gwadar Bay is located in the Gulf of Oman on the maritime border of Pakistan and Iran. It is an inlet of the Arabian Sea indenting the sandy Makran coast at the Iran–Pakistan border. It is about 20 miles (32 km) long and 10 miles (16 km) wide. The Dashtiari River flows into it from the northwest, and the Dasht River from the northeast.

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  • Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

    Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is the only international standard cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. It is located at the Latitude of 33°39’5.4″ and Longitude of 73°4’33.6″. As by the name known that this stadium is in Rawalpindi. It is about 200 meters from the double road stop. This stadium has recently been expanded to cater to the ever increasing number of spectators for the game. With the increase in capacity, it can now hold around 25,000 spectators.

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  • Badshahi Mosque

    Badshahi Mosque is in city of Lahore in Pakistan. It is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world. It is located at the Latitude of 31°35′17.07″ North and Longitude of 74°18′36.45″ East. It is located in Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan which is one of the largest urban parks in Pakistan. It is commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 and completed in 1673. It is Epitomising the beauty, passion and grandeur of the Mughal era, it is Lahore’s most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction.

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  • Hanna Lake

    Hanna Lake is a lake near Quetta city in Balochistan Province, in southwestern Pakistan. It is located at the Latitude of 30°15′ North and Longitude of 67°06′ East. The lake is located a little short of the place where the Urak Valley begins and 14 km from Quetta. The reservoir was constructed during the British Colonial era in 1894, and is one of the main attractions in the city.

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  • Qila Bala Hissar

    Qila Bala Hissar is one of the most historic places of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The word Bala Hissar is from Dari Persian, meaning, “elevated or high fort”. The name was given by the Pashtun King Timur Shah Durrani (1773–1793), who used the fort as the winter capital of the Afghan Durrani Empire, with the summer capital being in Kabul. The Sikh empire who conquered Peshawar in the early 19th century named it Samir Garh in 1834 but the name did not become popular.

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  • Zhob

    Zhob is a small town and district capital of Zhob District in Balochistan province of Pakistan. The district is named after the river Zhob. It is a Pashto word which means oozing water. The Zhob river has a total length of about 410 kilometres. It is the only river in the country that follows a north-eastern course. It springs from the Kan Metarzai range, passes about 4 kilometre from Zhob city and finally flows into the Gomal river near Khajuri Kach.

  • Wazirabad

    Wazirabad is an industrial city located in Gujranwala District in province Punjab of Pakistan. Wazirabad is located on the Latitude of 32°26′N and Longitude of 74°07′E. It is situated on the banks of the Chenab River nearly 100 kilometres north of Lahore on the Grand Trunk Road. It is 45 kilometres from Sialkot, 30 kilometres from the district capital of Gujranwala and about 12 kilometres from Gujrat. Wazirabad City is located near the south banks of the Chenab River near a village Chanawan where the picturesque Nala Palkhu, a snow stream from the Himalayas joins to this big river.

  • Washuk

    Washuk District is located in province of Balochistan in Pakistan. It is a district in Balochistan. This district is best known internationally as the location of Shamsi Airfield. This town is located at the center of the district. The places around this district are Mashkel is at the western corner and Basima at the eastern corner. The other adjoining districts are Kharan, Chagai, Kalat, Khuzdar, Awaran and Panjgur.

  • Wana

    Wana is the largest town of South Waziristan Agency inPakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). It is the summer headquarters for the Agency’s administration, Tank located in the neighbouring Tank District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province being the winter headquarters.

  • Wah Cantonment

    Wah Cantonment or Wah Cantt is a military city located in the Punjab province of Pakistan, 30 km (19 mi) to the north west of Rawalpindi/Islamabad. The name ‘Wah’ has its roots in the Mughal era with the Mughal emperor Jehangir reported to have coined the name when his army was stationed at Wah, originally called ‘Jalal Sar’ nearby here, en route from a visit to Kashmir. Emperor Jehangir was impressed by the scenery of that place, so he said “Wah” (‘wow’) and so that village was named ‘Wah’ after that exclamation.

  • Wagah Border

    Wagah Border is the border between India and Pakistan connecting Lahore, Pakistan with Amritsar, India. It is located 29 km from the town of Lahore on the Pakistani side and 27 km from Amritsar on the Indian side. This is the only crossing point between Pakistan and India that is regularly open to foreigners. It’s a well known place all over Pakistan. When driving from Islamabad, it should take at minimum 4.5 hours.

  • Wadh

    Wadh is a town in the Khuzdar District of Balochistan, Pakistan. Wadh is in the mountainous region between the Kalat plateau and the plains of Sindh. The climate is semi-arid, although occasionally subject to flooding, with warm summers and mild winters. Agriculture is a major economic activity, followed by livestock farming.

  • Vehari

    Vehari is a small town in province Punjab of Pakistan. It is about 100 km from the historical city of Multan and is the headquarters of Vehari District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Vehari is situated at the Multan Delhi Road constructed by Indian Muslim Emperor Sher Shah Suri and is located at an altitude of 135 m. It is about 37 kilometres north of the river Sutlej in the southernmost of the five rivers of the Punjab region. Islam Headworks is located on this river near Luddan on the Luddan-Vehari canal providing irrigation water to both banks of the river, which includes the upper fringes of the Cholistan Desert.

Pakistan, the land of miracles, beauty and purity, is impressively blessed with unconditional natural beauty as well as unconditional God gifted talent. People of Pakistan love to express their patriotism and nationalism through different ideas. Travel My Pakistan is the best platform to explore the glory of the motherland where one can travel beautiful mesmerizing natural sceneries and hidden spots of Pakistan.
Pindusltani is a well known village of Punjab that is located in Attock district. People of Pindsultani took an initiative of repositioning the walls of the village from traditional advertisements and political slogans to social welfare and public awareness messages. Colorful walls of the village spread positivity and wakefulness that provides food for thought for the locals. Atiq ur Rehman, one of the local of Pindsultani, is the master creative mind of the entire wall painting campaign. He is leading the entire activity along locals and hired the painter from the neighboring village. Fiaz Anjum is the famous local painter who belongs from Domail that is neighboring village of Pindsultani. Fiaz is a very talented and hardworking street art painter, who is capable enough to inspire the viewers and successfully transfer his message through his beautiful street wall murals.
In the contemporary wall art, the message of unity of founding father of the nation Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah known as Quaid-e-Azam can be witnessed through representation of all provinces of Pakistan along illustration of national flag. Current wall art, which was created on a street wall in Pindusltani, also highlights the importance of green and clean Pakistan. Similarly, the message of patriotism and peace through the presence of white color of the national flag of Pakistan.

“MERI SHAN, MERA PAKISTAN” is the slogan of contemporary wall murals. The slogan gives the impression of nationalism and pride to be PAKISTANI and by PAKISTANI.
2. “DARAKHT LAGAYN, ZINDAGI BACHAYN”, the slogan of the current wall painting encourage the viewers to save the humanity by taking part in tree plantation activity. It will not only help them to enhance beauty of the Pindsultani village also, will support to make the environment clean and green. Fiaz Anjum, the creative mind behind this wall mural, beautifully portrayed the importance of tree plantation and emphasis on how it will be beneficial for saving human life through clean environment.
In contemporary wall art, the hardworking painter Fiaz, gives us the alternate image that how deadly will be our homeland if we will not pay attention towards tree plantation in Pakistan. Tree plantation is the finest gift that one can ever give to his people.
3. “AIK KITAAB AIK KHWAB KI TARHA HAI JO APP KY APNY HATH MAIN HAI, KUTAB BEENI APP KI TAKHLIQI SALAHIYATON MAIN IZAFY KA BAIS BNTI HAI.”
There is famous English language saying that “a room without books is like a body without a soul”. The wall mural is about an excellent social message regarding book reading. Books are the basic source of learning from the experiences of others. In another saying of English language, George R, R. Martin said “a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.”
Fiaz Anjum had painted the beautiful message of book reading in the contemporary street wall art. Therefore, he is not only emphasizing on importance of book reading however, the way it enhance your creativity and imagination is also been portrayed in this significant wall painting of Pindsultani village. “Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything” (PLATO).
4. “US WAQT QOUM KO AIK MULK KI ZRORAT THI, AJJ IS MULK KO AIK QOUM KI ZRORAT HAI”.
The wall mural is emphasizing on the value of unity and togetherness. In the present wall painting, there is very in-depth as well as significant message of unity and one nation ideology. A famous English saying by Adrian Cronauer; “Our flag is not just one of many political points of view. Rather, the flag is a symbol of our national unity.” Therefore, in the contemporary wall painting, the painter Fiaz, has well portrayed the importance of nationhood and unanimity. “The foundation of freedom is unity” (Oliver Kemper).
5. “JASHN E AZADI MUBARAK”
The love for Pakistan and the national heritage can be witnessed in the current street art painting. Minar e Pakistan, Tomb of founding father of the nation Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah known as Quaid-e-Azam, national flag of Pakistan along independence wishing for the nation of Pakistan are key features of this wall mural. It took around five hours of Fiaz Anjum, the painter, to complete this astonishing wall painting drowned on the street of Pindsultani.

6. “YOUN DI HAMAIN AZADAI KEH DUNYA HWI HERAAN
AY QUAID-E-AZAM TERA AEHSAN HAI AEHSAN”
Pakistan is the unconditional and exceptional gift by the Allah almighty for the subcontinent Muslims. In the current wall art, the stanza is about thanking the founding father Quaid-e-Azam for giving us the most precious and beautiful gift Pakistan to the nation that one can never even say enough thanks.

7. “SLEEP IS GOOD AND BOOKS ARE BETTER”
The importance of books is highlighted in the contemporary wall drawing. In English literature. There is famous saying that; it’s better to be sleep-deprived because of books than book-deprived because of sleep. As Margaret Fuller said; “today a reader, tomorrow a leader”. In this beautiful street oil painting, there is an in-depth message for the entire society that importance of book reading is greater than anything even from sleep as it helps to build constructive thinking. Along use of beautiful colors and eye catchy drawing, the wall painting is perfectly giving us food for thought regarding significance of book reading.
8. “SAVE WATER, PANI ALLAH KI AZEEM NEMAT HAI, ISY ZAYA HONY BACHAYAI”
Importance of water and its’ careful usage is the main focus of this wall painting. Water is the precious gift by the Almighty for mankind however, unnecessary usage and wastage of water is becoming reason of water shortage. Even there is water emergency declared by the World Health Organization for multiple countries of the world. Therefore, in contemporary wall mural, saving of water is the main focus.
9. “DIL DIL PAKISTAN, JAN JAN PAKISTAN”
10. The love for Pakistan is the main subject of the contemporary wall drawing. Representation of the entire country through symbolic buildings can be witnessed. Also Pakistani flag is prominent in this street wall painting. Green and white colors are representing the flag color of Pakistan also the basic ideology of Muslim majority and presence of non-Muslim minority with equal rights can be seen. The emotional and patriotic national song is also painted in this street wall art as “DIL DIL PAKISTAN, JAN JAN PAKISTAN” to encourage the patriotism of Pakistan nation.

11. “ZEHNI NASHONUMAH KELIYAI KITABAIN BEHTAREEN ZARYAI HAIN, MUTALIAH KELIYAI PINDSULTANI PUBLIC LIBRARY SAY KITABAIN MUFT ISSUE KARAWAIN”
Mental growth is an imported part of ones’ life however, books can be best teacher to grow your mind. In the contemporary wall painting, social awareness regarding book reaing is the subject. There is a saying of English literature that; “a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
The Pindsultani village has its first and only public library that was initiate by the local guy and social mobilizer, Atiq ur Rehman. Atiq took the initiative to reintroduce the useful and very important habit of reading. In the Pindsultani Public Library, there are hundreds of free books for the local public that were all arranged by the owner of this library. With the passage of time, there are dozens of book donors who donates books on regular basis for community serving. In the contemporary wall mural, there is an open invitation for the common public to come and visit the Pindsultani Public Library and take a part of book reading.
12. “PAKISTAN ZINDABAD”
Love for Pakistan and love for nationhood can be visualized in the contemporary wall moral. Representation of all four provinces can be seen in the wall art. Minar-e-Pakistan as identity of Punjab, Ziyarat residency of founding fatherof the nation Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah as symbol of Baluchistan, Khyber Pass the identity of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the graveyard of Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah as representation of Sindh province are there in this wall drawing. Faisal mosque of Islamabad completes this eye catchy symbolic street wall painting as symbol of federation. The slogan of “LONG LIVE PAKISTAN” gives the goosebumps along this painting and encourages the patriotism of Pakistani nation.

13. “PAKISTAN KA MATLAB KYA? LA ILAHA ILLALLAH”
The ideology of Pakistan is reflecting in the contemporary wall painting. The official name of Pakistan is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan that shows the identity and ideology of the country. The basic ideology of Pakistan is that it would be an Islamic welfare state where all minorities will be treated as equally. Also both, Muslims and non-Muslims will be free to practice their religious believes. However, sovereignty and supremacy of Islam will be maintained and unchallengeable. The current wall art is highlighting the same basic ideology of Pakistan that it is Muslim state that respect all the religions however, will not compromise on the Islamic ideology.

14. “SAVE ENERGY, SAVE MONEY, SAVE THE PLANET”
Unnecessary use of anything can be harmful in all means. In country like Pakistan, where energy is very critical issue to resolve, we need to be careful with energy consumption to secure it for our near future. In the current wall mural, the message of careful use of energy is the main subject. With beautiful master strokes, the well-known painter of neighboring village of Pindsultani, Mr. Fiaz Anjum gives us detailed message regarding energy saving. Also through saving energy how it will be beneficial for saving nature by less harming the nature. Similarly, it will be much economical for us to save our energy resources along natural resources, as well as financial resources.
15. “FOUR WEATHERS”
Pakistan is one of exceptional gift by the Almighty that is blessed with incomparable natural beauty and unlimited blessings. Pakistan is blessed with four unique weathers like; summer, winter, autumn and spring seasons. This sort of weather combination is rarely can be witnessed. In the contemporary wall mural, four weathers of Pakistan can be seen. With beautiful oil painting, beauty of each weather season is marvelously described with the entire charm of each season.

16. “APNI ABAADIYON SY MUHABBAT, HUBUL WATNI KI TARAF PEHLA QADAM HAI”
This beautiful street art has lovely and deep message of love and togetherness. With the attractive strokes of oil paint in this wall mural, Fiaz, the guy who made this beautiful wall drawing, has dramatically portrayed the presence of five provinces of Pakistan. Punjab, KPK, Sindh, Baluchistan and Gilgit Baltistan can be witnessed in five beautiful flowers. Green color is also highlighting importance of tree plantation. Also presence of Pakistani flag color is there therefore, the entire wall mural is emphasizing on nationhood and unity.

17. “DARAKHAT LAGAIN, UMEED JAGAIN”
Plantation is the gesture of trusting future that allows us to secure our future generations through planting trees. “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit” (Nelson Henderson). In the current wall painting, message for public awareness regarding tree plantation can be witnessed. The painting emphasizing on better life for others through green and clean environment by planting trees. “He that plants trees loves others beside himself”, (Thomas Fuller).
The greatest gift one can ever give to the future generation is none other than to plant a tree that will secure the environment. As somebody said; “save today for tomorrow”.
18. “WELCOME TO PINDSULTANI”
The wall mural having friendly and warm note that reflects the great hospitality and cheerful gesture of people of Pindsultani village. Pidsultani is also known as model village because of its’ satisfactory educational standard, improved health system and openness of common people. Also combination of desi rural and urban lifestyle makes Him more glorify and unique than other villages.

It was a long time waiting, I have been planning to go Lahore for a “khapa” trip for long time now, So that time finally came. I am living in Islamabad so this time I choose not to drive to Lahore as I was alone.
So now I had to think on how to go there, options were by bus or a train. I have been in love with Trains and Railway Stations for long but I rarely get to ride on it. So this I was firm on using Train for one side, as timing was suiting me for Islamabad to Lahore so I choose to go by Train from Islamabad to Lahore using Islamabad Express.
Islamabad Express train leaves from Margla Railway Station Islamabad at 05:15PM and reaches Lahore at 10:30PM as per there website www.pakrail.gov.pk. I went onto there website and purchased a ticket for 1010PKR (10 Rs for Dam fund) using JazzCash for Friday 15th March 2019. I must say its very easy to buy tickets now.
So now I had to get ticket for return and I decided to spend extra money to check the new Qconnect bus service. Qconnect bus service only works from Islamabad to Lahore and return. I bought ticket using there website http://qconnect.pk for whopping 3500 PKR. Its steep yes but I wanted to try, so what can we say 🙂

So there comes the time and day for my departure from Islamabad. My office is in I-8 so it was quite convenient for me to reach Margla Railway Station Islamabad as it was in I-9. I reached Station at 05:10PM approx. Train left the station around 05:25PM (almost 10 minutes late).
This train takes 2 stops, first at Rawalpindi Station for 20 minutes and then Chaklala Station for 2 minutes. After some time during the travel, staff serving meals, they were serving it like it were free but they were not. Meal had one chicken piece, Sandwich and fires, it was for 260 Rs, I wouldn’t say it was expensive provided it was hot and fresh. They were also serving tea and cofee for 30 and 60 Rs. Rest of the way went ok, we reached Lahore Railway Station on time at 10:30PM.

Qamar was waiting there for me, as I only come for a weekend so we had no time to waste so we didn’t waste any. We planned to go to Butt Karahi but as I just had Butt Karahi 2 days ago from Islamabad so we changed plan and went to Amratsari Hareesa which was close to Lakshmi chowk.

We ordered one bowl of Amratsari Hareesa which was for 480 PKR, We were 2 people and it was enough for us. We got Nans with it and had a go at it. It was Yummish, we were told that its made with mutton kabab, we can see the pieces as its not all creamy like normal Haleem we eat. What ever it was , it was very good and we thoroughly enjoyed it. One problem with Amratsari Hareesa resturant was that it had an okish sitting place , only mineral water and no glasses which was strange to hear for from a Lahori street restaurant.

The Islamabad Serena Hotel stands at the foot of the Margalla Hills on fourteen acres of areas with beautiful gardens and serene water shore near the Rawal Lake, next to the Diplomatic Enclave. The architecture and interiors of this fabulous hotel building is a mere reflection typical of Pakistani of cultural heritage also depicting the skills and craftsmanship. Being state-of-the art building, the hotel beautifully combines traditional systems equipped with latest technologies.