The beautiful city of Islamabad has also seen a lot of changes in its short life so far. When the capital was shifted from Karachi to Islamabad, people were not willing to shift here as it was mere a jungle for them. But after the evolution of just 15-20 years, its the time when people are not willing to go to another city but Islamabad. This is perhaps the reason why those who lived in the city in its early days claim that Islamabad is not the same anymore, it is more messy, crowded and polluted now. There used to be fewer streets but more trees then but it is completely reversed now. Here is the list of things which have vanished from Islamabad along its evolution process and you can’t find these things anymore here in Islamabad.
Siraj Covered Market, G-6
If you ask from Islamabadies, especially from those who have grown up in this city about the stuff they missed the most, 90% will say the covered market in G-6. A small but unique market in sector G-6 near Melody market, this place used to offer a lot of things like art galleries, fruit and vegetable shops, school uniform shops and grocery shopping. As this market was situated near to diplomatic area, a lot of foreigners used to visit this market for shopping.
Nafdec Cinema, F-6
The best source of entertainment in the earlier days of Islamabad was the two cinemas called Nafdec I and Nafdec II developed by National Film Development Corporation in 1974. Screened both nationals and international movies, Nafdec cinema was the equally famous among men, women and children. Family loves to visit it, especially on weekends. But this cinema was finally liquidated in 2001 and years of ignorance by all the government.
Varan Bus Service
Before Metro Bus Services in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, there used to a Varan Bus Service in the twin cities. It remained the best local transport services from the mid-90s till 2004-05. Just like Metro, Varan buses also had a separate section for ladies that’s why it was preferred over any other local transport. Owned by Uzma Gill, daughter of General Hameed Gill, Varan Bus Service was shut down in 2005 when one of the Varan buses killed a motorcyclist near Faizabad due to over speed. Issues with the then government was another reason.
Jon Rambo Wala Guest House
Guest House was one of the most famous drama serials in the 90s among the kids. For almost all the kids, it was a real guest house and they wanted to live in that guest house.
Melody Cinema, G-6
Considered as one of the best cinema in Islamabad, Melody Cinema was situated in the heart of Islamabad, G-6. The cinema was used to be jam-packed during the weekend nights. It was shut down in 2003 when the mob burnt it down as a protest of the killing of Maulana Azam Tariq, head of the Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan . One of the cinema’s guards had also died in the blaze.
Wide, Wide Widest Jinnah Avenue
Jinnah avenue was considered as one of the best roads in Asia, a six-lane road covered with pine trees from start to end and very well maintained greenbelts at the both sides of the road made it a wonderful site. But due to the construction of Metro Bus Services, this road has been modified. Though still a wonderful road as the Metro Stations really enhance the beauty of the road, but that pine trees in the center of the road and the green belts are still missing.
Taj Mahal Restaurant, F-7
Famous amongst the local for its easy assess, good location and finger licking good food, Taj Mahal Restaurant in Jinnah Super Market (F-7) is not there anymore. People who lived there in 80s and 90s would tell you how good this restaurant was.
Walji’s Travel and Morris Minor Taxi
During the early days, Morris Minor Taxi was the most common thing in Islamabad. While for private transportation, Walji’s traveling services used to the only and best option. Though Walji’s traveling services are still available in Islamabad but there are many players in this field now. While the double-deckers have completely vanished from Islamabad.
23 March Parade at D-Chowk
The event missed by the entire nation is general and by the Islamabadies, in particular, is the wonderful parade at D-Chowk on 23rd March every year. This parade suspended for many years due to security reasons and law in order situation in the country. But looks like this most awaited even in back now as the last year’s parade was held with full zeal and zest, though not at D-Chowk but at Shakerparian Ground.
Agha Khani Samosa, Gol Market, G-6
After serving the Islamabad with finest Samosas for almost 3-4 decades in Gol Market G-6 Markaz, Agha Khani Samosas are no more there. Some said he has shifted back to its native city in Gilgit-Baltistan while according to others, he was forced to shut down his shop along with so many other shopkeepers as the owner of Gol Market want to build a plaza there. Whatever the reason is, people of Islamabad don’t find some of the best samosas anymore.
yummy 36 Ice Cream, Blue Area,
Not a while ago, Yummy 36 ice cream parlor at Jinnah Islamabad was considered as one the best ice parlor in the town. Students, couples and people working in the nearby offices love to visit this place. Though you can find the franchises of Yummy 36 at some other locations in Islamabad, but none of them is as famous as it is in the blue area.
In its earlier days, when the government buildings were still under constructions, there were a lot of donkeys in the city in and around the buildings. But now entrance of all such animals is banned in Islamabad. But some claims that earlier they were outside the building now they are inside…….