Posts Tagged ‘islamabad’

Name Change in Pakistan, North-West Frontier Prov. No More (Wash Post)

Friday, April 9th, 2010

[Editor’s note: The NWFP colonial-era name in Pakistan has been discarded with this week’s constitutional reforms in favor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The new name reflects the dominant ethnic group and strategic Khyber pass. Changing Up Pakistan has a good backgrounder. Time to update Natural Earth’s 1st order admin!]

Republished from The Washington Post.
By Griff Witte Thursday, April 8, 2010; 1:26 PM

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s National Assembly on Thursday passed sweeping constitutional reforms that sharply curtail the president’s power and have at least the potential to stabilize the nation’s habitually turbulent political system.

The changes wipe away a host of measures introduced by military dictators in recent decades that had eroded the power of parliament and centralized authority in the hands of the president. Under the reforms, Pakistan’s prime minister and its provincial governments are expected to have greater latitude in running the country, which has become a central battleground for the United States in the fight against religious extremist groups. […]

One of the most contentious elements of the reform package will give a new name to the North-West Frontier Province, which has been at the center of militancy in Pakistan in recent years. The old name — a relic of colonial times — was despised by many Pashtuns, who thought it did not reflect their status as the province’s dominant ethnic group. The new name, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is intended to solve that problem, but it has sparked demonstrations in recent days by the area’s ethnic minorities, who say it makes them feel unwelcome in their home province.

Read the full article at The Washington Post . . .

Don’t Assume North is Up! (Kelso)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

When the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad was destroyed (read more) with a car bomb on my Saturday work shift (Sept. 20, 2008), killing dozens, I had to scramble to find source material locating the hotel in the downtown government district.

Problem was, none of the maps I found matched what I was seeing in Google Maps satellite view! It turns out Pakistani cartographers have a convention to rotate the orientation of these map so their capital’s streets are horizontal and vertical rather than at ~30° off north. This might maximize scale to the printable area, but most of the maps didn’t even have a north arrow!

The BBC had a custom map up before The Washington Post, but at least ours is “north up”.

The Washington Post:


Google Maps Satellite view: