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Happy Independence Day

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Pakistan Independence Day fireworks

It is the 14th of August and Pakistan’s 67th anniversary today. Although it is supposed to be a day that celebrates our freedom, sadly it means being trapped inside the capital for the citizens of Islamabad. In fear of Imran Khan’s “Azadi March” (freedom march), the government has blocked all roads in and out of […]

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Abbasi Mosque

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Abbasi Mosque Derawar Fort

Abbasi Masjid is a mid-19th century mosque, situated in front of the main gate to Derawar Fort. This was shot late at night soon after we arrived for the Cholistan desert rally.

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Lunar Beacon

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Cholistan Derawar Fort moonlight

The northeastern corner battlement of Derawar Fort. Spotted this angle while out on a stroll in the Cholistan desert, some time after midnight. The full moon was just above the battlement and the floodlights were still on. A few minutes later, the lights turned off so any later and the shot would have been lost.

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Serenity of Rawal Lake

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Serenity of Rawal Lake

Islamabad’s Rawal Lake and the adjacent Lakeview Park, provide scenic views, especially before and after sunset. Here is a large tree, lit up from the lights at the newly installed aviary and reflected in a quiet part of the lake.

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Let there be light

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Abbasi mosque rays of light

Built in 1849, Abbasi Masjid is situated right at the entrance of the Derawar Fort. It follows the style of the Moti Mosque in Lahore, as well as that of the Jamia Mosque in Delhi. The beautiful building is usually adorned with colorful lights. The night before the annual Cholistan Desert Jeep Race, a flood […]

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Flowers in the Desert

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Cholistan Desert Jeep Rally fireworks

Spent the weekend in Southern Punjab for the Cholistan Desert Jeep Rally. It is an annual racing event organized by the Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) and draws in some of the meanest off-road vehicles from all over the country. We were told that there would be a fireworks display at the historic Derawar […]

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Islamabad Nightscape

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Margalla Hills Islamabad night

Shot on a cloudy winter night, this photo shows the beauty of Islamabad and the adjoining Margalla Hills. My friends and I waited in the cold at this spot to capture the light trails left by cars coming up the hills and returning after enjoying a hilltop dinner with an amazing view.