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Fatima Jinnah Park

Fatima Jinnah Park, also known as F-9 Park, is a public recreational park situated within the F-9 sector of Islamabad, Pakistan. The park is one of the largest covered areas in Pakistan. It is named after Fatima Jinnah, the younger sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. The park's builder, Michael Japero, took five years to design it.

Present state[edit]

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Fatima Jinnah Park's vast acreage is mostly covered by greenery, with a few man-made structures dotting the landscape. Most of the park area is effectively a wildlife sanctuary, except for a few areas of the park that are close to residential districts. The park is bounded by a steel fence with entrance doors placed at regular intervals, although only a few are routinely open and used. A further strip of land outside of the fence is lined with a footpath. A well laid network of footpaths lies inside the park, with neat grass and a few statues. The park is known for its wildlife, and the question of further development there divides people in the surrounding communities, many of whom worry that development would jeopardise its untamed feel.[citation needed]

Public uses[edit]

Islamabad di Daat

The park's open spaces are commonly used for recreational walking and outdoor sports. Occasionally, they are used for driving lessons. Because of a lack of attendance, the roads in the park are not managed so as to provide smooth driving[original research?], but they are still useful in teaching young drivers how to negotiate a few tight turns.

Only a few areas of Fatima Jinnah Park are well developed, containing busy clusters of buildings, while other areas rarely see human activity. One of the more developed areas is the Megazone complex, which includes a sports zone with a standard-length swimming pool and tables for table tennis and snooker. The complex also includes facilities for bowling, arcade games, laser tag, and other games; areas for a fast food and dining; and an assortment of shops for clothes, DVDs, and other items.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered a McDonalds fast-food restaurant and several clubs, such as an Aeromodelling Club, that had been operating inside F-9 Park to close down. Yet, as of March 2011, the McDonalds had reopened.[1]

Future plans[edit]

Aiwan e Quaid

The Capital Development Authority (CDA), which manages the park, has grand plans for the space, which is sometimes called the "sleeping heart" of Islamabad. The issue of the park's development is more pressing now that the people of Islamabad have taken a keen interest in recreational activities. The CDA's proposed future design for the park will include lakes, rock gardens, aquariums, and fountains.


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  1. ^ "McDonalds come back in danger". Dawn News. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 31 Dec 2010. 

Coordinates: 33°42′06″N 73°01′29″E / 33.70167°N 73.02472°E / 33.70167; 73.02472

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The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:45:00 -0800

The authority had allotted 10 kanals in Fatima Jinnah Park to Iesco free-of-cost for the construction of a 78 MW grid station and transmission lines. At the hearing, capital residents criticised the CDA for 'gifting' the land to Iesco, terming it ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:52:30 -0800

The authority had allotted 10-kanal of Fatima Jinnah Park land free of cost to the Islamabad Electricity Supply Company (Iesco) for the construction of a 78mw grid station and a transmission line. At the hearing, capital residents criticised the CDA ...
Daily Times
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:42:49 -0800

The civil society and people from every strata of the society have denounced the provision of 10 kanal plot as gift by CDA for construction of grid station in Fatima Jinnah Park and allowing the IESCO to lay electricity lines for supply of electricity ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:48:45 -0800

ISLAMABAD: A public hearing for a proposed grid station the Islamabad Electric Supply Corporation (Iesco) is intending to establish over 10 kanals at the Fatima Jinnah Park will be held on January 15. “It is the last hindrance for civic bodies to go ...
Daily Times
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:45:00 -0800

Sir: Last Monday, a gathering of our friends with children went to visit Fatima Jinnah Park (F-9 Park). As we reached there, the park administration informed us that the park is normally closed for visitors on Monday for maintenance and renovation ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 22:20:01 -0800

She said most probably land for the purpose would be earmarked at Fatima Jinnah Park, commonly known as F-9 park. She said the idea of a dedicated area for protests came after the PTI-PAT sit-ins. “Public life remained suspended in Islamabad for almost ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:32:35 -0800

The government has asked the city administration to identify and designate an area for demonstrations in the city. The administration has identified two sites as the possible designated protest sites — a portion of Fatima Jinnah Park and a football ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:30:00 -0800

He said this while addressing participants of a policy dialogue titled 'Road Map for Justice and Equality for Persons with Disability (PWD)', held on Wednesday at Fatima Jinnah Park. The event was organised by Aurat Foundation in collaboration with the ...

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