Want to guess where this is?
No, it is not Iraq. Yes, the blog is called ‘All Things Pakistan.’ Here is a hint: We have been talking about this place recently on ATP.
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Wow. Well its a railway station. And if we have been talking about it, then maybe in Balochistan with Chapper?
I think its Baghdad-ul-Jadeed Railways Station near Bahawalpur.
I am not sure where the picture was taken, but there is a town by the name Bughdad near the city of Mardan in NWFP. Locally they call it Bughdada. Just for the record, the name of the town has noting to do with the international politics of the last 2-3 dacades.
The rulers of princely state of Bahawalpur had this habit of naming places on their lands on the names of arab world. I believe Roshan Malik has guessed it right. It is baghdad-ul-jadeed. Next to Baghdad station was another Arabic sounding railway station called kut-al-Imara. today these names sound so distant and so out of place.
From Kut-al-Imara, a railway track used to connect directly to Fort Abass. During World War II, when rails were needed on Burma front, this section got uprooted and all the rails got transferred to eastern front. The station Kut-al-Imara also got closed after that. Baghdad station is still functional.
I believe its a railway station somewhere in Pakistan
i know there’s a area called baghdadi in lyari, karachi.. but not sure whether there’s a railway station there?!
could be in karachi :p
mansoor, haha i was goign to say same. Isn’t theire a “Baghdadi Thaana” as well? so I think its a thaana.
I think its a railway station near Bhawalpur
I only know that it should be somewhere in Pakistan as we are in ATP :-). (I had seen in Canada on the highway from ON to NS&NB a small bridge named Baghdad, but it wont help me to give the right answer of your question).
Three reasons why this place is a railway station in Bahawalpur.
1. First of all, the architecture of the building suggests it is a railway station.
2. As Roshan Malik pointed out there is a town in Bahawalpur known as Baghdadul Jadid.The rulers of Bahawalpur seem to have some connection with Baghadad of Harun al-Rashid and the Arabian Nights. They are Abbasis, probably realted to Abbasids of Baghdad. Therefore they named a town in their state as Baghadadul Jadid or New Baghdad.
3. If you try to read the sign, there is, on the left-hand side above the name of the station, written in English something like KM followed by a numerical figure followed by SMA. I guess KM is for kilometers and SMA stands for Samasatta, which is a junction and the next stop after Bahawalpur.
4. We have been talking of Bahawalpur and its buildings on this blog recently.
It’s all elementary, My dear Watson. isn’t it?
[quote comment="7021"]It’s all elementary, My dear Watson. isn’t it?[/quote]
Only if you are sherlock
Or you use Sherlock Holmes’ lens and logic!
“Bahar Jane Ka Rasta” is written on the inner wall in such a way that person would be already outside before reading it :)
SK, that is a very interesting observation.
However, I think it depends on which side thsi picture is taken from. I think this is the side that is towards the platform, where the trian comes in. In which case, the inside hall (where that is written) is where you buy the tickets and the street is on teh other side… so, the ‘bahar jaanay ka rasta’ would be written right, no?
I was doing a case law research and found PLD for “Baghdad-ul-Jadid” … and was very surprised.
[quote comment="7021"]Three reasons why this place is a railway station in Bahawalpur.
It’s all elementary, My dear Watson. isn’t it?[/quote]
You are right it is a railway station situated in bahawalpur, railway track is going to hasilpur, khairpur and chishtian…bahawalnagar
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