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Sialkot International Airport Takes Off

Posted on December 4, 2007
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Owais Mughal

A small yet significant news caught my attention the other day. On November 30, 2007, Sialkot International Airport got its inaugural commercial flight. Pakistan thus adds one more feather in its infrastructure development. The IATA designation of this airport is SKT. It is now the 45th public airport/air strip in Pakistan. There was an inaugural Boeing 737, PIA flight from Karachi the same day, which landed at Sialkot International Airport with 118 passengers. Currently the only flights available to and from Sialkot are from Karachi but very soon Sialkot will get direct overseas flights.

Sialkot International Airport has been built by the local business community on a “self-help basis” at a cost of US $33 million. Sialkot is very fortunate in a sense that local business community plays a vital role in its development. To build, own and operate this airport a company was established in 2001. It is called the Sialkot International Airport Limited (SIAL).

SIAL is a company with 223 directors, each of which has invested Rs 5m of capital in the project as the primary investment. Each of the directors was invited to take part in the project because of their previous experience of running sizeable and successful enterprises.

In order to construct the new airport SIAL contracted NESPAK to develop the master plan and after much deliberation and consultation over two years a fully integrated plan was finalised and approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Sialkot International Airport is located 14 km west of Sialkot and is spread over an area of 1050 acres. It also has the longest commercial runway in Pakistan. The runway length is 3.6 km and width is 45m with 7.5m wide shoulders on either side. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has graded this runway as 4E.




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The Link Taxiway is 263-meter long, 23-meter wide with 10.5-meter shoulders. The apron covers an area of 45000 sq meters and the airport can nose-in park four Boeing 747s simultaneously.

The construction of the airport was approved in 2001, the construction work started in January 2003 and on March 26, 2005 the first ever plane landed here.

Following image shows convenient road distances from different cities which are projected to benefit from Sialkot International Airport.

10 km west of the airport flows river Chenab and currently there is a bridge called Shahbazpur Bridge under construction there. Once completed, the bridge will reduce the distance between the cities located at either side of the river. It will provide an easy access to the whole region including Sialkot International Airport, Sambrial Dry Port, Export Processing Zone Sialkot and the industries of Sialkot. It will help the airport to become a gateway for the people of Gujrat, Kharian, Lalamusa, Jhelum and Azad Kashmir. The work on this bridge started in 2005 and is expected to be ready in 2008.

Once the overseas flights start from Sialkot, it will become Pakistan’s 9th International airport. Current International Airports of Pakistan are:

1. Jinnah International Airport Karachi (KHI),
2. Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore (LHE),
3. Islamabad International Airport (ISB),
4. Peshawar International Airport (PEW),
5. Quetta International Airport (QET),
6. Shaikh Zayed International Airport Rahimyar Khan (RYK),
7. Gwadar International Airport (GWD), and
8. Turbat International Airport (TUK).

References:

1. Sialkot International Airport Limited (SIAL)
2. NESPAK

77 Comments on “Sialkot International Airport Takes Off”

  1. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 4th, 2007 8:31 am

    Its an other great achievement of the people of Sialkot and Pakistan. Its good that they didn’t rely on the government of Pakistan, which only takes care of the Armed Forces Personnel and their wards, big Feudal Lords, big business men and some other influential people. It has also shown to the people that they don’t have to rely for everything on the government and they can achieve a lot without their help.

  2. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 4th, 2007 8:37 am

    The longest run-way of Pakistan, serviable to A380
    Bravo.

    @ Sialkot’s business community’s incentive, financing
    their city’s airport, what the local authority is there for ??
    Chaudries are against Iqbal’s birth city, shame on you !

  3. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 4th, 2007 8:49 am

    I am afraid that sooner or later the CAA, under the aeigis of PAF, would try to “take over” the Sialkot International Airport so as to appoint all those retired PAF officers, who otherwise are not worthy of being employed by the private sector.

  4. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 4th, 2007 9:50 am

    The world over there is huge demand for air traffic and its increasing by leaps and bounds. No wonder the world over the airlines and airports are facing shortage of staff. Pakistan doesn’t have much air traffic but it might increase with the decrease in prices of the aircraft and new such ventures as the SIAL. I am happy that people of Sialkot and surrounding areas have other job opportunities apart from working on the fields or within the cottage industry that is the hall mark of Sialkot. Also so many business men sharing resources and displaying good team work is a sign of progress and signals the birth of civil society in Sialkot.

  5. December 4th, 2007 10:49 am

    oh yeaaaaa i am coming next year pak:) sialkot airpot:) waoo ists verry nice;))))lol

  6. Deewana Aik says:
    December 4th, 2007 10:53 am

    “The longest run-way of Pakistan, serviable to A380
    Bravo.”

    I am afraid this is Jamaat e Islami news ie not true.

  7. December 4th, 2007 10:53 am

    It is annoying and mind-boggling that some of you try to discredit Musharraf and his Government without knowing the facts. Please read this newsletter before starting your propaganda against Musharraf. He is the best leader we got after a long time, essentially after assassination of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. He is far better than our weak and corrupt leaders like NS & BB.

    http://www.sial.com.pk/newsletter6.htm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4WwTYWhkNw&eurl

  8. zia m says:
    December 4th, 2007 11:22 am

    Shahid sahib,
    Government is busy buying VVIP jets it recently paid 60 million
    to purchase the 14th such jet.

  9. December 4th, 2007 11:46 am

    We should be proud of those people who sat together and completed such a big project, which supposed to be government’s responsiblity because this airport was necessary to export local goods.

  10. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 4th, 2007 12:04 pm

    zia m sahab:

    Its really disappointing to learn that but what can one expect from the General Presidents?

  11. ali raza says:
    December 4th, 2007 1:04 pm

    Good to see the private sector taking initiative with a major project. Sadly, most comments above mine are trying to find a negative here. Thankfully, no such negativism from the Sialkoti businessmen.

    There are just so many positives here. It will take load off of Lahore and Islamabad. It is serving a huge population and manufacturing base. It says something about the optimism of the business community to make that investment in infrastructure. The government’s job is to create and sustain an atmosphere for individual and collective improvement. If nothing else, it seems the project went thru red tape speedily. So kudos to the chaudhrys. They have been good for Punjab. The commercial success of this venture should also allow for the privatization of current airports. The public sector should not be in the business of running businesses.

  12. December 4th, 2007 2:28 pm

    ATP Friends,

    Good news about Muneer A Malik saab whose health is improving MASHALLAH. Please read my post on his awful state before at http://www.otherpakistan.org/archive.html

    And then read the report in The News and say a prayer of thanks, its here:
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=33358

    Feimanallah

    Wasim

  13. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 4th, 2007 4:23 pm

    @Sialkot airport,
    without being pessimist,
    Hawai-addah jo Tajiron nay hay banwaya

    aur na-umeedon say mukhatib hokar,

    Rafay, inn say baeed hay, ne hi umeed hamein
    Baich dein ranway kisi ko, aur addah tumhein

  14. Anwar says:
    December 4th, 2007 6:58 pm

    This airport is a good example of market driven forces and involved citizenry with self and community benifits.

  15. ali m.m. khan says:
    December 4th, 2007 8:25 pm

    What is it about sialkot?……A ancient hindu city for almost a millenia, which became a central greek city for about half a millenia and then a sufi city, an Islamic city, for more than a millenia, with many spiritual leaders with so many tales of wonderment and amzement regarding hindu rajas, greek governors, muslim saints and warriors……

    But no doubt the Sialkotis-Silkotiay- are so enterprising, (the baby business step, for lack of a better word, started with ONE british officer trying to get his tennis racket restrung by ONE local). Without much, if any govt. support they singlehandedly took the sports manufacturing industry to a great export and job producing industry, then came the surgical goods industry which is very well developed again without any govt. support or incentives except the customery nominal export rebate, which stands at less than 2% now. Not to mention leather goods industry……….highly enterprising. They formed very lucrative partnerships with adidas, nike, reebok, again with out any govt. ministry intervention and dealt with child labour issues, although they still prevail. The rest of the textile industry of punjab and sindh has been highly subsidised with heavy govt. investment but it is still flailing and has failed to capitalise on the world trends and emerging realities…..
    Sialkot has the highest per capita income in pakistan and is pakistan richest city…some say it has something to do with a very respected, highly spiritual sufi saint who rests in sialkot. His grave is there.
    Now i read of this airport, again without much govt. support or initiative…these guys should hold seminars about how to get things done….The only negative from the images i see on the web…the airport has no aesthetics, no architectural beauty, just form and function. but nevertheless………3 cheers for sialkot..hip hip…hip hip….hip hip…..
    And before i end this comment….Iqbal, our beloved, spiritual Allama, was born there and by the way so was I.

  16. Owais Mughal says:
    December 4th, 2007 8:55 pm

    People of Sialkot are indeed commendable. They usually spend a lot on their community, which is hard to find in any other city of Pakistan. May be Chiniot Shaikh bradri comes close to them. Few years ago, the local traders of Sialkot donated expensive tilings to rehabilitate the Sialkot Railway Station. In return for this gesture PR started a new Sialkot-Rawalpindi train, which was also demanded by the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce.

  17. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 5th, 2007 5:05 am

    ali m.m. khan:

    Don’t praise Sialkot too much or Fauji Foundation would start thinking of taking over everything there:)

  18. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 5th, 2007 5:39 am

    ali.mm.khan,

    @Sialkot a sufi city ?? then an Islamic city, what deviation !
    braderies distinctions etc etc
    The merit sialkot has is being city of Hakeem-ul-Ummat.

    I came to know about Sialkot when I heard Noor Jehan
    singing “We mondya sialkotia, Teray mikharay da Kala
    Kala till wey “, I was only 6 or 7 years as I did not speak
    or understand Punjabi, had to ask translation from my
    Abba jan’s good friend a “Puri the Sialkoti” after being
    refused, had to ask our immidiate neighbour (Luckhnowi)
    not knowing at all Punjabi, he told me that every
    sialkoti is recognised by a ” till ” on his/ her face. Then for
    whole one year I tried to pratice this research, believe me,
    was not very pleasant !

  19. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    December 5th, 2007 8:25 am

    “Iqbal, our beloved, spiritual Allama, was born there and by the way so was I”.

    Ali Khan you forgot Faiz Ahmad Faiz. Before Jammu was cut off from Punjab, Sialkot was on a major route to Siri Nagar & Kashmir. Sialkot has also been a city of choice as ‘base’ by the Western Christian missionaries. Now it is being connected with Lahore via an under construction motorway, and with Gujrat and onward via a new highway. Being tucked away in a corner of Pakistan, Sialkot is a very pleasant place to visit. Also being on the border with India it is also a major military base. I have very fond memories of family picnics at Marala Head on the banks of Chenab River. Try freshly caught fish, fried on the spot by the locals.

  20. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 5th, 2007 8:47 am

    Deewana Aik,

    do you still believe its not true ?? read the whole post !

  21. mahmood says:
    December 5th, 2007 10:53 am

    aslam o alaikum to all muslims and sialkot nation….i want to congratulate them on this huge project.

    main salam karta hun un ko jinn k dimagh main iss ka tasawar aaya.yaqeenan hamain sialkot ka citizen honey per proud hay.
    thankx mian mohammad riaz sahib.

  22. RE says:
    December 5th, 2007 1:50 pm

    Sialkot is the rich country in Pakistan. Its about time business community in Sialkot doing things like this. Sialkot should be turned into little Europe. Sialkot will pay a great role once Jummu Kashmir Border opens from Sialkot. Sialkot will be a town to catch bus for Kashmir after spending a night in Sialkot.
    Thats why its very Important Pakistan and India has the border like USA and Canada.

  23. RE says:
    December 5th, 2007 2:03 pm

    Time to buy land in Sialkot? Invest In Sialkot? If you have money and brain move to Sialkot start Imprt and Export business. Sialkot can leave Taiwan and Korea behind. Open business and run it with fairness. Have Buses bringing workers from villages and returning them home.
    Problem with Sialkot has been Once they get huge order they can not finish is on time. This is a good problem to have but Some brain and Big Money holders need to be there. Most of the Sialkoti Business people are happy if they are making 10 million a year , They do not try to go beyond that.
    This is why they are behind Taiwan and Korea. They need to keep on reinvesting in tools and technology.
    Example I grew up in Sialkot. I saw in my own streets wood tennis manufacturing. The minut Korea introduced metal tennises , In Sialkot tennis manufacturers closed doors.
    Go Sialkot make Pakistan Proud.
    Proud to be Sialkotia.
    Allah Bless Pakistan

  24. AP says:
    December 5th, 2007 5:07 pm

    This is a positive thing: the development of SIA.

  25. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 6th, 2007 12:17 pm

    RE:

    @ for God’s sake, no, please no, sialkot should’nt look
    like Europe, why do you have to “become” flipping
    Europeans ?
    Can you imagine Sialkotans roaming around in Bikinis,
    strings, monos etc. and speaking pinglish ??

  26. ali m.m. khan says:
    December 6th, 2007 2:50 pm

    I think the FAuji F. already has a presence there/……

    Rafay K: I did not quite understand what you mean “what deviation !braderies distinctions etc etc” BUT please tell us more about Hakeem-ul-Ummat

    P.M. Alvi: I did not know about Faiz….I think sialkot’s close proximity to the indian border has alot to do with the lack of govt. investment, its always been the first to be bombed -65/71. Although i was born there (the military base) i have only been there twice, but yes it was quite a pleasent place to visit…and the fish sure sounds good…

  27. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 6th, 2007 4:34 pm

    @ali.m.m.Khan

    Sialkot being essential part of Punjab, ancient or modern,
    was always one of the major city which’ furnished’ soldiers
    to British Indian Army and now Pakistan Army, in 1965
    one of the biggest tank battle took place in ‘Chawinda’ in
    Sialkot.

    Bulhay Shah said, “Ki jana mein kon”
    (what do I know, who am I ?)
    There is no such term as sufi in Islam, we have fabricated
    by calling those whome, we think , are mystic ‘sufis’, since
    sufism is defined in various ways but etymologically they
    are not correct.( will discuss later) In general aspect these
    mystics were, as ‘we’ label them ‘ humanists’ known to the
    public through their poetry, in the sub-conti, in Persian
    Punjabi, Seraiki and Sindhi with poetic sublime existential
    stages, (Hall, muqam) esoteric as wll as exoteric.
    Islamic city, yes, first, the Ummayad conquest of Multan without War brought many muslims plus enormous conversions to Islam moved the “Sunami” up North including
    Sialkot. Then Kashmiri & Afghani alims and pious personalities were always coming down to these cities, Kashmir known as Boukhara-o-Isfahan-e-Sani, in haydays of Kashmir, people use to come from Samarkand, Boukhara and Iran to study.
    Sialkot is indeed a small junction of Sub-conti muslims civilization.

    Since there is no jurisprudence in Islam for Sufism, that is
    why I expressed the term ‘ deviation’ because, it is often
    presented as alternative to Islam, you must have heard
    ” Islam sufi or sufi Islam” the west has started working
    in this perverse direction now, and in Pakistan the media
    and a special political group is following and promoting
    it. Sialkot is not owned by such and such ethnies or
    braderies, unfortunately we have grown such tendencies
    of castes and race in Pakistan in order to devide people.

    Iqbal (born in Sialkot)
    Allama Doctor Sir Mohammed Iqbal was titled as
    Hakeem-ul-ummat, he was our Tubib,(Doctor) who knew
    very well our illness. He was a Kashmiri descendant from
    both parents, his father was a Kashmiri Brahman pandit,
    (like my ancestors), converted to Islam and settled in
    Sialkot, new hometown for many Kashmiri converts and
    immigrants, but the biggest concentration was Amritsar
    (nearest big city to the valley) , Lahore and then Sialkot
    which linked the main route in Gordaspur up north direct road to Srinagar. Iqbal’s poetry is translated into many
    languages, In arabic, his ‘Shikwa & Jawab-e-Shikwa ‘ has
    a popularity beyond imagination, similarly, in Germany,
    Dr. Annemarie Schimmel translated nearly the whole
    Iqbal’s work, she was awarded for that, Iqbal is
    undoubtedly Pakistan’s spiritual Father of the Nation, the muslims woke up to the realities because of his message thru poetry, anti-colonialism, anti-Brahmanism, anti-clerics
    anti-injustice. You need thousands of pages to write about
    Iqbal, can you Imagine Dr.Schimmel spent her 30 years
    just get ^the translation done for his work.

  28. RE says:
    December 6th, 2007 6:13 pm

    Rafay Kashmiri
    I meant look wise , people do not have to change ,
    Sialkot is lovely.

  29. RE says:
    December 6th, 2007 6:24 pm

    Sialkot Kent will move to pasroor leaving behind nice land for rich people , its ok all rich people of Sialkot are providing jobs to many.They deserve better living.
    Yes Sialkot was left behind because of being close to border.Now thanks since we are ok with India and thanks to Z A Bhutto for nukes , there will be no war.Sialkot will boom. wait till Jummu and Sialkot border opens up.
    India and Pakistan should open borders like USA and Canada.

  30. Daktar says:
    December 6th, 2007 6:27 pm

    RE: What is Sialkot Kent?

  31. RE says:
    December 6th, 2007 8:20 pm

    Kent = Cant
    sorry for miss spell.

  32. ali m.m. khan says:
    December 7th, 2007 8:38 am

    Rafay: I did not know that iqbal is referred to as hakeem-ul-ummat..But i do know about him. I am familiar with the chaminda battle and sialkots contribution ot the fauj although more faujis are recruited from jhelum district and surrounding areas. liek pind dadankhan, malik wal, etc etc..
    I disagree with you regards to sufism being a term coined at later stages or and not being a term within islam….It comes from the word saf…which means clean/pure and also means ranks.
    During the time of the Rasool (saw), in medina. there were some sahaba who were known as sahaba -e- saf.. Threy wore wollen garments and emersed themselves in contant zikr. They used to sit right next to the house of the prophet(saw). their “sitting” place is still marked in the medina mosque, as a raised platform. with a small railing around it…this place was termed by the rasool (saw) as a piece of jannat by the prophet(saw). they were the first sufis….

  33. ali m.m. khan says:
    December 7th, 2007 8:41 am

    RAfay: would you by any chance know of a magazine published in the 1910-20′s from gujrat called SUFI RISALA, iqbal was its editor for one years or so…The publisher was a gentelman by the name of sufi mohammad din…of pind bahaudin..Any info would be much appreciated..

  34. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 7th, 2007 12:36 pm

    ali.m.m. khan,
    Voyage in 18th century Amritsar

    @Sufi Risala 1910, 20
    I have to begin with my Nana jan, Mohammed Hussain
    Khushnood,(died 1935) head post-man in Amritsar, a Sufi poet in Farsi Urdu, Punjabi Sarieky, Gormukhy, studied in Anjuman….high School had a bosom friend, class mate, Family relative called Sufi Tabassum a great poet of
    Pakistan who died in mid eighties (if correct), my Nana jan who was a Sufi of silsila Nakshbandia, very active poet,
    both of them won many awards, my Nana’s poetry and medals are still preserved in Amritsar’s Darbar Saheb museum, both of them had to skip Khalisa College
    admission because of the Political unrest.
    Anyway, the last I met Sufi Tabas was in Lahore in 1979,
    as perhaps you know that all the Kashmiris have their one Nani, i.e. they are all linked with family relations, Sufi being very old, told us about his young age, and there he told us about a monthly published some thing to do with Tassawuf and that Iqbal was writing articles or editing, of course, Iqbal being his hero etc etc. I don’t know if you are able to get some old copies ? If some body know about it can please
    contact us !! I contacted Amritsar’s Darbar museum and waiting for a reply (for my Nan’s poetry). I was disappointed when I heard that Indira’s assault had damaged the museum, I hope would be able to see my Nana’s Kalam once in my life time.

  35. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 7th, 2007 1:47 pm

    RE

    @you must be working with Pakistan Tourism, you have
    put every thing about Sialkot (silkot) Ali.m.m.khan must
    be the happiest Sialkotia on earth today, I am so happy to
    have it, I wish could visit that city with such history,
    BTW you forgot to mention the culprit’s details who
    allocated controversially Gurdaspur, Pathankot and others
    is known as the damned colonial anti-Pakistan vengeance
    ” Radcliff award”.

  36. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 7th, 2007 6:55 pm

    Owais Mughal,
    I hope this post will be useful for many of us,

    ali.m.m.khan,
    Sufism,
    @ you disagree with me, ok its your right, but I would
    have appriciated if you could have given me one historian’s
    reference, may be you have them, there are many legendaries:
    you mentionned one but that one exist around Ka’aba with
    the description you gave, you were talking about Ashab-e-
    Suffa, besides, there is,

    A ‘sofa’ that Prophet (SAW) had next to His Hujjra ?
    A greek word ‘ Sufe’ so its Greek,?
    Infact, The Arabic word Tasawwuf used for mysticism
    is derived from “s

  37. Amad rana says:
    December 9th, 2007 3:50 am

    when i lisen about take off flight. I realy surprise that our country makes the air port very quickly. but i want to know that this air port makes for all international air line. and other one i am very happy and very plesure. my all best wish about my country.

  38. Imtiaz says:
    December 12th, 2007 12:56 pm

    As a Sialkoti i am very proud of the achievement even though my participation in materializing any part of the project has been nil, Residing most of the year overseas didn’t help.
    Its only the beginning, Shaheens of Sialkot have lot to do yet or their city.
    Sialkot has made humongous amount of money for the country in the past 50 years but the city itself is in mess other than where the Army generals reside and work. The city needs urgent attention (in terms of Rs) of the provincial and federal government.

    1) City’s roads are broken,
    2) Broken and blocked sewerage makes them dirty ponds,
    3) Their is no traffic control system,
    4) Roads present chaotic scenes,
    5) Bureaucrat machinery impeding the business community every step of the way,
    6) Power shut down is another big obstacle in increasing production and therefore revenue in export,
    7) Hospitals needs desperate overhauling,
    8) Regulations are needed in improving the standards of
    i) medical doctors who set up their clinics on banks of sewerages and their clinics are filthy,
    ii) transporters
    9) police busy filling their pockets instead of putting a lid on gangsters who are hanging loose and displaying weapons without any fear.

    We will overcome these shortcomings but get involved with Sialkot and Sialkotis.

  39. sohail says:
    December 13th, 2007 8:37 am

    hello sir may i know please when u start properly intenational flights?

  40. December 15th, 2007 3:11 am

    Sialkot airport will deliver many benefits to the people of pakistan and it also reduces the travel time between the different cities of pakistan, and Inshallah will increse the investemnet in pakistan.

  41. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 15th, 2007 9:54 am

    There are only two flights per week from and to Sialkot each week. Its a start but it has to go a long long way before this airport can really start delivering dividends for Pakistan in general and Sialkot in particular. But where there is demand there is supply. The fact that the private sector has taken the initiative might be indicative of some demand there, which might increase in years to come. But still Sialkot is a small city with a population of less than 0.5 million and is not too far from Lahore. So I wonder if the SIAL would remain a small airport, which can’t match any big airports. But projections are that air traffic would increase many fold in the coming decades the world over. That would bring down the prices of aircrafts and would reduce travel costs. Also Sialkot has a number of relatively rich investors and there is expected to be marked increase in the high-speed luxury class small aircrafts with 10-20 seats in the next few years. Sialkot might become a good market for such smaller aircrafts that basically cater to the needs of the rich.

  42. ali m.m. khan says:
    December 15th, 2007 6:14 pm

    RE:
    Thank you for your detailed comments sialkot detailed history , good reading., some i knew some more i learned.

    Rafay K:
    Though i was born there(sialkot) i am not from there. My father was posted to sialkot a total of 11 times in 34 years of military service. But i quite like my association to sialkot, i always have, my older sister was born on the 9th nov.-iqbal day- so she would always joke that her birthday is a national holiday. My only counter, in that brother sister one uppance, used to be that i shared his-iqbal-birthdplace.

    Thank you for sharing your story with us, i hope you can get access of some sorts to those documents…you must get after the museam and maybe they will relent…you must pursue it..good luck too.

    Sufi Risala,: Used to be a monthly publication published by sufi mohammad din, Iqbal served as its writer and editor for a year or so. The magazine went out of print when sufi m. din’s son returned from cambridge univ. and went to work for the magazine. His ideas of translating shakespeare and other european writer deviated from the sufi aspect of the magazine. Anyways, sufi m.deen, also wrote a book called zikr-e-habib. thats all i know. It would be great to get a hold of one of issues of sufi risala.

    Ibn-e-Khaldun refers to AlQushayri who says:

  43. faisal says:
    December 21st, 2007 7:34 pm

    Hello PIA,
    I would like to congratulate you on starting the first ever direct flight to Sialkot International Airport. I think this will be the first step towards a many more routes and bring Sialkot on the map of the air travelers. Now you should support Sialkot International Airport by introducing even more direct or connected flights. PIA should also introduce a vacation package to Sialkot-Skurdu and other vacation destination cities. Sialkot is a industrialist city and there are several hundred rich people lives there and I think if PIA spend some money on marketing such as TV commercials, News paper ads and other means return on investment could be huge. Also PIA should establish state of the art booking office and other facilities in Sialkot and take advantage of the work force and set up some training hub in the Sialkot City. Once again congratulations and keep up the good news we have very high expectations from PIA and its subsidiaries. thanks

  44. December 24th, 2007 4:32 pm

    hello every body from Sialkot
    i am in london when i listen that sialkot international airport is ready for landing and take off. so i am very very happy and say (sialkot tou zinda rahay gaa) then i proud to sialkot.

    Shakeel ahmed

  45. Imran Khawaja says:
    December 25th, 2007 1:40 am

    I want to congradulate sialkot’s business community for the success of such a huge project.It looks a dream came true.Now everybody needs to keep it away from administrative or official malpracticing.May Allah succeed you all in future.Aamin.

  46. Imran Khawaja ( Manchester ) says:
    December 25th, 2007 2:03 am

    Can I transfer my return ticket to manchester from Islamabad airport to Sialkot airport?????If yes then can anyone send me suggestions on my email address ammosamo@hotmail.com please.
    Inshallah this airport will be a gateway to all forthcomming regeneration and prosperity of the Sialkot city.
    I think during this massive project, now either government or same great sialkotian business people should focus on small or large scale trading estates all aroud that region to bring all sorts of businesses. With the help of bridge towards north on Chenab river and strong road network a wide range of manufacturing area will be accessable.
    As Proud Pakistani and Sialkotian we all should take part in reflecting the true meaning of this great oppurtunity.
    I strongly believe since Hazrat Allama Iqbal this international airport is the best ever gift to Pakistan and Punjab.Plus best ever Eid gift for Sialkot and neighbouring areas. WELL DONE and KEEP IT UP

  47. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 25th, 2007 4:08 am

    Imran Khawaja,

    @Dear Khawaja Saheb,

    I am so delighted of your enthusiasm, and wish would
    do the same, but if I were you, before detouring the
    ticket to Sialkot airport, i would first confirm from the
    Embassy if the runway is there, and if it is there, then is
    it working ??

    @Faisel ji,

    please do not felicitate to much PIA, out of happiness
    and sheer joy they might land in Karachi, instead of
    Sialkot. !! and you with your luggage !!

  48. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 25th, 2007 4:27 am

    Ali.m.m Khan,

    Thanks a lot for your reply and appriciation of my very
    humble and small research, we do learn from others
    all the time. As for Mysticism, I do believe in it, as it
    does exist, but on a personal dimension on experiences
    and of course on the basis of initiatives, and the aspects
    can be poetic, esoteric and exoteric, (Ahwal). Some of
    the poetry from mystics are absolutely superb and realistic.
    Eid Mubarak to all.

  49. Imran Khawaja says:
    December 26th, 2007 9:08 pm

    Dear Rafay Sahib
    Thanks a lot for quick response.
    Yes! I will definately do so but I was only enquiring about flights from Sialkot to Manchester in mid of feburary????If you are based in Sialkot then can you email me the details please.
    I will wait for your or any kind readers sincere response soon.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR’ 2008 in advance.

  50. qasir masood says:
    January 2nd, 2008 7:58 am

    welcom by sialkot airport brileyan

  51. sohail faiz says:
    January 6th, 2008 8:27 am

    I really feels proud to be sialkotian for one more achivement by the great sialkotians in the shape of air port.

    But mean while i would like the authorities not to forget the people who suffered by giving land

    I know that the people in the area are not rich so they can be compencated by giving as much jobs as possible specially in air port project

    hope my comments will not bother any onme

    thanks

  52. January 6th, 2008 11:43 am

    Mubarak to all who are involved in making a dream come true for people of Sialkot and around who can be proud to see and use this magnificient airport.
    All are proud and living abroad would be pleased and prefer to fly to Sialkot rather than spending too much time in getting to Mirpur and other places when they can save lot of time and spend that very time with their families.
    Its great to have a President Musharraf and Directors of SIAL
    with their tremendous efforts to complete this mega project.
    Allah may give you more courage to built more mega projects in Pakistan. No doubt others will follow your example.

  53. January 6th, 2008 11:45 am

    Mubarak to you all for Sialkot International Airport’s completion
    Waiting for the day when flights do start from London to Sialkot direct.
    It will be soon I hope.
    God bless you all.

  54. Hafiz Shahid says:
    January 16th, 2008 6:33 pm

    Aslam-o-Alaikum to all the dears of sialkot and all over the Pak.
    it is very honoureable for all of us that Sialkot (that was known a small city) has also started his flights within the Pak. Hope it will start international flights soon and INSHALLAH we will see that this small city will be known as a major city of the great Pakistan. Our all well wishes are with the Sialkot.

  55. wasim ahmid says:
    January 17th, 2008 11:42 am

    salam to

    zabardast sialkot zinda abad ap sab ko bohat mubariq ho sir
    saudia arabia say kab ????sialkot jana ho gaa 1 martba phir ap sab ko bohat bohat mubariq ho wasim ahmid jeddha

  56. January 18th, 2008 12:37 pm

    Aik Khawab tha jo such sabat houa aur sialkot kay logon nay Allama Iqbal kay afkar kay mutabaq aik jazba paida kia aur aik misal paida kar di ki agar kam karnay pay ayen to sialkot kay log har acha kam kar saktay hain chai woh dry port ho sialkot sher ki roads hoon ya phir airport.

    I’m proud a Sialkoti
    Aslam Shahid
    Oslo, Norway

  57. MALIK RASHID says:
    February 8th, 2008 2:13 pm

    to day i see my city is veery beutifuul
    i just says sialkot all B/man people is great man
    thank you

  58. February 21st, 2008 3:54 pm

    Today is a ground breaking day when a Jumbo Jet flew from Sialkot Airport to an International Airport not inside Pakistan but outside Pakistan. This could pave the way to start International flight from Sialkot Airport to London and other destinations. I believe flights to Middle East must have started by now but to London and beyond might start in due course.
    Well done all.

  59. Owais Mughal says:
    February 21st, 2008 4:00 pm

    Congratulations to everyone. First International flight left from Sialkot for Kuwait City on Feb 15, 2008. For now this will be a weekly (FRI only) service.

    News reference here

  60. Owais Mughal says:
    February 26th, 2008 2:12 pm

    On Sunday, first flight from Lahore landed at the Sialkot airport. This is in addition to Sialkot’s current scheduled flights to Karachi and Kuwait City.

  61. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    February 26th, 2008 3:31 pm

    The SIAL website http://www.sial.com.pk/ only shows flights to Kuwait City and Karachi and not to Lahore.

  62. Owais Mughal says:
    February 26th, 2008 3:58 pm

    My information on Lahore flight to Sialkot comes from following news item:

  63. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    February 26th, 2008 4:03 pm

    @Owais Mughal

    Thank you for sharing it.

  64. March 10th, 2008 9:27 am

    HI THER,
    I WAS IN IN PAKISTAN LAST MONTH. DA GREAT CITY OF IQBAL (SIALKOT )I WANT TO VISIT SIALKOT AIRPORT THEN I MAKE PLAN TO VISIT WITH MY NAPHEW MY WIFE AND MY CHILDS AND MY NICE FRIND MR ARIF ALSO FROM DUBLIN IRELAND.WHEN WE WAS THERE WE SAW ITS VERY NICE VIEW.I MEAN THERE WAS A FLIGHT LANDED FROM KOUIT.PEOPLES R V HAPPY TO RECIVEING THERE DEARS ,ALL CAR PARKING WAS FULL.LABOUR STILL BUSY TO DOING THERE JOB.ITS STILL UNDER CONSTURICTION BUT RUNWAY IS COMPLETE.FLIGHT IS LANDED AND TAKE OFF V EASLY,WE R V HAPPY TO SEE OUR OWN AIR PORT.WE PRAY TO GOD FOR ITS SUCCESS.
    SIALKOT ZINDABAD,PAKISTAN PAIENDABAD.
    CHAICHE

  65. shahzad ahmed says:
    March 24th, 2008 10:39 am

    HELLO GREAT SIALKOTI’S
    I STILL WAITNG FOR THAT DAY WHEN I LAND ON MY OWN CITY’S AIRPORT BUT I KNOW ONE THING IT MUST BE GREAT FEELING FOR ME WHEN I LAND ON SIALKOT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.I M V PROUD OF ALL INDUSTRAIL’S WHO THING N THEN DONE IT FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OF SIALKOT AS WELL AS OTHER CITY THOSE ARE CLOSE TO SIALKOT IN THE LAST SIALKOT LIVE LONG PAKISTAN LIVE LONG LONG N LONG MISS U MY DEAR PAKISTAN……….

  66. zafar says:
    September 11th, 2008 12:40 pm

    its great achievement on the part of Sialkot blood . Great “Iqbal” says ” zara nam ho to ye matti bari zarkhez hay saqi” the leaders/businessmen of sialkot who started this project and completed it are really reflecting what great poet expressed in his poetry.

  67. sadaan khan says:
    September 13th, 2008 12:45 pm

    awwww….itz really fab for us all for gettin a new Airport in Sialkot coz firstly we cudnt see any chance for gettin the airport over here but all Urbans are really Happy bcz of it!!

  68. Saira.. says:
    September 22nd, 2008 4:48 pm

    main buhat Khush hoon..im so happy that Sialkot has finally got its own Airport..im originally from Leicester however my Dads whole family live in Sialkot Pakistan..so we always go on holiday their..we always take the PIA Direct flight from London to Lahore..but it will be fantastic 2 take direct flight from London to Sialkot..i cant wait untill the day that i stop at my own cities Airport..i have alot of respect for all the people who put in to make this dream of mine and thousands cum true!..may Allah give you loads Insh’Allah..Sialkot is my life im nothing without it..please pray 4 Sialkot and that things keep getting better not only 4 Sialkot but the whole of our country Pakistan..my prayers are always with my Sialkot and my Pakistan..may we all hold hands and make our dreams for our city and country come true..may Allah give everything to Sialkot and Pakistan may it drive all the troubles away for ever..Love you all my Pakistani brothers and sister..Saira..x

  69. Haroon says:
    January 12th, 2009 5:51 pm

    Just recently i used that airport, they are using cargo terminal as passanger terminal, so you can understand the level of facilities currently available over there.
    Anyways its far better than landing at Lahore Airport and than travel all the way down on G T Road which is totaly in bad shape. I hope in 2-3 years that airport will be fully operative, as construction work is still undergoing on site.

  70. July 6th, 2009 12:12 pm

    Sialkot waloon ko mubarak ho iss sal say Hajj Flights bhi ja hain Sialkot Airport say………….
    Hajj par janay waloon say darkhusat hay kay hamaray liye bhi Dua Karain…………

    Regards.

    Aslam Shahid…..Oslo, Norway

  71. Memoona Saqlain says:
    November 26th, 2009 10:28 am

    What is very comforting for me is the information about the mutual coperation of the Sailkot business community. No doubt they are the ones who will benefit the most from this facility but their action would definitely bring a lot of comfort for the other people as well. They have definitely set an excellent example for all of us to take such initiatives to bring a positive change in our and others’ lives.

  72. Muhammad Sajid says:
    December 31st, 2009 10:03 am

    Salam to all pakistan
    Sach hi sara pakistan hamara ishq hi hamara janoon hi, sialkot hamari jan hi,sialkot ki matti say khushbo aati hi ,hawain mujay aisa lagta hi jab barash main chalti hien to hurein raqs kerti hien,please ab metro be chalanay ki planning shru ker dien.jab Allah kay fazal say Sial ban gia hi to Metro bi zaroor chalay gi.
    paklovers rule over hearts
    pakistan sialkot zindabad sajid from spain

  73. Muhammad sajid says:
    January 22nd, 2010 3:02 pm

    Dear Sir/Madam

    Believe me,Pakistan is the beloved country of Allah and Hazrat Nabi Karim(S.a.w) so we must try to make it strong and prosperous.now our enemy country india is planning to start metro in hyderbad after delhi while in pakistan we are doing nothing . we can start metro in sialkot(under ground railway system) which will be enough for sialot ,gujranwala,gujrat,wazairabad,if we extend it 150 km it will facilitate lahore too.

    Please lets join our hands and make pakistan more stronger

    after sialkot airport it will be second pride of pakistan

    Love to all paklovers

    pakistan Zindabad

    With Best Wishes

    Muhammad Sajid

  74. sajid says:
    January 22nd, 2010 3:07 pm

    Dear

    Believe me,Pakistan is the beloved country of Allah and Hazrat Nabi Karim(S.a.w) so we must try to make it strong and prosperous.now our enemy country india is planning to start metro in hyderbad after delhi while in pakistan we are doing nothing . we can start metro in sialkot(under ground railway system) which will be enough for sialot ,gujranwala,gujrat,wazairabad,if we extend it 150 km it will facilitate lahore too.

    Please lets join our hands and make pakistan more stronger

    after sialkot airport it will be second pride of pakistan

    Love to all paklovers

    pakistan Zindabad

    With Best Wishes

    Muhammad Sajid

  75. June 22nd, 2010 3:45 am

    Finding and solving problems is one thing that everyone researcher’s goal. Let’s make a further exchange and progress together.

  76. Satyaki says:
    August 6th, 2010 3:19 am

    Sajid,
    Wonder why you say India is your enemy. The governments & armies mights like diverting attention from issues by raising the pitch, but as between the people, we were one country once and even today remain brothers.
    when an Indian goes to Pakistan to visit, you treat him with love and affection reserved only for one’s own. Every travellor to Pakistan comes back with stories on how everwhere he went he was treated like royalty when his nationality was known.
    Then why do we have to write write such a things on the internet promoting distrust and hate? We should learn from the European Union – how much progress can be made if we join hands

  77. September 29th, 2010 3:19 am

    to intelligent comment above: “our enemy country india” = just says it all = it says, the more you hate the more hate you shall get.

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