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Working and living in Islamabad, I’ve heard many women of color tell their stories of abuse and discrimination. Fortunately, that’s not my story. Peaceful, quiet and accommodating – that’s what living in Islamabad, Pakistan has been for me throughout my life.

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Not every woman has a bad life living in Islamabad. Some are fortunate to live here.

Living in Islamabad I Received Respect

The very first time I opened my eyes I was in the capital of Pakistan. Islamabad is a lush green city with beautiful buildings and unique housing. It has a population of just over two million.

Having worked during my educational career in the military and the governmental wings of Pakistan, I received respect, care and attention from all that I interacted with. Islamabad prides itself on having the “highest literacy rate in Pakistan.”

Cost of Living in Islamabad

The food here is not expensive, especially when you compare it to other cities. You should visit the Saidpur Village if ever in Islamabad. The Village, showcasing our cultural authenticity and ambiance, is located along the slopes of Margalla Hill.

You could dine at one of the best restaurants in Islamabad while visiting the many shops and boutiques here. Most of Islamabad social life is right here in the Village.

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Housing in Islamabad is surprisingly upscale and modern.

The best residential area in Islamabad comes at a fraction of the cost although they are upscale dwellings. My Islamabad hometown is predominately occupied by the upper and middle-class population.

While maintaining it could cost more elsewhere, you can hire someone to help run the household full time for less than $500 per month.

While the men on the street tend to harass women (which is a sad incident prevalent around the world), there have been even more men who have stepped forward to protect them. Islamabad is proved to be one of the most innocuous cities in Pakistan.

Traveling on the bus? On a train? Guess who the first row of seats will be given to?
Yes – Women living in Islamabad.

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The one thing that Pakistan strives to give its women is complete security. While there may be incidences of abuse in unenlightened households, recent changes in the law will correct a lot of this behavior.

In addition, more women of color living in Islamabad are moving towards education. Pakistan is expected to observe a great decrease in such incidences.

Living in Islamabad Heat

I’m accustomed to the warm weather, but the temperature here rises to over 100 degrees. June is the hottest month of the five seasons, while July is the rainiest month. This is the time of year when everyone wants to stay at home or at work… where it’s cool and dry.

The winter months are foggy and yes, it does snow.  You don’t want to miss the snow top hills.  

Living in Islamabad and Being Fit 

Because of the reluctance to go outside, you find ways to avoid the heat. I have taken to going to the gym. There’s nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in an Olympic size swimming pool.

When it’s cool, however, I take my bike out and go for a ride around the city’s enclave. Most people living in Islamabad enjoy hiking through the Margalla Hills as a form of exercise when it’s not so heated.

Would You Like Living in Islamabad?

Every culture has its good and bad whether it’s the people, climate, cost of living or earnings. While I have been a fortunate person to be on the receiving end of the good things in life, there is a constant struggle to end the bad.

Just like any other county, there are advantages and disadvantages to living in Pakistan.

“Islamabad is NOT a city you would like to move to says,” Hammaad Khan. He goes on to say that even in the upscale areas, it’s not what you think. They have problems with utilities on a regular basis.

The residents are forced to buy their water from private owners as well as storing batteries for back up for the electricity. In short, I think Hammaad is saying Islamabad living conditions suck.

It seems to go out without warning from time to time. Khan further states poor people are not given enough representation or care.

He believes the government is not working to help the poor or the uneducated and want those in charge to provide a better state of living in Islamabad. He says the system has failed miserably.

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