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Aabpara (formerly Bagh Bhattan[1]) is a commercial zone located at the south west of Sector G-6, Islamabad, along Khayaban-e-Suharwardy.[2][3] It is the oldest market of Islamabad,[4] having been built in 1960. There is an official campsite in the Aabpara area.[5]


In the newly raised capital city, this area was designated for government/civil servants and they lived here with their families. Many of them were from what was known as East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). In 1960 a baby girl as born to a Bengali lady and they named her ‘Aabpara’. Since she was the first child to be born here, all the residents celebrated the event and decided to name the locality after her. [6]


  1. ^ Shahid, Ayesha (25 February 2012). "What's in a name?". Dawn. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  2. ^ Martina Nicolls (1 December 2010). Kashmir on a Knife-Edge. Eloquent Books. p. 124. ISBN 978-1609764135. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  3. ^ Sarina Singh; Lindsay Brown; Paul Clammer; Rodney Cocks; John Mock (1 May 2008). Lonely Planet Pakistan and the Karakoram Highway (7th ed.). Lonely Planet. p. 72. ISBN 978-1741045420. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  4. ^ Maneesha Tikekar (1 January 2004). Across the Wagah: An Indian's Sojourn in Pakistan. Promilla. pp. 32–39. ISBN 978-8185002347. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  5. ^ Tony Wheeler (1990). West Asia on a Shoestring: A Travel Survival Kit. Lonely Planet. p. 302. ISBN 978-0864420572. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  6. ^ "How 'Aabpara' got its name!".