Chaklala, Rawalpindi

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Chaklala
Suburb
Chaklala Cantonment
Chaklala is located in Pakistan
Chaklala
Chaklala
Coordinates: 33°36′00″N 73°06′20″E / 33.60000°N 73.10556°E / 33.60000; 73.10556Coordinates: 33°36′00″N 73°06′20″E / 33.60000°N 73.10556°E / 33.60000; 73.10556
Country  Pakistan
Province Punjab
District Rawalpindi District
Elevation 487 m (1,598 ft)
Population (1998)
 • Estimate () 150,000
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Calling code 051

Chaklala is a major suburban town of Rawalpindi in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

It is situated astride the Airport Road, to the east of Grand Trunk Road on the main railway line and also has a railway station of its own.

The area also has modern housing schemes namely Gulzar-e-Quaid, Railway Housing Scheme 1-A Chaklala, Chaklala Schemes I, II & III, Askari - I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VIII, IX, X & XII) with a rapidly diminishing rural area.

Demography[edit]

Chaklala has a population of around 150,000. The major ethnic groups in the area are Potohari, Punjabis and Pashtuns. A large number of Kashmiris have also settled in the area after independence in 1947.

Chaklala Cantonment[edit]

USAF C-17 at Chaklala AirBase Rawalpindi

It is home to a Pakistan Army garrison and a Pakistan Air Force base, along with associated unit HQs, depots and workshops, most of them present since the British era. An important air base of the Pakistan Air Force, the Chaklala Airbase is also located here, and houses a permanent US military presence.[1] The headquarters of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Pakistan are located in the high-security Pakistan Army garrison.

Transportation[edit]

Chaklala Airport Rawalpindi

Roads[edit]

Grand Trunk Road (N-5)

Grand Trunk Road passes through the area.

Airport road

This major route connects the area with the city center of Rawalpindi and provides a route to the capital city of Islamabad. It extends from the Ammar Shaheed Chowk R/A to the Karaal Chowk/Koraal Chowk Intersection. The Benazir Bhutto International Airport and the adjacent Pakistan Air Force Base Chaklala are located along this road. It is a modern six-lane road. A fly-over was constructed in 2009 to reduce the load of traffic at the busiest section of the road, closer to the Ammar Shaheed Chowk R/A. The route serves as the main artery connecting the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Rawal road

It runs along the western perimeter of the Benazir Bhutto International Airport. It connects the busy traffic arteries of Murree Road and Airport Road. It is a four-lane road.

Railway[edit]

Main Line railway line of Pakistan Railways passes through the area. The area has a railway station, the Chaklala Railway Station. An associated strategic dry port, the Chaklala Dry Port, handles cargo trains.

Air[edit]

Benazir Bhutto International Airport is an important landmark of the area. [2]

Pakistan Television Corporation[edit]

Pakistan Television Corporation's Islamabad's centre was initially set up in Chaklala before it was shifted to its present location in Islamabad.[3]

Educational institutions[edit]

  • Joint Staff Public School and College, Chaklala
  • FG Quaid-e-Azam Public School
  • Fazaia Intermediate College, Chaklala (PAF Base Chaklala)
  • Fazaia Intermediate College, Jinnah Camp, Chaklala (Khanna Road)
  • Bilquis College of Education for Women (Mujahida Academy)
  • Army Public School and College (FWO campus), Gracy Lines, Chaklala
  • FG Boys High School, Gracy Lines, Chaklala
  • FG Girls High School, Gracy Lines, Chaklala
  • Fauji Foundation Model School, Chaklala

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CIA drones quit one Pakistan site – but US keeps access to other airbases". The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
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