Defence Housing Authority, Islamabad

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Defence Housing Authority, Islamabad-Rawalpindi
Location Rawalpindi and Islamabad
Status Completed
Groundbreaking May 1992[1]
Developer Habib Rafiq (Pvt) Limited
Owner Pakistan Armed Forces
Technical details
Size 50 Sq km

DHA Islamabad is a gated neighbourhood located within the Islamabad Capital Territory of the Islamabad Rawalpindi metropolitan area. It's divided into four phase's located each side GT Road, it border's the Bahria Town Rawalpindi.[2] It was primarily established for Defence service personnel in 1992 by Armed Forces of Pakistan welfare department.


DHA Islamabad is subdivided in five phases:

Subdivision Geography
Phase 1 Located next Morgah region, oldest of all phase's. West of Bahria Phase 8
Phase 2 Largest of all sub-division's, sandwiched between Islamabad Expressway and GT Road. Home to the World Trade Center Islamabad.
Phase 3 Previously known as Bahria Garden City, located east of Bahria Phase 8, off GT Road.
Phase 4 Under-construction, bordering DHA Phase 1 on the east.
DHA Valley On hold, located adjacent to DHA Phase-II on Islamabad Expressway. Subject a massive corruption scandal.[3]


DHA Islamabad-Rawalpindi is headed by a serving Brigadier of Pakistan army under the W&R (Welfare and Rehabilitation) Directorate of Pakistan Army.


  • Phase I and Phase I Extension

DHA Islamabad-Rawalpindi Phase I is located in Rawalpindi south east of Morgah and Attock Refinery, Rawalpindi. This phase on its south west enjoys waters of Soan River, while this phase is linked to the city through GT Road and Jhelum Road. It covers an area of 11000 Kanals (5.56 Sq. km) providing a total of 3100 residential plots.[4] An even greater area acquired by Defense Housing Authority just south west of Phase I has been named Phase I Extension and covers a total of 16750 Kanals (8.47 Sq. km). It is located at the south end of Rawalpindi city near Askari XIV Housing Society, and its perimeter extending as far as Dhagal village on Adyala Road of Rawalpindi District and Rawalpindi Central Jail. The extension is still under development and will be completed in two parts. The development of part one has already begun.[5]

  • Phase II and Phase II Extension

Located in Zone V of Rawalpindi near the infamous Kahuta Triangle, with GT Road on its south end and Islamabad Highway on its North. The project was commenced in February 1994, this phase stretches on 15060 Kanals (7.61 Sq. km). Here over 90% of the developmental projects have been completed and construction in this phase is rather rapid as over 500 plots are under construction.[6] Phase II Extension launched in March 2005 is the a massive project standing at 55000 kanals (27.81 Sq. km). According to DHAIR website "Many may think that DHA Phase 2 is a part of Islamabad, but in reality it is as Pindi as Raja Jee.".[7] Extension has of Phase II has been divided into sectors; namely, A, B, C and D.

Launched on 18 August 2008, is located Adjacent to Phase II in Zone V of Islamabad. This project takes into consideration lower income families as it incorporates residential plot sizes of 5 and 8 marla. Moreover, it also contains 4 and 8 marla commercial plots.[8]

Commercial zones[edit]

All phases of DHA Islamabad have commercial zones along with the residential. Important commercial areas of DHA Islamabad are:

Now DHA Islamabad has launched its commercial program for businessmen, the project is situated in DHA Islamabad Phase II and it's far from residential houses of Phase II. Moreover, its exact location is between GT Road and Islamabad Highway.[9]

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