Allama Iqbal Town
|Allama Iqbal Town
علامہ اقبال ٹاؤن
|Founded by||Mohsin Kamal Khan|
|• Chairman||Nouman Haroon|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+5)|
|Lahore GPO (54000)||54570|
Allama Iqbal Town (Urdu: علامہ اقبال ٹاؤن) (also known as Iqbal Town or abbreviated as AIT) is a commercial and a residential locality in the south-western Lahore. It is named after Allama Iqbal, the national poet of Pakistan. Development was started in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was previously famed for its name in Urdu, 'Sola Soo Acre سولہ سو ایکڑ' (meaning 1600 acres), due to its area. Its extent is marked by Multan Road to the west and north, and by Wahdat Road to the south.
Iqbal Town has been home to famous actors and actresses of Pakistan's film industry, Lollywood. Because the Shahnoor and Bari studios are situated very close to the area, many film actors and actresses used to live here in the past. However, most of them have now moved to the posh suburban areas of the city. Iqbal town's main boulevard is one of the busiest road of Lahore. It has also a parking plaza in moon market. College block, Pak block, Asif Block, Kashmir block, Huma block and Jahanzeb block are situated on the main boulevard which starts from Multan road (the intersection famously known as 'Scheme more'. More means corner in the Urdu language) and leads towards Wahdat road and than Punjab university campus.
Neighboring localities constitute of Wahdat Colony, Ichhra, Samanabad, Garden Town, Mustafa Town, Sabzazar and Said Pur. Major markets (broad ways) are Karim Market (adjacent to Umer Block and Karim Block) - famous for the garments shops located there) and Moon Market (Dubai Chowk).
Allama Iqbal Town consists of a total of 22 residential divisions called 'blocks' listed alphabetically: Asif, Badr, Chenab, College, Gulshan, Huma, Jahanzeb, Khyber, Kamran, Karim, Kashmir, Mehran, Muslim, Nargis, Neelam, Nishtar, Nizam, Pak, Raza, Ravi, Sikander, Sutlej, Umar and Zeenat.
This park has been a source of entertainment and enjoyment in the area for almost three decades now. It was opened to general public in April, 1982. Ali Jabbar is a famous personality of this area. The park is known for its stretched lush green gardens, enjoyments rides, different food stalls, boating area for paddle and motor boats, an artificial waterfall and an artificial hill for climbing and hiking experience. Families spend their holiday time enjoying rides, food and sunlight in winter afternoons. They come in crowds to enjoy rides, greenery and shade in summer nights.
The Karim Market is a local market area situated in the Karim Block of the town.[better source needed] along the Wahdat Road. The market contains a number of grocery, retail and garment shops as well as eateries and restaurants.[not in citation given] There are also some petrol pumps, a Gourmet Bakery and branches of the Punjab Bank, MCB and Allied Bank Meezan Bank Faysal Bank within the premises of the market. Karim Market houses many factory outlets including Levis, Outfitters, Minnie and Minors, Shirt and Tie, Royal Tag to name a few. Many shops offer clothing for kids men and women wear at discounted rates round the year. This market caters the need of brand conscious people and low income, salaried people alike.