Thursday, 14 March 2013

The name Hindko simply means "Indian" (of the Indus),[14]and has been applied to various dialects spoken in northern Pakistan, in the areas of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (includingHazara), Punjab (including Attock), and Pakistan Administered Kashmir, including by some Pashtun tribes, as well as by the Hindki people of Afghanistan. The name is found in Greek references to the mountainous region in eastern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan as Καύκασος Ινδικός (Caucasus Indicus, or Hindu Kush).
There is no generic name for these people because they belong to diverse ethnicities and tend to identify themselves by the larger families or castes. However the people of the largest group in the districts of Haripur, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Battagram and Kohistan are sometimes recognised collectively as Hazarawal, named after the defunct Hazara Division that comprised these districts. In Peshawar city they are called Peshawari or "Kharay" by Pashtuns meaning City-dwellers.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Abbottabad /əˈbɒtəbɑːd/ (UrduHindkoایبٹ آباد 

Ābṭ ābād [aːbʈaːˈbaːd̪]) is a city located in the Hazara region of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in Pakistan. The city is situated in the Orash Valley, 50 kilometres (31 mi) northeast of the capital Islamabadand 150 kilometres (93 mi) east of Peshawar at an altitude of 1,260 metres (4,134 ft) and is the capital of the Abbottabad District. It borders Azad Kashmir to the east. The city is well-known throughout Pakistan for its pleasant weather, high-standard educational institutions and military establishments.

Former name of the town was 'Urasa' often called Wadi-e-Orash (Orash valley). Nawanshehr village was established in 1723 it remained a village during the British Raj. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, the area was developed. The town was built and named NAWANSHEHR meaning "The New City". There used to be a fort built by the Sikhs near Ilyasi Masjid. Now there is no sign of this fort but that area is still known as Mohallah Qilla (Fort). Sixty-three people of the village went and fought for the British army in the Second World War.
Many ruins from British era can bee seen in the town sculptured on the walls, particularly in the old town. Famous spring locally known as 'Naray' is locked in the town, which was once a Hindu temple and bathing place. The area is now been developed into a water supply schema, that pumps water to major areas within the town.
Nawanshehr is a town in Abbottabad District in Khyber Pakthunkhwa of Pakistan. Nawanshehr's most famous place is Ilyasi Masjidwhich is the oldest and largest mosque of Abbottabad, there is also a small hill with walking tracks just behind the masjid. The weather is pleasant in summer, so people from other parts of country come to visit Abbottabad and Nawanshehr. Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education of Abbottabad is also in Nawanshehr. Nawanshehr has its own old bazaar which is famous for its Chapli Kebab