MUZAFFARABAD: Surrounded by rich green mountains, the city of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), resembles a smaller than usual Turkish city Istanbul.
Spotted by pencil minarets and level arches, the engravings of Turkish liberal guide that rebuilded the city, post-2005 crushed tremor, is very obvious.
Off late, an Ottoman-style mosque has risen, one of the frightening highlights of the scene of this minor city, situated at the juncture of the Jhelum and Neelam streams and lodging a populace of 150,000.
Only 64 kilometers (40 miles) away from the Line of Control (LoC) that partitions Jammu and Kashmir among India and Pakistan, the city was the focal point of the 2005 tremor, which had an extent of 7.6. The tremor annihilated about half of the structures in the city and slaughtered around 80,000 individuals in the area.
After fourteen years, the wonder of the city has been reestablished. With clean streets and great foundation in the lower regions of snow-topped mountains, it has now risen as a significant traveler goal.
All streets in the city lead to a focal square, lodging Osmania Masjid, worked before the official living arrangement of the AJK Prime Minister, Raja Farooq Haider.
Other government structures like president house and administrative get together emanate from the Turkish style mosque.
Introduced in 2009 by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (at that point PM), the three-story mosque can suit 2500 admirers. Erdogan offered petitions in the mosque in the wake of divulging a plaque.
“This is a one of a kind blessing from the Turkish government to individuals in the district,” Mohammad Liaqat, a neighborhood occupant revealed to Anadolu Agency.
“Numerous individuals accompany their families on ends of the week, to consolidate a trip with offering petitions. The mosque is pressed on Fridays,” he said.
Liaqat keeps up that the mosque has added a significant component to the city, which was typically drowsy, aside from flaunting a sixteenth century Muzaffarabad Fort.
At the point when Pakistan looked for help to restore quake exploited people and remake foundation, Turkey was the first to react.
“The Turkish government has helped us a ton and President Erdogan, who was then head administrator, visited here twice,” Tariq Mahmood Butt, a senior AJK government official revealed to Anadolu Agency.
Ankara assumed a focal job in help, however it likewise manufactured practically all the fundamental structures in the city.
The excellent locale government complex, which includes 12 regulatory squares, 26 private offices, schools, universities, a library complex, mosque, mall, meeting corridor and a games focus, has an obvious Turkish imprint as far as design and arranging.
“The shade of every one of these structures is red. It has a technique behind it. We chose this national shade of Turkey, to demonstrate our fondness to Turkish individuals,” said Butt, showing Turkish banner’s hues red and white.
In 2009, Erdogan had likewise planted a sapling in the yard of the Kashmir Institute of Management, which has now developed into a major tree.
“This tree helps us to remember the assistance and love of Erdogan and Turkish individuals, who helped us in the most troublesome occasions,” said Shafiqur Rehman, another administration official.