Sights and Sounds of Pakistan: Zhob Last-part

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 12:59:23 by


Sights and Sounds of Pakistan: Zhob Last-part


To the north of thee town is a ridge rising 150 feet (45 metres) above the plain; on which stand the ruins of a castle, the political agent’s residence during the time of British rule.

Zhob valley expands beautifully, providing breathtaking views throughout the valley of fruit orchards.  In the month of April the flowers bloom and one can see an extraordinary site with flowers and snow together. For tourists, the Chromits mines near Muslim
Bagh are breathtaking and it is said that one hasn’t stopped to see these mines, the tour is but a waste.

Fort Sandeman sits at 10,000 feet above sea level and Sheenghar (Green Hill) at this height is covered with Pine forest and is the best area in the valley to shoot Chakor (Partridge)

Zhob is also the terminus of a branch railway of Pakistan Railways. The British laid a narrow gauge line till the town, which was finally replaced with a broad gauge in 2006. The Zhob line junctions off the Chaman line north of Quetta at Bostan ( a new and
more direct route to the capital via Dera Ismail Khan and Darya Khan is under consideration which is likely to link Quetta with Peshawar via Bostan, Zhob, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu and Kohat).

Incidentally, Muslim Bagh is the Asia’s highest Railway Station Kanmehtarzai Pass, which is on the road, that connects Fort Sandeman with Bostan.

The name of the place was changed from Fort Sandeman to Zhob on 30 July, 1976 when the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto. Zhob means bubbling water. It refers to the karez water which pops up everywhere when there is no drought situation.
In the winter, the weather is cold and the snow is normal. In the summer, although the temperature can get up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, there is little moisture which makes it fairly comfortable for its populace.

Very recently, Sabakzai Dam, completed at a cost of Rs1.58 billion in Zhob with a capacity to store 32,700 acre-feet of water, to help irrigate 10,000 acres of water starved arid lands of the area. The establishment of a cadet school in Zhob has recently
been approved which would subsequently be elevated to a cadet college. The town is linked by air with Quetta, Karachi, Pasni and Gwader ports.

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