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    (August 14, 1967- )
    Capital of Pakistan
    Population (city): 1,014,825 (2017 census)
    Forms a metropolitan area with the larger city of Rawalpindi (population: 4,104,803)
    9th largest city and 3rd largest metropolitan area in Pakistan
    Daily high temperatures in June routinely break 100 F.
    Militants from the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque)engaged in a series of escalating confrontations with the authorities, peaking with taking the female workers from a Chinese health care center hostage and setting fire to the headquarters of the Ministry of Environment (2007).
    A military assault on the Lal Masjid resulted in the deaths of 11 soldiers, at least 80 militants, and 14 civilians (July, 2007).
    An al-Qaeda suicide bombing at the Danish embassy killed six people (June 2, 2008).
    A truck bombing of the Islamabad Marriott Hotel killed 54 people (September 20, 2008).
    It was built on the Pothohar Plateau, one of the earliest sites of human settlement in Asia.
    It was designed to contain a lot of green spaces.
    Its buildings were designed to combine modern architecture with traditional Islamic elements.
    The World Bank ranked it as the best city in Pakistan to start a business in.

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