ABBOTTABAD – The town of Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama Bin Laden was killed, is being turned into a tourist hot spot with a new zoo, restaurants, amusement park and a hover fly club.
NDJ World | Published: Feb 05 2013 Travel
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa announced the tourist area will stretch over 495 acres big and is created with the intend to promote tourism to Abbottabad.
The city is located nearby the Himalayas and has been a Islamic refuge since 2011.
Syed Aqil Sjah, minister of sports, says the park will first open with just 49 acres but that will expand to the full 495 acres.
“The park will have historic museums, waterfalls, restaurants, a zoo, a jogging terrain, an adventure club and a hover fly club,” the minister said.
Construction for the park will begin end February or beginning March and will take 8 years to complete. It will cost 3 billion rupees to build the park, about $US25 million.
Abbottabad is situated about 30 miles north of Islamabad and already people go there because the area has a milder, more enjoyable climate than the rest of the country.
Sjah says the new park has nothing to do with Osama Bin Laden. “We just want to improve all the parks in the province,” he says.
Pakistani authorities destroyed the villa where Osama Bin Laden was murdered in 2012.
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