ISLAMABAD: Renaming Rawalpindi General Hospital, Murree Road and Islamabad International Airport did not achieve much because it didn’t bring about any change in the quality of services that these entities provide. Many countries change names of their cities and towns, perhaps as part of an effort to show their love and affection for their leaders and heroes. However, in the case of Abbottabad, the city’s name has historical value to it because the place has ties to British rule in India. Also, the person whom it was named after was always remembered fondly by the local population for the good things he did for the city and its inhabitants.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2011.