Rawalpindi (Punjabi, Urdu: راولپنڈى, Rāwalpiṅḋī), commonly known as Pindi (Punjabi: پنڈی), is a city in the Punjab, Pakistan. It is the fourth largest city in Pakistan by population while along with neighbouring city of Islamabad it forms the country's third largest metropolitan area. The economy of Rawalpindi is interlinked with Islamabad and jointly are known as twin cities. The city is the administrative seat of the Rawalpindi District. The city is located on the Pothohar Plateau which is known for the existence of a Buddhist community particularly in neighbouring town of Taxila, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was destroyed during the invasion of Mahmud of Ghazni before being taken over Gakhars who went onto the name the city as Rawalpindi in 1493. In 1765, Gakhar's where defeated as Rawalpindi became part of the Sikh Empire. The city became part of the British Raj in 1849 and in 1851 became the largest garrison town for the British Indian Army. After the partition of India in 1947, the city became home to the headquarters of Pakistan Army hence retaining its status as a major military city. The city received a major boost with the start of the construction of Islamabad in 1961 which saw greater investment and even enjoyed a brief stunt as the country's temporary capital. The modern-day city is interlinked with Islamabad with most people commuting to Islamabad, particularly due to the presence of several suburb's in Rawalpindi. The city is also a major transit point due to presence on the Grand Trunk Road and presence of Benazir Airport and the under-construction Liaquat Airport. The city is also a tourist attraction due to its historical haveli's, while it is a popular transit point for tourists visiting Rohtas Fort, Azad Kashmir, Taxila and Gilgit-Baltistan. Wikipedia
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