PM Imran Khan Invites US-Based Architect To Transform Daman-E-Koh into the Most Environmentally Friendly Project in the World

US-based Kashmiri and acclaimed architect, Tony Ashai (formerly Aziz Ashai), has presented a futuristic concept design for Daman-e-Koh, a viewing point and hilltop garden in Margalla Hills, Islamabad, on the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

In response to people of Islamabad’s concerns, Ashai stated that it is currently merely a concept and nothing more. On August 24th, Tony tweeted a concept for Daman e koh after talking about how the park is currently in horrible shape and that its transformation may transform it into a world-class tourist attraction and a Pakistani landmark. He added that the concept behind the new design for Daman-e-Koh is to simply create a terraced garden along with food outlets that merge with the environment of Margalla Hills.

Pakistan is geographically and ethnically diverse, and has a number of historical and cultural heritage sites. These are the factors that have attracted tourists from all over the world to the country. In regards to how a meticulously planned project like this would contribute to the tourism of the country, Tony said, “Most people think that tourism is all about natural beauty. In reality, it is all about connectivity and infrastructure like airports, trains, hotels, and (of course) tourist destinations.” Suggesting that there is a need to think outside the box with tourism in Pakistan. 

His previous work in Pakistan includes Namal Knowledge City (NKC), Pakistan’s first knowledge city built in Mianwali. The NKC comprises a world-class lakeside campus along with a technology park, business centers, sports facilities, a hospital, shopping centers, hotels, and a housing colony for staff, faculty, and students.

Ashai believes his artistic streak could be genetic. Originally from Kashmir, a region renowned for its art and culture, his creative pursuits go way beyond his work. In an interview he said, “Kashmir has always been well known for its arts and culture, though in recent years it has been in the news for the wrong reasons. It was the birthplace for wonderful movements such as Sufism and Kashmiri crafts are renowned. So there was probably something in my genetic make-up that predisposed me to art.” He loves designing jewellery for friends and painting large oil canvases. 

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