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Abbottabad (named after General Sir James Abbott, the founder) is a city situated in the Orash Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan at 110 km north of Islamabad. This garrison town is known for its military establishments, wooded hills and pleasant weather; It also has a high-standard educational institutions. Abbottabad is a transit point to all major tourist regions of Pakistan; it is also home to Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) and the Regimental Training centers of the Pakistan Army. It has a population of over 300,000. [1]

Compound Bilal, Abbottabad, Pakistán, 2011.

It has become famous as allegedly Osama Bin Laden lived there for 4 or more years [2] in a compound located in an affluent area of Abbotabad where many retired Pakistani military officers live. The compoun is actually located in Bilal town, in Abbottabad district, about 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) northeast of the Abbottabad city center and 1.3 kilometers southwest of the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul.

Bin Laden was never seen coming or going. It also had walls between 3.7 and 5.5 meters (12 and 18 feet) high, which is not unusual for the area, but the presence of security cameras, barbed wire and privacy windows would have been notable. It was an exceptionally fortified compound for the area. [3]

The City of Schools

Many educational institutions are located in this city:

Military Training Institutes like the PMA Kakul (Pakistan Military Academy), the Regimental Training centers of the Pakistan Army are also located in Abbottabad. Abbottabad has four Medical Colleges namely: Ayub Medical College, Women Medical College, Frontier Medical College and Abbottabad International Medical College. An Institute for higher learning for Information Technology, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology is also located here. Other than that, many private and government school and colleges are located in Abbottabad city which are renowned for their high standard of education. Among these are Army Burn Hall College, Abbottabad Public School, PIPS, Al-Imtiaz Academy, IQRA Academy, Abbottabad Jamia Public School and two Government Colleges. [4]

Abbottabad View Pakistan.JPG

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