Bodhi Tree of Islamabad

The Bhodi tree stood not too far from this tree in the woods of Islamabad (Photo by the author)

There was a very large, ancient pipal tree (ficus religiosa) in the woods of Islamabad, at the foot of the Margalla Hills, at the northern edge of the residential area named E-7. Its gnarled branches sprawled like a huge umbrella over a large area around the tree.

The residents of Islamabad were generally unaware of or indifferent to the significance of this tree. However, some expatriates, mostly from the Asian…