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Town Planning and Architecture according to the Holy Qur'an is a drawing installation using research on the history of urban planning in the city of Islamabad, Pakistan. Extracting from publications taken from state archives, my grandfather’s personal archives as an intellectual of the photography community, and remnants of tourism material from  uncle’s failed tourism business based in Pakistan, I am interested into looking at the various tones and logics that helped transform the urbanscape. This reflects the current absurd urbanization policies set by the recently deposed Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif that created defunct infrastructures around various major metropolitan cities including Islamabad. The work also calls to question the underlining religiosity that helps to propagate certain state agendas as well as ideas of futurity of the city. The delicate hand-drawings help cement a counter-archive that undercuts such ideological formations by unravelling such histories.