Title: The Only Game in Town (part 2)

Release Date: 2017-04-24

Document Date: 2004-12-16

Description: An intelligence analysis intern describes the lighter side of deployment to Islamabad, including shopping, dining, and camel rides.

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(U) The Only Game in Town (part 2)
FROM:
Intelligence Analysis (IA) Intern
Run Date: 12/16/2004

Here's part 2 (and final) of
Islamabad. (S)

story of her tdy to

(U//FOUO) Despite the long hours we all put in at the Embassy,
there was time for some shopping, dining out, and a little bit of
sightseeing. While Pakistan remains a high-threat environment, as
evidenced by the recent explosion at the Marriott Hotel, I still
maintained a semi-normal lifestyle that wasn't confined to the
Embassy grounds. I frequented many shops in Islamabad where
you could buy everything from Persian carpets, glass bracelets,
spice boxes, and hand-carved woodwork to the very latest
American DVDs, which were all at considerably lower prices. The
shop owners, and the MANY street vendors, were always anxious
to sell to Americans, so there was no shortage of goods being
offered at every corner.

(U) Women selling glass bracelets at an outdoor market in
Islamabad.

(U) Carpet shopping in Islamabad with fellow TDYer
(U//FOUO) If work at the Embassy was finished early enough,
there were many dinner options in the city. The Marriott Hotel
alone had five restaurants that included Chinese, Japanese, and
Thai cuisine. There was even a Pizza Hut and ice cream parlor that
served food comparable to that found in the US. It's definitely one
of the few places I've been to where you can get a steak dinner
with two side dishes for about $4.00, although its inevitable that
you will eventually get sick no matter where you choose to eat.
(U//FOUO) Additionally, I wanted to share a few of the more
memorable experiences I had during my TDY:
Visiting the neighboring town of Taxila and getting a flat tire
that we had to change in a crowded parking lot.
Touring Murree and riding on a probably-not-so-safe
chairlift down the side of a mountain.
Riding on a camel in a very decrepit, run-down zoo, which
charged an admission price of around $.10.
Going running almost every day at 13:00, in 100-120
degree heat, with everyone I pass yelling that I'm
absolutely crazy to be doing anything outside.
Eating dinner at the "Chicken Shack," which requires
considerable faith in both the drive up the winding road and
the cooking.
Haggling over the price of something already cheap, with

SERIES:
(U//FOUO) Intern TDYs
1. Doing SIGINT in
Pakistan
2. The Only Game in
Town (part 1)
3. The Only Game in
Town (part 2)
4. Eye-Opening
Experience in Haiti
(part 1)
5. Eye-Opening
Experience in Haiti
(part 2)
6. Assisting in the Hunt
for al-Qa'ida
Leadership

someone who can't speak English, just because it's
expected and fun.
Driving on the left hand side of the road, with the steering
wheel on the right hand side of the car, in a place where
there are practically "no rules," and trying to avoid the
countless number of people and even donkeys loitering in
the street.
(S//SI) Station Islamabad is one of the most exciting, challenging,
and fast-paced locations to work in the world, with everyone
putting in lots of overtime and weekend hours to accommodate for
the dynamic environment. It is one of the few places where you
can truly experience your surroundings while seeing the fruits of
your counterterrorism efforts on a daily basis. I would recommend
that anyone looking for an exhilarating tour where they can see
SIGINT, HUMINT, and IMINT in action give serious consideration to
an assignment here.

(U) The Faisal Mosque in Islamabad is the second-largest mosque
in the world.

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