Gift 7: Pakola Ice Cream Soda

“In the spirit of all the holiday gift giving that will be taking place over the next couple of months, all the Metroblogging cities are giving 7 gifts to the world throughout the week of NOV 26th – DEC 2. This is Karachi’s 7th Gift to the World.”


If there is one soft drink that started from Karachi and spread not only in Pakistan but all over the world, it’s got to be Pakola. I would rather call it KaraCola and it would taste just as great, but just thinking about Pakola brings that sweet taste into the mouth that you just want to leave everything else and have some Pakola.

28 Comments so far

  1. ash (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 8:22 am

    I never understood the ice cream soda part of it. But I love the colour the taste and the idea of calling it pak-cola. I wonder what it would have been called if it had been created recently. Probably geo-cola :)


  2. SWA (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 9:06 am

    AAAAAAAAAH PAAAKOOOLAAAA!

    PAAAAKOOOOOLAAAAAAAAAA

    ‘drool droool drool’


  3. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 9:10 am

    for drinks, Rooh Afza could have been a better gift


  4. Anathema (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 9:28 am

    i have to say all other fizzy drinks make u want more but this one quenches ure thirst andnothing makes a better combo for meal than bun kebab + pakola + paan.

    and pakola and lims. haye haye.


  5. SS (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 9:40 am

    Zuban key saath Dil Bola ………. PAKOLA!!!


  6. Sufi (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 9:54 am

    Anathema, tum nay mere moo ki baat kehh daali. Bunkebab + Pakola + Pan = Awesome-est


  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 11:58 am

    RoohAfza is not a Pakistani product. It was already being used before partition. Hamdard Dawakhana also exists in India


  8. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

    Yeah, like Ash, I too, haven’t understood the Ice Cream Soda part…..WHY is it called that??? Any explanations or any guesses!!


  9. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 12:56 pm

    Adnan Bhai …tomorow you will come and say that Hakim Saeed was not Pakistani, coz he was born in India…….well Hakim Saeed’s brother used to live in India and so operates hamdard dawakhana and hamdard labs. But our Hakim Saeed opted to migrate to Pakistan in 1947……and he introduced Roohafza to Pakistan. So how come Roohafza is not a Pakistani product??


  10. jalal (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 1:12 pm

    Pakola is an absolute example of distilled perfection.


  11. Newb3e (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 1:14 pm

    I would rather call it Memonkola invented by memons and sold to world by Memons :P


  12. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 1:15 pm

    Adnan bro. …..i think u r right!…coz we were talking abt products initiated in Karachi and therefore Roohafza cannot be cateogorised as such……! you were right..but you shud have stated in some other way rather than saying its not a Pakistani product……

    Agreed. got ur point……a valid one……im clarifying it b4 begins a series of tit-for-tat controvesial posts again!


  13. MB (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 1:44 pm

    ” KaraCola ”
    Wow a great idea

    ‘Rooh Afza ” Sami is right. But the competition would be real tough.

    “kebab + pakola + paan. ”
    Aray bhaya. Me feeling hungry and thirsty , badly.

    Bring ma pakola. Will anyone ?

    Apun bola
    Konsa kola
    Har koi bola, apna number one
    Hara hara pakola

    Jis ke mazay mai
    Maza hai zindagi ka
    Aik chota bacha masti mai bola
    Wo mera PAK wo mera kola
    Hara hara pakola, hara har pakola


  14. king_of_sharah_faisal (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 2:54 pm

    pardon me for being the lone dissenter but i always thought ice cream soda was a bit of a girly drink because of its green colour. therefore i did perhaiz from it even though it tasted nice. and i also took the same approach with imlee because i always thought imlee was for women as well.


  15. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 4:34 pm

    i love pakola too !! =D


  16. Ali (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 7:29 pm

    Gift 6: Slims :))))


  17. Kazi (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 8:47 pm

    there is nothing like pakola……


  18. A for apple (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 10:47 pm

    Ohh coool start :)

    –Islamabad Mb


  19. till (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 1:17 am

    Hey guys!

    You are already at your 7th gift? ;) You are too fast for the rest of the world.

    Also, can this soda be compared to something else? Like, let’s say Coke, Mirinda, Mountain Dew? Anything? And where do I get that sweet taste in Berlin?

    Lot’s of questions!


  20. wasiq (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 2:50 am

    @umar…..there have been too many posts and comments without research about this product…don’t you think its about time to have an official comment from the manufacturers or the copyright owners for the benefit of all KMB readers….


  21. Sufi (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 4:29 am

    Till, it has a completely unique taste. I have never had a drink which tastes like it. I am not sure about Berlin, but you can definitely get it at indian stores in London (East London, Southall, Leyton, Ilford, Walthamstow, Upton Park etc..)

    If you have an Indian Store in Berlin, check that out.


  22. Rick Shaw (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 5:37 am

    WE LOVE PAKOLA IN NEW YORK (sweet taste of Pakistan)………Go Karachi…Go Pakistan


  23. Zag (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 9:52 am

    King_of_SF: Maybe you should have thought about it this way…… The green color is because of the PAK in Pakola!!


  24. umar (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 10:02 am

    Till, we going from gift 7 to gift 1


  25. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

    Sorry guys but the new Ad of Pakola is as bad as taste of Pepsi. I still remember and like old childhood Ad.

    Hara Hara Pakola
    Icecread Soda
    Mujhe lagay ye mazay mazay ka
    Mujhe lagay ye thanda thanda
    Icecream Soda

    IMO, Pepsi is more girlier than Pakola


  26. Noah (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 6:49 pm

    I have never heard of Pakola, but combining ice cream and soda… What could not be GREAT about that???

    Keep it up, Karachi! I am excited to read about the rest of your gifts.


  27. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 11:54 pm

    Has any1 tried Pakola with Milk combined?


  28. ash (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 3:44 am

    hey k of sf,
    if you eat imlees with pakola you will definately turn into a girl, but if you have them both seperately you should be fine . :)



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