Blast from the Past - How far backward we have gone due to politics of 90s and now - Multiple pictur


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The first men on the moon land in Pakistan. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (the first men to land on the moon), arrived in Karachi in early 1970 during their tour of South Asia. Here they are seen being greeted by an enthusiastic crowd just outside the Karachi Airport.


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Ayub Khan's Era


Che in Karachi: Yes, that’s the great Marxist revolutionary and legend, Che Ernesto Guevara, standing along side Pakistan’s first military dictator, Ayub Khan

President Ayub Khan with Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaherlal Nehru


1st February 1961: President General Ayub Khan of Pakistan assists Queen Elizabeth II down the steps to the lawn of his Karachi residence, where she was attending a State Banquet in her honour with Prince Philip, as part of their 16 day tour of Pakistan



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Famous Hollywood stars Ava Gardner and Stewart Granger arrive at Lahore Airport, 1954. The actors arrived in Lahore with a full filming crew to shoot a major portion of the film ‘Bhowani Junction.






Pakistani Film Industry's Legends.

Nadeem and Waheed Murad


A 1976 photo showing famous Pakistani pop star, Alamgir, sharing a joke with popular TV actor and comedian, late Moin Akhtar. The photo was taken just before an Alamgir concert in Karachi that was hosted by Moin.


One of the first Pakistani pop stars, Alamgir, in Karachi (1973).


Golden Classic!

Sajjad Ali, Junaid Jamshed and Ali Haider
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hahahaha.. So all we wish for is to slap the American President on the face. Ya ajeeeb khuwahishaat hain.... Nothing to do with the problems of Pakistan facing us today.


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Karachi's amazing Clifton beach in 1962.


Pakistanis and tourists wine and dine at Karachi’s Beach Luxury Hotel in 1969.


A hotel and pub in Karachi’s Malir area.


The interior of a Jewish synagogue that was situated in Karachi’s Ranchore Lines area. The synagogue was regularly frequented by a small Jew community that resided in the city but migrated to United States and Israel soon after the creation of Jewish State.



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Foreigners in Pakistan


A group of hippies (British, French and American) wait for a bus in Lahore (1972). Pakistan was an important destination on what was called the ‘Hippie Trail.’

The trail was used by thousands of young European and American backpackers between the late 1960s and 1979. It was an overland route that began in Turkey, ran through Iran, curved into Afghanistan and Pakistan and then from India ended in Nepal.

A huge tourist industry sprang up in these countries to accommodate the backpackers. In Pakistan, the travelers entered Peshawar (from Jalalabad in Afghanistan). From Peshawar they went to Lahore. Some took a bus into India while others visited Karachi and Swat before returning to Lahore and crossed into India.

The trail closed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran; the beginning of civil war in Afghanistan; and due to the reactionary nature of the Ziaul Haq dictatorship that came to power in Pakistan in 1977.


A group of hippie travellers enjoying Pakistani beer at a rest house in North Pakistan (1974).


A European tourist with two students of the Peshawar University in an old street of Peshawar (1974)


Natives of a Sindhi village drench a European tourist with cold water from a well to beat the summer heat (1973).


Western tourists pose with a group of locals outside a rest house in Ziarat in Balochistan (1974)



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Begum Nusrat Bhutto kissing her daughter, Benazir Bhutto, in Karachi’s Mid East Hospital, 1978. Benazir was arrested by the Zia regime after he toppled her father, Z A. Bhutto’s government in July 1977. She developed a serious ear infection in jail and was finally shifted to the hospital for an operation. She was shifted back to jail after the operation.


Leaders like Yasser Arafat of Palestine, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan, Muamar Gaddafi of Libya and Shah Faisal of Saudi Arabia can be seen in the picture. — with Shaharyar Ahmad Bhatti, Idara Serate Mustaqeem, Saeed Ahmed Qadri, Qhadriya Hooriya Attariya, Idara Sirate Mustaqeem, Muhammad Mubasher Amin Qadri and Hanafi Barelvi.


Muslim Leaders in Organization of Islamic Countries Summit in 1974

picture of Yasir Arafat [Palestine], Mujeeb-Ur-Rehman [Bangladesh], Z.A Bhutto and Col M Qaddafi [Libya] at Shalimar Gardens in Lahore on 23rd February 1974


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Zia ul Haq Era


DAWN headline about the military take-over of General Ziaul Haq (July 1977). The elections did not take place ‘next October.’ Zia ruled for 11 years. Pakistan was never the same again.


The February 1978 cover of The Herald. The issue contained a detailed report and feature on various draconian laws imposed by the Zia dictatorship in the name of Islam.

Though imposed to ‘Islamise the society,’ they ended up creating deadly fissures between various Muslim sects in the country.

Also, if one compares the crime data and that of alcohol and drug addiction of the 1947-77 period with that of the 1978-2005 period, crime rose three-fold and there was almost a ten-fold increase in drug addiction.

Incidents of rape, terrorism and corruption too rose dramatically.

Such were the ‘laws’ and doings of the dictatorship that Pakistan is still struggling to recover from the madness that they unleashed.


Popular revolutionary poet, Habib Jalib, being manhandled by the police during an anti-Zia rally in Lahore in 1981.


Zia ul Haq shaking hand with Imran Khan the cricket star of 80's


The president of Pakistan with the then Chief Minister of Punjab. The regretful era.



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Pakistanis are only the nation which is Going backwards ehhhhhh Good old days We have respect , now everybody knows these politicians and Islamic Jihadists have fuc*** us Now we don't have any respect in the world everyone thinks us as a terrorist nation
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Zia ul Haq shaking hand with Imran Khan the cricket star of 80's


A rare photo showing the Pakistan hockey team on its way to win the 1971 Hockey World Cup held in Barcelona, Spain. It defeated the host country in the finals.


Imran Khan signing an autograph for a young fan in Lahore just before the start of the Pakistan-India series of 1978.


Some young members of the Pakistan cricket team living it up at a nightclub (1976). Seen (from left): The hard-hitting and flamboyant Wasim Raja (bearded); opener Mudassar Nazar; fast bowler Sikandar Bakht and batsman, Javed Miandad.

Notice the tone used in the caption of the photograph that appeared in a Pakistani English daily. It is upbeat and matter-of-fact, unlike the condemning tone that (mostly Urdu press) began to use for ‘partying cricketers’ after early 1980s.


Former Pakistani Test batsman Sadiq Muhammad (left) and former Pakistan cricket captain, Mushtaq Muhammad, share a beer in Sydney in January, 1977.

The picture was taken inside the players’ dressing room at the Sydney Cricket Ground after Pakistan defeated a strong Australian Test side. This was Pakistan’s first Test victory against Australia in Australia. With the victory, Pakistan squared the series 1-1 after being one down in the series. Seen in the background is a shirtless Imran Khan who took 12 wickets in the match


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MQM Chief, Altaf Hussain, at MQM member, Farooq Sattar’s wedding in Karachi.


Hosts joke during PTV’s marathon transmission of the 1988 General Eelection. Benazir Bhutto won the election.




US Vice President, Richard Nixon, writing his comments on the visitors’ book at Radio Pakistan’s Karachi station in the 1950s. With him is famous Pakistani radio personality, Z A. Bokhari.
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