We concluded the ‘Also Pakistan’ series late last year. The series that was divided into six parts and took more than two years to research and compile.
Hours were spent going through old newspapers and magazines tucked away safely in Dawn’s archives section. Politicians, sportsmen, artistes and friends were approached to share with us images that would capture the political and cultural zeitgeist of what Pakistan was like between 1947 and 1977.
A Pakistan that was a very different creature compared to what it started to mutate into from the 1980s onwards.
The series has continued to generate a lot of interest among a number of Pakistanis, including those who actually lived through the decades that we covered in the series, as well as those young Pakistanis who weren't even born then.
To most of the young ones the images and related information came as a pleasant surprise. They had little or no knowledge about a Pakistan that wasn't making the headlines for all the wrong reasons. A country where life was ‘normal,’ culturally rich, politically exciting and even pleasantly naïve.
However, many young Pakistanis have continued to write in and implored us to continue the series.
Recently the emails that we received in this context were so many, that we once again went sniffing and looking across the internet, DAWN’s archives and personal collections of friends, families, sportsmen, artistes and politicians to construct yet another instalment of ‘Also Pakistan.’
But this one not only offers some new images that we unearthed of the Pakistani political, social and cultural milieu of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, but the 1980s as well.
Images of a strange, alien place that was also called Pakistan. Enjoy.
Rana Liaquat, wife of Pakistan’s first Prime Minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, with famous American animator, film-maker and entrepreneur, Walt Disney, in 1951.
Broadcaster, Mustafa Ali, announcing the creation of Pakistan on the radio at 12 am, August 14, 1947.
Fatima Jinnah, sister of the founder of Pakistan, Muhamad Ali Jinnah, playing with her dog at her residence in Karachi in 1959.
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.
A hotel and pub in Karachi’s Malir area.
A traffic constable directing traffic near the famous Metropole Hotel in Karachi in 1960. Today the hotel serves as a wedding hall and parking lot.
A 1962 tourism poster for Karachi.
Pilots and cabin crew of a PIA flight meet Chinese revolutionary leader and Premier, Zhou Enla (early 1960s).
A 1963 ad for the Tudor cigarette brand. Tudor was launched by the Pakistan Tobacco Company specifically to target the market of women smokers in Pakistan.