Also Pakistan

Published Feb 09, 2012 06:12pm

Over the years many Dawn readers from within and outside Pakistan have been emailing me complaining that whenever they tried to look for pictures of Pakistan on the internet that have little or nothing to do with vicious looking mullahs, suicide bombings and mutilated bodies, they have failed.

I’ve been scouting newspaper libraries and personal photo collections belonging to the parents, aunts and uncles of friends and acquaintances for the last many years in an attempt to chronicle social and cultural shifts and trends in Pakistan before the years when Pakistan’s cultural and social evolution began to become ruddily ridiculous by a quasi-Orwellian ‘Islamist’ dictatorship – a flippant happening whose deafening echoes can still be heard and felt in the now much anguished and tormented Pakistan.

There is very little memory left of a Pakistan that today almost seems like an alien planet compared to what it has been ever since the mid-1980s.

Here, I will share with you some interesting photographs that I’ve managed to gather in the last couple of years of that alien country. A place that was also called Pakistan.

Other Parts: Also Pakistan-II Also Pakistan-III & Also Pakistan-IV

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.

Guevara stayed for a short while in Karachi during his whirlwind tour of Arab and third world countries (in 1959). He again visited Karachi in 1965 and that is when the above photograph was believed to have been taken (inside the VIP lounge of the Karachi Airport).

It is interesting to see Che standing with Ayub Khan whose military coup (in 1958) was not only backed by the US, but was also highly repressive of leftist forces in Pakistan.

The irony is that the widespread leftist uprising in Pakistan in the late 1960s that helped topple the Ayub dictatorship was mainly led by leftist students many of whose icon and hero was, yup, one named Che Ernesto Guevara!

Resources:  Adnan Farooq (Viewpoint Magazine); Shahid Saeed (Friday Times).

PIA press ad, 1965: This 1965 PIA ad (published in Dawn) bares claims that one can’t even imagine PIA to make in this day and age.

Pakistan’s national carrier has been crumbling for the last many years and today stands on the verge of bankruptcy. And yet, back in the 1960s and early 1970s, PIA stood strong and proud, awarded on multiple occasions and being a constant on the list of top ten airlines of the world!

When this ad appeared in print, PIA was enjoying rapid growth within and outside Pakistan. It had already been noted for having ‘the most stylishly dressed air hostesses’, great service, a widespread route and, ahem, ‘having a generous and tasteful selection of wines, whiskeys and beers’ on offer.’*

*Serving alcoholic drinks on PIA was banned in April 1977.

Resources: Capt. Sami Mirza (former PIA pilot); Illustrated Weekly (June, 1968 edition); Pakistan Economist (April, 1978 issue).

PPP formation, 1967: It’s amazing how little is available by way of any visual documentation of what was perhaps one the most iconic events in the history of Pakistani politics – i.e. the formation of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) during a convention in Lahore in 1967.

The convention gave birth to a populist democratic party that for the next four decades would go onto become both passionately loved, as well as loathed by Pakistanis in equal measure.

Chaired by the suave and yet exuberant Z. A. Bhutto, the convention was attended by some of the country’s leading progressive and leftist intellectuals, journalists and radical student leaders.

This photo shows Bhutto seated among the men who would turn the PPP into a fervent progressive platform that not only accommodated committed Marxists, Maoists, ‘Islamic Socialists’ and liberals alike, but would also go on to sweep the 1970 general election (in former West Pakistan). The most endearing characteristic of the image is the way J. A. Rahim (an otherwise serious and sombre Marxist thinker and PPP’s leading ideologue) is actually sitting on Bhutto’s lap!

Rahim was one of the founders (along with Z. A. Bhutto) of the PPP and co-author of the party’s original socialist-democratic manifesto.

Unfortunately in 1975, Rahim had a falling out with Bhutto and was humiliatingly expelled from the party.

Bhutto, on the other hand, was hanged by the Ziaul Haq dictatorship in 1979 through a sham trial, taking with him what still remains to be one of the most populist, dynamic and yet, contradictory eras in Pakistani politics.

Resources: PPP – The first phase (Hasan Askari Rizvi); PPP-Rise to Power (Philip Jones).

House full: Pakistani film industry and cinemas began experiencing a creative and financial peak in the late 1960s; a high that would last till about 1979, before starting to patter out in the 1980s and hitting rock bottom a decade later.

There were a number of reasons for the rapid fall of the industry and the consequential closing down of numerous cinemas.

Two of the leading reasons were the brutal censorship policies of the reactionary Ziaul Haq dictatorship in the 1980s, and the arrival of the VCR.

As Zia’s so-called ‘Islamisation’ process began stuffing public space and collective socialising spots with moral policing and restrictions, the people took their entertainment indoors.

Cinemas were hit the worst by this as not only the ‘respectable’ audiences stopped frequenting cinemas; the Pakistani film industry too began to fall apart.

‘Illegal’ video shops renting Indian films and porn (allowed to openly operate after bribing the police) sprang up and cinemas began to be torn down by their owners and turned into gaudy shopping malls.

For example, in Sindh alone there were over 600 cinemas between 1969 and 1980, but only a few hundred remained by 1985.

Similarly, the Pakistani film industry used to generate an average of 20 Urdu films a year in the 1970s, but by the late 1980s, it was struggling to come out with even five a year.

The above photo was taken in 1969 outside Karachi’s famous Nishat Cinema. It was also one of the first cinemas to introduce in-house air-conditioning in cinemas in Pakistan. The picture shows a crowd of cine-goers gathered outside the already packed cinema waiting their turn to see the premiere of a Pakistani war flick, ‘Qasam uss waqt ki.

Nishat survived the thorny Zia years, the VCR invasion and the local film industry’s collapse.

In fact Nishat still stands, reeking out a survival by running latest Indian and Hollywood films.

Resources:  50 years of Pakistani Cinema (Mushtaq Gazdar). Aqeel Jafiri (personal collection). 

Just before the fall: This is the front page of Dawn that appeared only days before Pakistani troops surrendered meekly to the Indian army in former East Pakistan (December, 1971).

It is easy to spot the haunting irony on the page that is splashed with disastrous reports about the Pakistani war effort and an impending sense of doom – and yet (on the bottom right) there is a quarter-page ad placed by a large trading company showing the emblems of the Pakistan army, air-force and navy and assuring us that ‘Inshallah (God willing), the victory would be ours.’

In hindsight, one can suggest that denial is not exactly so new a trait that Pakistanis have acquired, post-9/11; because the truth is that to most Pakistanis the stunning 1971 surrender actually came as a rude and shocking surprise. State-owned media and the armed forces had continued to claim that Pakistani forces were on the verge of a glorious victory right till (or just before) the final fall.

In fact, in the bulletin read out on Radio Pakistan only hours before the final defeat, the newscaster had reported that the Pakistan military was ‘continuing to deliver numerous setbacks and losses to the Indian army’. And we lapped it all up, like a kid smilingly licking an imaginary popsicle.

Resources: A History of Radio Pakistan (Nihal Ahmed).

Taliban, who? No, this is not an image from a bygone hippie flick. It is a picture of real hippies enjoying a few puffs of hashish on the roof of a cheap hotel in Peshawar in 1972. Yes, Peshawar.

Pakistan was an important destination that lay on what was called the ‘hippie trail’ – an overland route taken by young western and American bag-packers between 1967 and 1979 and that ran from Turkey, across Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, usually ending in Nepal.

Numerous low-budget hotels and a thriving tourist industry sprang up (in Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi) to accommodate these travellers.

The hippie trail began eroding after the 1977 military coup in Pakistan, the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran and the beginning of the Afghan civil war (in 1979).

Resource: Eddie Woods (Photo)

Tequila twist! One of the rare photographs available of Karachi’s famous nightclub scene of the late 1960s and 1970s.

Live music, great food, lots of booze and dancing were the hallmarks of the scene. Shown here is a club band playing to a happy audience at a ‘mid-range’ nightclub in Karachi (in 1972).

According to former nightclub owner and entrepreneur, Tony Tufail, ‘Karachi would have gone on to become what Dubai later became if not for the ban.’*

*Nightclubs were closed down in April 1977.

Resource: Understanding Karachi (Arif Hassan); Instant City (Steve Inskeep).

Moonwalkers in Karachi, 1973: How many of you know or remember that the entire crew of NASA’s Apollo 17 flight to the moon visited Pakistan? In July 1973, astronauts of the United State’s last mission to the moon arrived in Karachi.

Their visit was widely covered by the press and Pakistan Television (PTV). The astronauts were also honoured by a ‘welcome motorcade procession’ that travelled from Clifton Road till Tower area.

The photograph shows the motorcade reaching the Saddar area that was decorated with Pakistani, American and PPP flags and colourful banners.

Some of the astronauts travelled in an open truck (see picture). The truck also carries a banner that reads (in Urdu): ‘Welcome to the Apollo 17 astronauts.’

Resource: US Consulate General-Pakistan.

Safer days, shorter walls: This is a 1974 picture of Karachi’s iconic Pearl Continental Hotel (then called theIntercontinental). Notice the short walls of the hotel, hardly 3 and a half feet tall!

Now compare them with the tall, thick walls and the chaotic barbed wire that surround the same hotel today and what with all the concrete barriers and dozens of armed security personnel that one has to go through.

Resource: Dawn 

Say, Vat? Nothing extraordinary about this old 1975 Urdu film poster of a movie released at a time when the country’s film industry was booming. However, check out the bottle of whiskey, Vat-69.

This brand of whiskey (according to late filmmaker and cinema historian, Mushtaq Gazdar), appeared in hundreds of Pakistani films between 1950s and late 1970s. But why Vat 69?

Gazdar wasn’t sure, but he did notice that (for whatever reasons), this brand of whiskey was used by most Pakistani directors if they had to show a ‘good person’ drowning their sorrows with the help of a stiff drink, whereas other brands were used if a ‘bad person’ was shown having a shot or two.

Also, bars and nightclubs in Karachi, though stuffed with local brands of beer, vodka and whiskey, mainly stocked Vat 69 as their vintage foreign/imported brand.

Interestingly, after sale of alcohol was banned in 1977 (to Muslims), Vat 69 lost its iconic status and was replaced by local brands (such as Lion Whiskey) now available in ‘licensed wine shops’ in Karachi and the interior Sindh, and Black Label  stocked by enterprising bootleggers.

At the art of it all: This 1975 photograph shows a group of some of Pakistan’s famous painters and sculptors with a visiting British artist at the Karachi Arts Council. Check out the flares, the sideburns and all. And they’re smoking inside the building. Awesome.

Marriot, 1977: This is a 1977 photograph showing Islamabad’s Marriot Hotel (then called Holiday Inn) being constructed. Almost three decades later this famous hotel was blown up by suicide bombers and/or psychotics who were in a hurry to reach the rooms their handlers had booked for them in paradise.

Notice the almost barren area in front of the hotel – a far cry from the wide roads, traffic signals and lines of trees and traffic that surrounds the area today.

Talking heads: A terrific 1975 photograph of a scholarly talk show on PTV. Intellectual talk shows were rather popular on TV in Pakistan in the 1970s. This one shows renowned playwrights, Ashfaq Ahmed and Bano Qudsia (centre right), talking about ‘socialist plays’ with the host.

Damned greatness: A 1976 photo of Pakistan’s Nobel Prize winning scientist, Dr. Abdus Salam (right), with a colleague at a summer college held at Pakistan’s scenic Nathiyagali resort.

Considered to be one of the greatest minds produced by Pakistan, Dr. Salam, a devout member of the Ahmadi community, was associated with various scientific and developmental projects undertaken by the government from the 1950s till 1974.

He quit and left Pakistan in protest after the Ahmadis were declared as non-Muslim (in the 1973 Constitution).

However, he kept returning to the country on the invitation of friends, but he never reconciled with those who’d pushed to declare his community a non-Muslim minority in the country of his birth and work.

Resources: Abdus Salam Archives (Picture).

Hippie invasion: Cover of the soundtrack album (LP) of 1974 box-office hit, Miss Hippie. The film depicted the ‘effect hippie lifestyle and fashion were having on Pakistani youth.’ (sic)

Starring popular 1970s Pakistani film actress, Shabnam, the film conveniently forgot that more than half of the hashish that was being consumed by the ‘invading hippies’ was actually being produced and smuggled in and from Pakistan!

Pray tell: Photograph showing late Pir Pagara talking to the press at the Karachi Press Club in 1977. Pagara was heading a right-wing movement against the Z. A. Bhutto regime.

Here he is seen talking to the press (surrounded by some members of the Jamat-i-Islami, Jamat Ulema Islam and Jamiat Ulema Pakistan).

The men then got up to say their evening prayers.

However, a commotion broke out between the religious leaders of the movement when JI and JUI men refused to pray behind JUP leader, Shah Noorani.

JUI was inclined towards Sunni Deobandi school of thought whereas Noorani was from the pro-Barelvi JUP. Though united in their opposition to Bhutto’s ‘socialism’, both men thought the other was a ‘misguided Muslim.’

The King wuz here: Rare poster of Indian Ghazal king (and queen) Jagit & Chitra’s tour of Lahore in 1979. They held a series of successful concerts, with the most colourful one taking place in the city’s historical Shalimar Gardens.

Not in our name: Women organisations were at the forefront of the many movements that took place against the brutal Ziaul Haq dictatorship. This 1980 photograph is from a violent protest held by female college students (in Lahore) against the Zia regime’s ‘masochistic attitude’ towards women.

Resources: Herald (April, 1980).

Desperado, 1981: This is a rare photograph of notorious Pakistani left-wing radical, Salamulla Tipu, hanging out from the cockpit of a PIA plane that he had hijacked with three other colleagues in 1981.

Tipu, a leftist student leader from Karachi, had joined Murtaza Bhutto’s Al-Zulfikar Organisation (AZO) to instigate an urban guerrilla war against the Ziaul Haq dictatorship (1977-88).

The plane was hijacked from Karachi, flown to Kabul and then to Damascus. Tipu and co. (armed with AK-47s and hand grenades), only released the passengers after the Zia regime agreed to release 50-plus political prisoners from jails.

In 1984, however, in an ironic twist of fate, Tipu the Marxist revolutionary, was executed by the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul after he’d fallen out with Murtaza Bhutto, while the other hijackers travelled to Libya where they are said to be still living.

Resources: The Terrorist Prince (Raja Anwar); Abbas Ali (Personal Collection).

Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and Dawn.com

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ahmed farooq butt
Feb 09, 2012 02:03pm
Brilliant time-line illustrating the phases of highs and lows Pakistan has gone throughout the decades; and a welcome break from the current news on our media channels. NFP I am sure now all the thumbs up comments that you get bore you; . I cannot believe the transformation our country has succumbed to, and hope some positives prevail soon in the form of us getting honest leader for the country.
Ammar Khan
Feb 09, 2012 02:17pm
beautiful.
m h kayani
Feb 09, 2012 02:17pm
Well done, what wonderful look back some of the issues and item of the that remind one's history in making. these pictures are the real story of the day. little disagreement on the comments but one the whole, good one to remember.
Ismail Admani
Feb 09, 2012 02:22pm
The photo showing PPP formation in 1967 shows Shaikh Abdul Rashid, Communist leader of PPP sitting in the lap of ZAB and JA Rahim is just sitting to his left, kindly make a correction, Ismail Admani, Hosuton, Texas, USA
Naveed Nazim
Feb 09, 2012 02:25pm
Wowww what a great piece it was. Not only portraying a different look but giving a insight information. But I really feel sorry when writer like you use word " interior Sindh". ......replaced by local brands (such as Lion Whiskey) now available in ‘licensed wine shops’ in Karachi and the interior Sindh...........
Agha
Feb 09, 2012 02:25pm
Wonderful combination of pictures,showing great Pakistan falling in the hands of incompetant leaders and turning into a nightmare.
Subhan
Feb 09, 2012 02:44pm
Wonderful NFP, you have taken us into history. Amazingly, no Pakistani was having a beard at those times.
khurrum
Feb 09, 2012 03:04pm
Heavy heart after going through the down slide progress of our country. I can make out this story from my domestic pictures which show sleeveless and short shirts and gawdy bell bottoms being replaced with dopattas and chadars. Last picture is more ironic in nature as Proponent of Change himself changed in early 90's !!
Gulap
Feb 09, 2012 03:13pm
The Official Flogging scene is shocking - Pak Fauj Zinda bad. btw, has anyone heard anything from Mansoor Ijaz yet? -
Zia
Feb 09, 2012 03:15pm
Those were the times!! we could have converted Pakistan into a progressive state - I can see many bright sibling moments and thoughtful folks - I can sigh only....
R S JOHAR
Feb 09, 2012 03:19pm
A brilliant write up by NFP along with some rare photographs of the past times makes this article as watching of a documentary film live. However, the sad part is the deterioration of social and political situation in Pakistan from 1960 onwards, which is on continues decline.
Raoul
Feb 09, 2012 03:25pm
Nostalgia is what people turn to when ruination is at hand....truly said.
Naushad Shafkat
Feb 09, 2012 03:29pm
So far so good and I have just come to the formation of the PPP pic. It is definitely NOT J. A. Rahim on Mr. Bhutto's lap but (don't take my word for it) Shaikh Rafique (hope got the name right) who was a staunch Marxist, headed the Land Reforms Commission etc. Dr. Hassan is 2nd from right, seated on the chair in a suit alongwith Mr. Rafi Raza and I think I also see Mr. A.H. Kardar standing in a suit just left of center.
Younus
Feb 09, 2012 04:11pm
I think it is very much J A Rahim.
Manish Sharma
Feb 09, 2012 04:14pm
Hey, I didnt knew that my neighboring country was so much prosperous in the old times. Even I have not seen such prosperity in India leaving out some cities. Thats a nice writeup. Also please write something on old Lahore, I have heard from my Grandfather that "Jisne Lahore nahin dekha usne kuch nahi dekha". What was such great about Lahore of 40's and 50's.
GKrishnan
Feb 09, 2012 04:16pm
Superb ! Especially the pic of Che with Ayub pulled the carpet from under me.
Sarah
Feb 09, 2012 04:38pm
Superb stuff. NFP is most certainly one of the most interesting and insightful writers I have come across.
Ali
Feb 09, 2012 05:21pm
Evolution of Pakistan in a few paragraphs.
Vish
Feb 09, 2012 05:39pm
Fabulous pictures. Just one point of disagreement though. There was only one queen of ghazal & that was Begum Akhtar
Shahid Jamil
Feb 09, 2012 06:00pm
JA Rahim is sitting next to ZAB in that picture - not on his lap
Aamir
Feb 09, 2012 06:02pm
Awesome compilation
Nosheen
Feb 09, 2012 06:02pm
Or rather, the fall of Pakistan, from being a country that was once on course of becoming a great Asian society to ending up becoming a pit of bigotry and hypocrisy. Shame. But, indeed, a great, great piece as always by Paracha, perhaps the sharpest cultural commentator in the region.
Girish Motwani
Feb 09, 2012 06:16pm
Although my grandfather came to India soon after partition, my maternal grandfather's extended family relocated to India from Karachi in mid-70s after my mama was shot dead in college. They always spoke of Karachi being a prosperous and happening city. They will surely get nostalgic when I show them these photos.
Adil Ghumro
Feb 09, 2012 06:32pm
Nice Work Keep It Up,It Really Helps Me To Know About History Thank You.
Ashish
Feb 09, 2012 06:50pm
Exactly the same thing came to my mind also.
Haniya
Feb 09, 2012 07:09pm
Truly refereshing!
salman
Feb 09, 2012 07:18pm
great work NFP , you are an outstanding writer , I have learned so many thins from you articles and blogs. where do you see pakistan going 15 years from now can you predict? furthermore its lovely to see Dr Salam with co scientist in nathiyagali which is a beautiful hill resort. I would request you please let our people know about the destruction caused by Gen Zia in detail and more frequently, I would also request to appear on tv talk shows regularly. we want to hear from you. Thanks for this great work
Nostalgic Pakistani
Feb 09, 2012 08:29pm
Really wonderful article, not always a fan of NFP but I keep coming back in the hope of few gems like this
Shaukat USA
Feb 09, 2012 08:57pm
Great pictures. Pakistan destroyed in the name of religion. We need another Ataturk.
FM
Feb 09, 2012 09:01pm
Thanks. Brought tears to my eyes. 70s is the only Pakistan I know as we left the country in 1977. I've lost that country forever.
Baighairat
Feb 09, 2012 09:07pm
WOW!!
Ayesha
Feb 09, 2012 09:24pm
Thanks NFP for providing an insight to everyone...I wish this blog to be published in an Indian newspaper also..as images of cricketers and jihadi terrorist flash in our mind whenever we think of Pakistan..... From ur pictures,I could guess that the separation of the fertile East pakistan and the subsequent islamification by the Zia ul Haq regime has sent the country backwards rather than to the 21st century.... Wish both our countries have good leaders so that we can cooperate together rather than spending trillions on weapons we might never use...
Zakir Akbar
Feb 09, 2012 09:50pm
Another great article and I loved it so much that I shared it on facebook. I owe you royality on this article ;-).. I grew up in Zia's time and even my memory has started to fading away :-) your article has just refreshed our memory. I also wanted to high light few other international events happened in those glorious days of Bhuttos, 1 - South asian games, 2- Islamic Summit conference. For your correction on Ahamdi issue, In Bhutto times, a word Muslim was defined, that a Muslim is who which beleived in Allah is in the only God and Mohammad PBUH is the last messanger of God, thats it... nothing more or less.
Sana
Feb 09, 2012 10:09pm
Im at loss of words to express my gratitude, well done Paracha sahab!
BRR
Feb 09, 2012 10:16pm
Nice walk through recent history. But I bet over 80% of Pakistanis today would decry those days, and if shown this article, would say how unIslamic those days were, how liberal and ungodly, how crude and against god's wishes. This is a history most Pakistanis will be ashamed of today, as much as most responders here have looked back favorably with nostalgia. There is a disconnect.
Shah
Feb 09, 2012 11:10pm
NFP, The picture of Peshawar made me cry......I want my city and my whole country back so that i can freely invite my western friends to visit me.....
Sri2
Feb 09, 2012 11:12pm
It's nice to see this version of a progressive, liberal, secular, tolerant nation. Imagine what successive democratic regimes could have achieved till now given the progress of similar nations all around. If anything pre-80s Pakistan looked like a very developed version of India. No wonder Zia had to do so much to make an identity that was surely-not-India.
AN
Feb 09, 2012 11:25pm
Great insight as always in NFP's articles. Both the 1965 pictures, however, show ample signs of public display of religion. The beards and the all green PIA. Blaming it all on Zia may be partially justified but in spirit, the islamization of Pakistan started much before Zia (perhaps even before Pakistan itself!). These two pictures just underpin that popular view from outside the Pakistan.
Anas
Feb 10, 2012 12:20am
Man....Che was here....awesome....PIA was great...Abdul Salam...Zia the Kanaa(one-eyed)...Ashfaq Ahmed...Karachi...the could have been Dubai....Alas...
Jaleed Ahmed Gilani
Feb 10, 2012 01:36am
Nadeem, Pakistan had a colourful history, as evident from the photos. But blaming Zia for this country's every ill is absurd. Cause a liberal dictator by the name of Musharraf is also responsible for the polarization of society by entering a war which wasnt ours. And I have severe objections to the term Afghan Civil War, it was a Jihad. Though if our leftist fanatics fail to comprehend, then there is nothing that can be done about it.
Satya S Issar
Feb 10, 2012 01:52am
The theme in all the pictures underlying the fall of Pakistan from supposed heights to new lows is the direct result of simmering hate at your shortcomings and too much emphasis being placed on religion. A radical thinking to make the society truly secular and honest politicians is the need and a MUST.
kshitij
Feb 10, 2012 03:09am
it seems a pakistan would have been much better if 1970s tone of society would have continued ... sad times today though ....
rajah
Feb 10, 2012 03:10am
The gentleman in Mr Bhutto's lap is (late) Mr Sheikh Rashid .
NA
Feb 10, 2012 03:52am
Great piece NFP. Keep it up!
Rao
Feb 10, 2012 04:50am
Good column indeed.
dr fareed
Feb 10, 2012 05:58am
very good work though the flogging pic was a bad ingredient in all this but all in all a very good ride down the memory lane thank you......
Nasir Ali Khan
Feb 10, 2012 06:08am
J. A. Rahim is sitting to the left of Bhutto. It is Shaikh Rasheed who is sitting in Bhutto's lap. His wife is today an MNA and has also served as our Ambassador in Norway.
M Bashir
Feb 10, 2012 07:20am
Great Pictures. All pakistanis can be thankful to Gen Zia ul Haq for bringing Pakistan to a point where it stands today. We should forget Kashmir and start concentrating on rebuilding what we are left with Before balochistan goes away the Bangladesh way
Muhammad
Feb 10, 2012 08:32am
So classy and informative! Kudos to you :-)
jagjit sidhoo
Feb 10, 2012 08:32am
Today Pakistan needs a great sufi saint like Baba Farid or Bulle shah to get it out of this mess
khalid
Feb 10, 2012 09:27am
An excellent chronicle of my beautiful Pakistan. NFP I will always admire you for this and indeed it was worth reading.
C. Ahmed
Feb 10, 2012 09:43am
Fascinating.. the fact that Che, the austronauts, the hippies and other foreigners made it a point to make Pakistan a part of their journey. Speaks a lot of how the country was considered then. Kudos to NFP for his usual, wonderful account of the country. Makes us long for those yesteryears, those live and let live days.
Jawaid Kamal
Feb 10, 2012 10:13am
I can touch your feet in gratitude.
Amir
Feb 10, 2012 10:34am
superb stuff !! Pakistan of yore
Shujaat Ayub Khan
Feb 10, 2012 11:03am
Yup and the end near.
Asaad
Feb 10, 2012 11:17am
NFP you always come up with some specials. I have no words to appreciate your work.
Mahira
Feb 10, 2012 11:52am
Thank you for this. I wish I was born in a different era in Pakistan.
krishna uppaloju
Feb 10, 2012 01:03pm
Great work Nadeem Saheb.. I felt as if I boarded a Time Machine and went back to that era to witness Pakistan of that era..Nadeem Saheb you gave a new definition to journalism by instigating innovative thoughts, writing and publishing...I admire you from bottom of my heart... Great work.. Keep up the good work of setting up a precedent for other journalists to follow..
CAT
Feb 10, 2012 01:16pm
Karachi was far, far ahead of Dubai back then. Who initiated the rot?
sars
Feb 10, 2012 01:17pm
If my generation(thiry somethings) had seen any of this side of Pakistan , while we were old enough to appreciate what a happening and fun place it was i think we would appreciate it a lot more. WE grew up in a repressed , hypocritical , dishonest and outwardly hyper religious atmosphere where independant thinking was discouraged.No wonder we are making very little progress, and great institutions are all being run into the ground. Thank you for this refreshing article, and i hope we learn from our mistakes as a nation.
Nusrat
Feb 10, 2012 02:06pm
Rashid was even a more profound Marxist Thames Rahim. Whereas Rahim was chucked out in 1975 by Bhutto, Rashid held on to the PPP.
Kashif Satti
Feb 10, 2012 08:57am
What Zia era brought to Pakistan? A must read/see article for youth. A great article indeed!
sarita talwai
Feb 10, 2012 09:00am
Mr.Nadeem I love your articles and this one is the best.This is nostalgia at its best.I wonder if India and Pakistan would have been better neighbours , our youth good friends and our economies flourishing in tandem if Pakistan had taken another road.NFP, if you can, please convey my warm wishes to all Pakistanis and hope for brighter morrow.
Urooba Azhar
Feb 10, 2012 09:09am
That was an amazing article that you wrote, really informative for a student like me. But great writers or researchers like you should also mentor studdents like me who are struggling and perhaps face a hardtme finding thier career. wish my message reaches you. Urooba Azhar
aniq
Feb 10, 2012 03:02pm
a pretty nostalgic column,
tim
Feb 10, 2012 03:27pm
it seems you have nothing to write apart from zia. if zia is the reason behind every problem then why pakistan didnt flourish before zia?
Rafia
Feb 10, 2012 03:34pm
Great piece of writing..Where those days are gone???
NaseerJillani
Feb 10, 2012 04:16pm
Ahem. Oh, bhai, kindly think before you speak. Did you know that Pak's economy was rated higher than Singapore's and South Korea's in the 1960s? And that Pakistan almost became like Dubai in the 1970s? How old are you?
pirah
Feb 10, 2012 04:59pm
going through this article made me wonder what pakistan would have become had zia's curse not infected pakistan with his virus.
A.Amjad
Feb 10, 2012 07:16pm
simply beautiful..made me wanna live in that time and era. what good is this 21st century when we are just being looked down upon on mere grounds of misundersatndings !!
Nadeem F. Paracha
Feb 10, 2012 07:27pm
Two people were most dangerous for my country. 1. Bhutto, as he activated poor people just to play his political game. Now such type of poor people still don't have enough knowledge of world and they are becoming activists and fuel for activists. 2. Zia Ul Haq, as he activated so-called Mulla (religious people). If there were not doing what they did, our country was heaven, and truly on the path of prosperity.
JR Kumar
Feb 10, 2012 07:33pm
Great piece of writing.Well illustrated with nostalgic photos.We have seen now what we used to hear from friends.Thanks for this write up.
Ahmed Saeed
Feb 10, 2012 09:19pm
Oh God where is that Pakistan
Khappay
Feb 10, 2012 11:14pm
Agreed, it's far too simple to blame everything on Zia. Problems started earlier and were initiated by Bhutto himself. No govt after Zia's death over 20 years ago, has done a single thing to reverse anything (INCLUDING Benazir and the great president we are blessed with now).
Hashim
Feb 10, 2012 11:42pm
The down fall of Our Pakistan started with ZA Butto & it has never recovered since. Fool me once, shame on you---- but to fool the people 2 & 3 times, Benazir, Sharif & the Zardari is the icing on the cake!!
sk
Feb 10, 2012 11:56pm
excellent article....
Elyas Malik
Feb 11, 2012 12:08am
An outstanding peice of Art, trip down the memory lane and brought tears to my eyes.
Fran Selin Barnes
Feb 11, 2012 02:08am
Thank you for this wonderful article! I went to Karachi American (High) School and graduated after 3 years, in 1960. This article brought so many wonderful memories back. Most of us are still in touch...Pakistanis, Afghans, Indian, American, and more. How we loved Karachi and our lives there, and have so many cherished memories. We have Reunions every 2 years, in different places in the States. Our last was in Portland, Oregon, and more than 100 attended. Yes, I wish that the younger generations had known what it was like then. Very sad.
Shakky
Feb 11, 2012 03:57am
Incredible pictures! The Pakistan of those days inspired confidence and truly had potential. It was smart, tolerant and a safe place to live. Wish we could turn back the clock and start again from that point in time.
Syed
Feb 11, 2012 04:51am
I will add Bhutto with Zia to bring down progressive Pakistan. It was Ayub Khan though a dictator who put Pakistan on the road to progress. But sahme on Bhutto who brought the nationalization and detroyed the all the development made by Ayub's planning. On top of that Zia brought the wrath of the so called Islam on the masses of Pakistan. I wished he has implemented the true Islam but he exploited nothing else.
G.Nabi
Feb 11, 2012 06:29am
Past had its ups & downs. Question is -' what has present government of PPP accomplished?'
koko
Feb 11, 2012 07:02am
every country in world go forward but pakistan using reverse gear. we assume from these photograph.
Dreamer
Feb 11, 2012 10:15am
@tim: That is perhaps one of the most asinine comments on here. Pakistan was indeed on the right track at the time. The Zia-ul-Haq legacy is something that completely changed our course. The sectarian violence, and the creation of these "jihadis" is something that we are still suffering, and will probably keep on suffering till they are considered as "strategic assets".
jalaluddin S. Hussai
Feb 11, 2012 10:51am
I am more than 70, a staunch socialist and human rights activist. I am very thankful to Nadeem for writing this excellent and painstaking political history of Pakistan. Pakistani people have made a lot of genuine sacrifices and therefore they truly deserve a fair, just and democratic society.
gabbar
Feb 11, 2012 11:38am
not true, pakistan's economy faltered under bhutto's failed nationalization schemes.
Nisar Ahmed
Feb 11, 2012 12:53pm
Great piece of work. We should change ourselves and work for glorification of our country by having moderate vision.
Javed Masud
Feb 11, 2012 01:00pm
Great write-up & pictures. I think it is most important for the youth of today's Pakistan (Zia & post-Zia generation) to know that Pakistan was actually a very liveable country before the ravages of the Zia era were inflicted on us. Yes, the root of each & every problem that we confront today goes back to Zia's 'gift' to this hapless nation. I am surprised to note that there are still some persons around who remain in a denial mode & tend to think all should not be blamed soley on Zia!
Abdul Basit
Feb 11, 2012 01:28pm
Pakistan's leap to prosperity took a dent in the early 70s when the then Govt. of Pakistan decided to Nationalize its major industries.... as far as Pakistan being Dubai is concerned, Casionos were built on shores of Karachi if that's progress in one's mind
Abdul Basit
Feb 11, 2012 01:32pm
I agree. Well done! History should be as it happened.
S.A.Ahmed
Feb 11, 2012 04:25pm
Pakistan destroyed in the name of religion and democracy and both preachers/leaders failed to resolve on investigating all matters, whether they concern religion or worldly life. We should remember that circumstances keep on changing and we are daily faced with new problems and needs.
Roxana
Feb 11, 2012 04:51pm
Thank you for this article. I lived as a teenager in Karachi about 1962-1967 and I found it to be mostly a great place to live. With few exceptions, the freedoms I experienced and the welcome were outstanding for a "foreigner" like me. I wish I could revisit the Karachi of the 1960s, but it sounds like I would be very unwelcome there now. How sad.
Dr. Salaria, Aamir A
Feb 11, 2012 06:31pm
Notwithstanding the wrong captions and elaborations on the pictures and titles, these are indeed great photographs of yester years, which help the readers to revisit the yester years related to the 'land of the pure.' It feels pathetic to realize that PIA was instrumental in making many airlines of the world including the Emirates but is almost 'broke' now. PIA like the PR is in terrible shape these days mainly because of old and obsolete fleet of aircrafts, which no other airline in the world can even think of using except PIA. Regarding Imran Ullah Khan Niazi (real and full name of Imran Khan), who might be the next President or Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, unbiased and true history provides testimony to the fact that like many other cricketers of his era, he too was a 'playboy' in his hay days who left many stories where ever he went to play or otherwise. If today he has become pious and darwaish, good for him. It is better not to comment on Z.A. Bhutto and his party because they are in power right now. The enlightened readers of Dawn could decide themselves about the efficiency, progress and productivity of PPP towards the nation and its people since the first day of its its inception to date. To blame General Zia-ul-Haq of all the ills and troubles faced by the hapless and helpless people of Pakistan today is highly illogical, grossly unqualified, totally unwarranted and absolutely uncalled for, to say the least. Karachi is still a great city. Just imagine, with a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic population of more than 200 million, it has far less crime rate (in spite of what is reported in the press) than similar cities like Chicago, New York, London, L.A., Peking, Shanghai, Calcutta, Bombay and so on. Indeed, memories are forever.
Vigilant
Feb 11, 2012 08:41pm
Just Wonderful.....hats off to author
Sarah Ali
Feb 11, 2012 09:38pm
You write 'wrong captions and elaborations' and yet actually repeat exactly what the author was communicating. Strange.
Syed Arbab Ahmed
Feb 11, 2012 10:30pm
Old memories, Old is Gold.
kausik
Feb 12, 2012 02:57am
NFP as usual brilliant in bringing the changes happened since independence with narration using the photographs of the era which clearly shows shifting trends and more fundamentalistic changes in pakistan society even forcing a noble laurate scietist to leave the country.My compliments to nfp and Dawn paper in publishing this article.
Mashood
Feb 12, 2012 03:39am
Pictorial coverage of bygone days is Indeed wonderful to say the least. I am not sure how Dr. Salaria is comparing Karachi's crime rate with Chicago and NY. In both the cities mentioned by Dr. Salaria people do go out with latest model of cars and cell phones without being afraid of getting looted at any time.
Mashood
Feb 12, 2012 03:58am
Keep it NFP- a brilliant piece of pictorial coverage of bygone days
Joseph
Feb 12, 2012 08:53am
I'm an indian born in the nineties.I had my misconceptions about pakistan every since I was a kid.this article was an eye opener.I strongly stand for indo pak peace. My dream is a day...when I'll be able to drive across the wagah border and visit your country without any worries. Hoping for the best.thanks for the article.
Hussein
Feb 12, 2012 09:53am
"To blame General Zia-ul-Haq of all the ills and troubles faced by the hapless and helpless people of Pakistan today is highly illogical, grossly unqualified, totally unwarranted and absolutely uncalled for, to say the least." Dr sahib: I do agree with your comments except for the one quoted. Gen Zia was the one who built the legacy of intolerance in the name of Islam. Pakistan would have been a great nation tolerant and successful a shining example of progressive muslims. Today Pakistan sadly is only mentioned with killings in the name of Islam. Perhaps this legacy of Amir-ul-momineen Zai-ul-Haq appeals to you than a civil, just, and human face of Pakistan from the early 70s. Karachi is nothing like the cities you have mentioned in closing; news clips from other cities do not depict senseless killings of innocent humans of other sects or religion. May Allah bring back the days when the Prophet of Islam even his aggressors in the name of humanity
saeed
Feb 12, 2012 09:49am
Shaukat ,you are the first person from US or UK who think outside of box.Otherwise, Everyone over there is candidate of Jamat Islami
rizwan
Feb 12, 2012 11:17am
nice to see old and nice times in pakistan...true depiction of Nostalgia...
Asfandyar
Feb 12, 2012 04:36pm
Totally Agree. What we are facing now is reaction of what these two have done. The dilema that those who came later didnt stop it as they were offshoots of the same.
Syed Hasan Atizaz
Feb 12, 2012 04:46pm
Wish if i was there then. Its always a pleasure to read what was my Pakistan, wish and pray that things go back what it used to be.
Dr.YoungKil Park
Feb 12, 2012 05:46pm
Nearly everday I see you the esteemed Dawn and the Nation therefore I have some knowledge of your Country and the subcontinal and the Arab country.Specially I wish your Pakistan will be very stable and very secure under your proudeful leaders and the protection the mercifu prophetor l Alla(pay my respects on him). Great Nation Pakistan, faithfully from your friend a Korean
Rehman Saiyed
Feb 13, 2012 02:20am
Seriously? You don't think that Zia's brand of intolerant Islam is what has destroyed the very fabric of Pakistani society? He will go down as one of the worst human beings to have lived as a Pakistani. You often hear how one man can make a difference - for Pakistan it was Zia for the detriment of our country. Did Zia not take away personal freedom in the name of Islam? Did he not force his version of Islamic governance down our throats? I remember we used to have a "Majlis-e-Shura" in the '80's - what were we back in the 1200's?? He might not have been corrupt but his ideology has transformed Pakistan to a country where Islamists tell you that even if they see you doing something they consider un-Islamic the "gunnah" is on them if they don't stop you from doing it. Was that the case before 1977? Or ever for that matter in Pakistan???
Wasim Khan
Feb 13, 2012 06:58am
Going back to 7th century, in 50 years we are halfway there, need some more time and we will reach. When moderates stay side lined and let the extremists prevail, a progressive muslim nation goes back to stone age. The speed of deterioration is supersonic.
Barkat Shah Kakar
Feb 13, 2012 09:31am
It certainly is thought provoking and present very interesting reference points to compare our today with three to four decades back. Even it is enough for those politicians and so-called strategic planners and policy makers to see where we were and now where we are.
Mirza Rehan
Feb 13, 2012 03:13pm
An article I will keep in my drawer catalogue. I was looking for such information and the pre and post Zia (erred and horrendous) era comparison.
Muhammad Junaid
Feb 13, 2012 04:19pm
@Ahmed Farooq: you talk of honest leadership with NFP...he is a Jiala from the core..endorses PPP ...
HH
Feb 14, 2012 04:53am
Things wont change until you 'moderates with growing minds' come into politics, journalism, law etc. We need to make these profession attractive respectful and esteemed so that we get best of best Pakistani minds who would like to become lawyer, journalist and politician. At the moment the best brain is going abroad who would serve as a change agent in our society no matter our society is declining. In 60s, 70s best minds used to be in these profession and promote art and culture
Harry
Feb 15, 2012 03:28am
Er.. If 200 million people live in Karachi, then what about other cities? Anyways, its just sad that you relics find the partisan strain to compare this city to all other mentioned towards the end. Live a summer in NYC and lets see what you have to say.
mehmoona
Feb 15, 2012 06:03am
of all the despots and tyrants that our country has had at its helm none proved more damaging than bhutto and zia,zia on the other hand not only damaged the country but religion as well and reduced it to a more superficial and ritualistic form. rather do what was right, people were more concerned about doing what appeared more acceptable with their peers and intolerance became a virtue..he also tried to change a thoroughly professional army into a rag tag merchant militia
ahmed farooq butt
Feb 15, 2012 11:49am
I have read this article more than 10 times now; and my humble request to Nadeem Farooq, a second article Also Pakistan II should follow suite. Yes Junaid, true NFP is a rare breed of a jiala, but he speaks from the heart, and his blogs of the apparent fallout of our society from the post 70's era is evident in how our country has shaped now. If there are claims that bhutto nationalisation has affected the country, so can be said of zia's islamisation and the intolerance that prevails. Rest it is debatable on what harmed the country more and who can win the blame-game bout. Also we are a divided nation, among provinces, ethnicity, and then there is a socio-economic factor of race,elite, wadera, general, i believe the only two things that can cause a real change is a jiala leader with a vision and passion for the country..
ahmed farooq butt
Feb 15, 2012 12:14pm
@HH yes its unfortunate that the best of our minds are deciding to settle abroad, but migration is like the flow of water and unstoppable; most will be destined to return back and contribute to their country at some point in life. the Chinese and Indian communities have done so, and so shall our own in the future.
raheela
Feb 20, 2012 11:21pm
Good old days:-) thank you for this.One of the best articles i have ever read!
Nasr KiKi
Feb 23, 2012 02:04am
PPPP: Paracha of peoples party
roger
May 24, 2012 09:44am
Dr. You have no idea what you are talking about when comparing Chicago to Karachi. I have lived in Chicago for 30 years and never been as afraid as I have been in DHA karachi. Frequent gun fire, cell phone, car snatching, bank robberies, kidnappings, break ins and list go on and on. You have not lived in any other city than Karachi to know this. When was the last time someone got kidnapped for ransom in Chicago?
Salman Baloch
May 24, 2012 12:04pm
We are suffering for fighting the cold war. The Islam that most of us believe in today was rooted in our minds to fight the soviets, it is very far from what Islam truly is. We have been made into militants by the teachings marketed by Zia and financed by the west. ;
Fahad J.
May 24, 2012 02:42pm
Doctor needs medicine!
Cyrus Howell
Jul 28, 2012 07:35am
Native American Indians have thousands of family photos on Facebook of relatives, family of friends and tribes. People need to download their family photos on a Facebook site for a historical glimpse of how things used to be.
nav
May 24, 2012 06:23pm
Honestly where did you get your facts about crime rate.. I have lived in NY and have visited LA and Chicago and Karachi. I felt least safe in Karachi. My friend was mugged early morning in my 3 day trip to KHI. Please tell me that was a joke?
Ali
May 24, 2012 07:07pm
However many English language newspapers come into existence here in Pakistan, Dawn will always remain the standard they will all try to come up to. Absolutely brilliant stuff. NFP really outdid himself by coming up with this; and that's saying something, since this is NFP we're talking about. Also, kudos to the entire team at Dawn who must have dug into hundreds of books and searched through thousands of newspapers to gather the images. An epic piece.
americanpaki
May 25, 2012 04:29am
Best. Article. Ever. Thank you!!
wafa amin
May 25, 2012 04:57pm
Have the same dream!
Arshad Kazmi
Jul 27, 2012 07:42am
RIP Pakistan.
Ali H. Ayub
May 25, 2012 10:46pm
we need another Ayub Khan, but as a Prime Minister; not in a khaki/military uniform. I was born in mid 1980s. I've been witness to some of the changes. Pakistan today is still a great country to live in and I face no hardship but that's only because I'm from a reasonably well-off family. But we can only judge Pakistan as a prosperous nation when the middle class grows, and when basic services are afforded to the lower income. through investment and jobs, and through a better political/security environment and MOST IMPORTANTLY with some accountability and witch-hunt against corruption at all levels -- we can regain our lost pride. Pakistan always will be the greatest nation in the world. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD
Moiz
May 26, 2012 02:08am
Yes Taking 10 exceptions out of 65 years history is great & refreshing. Blaming Pakistan and its politicians for not progressing is just a skin deep approach. We all who are alive must be ashamed for staying alive. lot of great moments like night clubs, alcohol in PIA and clubs, movies and etc were and still are contradictions to basic philosophy of existance of Pakistan. problem is in the core philosophy and nobody has the courage to bell the cat.
surinder
May 26, 2012 02:38am
I am a Lahore born indian. My patents were never tired of talking of Lahore of their time. I visted Lahore in 1990 and found it a vibrant and beautiful city. Can we have some write up with photographs of Lahore of pre-partion days?
Abbas
May 26, 2012 04:08am
Afghan war in 1980's was between Russia and USA. It lay the foundation for the misery we are in today.
Malik Rizwan
May 26, 2012 01:10pm
Thanks man for nice kind and sweet wishes for our country. wish you best of luck for your country and most well come for Pakistan any Time .... Pakistan Zindaa Baaad ... INSHALLAH we will rock again pakistan will be in good position soon INSHALLAH.
Malik Rizwan
May 26, 2012 01:11pm
Thanks Joseph.. we are also hoping for the same .... INSHALLAH. The time will come and we will travel in between two countries soon !!!
Malik Rizwan
May 26, 2012 01:13pm
I Agreed !!!
Farhan Zameer
May 26, 2012 01:30pm
Great article!
Saad Arif Awan
May 26, 2012 07:04pm
Great stuff, Mr. NFP and thanks for sharing it with the current youth of Pk. We can still pick up the grace from where we have fallen from & could add a lot more to our dear homeland in terms of peace & prosperity inshallah!!!!
Arun
May 28, 2012 07:31pm
Excellent photo-article on a bygone era!! I'm an indian and would love to have this Pakistan thats progressive, wealthy and liberal minded as neighbour.
absar
Jun 15, 2012 09:43pm
i truly appreciate ur views
absar
Jun 15, 2012 09:51pm
A one great article about Pakistan that i will always remember. I hope in future also you will bring more articles like this.
maher
May 31, 2012 08:05pm
wonderful. sharing this...
Shahla Mir
Jun 13, 2012 11:15pm
Salaam, I am speaking directly to Nadeem F. Paracha: I have some pictures that you might like. I just received an email with historic Pakistan images dating back to the 1800's. Please contact me if you could. I would love to fwd it to you. They might be of use to you. Thanks and great article!
AAMIR
Aug 12, 2012 10:04pm
loved your kindest and best wishes and I wish you success and happiness too! Wish this earth to become a colourful place where everyone stands hand in hand to help others forgetting their personal, religious and political interest :-)
Salim
Jul 29, 2012 04:35pm
Surinderji; Pakistan needs many many more of decent well wishing Indians like you.
Dani
Jul 27, 2012 12:39am
Amazing pictures, NFP. Especially the last picture of Tipu hijacking the PIA plane. Dil khush kardia.
surinder
Jul 27, 2012 03:11pm
PAKISTAN IS A GREAT COUNTRY. WHY LOOK ONLY 30-40 YEARS BACK TO ADMIRE ITS GLORY ? LOOK INTO ITS PAST. IT WAS THE CRADLE OF AN ANCIENT CIVILIZATION AND A WITNESS TO MANY HISTORICAL EVENTS. I WISH IT SOON COMES OUT OF ITS PRESENT CONDITION AND OCCUPIES ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN THE COMITY OF NATIONS
Adnan
Jul 29, 2012 07:16am
Me too amigo ... perhaps same currency, no border issues, as in Schengen zone :)
Madan
Jul 28, 2012 02:28am
I always read Mr.Paracha's articles as I become nostalgic about events happened before partition.I was born in one of the famous places in Punjab in Pakistan.
Imran
Jul 28, 2012 04:18am
Nadeem, what is your message here? That we used to drink? We all do even today. That we used to dance? We all do today. It is just that before we used to do it openly and now are scared to do it. For me the indicator is tolerance. Before the state did not support such radical ideas. The change started after the state sponsored acts of violence grew enormously. Otherwise, we had incidents of hatred then too, I remember during the same period (early 70) as you are portraying as a beautiful age, my family would not use the utensils that my sisters christian friend would use whenever she would visit our house. So a major factor that is being ignored here is the secular trend. It is hard to compare 60s with 2000s. Many other factors including population has changed. But I agree with one comment from a reader, yes we had a "past" but what about future? Why do we have to be sitting and crying on our dead history and not take initiative for future. Why not start at personal level? Why not obey traffic laws, why not pay taxes, why not clean our streets, why not be respectful to older, why not promote education? Our problem is that we all have become the "ghazis" of drawing rooms and when it come to act, we are all cowards.
Salim
Jul 29, 2012 05:06pm
NFP; I lived and grew up in that heaven. I confess of my youthful sin of supporting ZAB while at DOW , even before he launched PPP. In a previous comment on this article,which you preferred not to print, I said "if there was no ZAB there would be no Zia."
Marwat
Jul 28, 2012 08:52pm
thanks for sharing the important glimpses history...
Usman
Aug 21, 2012 02:19pm
In the reference of the film industry's failiure, it is always wrongly blamed to Zia UL-Haq. If anyone research in it, one will find that the main cause was the VCR who exposed the misdeed of the film maker who reproduced the Movies by copying the scene by scene from Indian hits movies. When the people had the access to the orignals they stoped watching the copied version. The other major cuase for the "Gandasa Culture" and Sultan Rahi factor who attracted the film film producers and the financer to invest the small amont of money and earn a huge profit. Even Zia-UL-Haq did not want to lock the film studioes and cenima houses, He had enforced a law to protect the cenima houses, according to that law no cenima would be turned in to a commercial building and if any onwer of the cenima wanted to demolished the cenima he was obligated to rebuilt a cenima hall in the new building.
Nostalgic60
Aug 06, 2012 09:06am
If the Bhuttos hadn't happened, we would have been Malasia -even better. Pakistan has enormous talent and we are weighed down by The Bhutto Legacy- all that came after him, Ziaul, Benazir & all the rot started with the Bhutto 'phenomenon'.
saket
Aug 09, 2012 12:03pm
i want to add only one thing in this dream.........travel across border without PASSPORT ......
JPositive
Aug 10, 2012 03:41am
Although I am from Karachi, but being a lover of Peshawar city, I also had tears in my eyes after I saw this pic.
Aamir
Aug 10, 2012 05:08pm
I am a Karachi boy,but have been living in Cali. for the last 35 years.Reading and seeing these picture brings back great memories of Karachi .It breaks my heart to see and hear of the destruction and the sufferings of the Karachiites. I can only imagine what you all have been going through.My prayer,regards and hope for you,and all those around you . Aamir
Kashif
Aug 12, 2012 02:57am
No one has answer !!!!
Sarmad
Aug 13, 2012 06:21am
I agree 100% with you Syed
Doorie
Aug 13, 2012 09:14am
Sometimes I wish I Could Turn Back Time......Impossible it may Seems :(
Umar Iqbal
Aug 15, 2012 04:31am
Joseph same here. We are also looking forward to the day where both nations could meet each other freely without any fear...
Hatim Ali
Aug 15, 2012 06:37pm
Great Work...
Ammar Bajwa
Aug 17, 2012 06:14am
Remarkable story told in this article. I keep visiting this page just to read it one more time , one more time !!
Maliha
Aug 21, 2012 12:14am
An Eye opener !