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Also Pakistan – III

Published Jul 26, 2012 06:49am

This is the third in our ‘Also Pakistan’ series, following Also Pakistan – I and Also Pakistan – II.

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 shall once again share with you some interesting photographs that I have managed to gather in the last couple of years of that alien country.

A place that was also called Pakistan.

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Astronaut of NASA's Apollo 17 and his wife wave to fans on their arrival at Lahore Airport (1973).

A scene from Hollywood blockbuster ‘Bhowani Junction’ being shot outside a Lahore police station.

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A couple swings into action at a New Year’s party at a nightclub at Karachi’s Hotel Metropole (1957).

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A newspaper clipping (from Pakistan’s daily, ‘Morning News’) with a report on how Pakistani pop fans gate-crashed their way into a bar at the Karachi Airport where the famous pop band The Beatles were having a drink. They had arrived in Karachi (1963) to get a connecting flight to Hong Kong. Between the 1960s and late 1970s the Karachi Airport was one of the busiest in the region. (Picture Courtesy: Sami Shah).

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Western tourists sunbathing on a Karachi beach (early 1960s).

A group of American tourists on a ‘crabbing trip’ in Karachi. ‘Crabbing’ (catching crabs) was a thriving tourist activity in Karachi where tourists would rent boats from the coastal Kimari area of the city and ‘go crabbing.’ The boats mostly belonged to men belonging to the ‘Afro-Pakistani’ community in Karachi and some of them had small barbecue kitchens and bars fitted in the boats. The boats are still there, but not the tourists.

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The Queen of England (Elizabeth II) meeting a welcoming committee during her visit to Karachi in 1961. She also toured many parts of the city with the then ruler of Pakistan, Field Martial Ayub Khan in an open-top limousine.

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Students sympathetic to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the left-wing National Students Federation (NSF) clash with the police and pro-government students in Karachi (1969). The student and labour movement between 1967 and 1968 had already toppled the dictatorship of Ayub Khan.

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Plainclothes cops nab a radical Pushtun nationalist student who was accused of firing shots from a concealed gun at Ayub Khan at a pro-Ayub rally in Peshawar (late 1968).

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A press ad in a Pakistani magazine announcing the launch of Canadian Club Whiskey in Pakistan (early 1960s). The whiskey was first made available at Karachi’s horse racing and polo club (Race Course) and then introduced in the city’s many bars.

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A West Pakistani clashes with an East Pakistani Bengali in Dhaka (1970).

Militant Bengali nationalists (Mukti Bhaini) aim at West Pakistan troops during the 1971 Civil War between West Pakistani military and East Pakistan nationalists. The Bengali nationalists picked up arms against the Pakistan military after accusing it of committing large scale massacres against Bengalis. Backed by India, the rebels defeated the West Pakistan military and East Pakistan became Bangladesh.

East Pakistani women march with guns on the streets of Dhaka in a show of defiance against the West Pakistan military establishment (1971).

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An early poster advertising the Pakistani beer brand Murree’s first launch of ‘light beers.’

Pakistani men take an adventurous ride on an Afghan taxi (1972). Every day thousands of Pakistanis crossed into Afghanistan for trade on such taxis. Many would also visit Kabul to watch latest Indian films in Kabul cinemas then return to Pakistan in the evening.

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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 1973 tourism brochure printed by the Pakistan Ministry of Tourism. The brochure had details of hotels, restaurants, bars and tourist spots that had sprung up on the Hippie Trail.

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A tourism bus operated by Pakistan’s Ministry of Tourism taking western tourists on a sight-seeing ride in Karachi (1974). Such buses were decorated keeping in mind the time’s ‘hippie aesthetics.’

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A 1968 shot of a famous Karachi cinema, Taj Mahal. It was one of the many that operated during the heydays of Pakistan’s film industry.

Between 1965 and 1977, the industry produced dozens of films every month. The trend hit a peak in 1975 when a total number of 114 Urdu films were released that year.

The industry began to wither away from the late 1970s due to the arrival of a reactionary dictatorship and then the growing popularity of the VCR.

Today the Pakistan film industry that was one of the most lucrative show-biz ventures in the country in the 1960s and 1970s is as good as dead.

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A classic early 1970s hand-painted billboard of actor and martial arts expert, Bruce Lee.

This particular billboard was painted in Lahore and was used to advertise Lee’s 1973 blockbuster ‘Enter the Dragon.’ Just like in the West, Lee had become an icon and hugely popular with action film enthusiasts in Pakistan as well. His films did roaring business in cinemas and popularised the martial arts in Pakistan. Lee died a sudden death in 1973.

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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.

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Wife of the Shah of Iran arrives at the Quetta Airport (1973). She was greeted by the then Balochistan governor, Mir Ghaos Baksh Beznjo, who belonged to the left-wing National Awami Party (NAP) that headed the government in Balochistan (after the 1970 election).

Ironically, Bezenjo and the NAP government in the province were dismissed by the Z A. Bhutto regime when the Shah of Iran warned Pakistan that NAP was instigating Baloch nationalist rebellion in the Iranian part of Balochistan.

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A 21-year-old Benazir Bhutto sitting on the porch of her father Z A. Bhutto’s house in Karachi (1974). Benazir would go on to lead her father’s Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) after he was hanged to death by General Ziaul Haq in April 1979.

In 1990s she was twice elected as Pakistan’s prime minister before tragically losing her life at the hands of Islamic militants in December 2007.

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Cover of the May 1972 issue of The Herald. Herald (a monthly published by the Dawn Group) was initially a magazine focusing on the changing fashion, political and social trends of the urban Pakistani youth. However, from 1980 onwards it became more political in its content.

A 1973 issue of The Herald with a cover story on the then vibrant social scene of Karachi.

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Famous Pakistani model, Rakhshanda Khattak. She was one of Pakistan’s leading fashion models in the 1970s before quitting and leaving the country in 1979. She died in the United States in 2011. (The photo is from 1972). -Photo courtesy: Express Tribune

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A 1973 album cover (that was then turned into a poster) of Pakistani film playback singer and pop icon, Runna Laila. This poster became popular with college students and could be found gracing the walls of their hostel rooms right along-side posters of Che Gurevara, Mao tse Tung, etc.

Laila was a Bengali hailing from East Pakistan. Her songs attracted the attention and adoration of the Pakistani youth in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Though she did not leave West Pakistan after East Pakistan became Bangladesh in 1971, she finally decided to go and become a Bangladeshi citizen in 1974.

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A 1972 Runa Laila song (performed on Pakistan’s state-owned TV channel, PTV) that added the ‘hippie chic’ in modern Pakistani music.

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Soundtrack album (LP) of 1975 Pakistani film, ‘Shabana.’ The film starred one of the leading Pakistani film actresses and sex symbol of the 1970s, Barbra Sharif.

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A 1975 poster showing some of Pakistan’s most popular Sindhi, Baloch, Pushtun and Punjabi folk performers. The poster was printed in the United States where these performers went to perform at the ‘American Folklife Concert’ in Washington DC.

Indigenous Pakistani folk culture and music were aggressively patronised by the populist government of Z A. Bhutto. Some analysts suggest that this was at least one part of his regime’s strategy to co-opt nationalist sentiments simmering among Sindhi, Baloch and Pushtun nationalists.

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A European couple outside a cheap hotel in Peshawar in 1975. A number of such hotels had sprung up in Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi to accommodate the rising tide of Western backpackers that began arriving from the late 1960s onwards. Can’t explain the gun holster, though. Most probably it’s empty.

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Famous 1970s Iranian pop singer and icon Madam Googoosh on the cover of a Persian magazine, ‘Beta.’ Googoosh toured Pakistan in 1975 and became a huge hit with concert and TV audiences.

She planned to return for another series of concerts in Pakistan but after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran she was banned by the new Iranian regime.

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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.

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A more contemporary rendition of a Sindhi nationalist poster. The poster was first designed and printed in 1973 soon after the formation of radical Sindhi nationalist party, the Jeeay Sindh. The poster tries to encapsulate (and propagate) the secular, pluralistic and tolerant nature of Sindhi people and their links with Sufi Islam.

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Wife of Pakistan’s first popularly elected Prime Minister, Nusrat Bhutto, representing Pakistan at a 1975 conference in Mexico. Some observers believe she was far more progressive than her ‘socialist’ husband (Z A. Bhutto).

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A 1974 photo of famous Pakistani cricketer, Imran Khan, in typically flashy and expressive 1970s attire. Equally famous of being an ‘over indulgent playboy,’ Khan became a ‘born-again Muslim’ after he retired from cricket in 1990 and then formed a political party (in 1996).

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A 1987 picture showing former Pakistan cricket captain sitting with conservative Pakistani military dictator, General Ziaul Haq. Khan had announced his retirement from cricket in 1987 but was coaxed to return to the team by Zia.

During the 1970s and 1980s, most major Pakistani cricket stars had political connections (though they were never a direct part of any party). For example, fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz, former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Muhammad and Javed Miandad were Bhutto fans.

And though Khan was not politically inclined towards Zia’s conservative policies, he remained a close acquaintance of the dictator.

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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.

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Rare 1975-76 clip of Alamgir performing with a visiting Turkish pop singer on PTV. The song was later banned by the Zia dictatorship in 1978.

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Pakistani TV actors, Akbar Subhani, Shakeel and RJ on the set of a PTV play (1975). Subhani went on to become an accomplished stage actor, while Shakeel (centre) had already risen as a star on TV in the 1970s.

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Western tourists enjoy beer at the poolside of Karachi’s Intercontinental Hotel (1976). -Photo courtesy Rory McLane.

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American tourists travelling to Lahore from Karachi on a Pakistan Railways train (1976). -Photo courtesy Murad Husain and Bina Ahmed.

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A group of college girls relaxing outside their college in Karachi (1976).

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Rare footage of the famous Pakistan vs. India Test match played at the Karachi Stadium in 1978. Petering out as a dull draw, the match suddenly came alive when the Pakistan team captain, Mushtaq Muhammad, decided to chase the then impossible target of 160 plus runs in less than 25 overs in the last session of the match.

A 21-year-old Javed Miandad and Vice Captain, Asif Iqbal, were sent in as openers. After an incredible display of running between the wickets, Pakistan still required more than 8 runs an over when Iqbal got out.

Mushtaq sent in the young Imran Khan (then 26) to lift the scoring rate. After surviving a run-out scare, Khan tore into the Indian bowling attack by smashing two towering sixes and a four to take Pakistan home to victory.

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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.


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


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S,KAUSHIK, Pune, India
Jul 27, 2012 06:57am
There was a time in the 50s, 60s and even in the 1970s when we Indians envied pakistanis for their better lifestyle. Pakistanis would then joke about Indian-made cars that everything about Indian cars made noise except the horn ! For Pakistan to raise again and become modern, it has to junk anti-India attitude ; Bring about modern education in their schools and universities ; and not to be obsessed with religion. Yes, someday I hope Indians and Pakistanis can travel across our borders without visa or fear. The tide of history does change. Someday in the near future,Hopefully, we look forward to a vibrant Pakistan.
nitish
Jul 27, 2012 06:57am
still living in denial.....get a life man.
Ahmed
Jul 27, 2012 10:36pm
you reap what you sow
Ali
Jul 27, 2012 11:29am
Went through Quran, read it again and again, checked the meaning, talked with molvis and you know what I found? Almost all the Ayats are open to interpretation. How can you come up with a single political, social and economical system when there are so many different opinions about most of the ayats? How can you govern over 176 million people with a single interpretation when there are so many different interpretations of Quran and Hadith?? Now please dont say only one is right and other are wrong because this is exactly what over 100 religious school of thoughts in Pakistan are saying.
Silajit
Jul 26, 2012 01:59pm
Imran Khan regrets what he did in that period of his life which is why he turned "born again Muslim". I'm not sure why you would expect him to change things back to that era. Also don't forget that the tail end of this was the era (under Yahya Khan and with Bhutto's active urging) that intolerance and disdain for East Pakistanis led to splitting the country. So if you have to turn the clock back, it would have to be before the 70s.
Zen
Jul 26, 2012 01:31pm
If a leader like Imran Khan comes to power, then inshallah it might happen. He is a "born-again muslim", but he also grew up during these times and he should know better than anyone the cold hard fact; Pakistan as a society and attitude was better in these times than it is now. IK can bring awareness to the public, but we as the public also need to make him aware that this is the stage of society we want Pakistan to return to. It is fully possible to proclaim ourselves to be an Islamic republic and still have a tolerant and progressive society that these images reflect.
Iqbal Khan
Jul 27, 2012 01:14pm
Yaad-e-Maazee azab hai yarab ....................................
AHA
Jul 27, 2012 11:15am
Many. Lack of tolerence tops my list.
UnPakistani
Jul 26, 2012 05:47pm
Yes I was there, when one was able to breathe freely. But, if one pauses to ponder, most of this freedom was restricted to Karachi. As I used to say then, we have only one city, Karachi, all the rest are villages. The underpinnings of an intolerant mindset were evident even then, one must not forget, the Lahore riots happened during the 50s. This strange hypocritical mindset, where all emphasis is laid upon outward shows of piety, where all morality ends at the length of one's dress, along with the corruption, nepotism and rampant bribery which has now mutated into extortion are to my mind deeply embedded in the Pakistani (difficult to discern, who is and who is not) psyche. The purging will take generations.
Dr Zia
Jul 27, 2012 01:52pm
I agree with some of the comments posted,I feel Mr NFP is too nostalgic about the 60s and 70s,surely our unfortunate country is in a deep mess at present thanks to the short sighted catasttrophic policies of the Zia dictatorship that wrecked the fabric of pakistani society. .however things were not all that rosy,behind these pictures that portray a more friendlier and tolerant Pakistan there were serious structural problems in our country, Disenfranchisement of the majority population of the country,corruption,no serious effort to develop a national identity,institutions and industrial base to name a few, we may long for the past,however an ultrawestern Pakistan without the fundamentals of justice,fair play and equal opportunity would have degenerated sooner or later in some form or fashion
ibraheem
Jul 27, 2012 11:34am
i m too young to see all that but these are the pictures which show the real picture of pakistan. i dont agree that we should be so advance to have all night clubs and bars here but we can have good ethics and healthy atmosphere here. NFP !!!!!!! great job but dnt be so nostalgic........
Hasaan
Jul 28, 2012 12:42pm
Mission to moon?! Do you seriously believe a country that was formed only 25 years ago.. was not even given all the resources it deserved... lost one of its part.. fought 3 wars and got where you see it in these photos could afford a space program?! We were making progress back then.. but then came the Afghan war and Zia to ruin it all...
Shabzilla
Jul 27, 2012 05:03pm
I agree with "innohunter"....Our T.V dramas still rock!!!
Samia
Jul 27, 2012 11:39am
indeed a watershed..
asad
Jul 27, 2012 11:40am
wow...greaat pictures collection...Keep it up DAWN
rehan1975
Jul 27, 2012 07:42am
very true ... nothing to be proud of in the fact that alcohol was freely available back then...... there is nothing wrong with freedom as long as the "freedom" doesn't turn into "cultural invasion" !
Dave
Jul 27, 2012 07:14am
A picture speaks more than a thousand words. Best miniaturized version of History of Pakistan. Only way to go back to glorious days is via true democracy. Heartening to read that people do acknowledge that India was not the creator of BD.
Moderner
Jul 27, 2012 08:04am
The problems we face today are a result of our subjugation since the creation of Pakistan in which the hypocrite rich and Mullah's are both equally responsible. The future lies with the common man and definitely it will turn around...So NFP can continue to live in the past...while the forward march will be led by the real modest and mindful Pakistanis...that is a promise of the Almighty Allah!
Soham Sawant
Jul 26, 2012 05:30pm
Non Beard Chikane, Jinah, Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Bhutto, Tikka Khan, Niyazi etc did more human atrocities than bearded Taliban. Idiotic Mulla and Taliban do not kill 3 Million Bangalis, rape 400K women and plunder the people of Bangladesh, Baluchistan...
Muhammad
Jul 26, 2012 05:29pm
Out of all the things in this article you found "IK; born-again muslim.'' I humbly request you to read again and do justice to it.
Ahmed
Jul 27, 2012 10:35pm
exactly...do we want to have public bikins back in our country...i love it , but do not want it in public
anonymous
Jul 26, 2012 05:46pm
but you can digest target killing suicide bombing, islamic extremism. Surely vulgarity is worse than these things right?
Khizr
Jul 26, 2012 05:03pm
Pictures present a much more authentic view than mere writing. I have been discounting NFP as an ultra leftist all the time. The images reflect the view of Pakistan from a leftist lense. No doubt the nation was left of center at that time, but not too much away from the center. The nation moved from a left of center to way to the right in 25 years since 1978. The younger generation only know the Pakistan that is right of center, moving furhter right. The only party at the national level that represented the left (PPP?, MQM is still a regional party) is marred by corrupt leaders and lack of democracy. It is the failure of the left to provide a balance to the nation's political ideology.
Lateef
Jul 26, 2012 05:20pm
Zia shaheed was a puppet of US. So blame the master not the slave please.
Iqbal Kasim
Jul 27, 2012 07:03am
Thanks dear for the kind words.Ameen.
Lateef
Jul 26, 2012 05:20pm
Zia Shaheed was sponsored and fully supported by the West. US wanted to have a religious ally country to challenge Iranian revolution. And then US also tried the same in Afghanistan through Taliban. Unfortunately US failed both time and rolled back the funding. Good thing is that due to the media archive and easy access, people now know it well. So Pakistan will inshaAllah become a better Muslim country without US intervention in future. People always criticize Zia but never think that he was ally to whom? US.
anees
Jul 27, 2012 07:56am
Was it NFP's job to declare the right time for their birth?
Sadiq
Jul 26, 2012 05:08pm
I saw this change with my own eyes. Bhutto distroyed the country in two ways: First by declaring "you rule your side, we rule ours" and not accepting the election results where MujiburRahman had won. This resulted in Bagladesh. Later when he bacame PM, he ruined the industry by nationalizing it.To give your an example, Pakistan had three car assembly / manufacturing companies. After nationalization, all of them shut down. I was one of the unfortunate to be a teenager during Zia's time. It was clear that Islam was misused by Zia and his supporters like Nawaz Shareef. Poor people were tortured in name of religion and secetarian hatred was introduced by the State. Now people have no idea about the beautiful past when people were tolerant and looking forward to good future.
Paresh
Jul 27, 2012 07:03am
Azharuddin in 1978????
n.qureshi
Jul 26, 2012 05:04pm
thanks for the photographs of the good old days,we may never see them again.
hassan
Jul 27, 2012 05:32pm
very well done nadeem , we all Pakistani r very happy to see your work , we need such people like nadeem who show the real picture of pakistan to the word and change perception what people think and what really pakistan is. there is very much potential in the people as well as in the country to emerge as a developed country, all we need is to understand what we are and what we have to do and how we can do it. once again thanks nadeem for such a wonderful work which is change the perception , and showing real face of pakistan
Zeeshan Shamsi
Jul 27, 2012 09:49pm
What is Zia doing? He is laughing his ass off...
Atif
Jul 27, 2012 01:51pm
Gandhi was the Greatest.. Now you are happy!!!
observer
Jul 27, 2012 11:14am
@Sindhi Nationalist poster: So some sanity did prevail in parts of Pakistan where concept of nationality mean inclusiveness of all types and kinds. Wonder what changed the mindset of people.
Mahavir
Jul 30, 2012 01:13am
Islam and secular ????? That is contradiction. Pick one.
Mahmud
Jul 27, 2012 10:48am
Everything is not doom and gloom in Pakistan. I wish your next article would be "This is also Pakistan", focusing more on many great things happening in this time. The civil society was never as effective as now, media was never as strong as now, Fashion scene, Music etc. what we are producing now is indigenous and simply great. What you are missing is the remanence of British Raj.
saleem
Jul 26, 2012 05:32pm
oh Pakistan....how much potential you had and what have we done to you....sad..
imran (Sharjah)
Jul 27, 2012 10:41am
why does every things start and end with Zia (i am not saying he was perfect)!! Shouldn't the blame be one WEST who provided and supported move against the USSR? isn't your narrative a bit too narrow...
imran (sharjah)
Jul 27, 2012 10:44am
why does every things start and end with Zia (i am not saying he was perfect)!! Shouldn't the blame be one WEST who provided and supported move against the USSR? isn't your version a bit too narrow... Also,if you go to the places where the 'elites' hangout these days, you will find what you are missing in these pictures :)
A. Ahmad
Jul 26, 2012 01:10pm
OMG! !! What a normal society it was...people expressed democratic views plainclothes police actually nabbed people and there was tourism instead of terrorism. I think the nostalgia only exists with us who saw some of that golden era. Those born in the 80's don't even know....and probably never will!!! Talk about a country on a steady decline.
Abdul, Germany
Jul 27, 2012 10:03am
I dont think he is supporting anything that you are saying your comment. Try to answer his comment and not bring something else. There are lot of wrong things and we should be against all of them.
afaq
Jul 28, 2012 11:44am
Please come visit Pakistan you will know better instead talking from across the border and how media brain wash most of you to think that way.
Abdul, Germany
Jul 27, 2012 10:51am
There is difference between criminal activities and moral vulgarities. Don't try to twist the words. Not a single person here support spilling blood of Innocent human beings , or supporting rape.
@Pugnate
Jul 27, 2012 10:33am
That's so depressing to see how far we've fallen. Read the comments. My uncles who now have settled overseas tell me from time to time how different and wonderful Pakistan was when they were growing up. Looking at these pictures, I get a better idea.
Salman
Jul 30, 2012 10:52am
Thanks for such good wishes, but you see history tells us something else. During the times depicted above, we fought three full scale wars with each other. So surely, ppl in India didnt like the Pakistan as it was before. But its really good to know the new Indian generation thinks otherwise, and I am sure in time, Pakistanis will too.
Enigma
Jul 27, 2012 06:31am
Sorrow and anger transformed into words. Well said!....
BRR
Jul 26, 2012 07:23pm
Crying over spilt milk!
errTic pakistani
Jul 26, 2012 05:03pm
zia shaheed gave us chars and klashinkov...... i wonder if this is the true pakistan.
Khizr
Jul 26, 2012 05:17pm
The core values of Islam are missing in Pakistan. We do not recognize Huqooq-al-ibaad, we do not know our rights, we have 30% literacy, we cheat, we bribe, we are not tolerent, and we do not understand our deen and Quran and rely too much on mullah to interpret islam for us who misguides us all the way. We need to stop voting the corrupt leaders back into the parliament and that is dependant on the 70% rural population to understand. Media can reach these people, though our media also plays in the hands of cunning politicians for money.
errtic
Jul 26, 2012 05:09pm
zia shaheed gave us chars and klashinkov, i wonder if this is the pakistan you are talking about. he gave us the power and will to use religion as tool to play with our and others lives. he gave us the audacity to fool our selves and the very nation we call pakistan. i wonder if this is the true pakistan.
VivaLaRevolution
Jul 26, 2012 05:27pm
This brought tear to my eyes. I am going to think about it all day, how different Pakistan could have been. Oh look the power just cut. Oh, Pakistan.
Malik
Jul 26, 2012 05:40pm
I want a secular Pakistan back... And I hope we dont get dictators like Zia ul Haq to lead our nation.
Lateef
Jul 26, 2012 05:27pm
Nadeem please watch 'war on democracy' by John Pilger. Just google it and you'll get the complete video If I tell you all these facts then you'll say that I am a spokes person of Zaid Hamid.. haha
Moiz Halai
Jul 26, 2012 07:46pm
The flaw of NFP's thought process and his biases are obvious if his work is read critically. It seems that NFP's writing and satire always has a hidden agenda to portray PPP as a liberal force that is linked with a tolarent, peaceful society and to malign its foes (in this instance Imran Khan). There are subtle messages in this articles that are intended to influence the readers mind; such as Imran Khan sitting close to Zia, use of phrases such as ‘over indulgent playboy, 'born again muslim', ’expensive attire' (to dissociate him from the poor majority), portraying young Benazir pics (gaining sympathy for PPP), among many others.
anonymous
Jul 26, 2012 05:43pm
Great article. The only thing is in one of the pictures, the actors name is Akbar Subhani not subhani bhai yunus.
zeeshan
Jul 26, 2012 07:19pm
tourists from different countries used to visit Pakistan until 2001. yes they didn't enjoy bar and beach life after Zia era. but one can not criticize that particular act of Zia. because that act of his was according to the teachings of Islam. Zia era certainly was the bad period of Pakistan. but i must admit that, banning bars, night clubs etc was a good decision of him.
Naseer
Jul 26, 2012 07:25pm
It was like a beautiful film with a tragic ending (dawn reporting the arrival of Zia). Good times will come back i am sure, but how many of us will be alive then.
Faisal
Jul 26, 2012 07:26pm
In actual fact, this goes to the very basic question, was the 1947 partition justified? I was born in 70 and I have been told by my grand parents who immigrated from India that despite the religious differences, prior to 1940, there was not enough hate or intolerance between muslims and non-muslims (for that matter) to call for two separate states. Muslims of Pakistan, should blame themselves for all of those injustices that they usually attribute to if Pakistan were not created. I mean during British India, muslims were already under the influence of Mullas to the extent of not sending their children to school or learning english and then went about stating the injustices on not getting jobs compared to hindus who accepted the modern western culture then. Honestly speaking, everything new or different is a NO to muslims yet they do not know that they once ruled the whole India and other territories. I am by race an indian not matter if I was born in pakistan and raised as a muslim. I should not think of myself as an arab and act like an arrogant pakistani. Cheers
Pradeep
Jul 26, 2012 05:55pm
Quran may say all good but who is going to interpret it in today's world ???? Taliban too say they are the good and pious Muslims. Don't want hurt anybody but being rational is impossible for everyone.
deva
Jul 27, 2012 06:52am
out of 1.5 bn muslims around world how many understand and following principles. Very few, look middle east, Africa, South asia. my view Principles needs to be simplify in today's light
Pradeep
Jul 26, 2012 05:57pm
Please read as Saudi wherever you see US.
mohsin raza
Jul 26, 2012 07:15pm
We don’t forget Zia the puppet of US. He demolished our country but he is alive; He is alive in our children taught books, our Constitution, laws, protection of the law in the conscience, the law of the mind that promises to make laws a. he is alive in the hearts of young generation who burst into mosques, he is alive in TV dramas, TV talk show hosts, our stomachs turned from counterfeit voices in Arabic, he is alive in hjabun, in nqabun, Money made from heroin in neighborhoods, in permitted to do in bank accounts. He is alive with the sound of guns being fired on a wedding, Asiya Bibi is alive and is guarded by cell phone. He is alive for Ahmadi, a Shiite, every Hindu, every Christian who is a sword hanging. He is alive in our political structure, in our sheets and walls, our accountability, our positive results, our system in search of Mustafa, the dream of our Ummah, he is alive in our doom.
Imran Khan
Jul 27, 2012 04:57pm
What I learned from my elders that when you harm others do you know that Allah has the best plan of the plan if you burn others home you think your home is safe?This is what is happening in pakistan taking money from others countries like beggars that is what you will have in return.I wish they dont depend on international money and become country like china india or even iran where they dont kneel down. If allah wants before his command all world can be finished he is just giving chance to change otherwise like other religion books it says that on this dec 21,2012 the world will come to end or next year so let us see.If it is true we are the one to be blamed because those people think that world is heaven then will have it and those who patiently believe that hereafter you will have heaven then it is our amaal that will save us. hazrat ali(a.s.)said that be aware of this world this world is like snake outside the skin is so soft and beautiful but if you come near it you will die due to the snake crushed. When world is going for power read quran and come close to ahlaybayt(a.s.)otherwise people will drown like the people of Hazrat Noah(a.s.) when hazrat noah(a.s.)warned people even his own family did not listen. I am not surprised that this is what happening in the ummah. People dont accept the chosen family from allah(s.w.t.)they always need evidence then explain to me how many prophets we have if it is then where in quran mentioned so we need warise quran that knows and can explain. People did not give importance due to jealousy and still now people are confused when someone mentioned about prophet mohammad(s.a.w.) family name. This is the word of our last prophet(s.a.w.)if you want to see the mumin face with smile on his/her lip then mention the name of Hazrat Ali(a.s.)those who smile will be the momin and those who have hatred inside will never be a momin.
VIRU
Jul 27, 2012 08:14am
simple solution to bring back old glory keep A s of pakistan where they were sopped to be ARMY AMERICA
Shabzilla
Jul 27, 2012 04:58pm
I still go to cinemas and mosques without fear.
sbkhattak
Jul 27, 2012 05:20pm
Good pics one feel proud of Pakistan history but where are we now?
Pakistani
Jul 28, 2012 09:36am
the amount of crime happening in Pakistan reflects how much support there is for criminals... you don't even need to analyse such things, just see them happening around you
Pakistan
Jul 28, 2012 12:55am
What About Jinnahs Pakistan
Ali Hasan
Jul 27, 2012 10:00am
Picture captioned "A West Pakistani clashes with an East Pakistani Bengali in Dhaka (1970)." is that of a Mukti Bahini leader indulging in the burning eye of sockets of dissidents / pro-Pakistan elements. This was their favorite means of torture mostly carried out during public rallies. Please correct this.
@hasanarshad_
Jul 26, 2012 01:35pm
This article should be taught in the history books of Pakistan
ushasunrise
Jul 27, 2012 10:45am
awesome pics!
arpan
Jul 26, 2012 01:25pm
Never knew this face of Pakistan. Alas! that time has gone and divisions run too deep now. But one will continue to hope. You never know...........!
Rabia
Jul 26, 2012 01:27pm
Simply loved it ! As a teenager born in 1990's, I didn't know about some very pleasant past events. This definitely was worth the time.Highy recommended :D !
amar sindhu
Jul 27, 2012 10:34am
Nadeem , would you plz share your email add, i want to send you the page of dairy of 72 where on page i find the basant day, holi day, diwali day , easter and so many days as public holidays. It would be wonderful addition for your page.
zafar
Jul 27, 2012 10:11am
Nice, Faisal I appreciate your comments
Yawar
Jul 27, 2012 10:23am
The seeds of massive corruption in government were also laid during ZA Bhutto's tenure
KKRoberts
Jul 27, 2012 10:35am
What a glorious past!! Far far better than mughal period....
derpistan
Jul 27, 2012 11:01am
"Doing up there"? I may not have been born until 1988, however from what I've read and heard, if there is an "up there", Zia Ul Haq is definitely not there.
Z Khan
Jul 26, 2012 05:43pm
What it shows is that Pakistani ruling elite were highly westernised in those days and the country was staged managed by this elite group through military dictators. Theses military men were graduates of British military academies still under British colonial hangover. Things started to change during Bhutto regime when common people in streets realised that they are free people in a free country and their culture and way of life should be important aspect of the cultural fabric of the new country. In my opinion, Zia regime only expedited this transition. Poor of this country were struggling then and same is the case now.
Iqbal Khan
Jul 27, 2012 01:22pm
Just wondering why we didn't get comment like - this is a great consipiracy by West/India and Jews.
Faras
Jul 27, 2012 10:44am
As i recently read and realized that the biggest problem with Pakistan is and has been an identity crisis. We some how think that our history is apart from the sub-continent. The fact is after 1000 years we are the sub continent and we should accept that we are Muslim Indians and that our ancestors are from India. It is clear from these photos that we were searching for our identity and still are. Let me propose that if we honestly see and acknowledge all the intersections we have with Indian history we will better understand our neighbor India and deal with them at the same wave length. I also agree that these picture represent the new colonials after the British left.
Pakistani
Jul 27, 2012 11:56am
I have read in papers (can't remember the exact sources) that all religions were respected back then.... I wish I could see a Pakistan like that... at 25 years old, I feel like a caveman looking at these snaps
Asgar
Jul 27, 2012 12:05pm
Imran Khan's picture reminds me of the famous Urdu saying "100 chuhay kha kar billi haj ko chali"
kyabaathaiNPki
Jul 27, 2012 12:10pm
And these are issues of Pakistan? Quit what you are smoking dude...
Akhtar
Jul 27, 2012 12:42pm
Now Pakistan has changed to a terrorist country and well known by all over the world thats why tourism has finished in Pakistan.
Kiran
Jul 28, 2012 02:00pm
Bhai Vijay Dick Saheb. You Hindu bhai log are exactly doing what in Asam and Kashmir? Bombing, murder and rape of poor innocent muslim victims ?
Expat
Jul 27, 2012 11:09am
Jaya, people on both the sides still feel the same way and love each other.
Shankar Bandyopadhay
Jul 27, 2012 02:05pm
I dont think the society in Pakistan was ever 'tolerant' of other religion. Yes it has probably become more and more intolerant over the years. To blame one or two individual for this change is really silly scapegoating. Intolerance is woven into the very fabric of this society for ages and whatever has happened is simply natural and logical progression from the temporary dilution in intensity brought in by British rule.
Moderner
Jul 27, 2012 10:10am
NFP - a history teacher, not so really other than glorifying a shameful past that brought nothing to this nation's poor except to continue the subjugation of pre-independence. This is not 'idocy', please open up your minds and accommodate the change. We all need to work to push the Mullah's and the ugly rich out of power politics for the benefit of the nation's weakest. That is what we need to promote here my friends...
Shankar
Jul 30, 2012 10:52am
You had to talk about the 1978 Karachi test, didn't you NFP? No I am going to be in depression for the next one week! What a whacking that was!
Hasaan
Jul 28, 2012 12:48pm
Ppl did stand up to him.. but he did 2 things.. 1) Use religion as a shield and branded anyone who stood up against him as an "enemy of the religion" - and they were whipped in public. 2) Distribute money to the corrupt politicians who still have no vision or brain of their own and whose only aim in to come to power and make money. Afghan war did a lot of damage to us too.. that gave these mullahs and lunatics like Zia to import weapons for free and distribute them...
Arsalan
Jul 28, 2012 01:24pm
Thank-you Nadeem, this should help ppl understand how modern and well-off Karachi had been before it was eate up by the turmoil of the 70s and 80s!
SMN
Jul 29, 2012 10:19pm
Most of the nice picture you see is of Ayoob Khan golden period.Had he not been drived to war with India in 1965, Pakistan would have been at par with developing countries in the region. The standard of living of Pakistanis at during his governance was higher than India, Asean countries, Korea and China.The Industrial and commercial policies adopted by him were well ahead of time in the region.
VIRU
Jul 27, 2012 08:53am
dear sir that's not fair. you can not truncate my comments. if we don't call things by there name we will get in to problem. if dawn can not do that where else to go.
Cyrus Howell
Jul 27, 2012 07:04am
Great Stuff.
Kaka Khan
Jul 27, 2012 08:49am
Who says it's a nostalgic piece. It's just a look at what Pakistan was like before Zia. It has good things and bad. So what's the big deal if NFP shows and talks about a Pushtun nationalists or Bengali militants?
Jafri676
Jul 26, 2012 04:57pm
Sometime I just wonder what really happened to our society back in late 70 and 80's.How this transition happened from more secular to religious mind set. I guess we need to see what major events happened during that time._From 1965 - 1975 (secular era)_1- War with India _2-Partition of Pakistan_3- Nationalization (which basically destroyed economy)_From 1975-1985 _1- People started moving toward religion (because leftist did not deliver) _2-Zia marshall law_3-Afghan War (war against communism)_I wish during 60's and 70's government emphasized more to solve people problem rather than spending time for power struggle than probably we are in much better situation. Even today it is the leftist govt and see what they have done so far with people of pakistan, Give me any good reason why people don't incline towards right winger. Eventhough I don't like rightwing parties.
Solomon2
Jul 26, 2012 04:56pm
Zia died a generation ago. If you're still suffering from the extremism he inspired that's because you and your like-minded fellows haven't organized to defend civil society from the onslaught of the Islamists.
pankajdehlavi
Jul 26, 2012 04:52pm
Outsider's observations by seeing the pics: Pakistan looks perfectly normal as East in 1950's. It started walking towards Western fundamentalism in 1960's. It started racing to become West (Islamic fundamentalist country) in 1970's and it became so in 1990's. After that it became Talibani in 20's. What will happen in 2010's, is still to be seen..
Lodhi
Jul 26, 2012 04:38pm
Been almost 24 years since Zia passed away. If this was all his doing then the effects would have vanished by now. NFP's notion of social change in Pakistan is simplistic and cannot withstand scholarly analysis. We need a more scholarly analysis of this phenomenon.
Asad H
Jul 26, 2012 04:39pm
Congrat NFP on a fantastic pictorial perspectrive. Is a secular Pakistan dead forever? We can only dream it seems that the principles this country was founded on can one day be reality.
Noor Ahmed
Jul 27, 2012 07:28am
Let all the people and parties be tolerant, pluralistic and secular like Jeay Sindh portrait. And then only we can talk about steady Progress.......
Dr Zia
Jul 27, 2012 05:41pm
this is correct,the picture is at the Dhaka race course in Dec 1971 ,the poor guy after being tortured was bayoneted to death alongwith few other "collaborator" this was all was captured by a US reporter who later was smuggled out of the country and the photos are in Life pictures of the century.
Raja Parekh
Jul 27, 2012 06:48am
I don't understand why many Indian bloggers have to drag India unnecessarily! Just read and appreciate their standings.
hassan
Jul 27, 2012 05:55pm
very well done nadeem , we all Pakistani r very happy to see your work , we need such people like nadeem who show the real picture of pakistan to the word and change perception what people think and what really pakistan is. there is very much potential in the people as well as in the country to emerge as a developed country, all we need is to understand what we are and what we have to do and how we can do it.
mercury
Jul 27, 2012 05:59pm
"Booing Azharrudin for playing against Pakistan". Why? Because of his religion? Now if that was the mindset back in the so called "Golden Era", then I wonder if that era has really manifested into its full glory now. Wish you all Pak junta the best of luck, for you guys are surely gonna need it.
guest
Jul 29, 2012 06:06pm
It wasn't just the rich, do those hippies look loaded to you? And the throngs that went to the cinemas - do the look like they just arrived in flashy cars? And what about the 10 guys on top of an Afghan taxi? They look rich to you? The point he is trying to make is that before the Zia regime and Mullalization of Pakistan people lived free and happy lives. They were not subject to condemnation just because they dressed a particular way. We are all ultimately responsible for our actions, and we all understand. What changed in the 80s was that the Mullahs started preaching a 100% philosophy - Unless everyone strictly followed the "path," no one will benefit and we all will be condemned to hell. So for you to be eligible for heaven I must also be pious. That tore through the fabric of society.
Sukhaib Raza
Jul 27, 2012 04:54pm
Full of sadness for my ancestral country yet proud of the Pakistan that was...!! Four decades of turmoil in our neighborhood (namely Iran & Afghanistan) has had an impact beyond comprehension... Proof that we can't live in sublime isolation... Time to open up to the rest of the world I think...
parus
Jul 27, 2012 08:12am
Pakistan was never the same again. very true and sad fact
mug
Jul 27, 2012 08:11am
You couldn't be more wrong about the birth of Bengladesh. They were not cornered because of "Hindu" influence, they were marginalized because our punjabi establishment (military and punjabi politicians) couldn't digest the fact that they could be out numbered by "bloody" Bengalis. Sorry but it had nothing to do with India or Hindus.
saleem
Jul 28, 2012 12:32am
Deekkkhaaain kya baat kar rahey ho Mak bhai....humain moon par jany ke zarorat nahin kyyon key phir sajda khan kareinge; astronauts aur scientists ki bhi zaroorat nahin kyonke lawyers aur anchors sey achi science kaun janta hai...remember end of time and liaqat champion....baas thursaaa aur musalman banengay to saaaab kuch sahi ho jaigaaaa....kuch karney ki zaroorat nahiiinnnn.
shabzilla
Jul 28, 2012 12:29am
Wow! any number of killings or rapes are unacceptable. but your figures are off the charts mate.
Fida Khan
Jul 26, 2012 01:41pm
After Zia Afghan war started, Pakistan involved in fight with USSr with American backing. Pakistani Intellegance agency seed the reilgious schools with Saudi funds. We can see now the Lashkars today, with backing of Pakistan Army.
Mak
Jul 26, 2012 01:40pm
Great pictures but that only shows that the rich were living it up in Pakistan even during those days. What I would have liked to see here is poster for Pakistan producing its first car, aircraft or achieving some great technological milestone. A poster which would show the Pakistani version of mission to the moon, astronautics and scientists who would build institutions like NASA, General Electric and Boeing. Sorry NFP to burst your bubble here but I really don't see the good times. May be our bipolar notion to the lifestyle of the rich and poor is the very reason we are in such a big mess today.
prakash
Jul 26, 2012 02:09pm
It could have happened Mak. Societies develop where the mind is free to think, to think even what at that point of time might have seemed impossible. All what is required is education, free thinking, patience, tolerance and debate. If the mind is subjected to prejudices and narrow thinking right from the start, change and progress slow down. I have read somewhere that even the South Koreans drew inspiration from the early development plans of Pakistan. Maybe this was the period to which NFP is referring to above.
paxtani
Jul 26, 2012 01:41pm
May be that is why Pakistan is messed up today... people started partying before building the nation.
Shabzilla
Jul 28, 2012 12:25am
" I am not a Pakistani " well don't comment about Pakistan then, period.
shiraz
Jul 28, 2012 02:40pm
please take your bihari urdu speaking who are in bangladesh camp. they suffered 40 years they worked for pakistan all their life
observer
Jul 27, 2012 06:19pm
And 'Secular' seems to be a pet peeve of yours.
AsimCO
Jul 28, 2012 12:02am
Freedom is a choice. One can see invasion of another culture just because you appreciate a nice foreign cuisine, or if it is alcohol then its my choice. Just if I dont stop you from appreciating a good burger, you don't have to stop me from exercising my choice. Tolerance is key. As long as its not hampering your household, lets not be self righteous. Our country has seen enough darkness.
AsimCO
Jul 28, 2012 12:03am
Then go vote for a party you think that can bring change. Get out of the house, take the time to register for your right to vote and go put it in the ballot when time comes. Otherwise keep dreaming and dont complain...
Iftikhar Anwar
Jul 26, 2012 01:46pm
I remember this front page of Dawn. The tyranny of Gen. Zia still lives and Pakistan still suffers from it. Can Pakistan come out of the darkness he spread? Probably not in my lifetime. My soul cries out for the young generation.
AsimCO
Jul 27, 2012 11:57pm
As a Pakistani, I agree. We need such positive comments and efforts to reach out to each other. Past 20 years of dark days are enough. Time to to join hands and smile.
AsimCO
Jul 27, 2012 11:54pm
Please lets appreciate the positive things Ram is saying. This is not a competition but a dialog. Let peace togather when we have the opportunity.
jamal
Jul 28, 2012 01:13am
lets not throw all on zia. Molvi lobby was powerful stakeholder since the begining . the secular liberals became rich and selfish as usuall..lower middle /middle became traditionalist/religious. when middle class migrated to west you can still see them as most narrow minded religious without any zia there except when it come to pileup dollars and ponuds.
karana
Jul 28, 2012 08:33am
the picture as showed pakistan army man torturing a bengali,its not like that,its mukti bahani torturing a bihari right after the fall of dacca at that point of time pakistani troops had already surrendered....i still remember this picture and the day.
Iqbal Khan
Jul 27, 2012 01:18pm
Go live in Afghanistan and enjoy more of what Zia gave us.We should also not forget services of another man greatly responsible for this mess - Hamid Gul.
Shabzilla
Jul 27, 2012 05:08pm
Well said both of you.
mohsin raza
Jul 27, 2012 02:07pm
Obviously bcoz our country is in mess due to this man, u r not?
Eddied
Jul 27, 2012 01:58pm
What a pack of lies...the US never supported Zia in his fanatic imposition of extremist Islam...his anti-western policies were not the idea of the US...wake up and blame the real enemy, religious radicals...
mirnadgrejt
Jul 27, 2012 07:50am
Hello Nadeem, Although I've been to Pakistan only once, I can see a stark difference between the past and the present. However, I am inclined to think that all these liberal ideas articulated in the visual material were probably limited to the educated and privileged. Nevertheless, I think that the newspapers such as The Guardian would die to publish a gallery like this as they have a significant number of articles / a prominent interest for your part of the world and related topics. I really think you should start promoting these images outside of the Dawn and show them to the international public. Just glancing through some of the posters you published, I recall the similar ones that are exhibited in galleries across the UK and Europe as they represent European cultural heritage. The history of tourism as well as cultural representation is a big thing over here.
Ashok
Jul 26, 2012 02:06pm
Mindblowing - The Karachi of my ancestors... Never been there but still feel nostalgic whenever the city is mentioned.
Aam Aadami
Jul 26, 2012 01:10pm
Can it be changed back to its past time. I think yes provided there is awareness in general public..
Nazish
Jul 26, 2012 01:13pm
Nice collection you got there. :)
Ahsan
Jul 26, 2012 01:13pm
Brilliant times!
Arjay
Jul 27, 2012 10:19am
There were very few who were RICH then...you could count on fingers. I forone remember the Richie Rich of that 60's-70's era as; Dawoods, Valikas, Adamjees, Saigols and a bit less richer like; Gokals etc. Everything good and excitement happened due to the power to purchase matching with what you earned respectfully then..... The period by which Pakistan could actually make its own car or an aircraft....came alongside the naqara of "Roti-Kapada-Makan surpassing the plans and even infrastructure almost ready for take off. That was the time people went blind, deaf and dumb......strongly believing in IDOLs entrusted upon them even at the cost of breaking the country in two like TITANIC ripping apart!!! And sadly it continues still in search of RKP...promised for cars and aircrafts shelved.
haris
Jul 27, 2012 10:25am
If we see modern Greece then these types of pictures are common in the country but is Greece a prime example or a role model for developing countries? NO not at all.
Vijay Dixit
Jul 28, 2012 10:02am
Why all are blaming Zia dictator.Majority of pakistanis & muslims are closet Zia. All are fanatic to the core.Hence no change possible,After 30 years someone will again say that only thousands of muslims were killed in suicide bombings in 2012 because more will be dying in 2040.You reap what you sow.
Purvez
Jul 29, 2012 12:14pm
Mak our country was too young to achieve what you are expecting of the time. But even in the short period we had achieved A LOT!! Although we didn't produce cars we did ASSEMBLE them. Kandawalla motors, started by Godrej who took over a small garage from his father and turned it into a huge auto industry, imported Bedford Truck chassis and assembled complete trucks. They also assembled Fiats. That company supported thousands of jobs provided by a benevolent and progressive employer who DID have visions of producing the first national car. How do I know all this? My dad worked as a car salesman for Godrej. Then Bhutto turned up, nationalised the company and handed it over to chronies who ran it into the ground and systemically stole the wealth that Godrej had strived to build. Oh and you know what....Godrej was not a Muslim, but a stauncher more patriotic Pakistani you would be hard pushed to find. And he was just one of Pakistan's many SUCCESS stories, There were people who built factories, shipping, banking, insurance and other industries which made Pakistan the envy of the world then. That sort of enterprise only comes from a free nation engrossed only in improving itself rather than cowering in fear through misguided religious dogma.
Vijay Dixit
Jul 28, 2012 10:19am
Who says that there are no tourist in Pakistan today.Look at all the Arabs,Yemenis,Afghans,Libyans,Saudis etc who are flocking in their thousands to go to heaven at the first chance.They come without visas & cross borders without any permit.As good Muslims they bomb,kill & die in the process to achieve salvation.Great tourist industry.
Gaurav Srivastav
Jul 31, 2012 12:31pm
Nice to see that pakistan where no place for extremist, happy, healthy and wealthy people. Indeed Unseen, unheard things. They could have been become a developed nation till yet if wrong decisions had not been brought in. Extream thinking can destroy anything, this is the true.
Manahil
Aug 01, 2012 01:31pm
Loved the pictures! Thank you
raheel
Jul 26, 2012 03:46pm
Wow !! for generation from 80's and 90's
Usman
Jul 26, 2012 04:31pm
How lucky those olds bolks of pakistan are.......!! I wish i could see sucha pakistan aging in my life .only hope
Pakistani
Jul 27, 2012 07:30am
I would rather have tourism than terrorism.... Vulgarity is not about skin showing... its the blood of innocent humans thats spilled all over our land now, its the weakness of the poor, the silence of rape victims... THAT my friend is vulgarity!
fika77
Jul 26, 2012 04:35pm
same is here
HopePak
Jul 26, 2012 04:28pm
These pictures give HOPE which is what we need today to remain optimistic.
Devendra
Jul 26, 2012 04:25pm
WHAT A TRAGEDY. FROM NORMAL TO HELL IN ABOUT ELEVEN YEARS. THANKS TO ZIA UL HAQ. I WONDER WHAT HE IS DOING UP THERE WHEN HE LOOKS DOWN AT PAKISTAN AND SEES THE COUNTRY HE TURNED PAKISTAN IN TO. I KNOW ALLAH SHEDS A TEAR EVERY TIME HE LOOKS DOWN UPON PAKISTAN. HE DOES NOT WANT AND NEVER ALLOWED WHAT IS BEING DONE IN HIS AND ISLAM'S NAME. MR. JINNAH IS TURNING IN HIS GRAVE.
Farrukh
Jul 26, 2012 03:51pm
ZIA SHAHEED GAVE US TRUE PAKISTAN MAY ALLAH BLESS HIM AMEEN
Kdspirited
Jul 26, 2012 04:23pm
Whenever NFP posts these pictures it always reminds me of what didnt happen to curtail Zia. The generation of the 70's and 80's didnt stand up to him. There was no revolution to hold on to civil rights and basic need for freedom. We gave into his brand of politics and tyranny becasue to the people of that era their self was more important than the needs of the country. Yes Zia did a lot of damage to us and our country but so did Hitler to Germany. But even after total devastation in WW's Germany emerged as a force to reckon with. We dont have to go through total devastation to re-build if we start now with this generation
fika77
Jul 26, 2012 04:52pm
Hate to admit but may be you are right on money. Where were all the normal and tolerant people when zia 'as per NFP' derailed the country. Oh, they didn't have the courage or strength or unity to stop him. Historically, no one came out to save bhutto. As per the normal pakistani goes, he was and still is trying to make ends meet. The pictures (apart from the 1971 war) only portray elites as they had the luxury to go to bar or a club or Kabul to see a movie, they still do but don't like the hardships of getting all these luxuries. Dawn normally doesn't post my comments, let's see how this one go?
Ram Chandran
Jul 27, 2012 02:42pm
Everybody blaming Zia. Well he started it -- no question, but if everybody thinks Pakistani needs a new direction, what is stopping the current Pakistanis from doing the right thing -- 23 years after Zia's death?
G.a
Jul 26, 2012 05:12pm
But you are ok with how this society has become vulgar and hypocritical despite being fully clothed?
Kaka Khan
Jul 27, 2012 08:54am
Honest of you to confess that you have just been to Pakistan once. Nevertheless, I lived in my homeland for over 30 years and was a young man in Karachi in the 70s. It is silly to say that all the good times of the era were for the rich. There were three kinds of clubs in Katachi in those days. Elitist that were very expensive, mid-range that spread across the Saddar area and then there were small roadside bars for the not-very-rich in places like Tariq Road and Old Clifton. Pakistanis were very outgoing people. The rich, the middle-class and the poor all mingled together a lot at cinemas, melas, cafes and Sufi mazars, etc. Crime was not even half of what it is now.
Goga Nalaik
Jul 26, 2012 05:13pm
Zia destroyed 3 generations of Pakistanis and you are calling him shaheed ... !!! I can only deplore on your mental health
Zahid
Jul 26, 2012 04:31pm
Don't know if I can show pride for the drinking alcohol and smoking culture (which is even banned in western countries now), but certainly would like to see the tolerance return back in Pakistan. Sure mullahs can be free to preach to whomever and whichever way they like, as long as they don't breach on any one one's right to live their life freely. Freedom of expression and tolerance is very important in any society for it to prosper and innovate.
Magus
Jul 26, 2012 06:01pm
Zia, the kana (one eyed)shaheed, is causing a lot of shahadat of the innocents even from beyond the grave. Imagine Pakistan if he had got his mangos earlier
Insaan
Jul 26, 2012 06:10pm
wonderful article. thank you, it brought tears to my eyes. growing up in the 80s was depressing, and the 90s didnt fare better either. every year there seemed less to look forward to. I now live in California, I left Pakistan over a decade ago, but still have deep nostalgia over what could have been. The fact that this history still makes the news gives me some hope to one day visit, maybe even do business, in a friendly, prosperous Pakistan.
asim
Jul 26, 2012 06:19pm
zia is certainly worst dictator he must be punished for his crimes by bring sectarianism extremism arms and drugs and so many afghan refugees which must be sent back along with there extremist
Kazim Kamal
Jul 29, 2012 09:38am
those were so golden days and we were towards flourishing but the intervene of Gen Zia spoiled the all progressive dreams he kept us in dark in every department of life that's why we are 100 years back even from our Neighbor countries like china ,India ,Iran he saw only dollars not future of Pakistani children now the borne of that time facing the terrorism so that was better then this.Oh Zia what have did with us.
Pakistani
Jul 26, 2012 06:29pm
It is the sick mind of Zia that sowed the seeds of destruction and poison within our society and the money of the saudi that funded it all and made sure those seeds take root and survive.
Lateef
Jul 26, 2012 06:35pm
Saudi .. sure, they have US base and US military equipment. All Saudi money is in US banks and still it is Saudi and not US.. sure. Saudi kings are US puppets like Housni Mubarak of Egypt and it is Saudi and not US.. sure.
nitish
Jul 26, 2012 06:36pm
didnot make any sense?elaborate
Pakistani
Jul 26, 2012 06:42pm
Well said Pradeep ..... this cancer is all saudi funded and sponsored
@ImranAslamCh
Jul 26, 2012 06:46pm
Most probably it is done through petro dollars, received from Saudia on the command of america.
Dhumper
Jul 26, 2012 06:47pm
I will add to that - yes surely he can tolerate terrorism but can't tolerate tourism! Thank GOD I have seen only 1 comment here wishing NOT to be in that Pakistan!
Shujaat Ayub Khan
Jul 26, 2012 07:03pm
63 to 76, I was in Karachi and remember many of these pictures.Good times. Wish you had put some Bhutto era follies too.
amar sindhu
Jul 26, 2012 07:28pm
Not only three generations but Zia ruined the future of Pakistan.
Naseer
Jul 26, 2012 07:29pm
yes but why they find perfect puppets in us most of time? this is the same line of argument we are hearing from so long.
asalmank
Jul 26, 2012 03:43pm
Thanks for sharing the rear memories of old times. One correction though! In the picture where we have TV actors Shakeel, RJ and Akbar Subhani, you mentioned Akbar subhani as Subhani Bhai Younus. Please make a correction.
Dehwar
Jul 26, 2012 07:43pm
Working at Karachi Atrport in mid seventies, the arrival of tourists was a common site in those days , one day when a group of young tourists were waiting in line to get their passports stamped an old business man probably from a Uropean country approached them and asked where were they bound for? They responded by saying that from here they leave for Lahore then Peshwar and then Afghanistan, as soon as he (the businessman) heared Afghanistan he ask " how any camera films have you got?" " four " he replied, "buy six more" he responded " you will need even more"
Lateef
Jul 26, 2012 07:58pm
please watch 'war on democracy' by John Pilger.
Pakistani
Jul 27, 2012 07:37am
Yes the true Pakistan where rallies are taken out to kill a 'blasphemy' convict woman and killers are praised openly.... yes MASHALLAH i feel safe and happy here.... the true Pakistan!
Imran
Jul 26, 2012 08:04pm
You need help man. And you need to go out a lot more.
Imran
Jul 26, 2012 08:05pm
100% Correct
ahmed
Jul 26, 2012 08:08pm
Amazing Pakistan it was! This exactly what happens when you try to bring the religion into everything!
s7786
Jul 26, 2012 03:10pm
Oh mera Pakistan. I was born in 1952, and have seen all the glroy and then unfortunate radicalizing and destruction of our beloved Pakistan.
Amjad Wyne
Jul 26, 2012 08:22pm
A lot of "Islam and Muslim" vs the rest harassment began during Bhutto's time when he declared Ahmadis non-Muslims and right after that students at the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore set living quarters of a couple of our professors on fire. Zia perpetuated it, he was not the instigator.
Aman
Jul 26, 2012 08:24pm
What a progressive nation it was. One ruler came and changed it, but the ruler is gone. Do not embrace Westernization, do not embrace 'modernization' without due thought, but embrace tolerance, love and openness. A new original breed of youth will emerge, one with their own expressive identities
Rashid M
Jul 26, 2012 08:27pm
So for NFP Pkistan was better off when we were wearing western dresses and were visited by Western tourists and d wine was easily available. What he fails to highlight was that literacy level during those days ws under 10%, income distribution ws much more skewed, it was turning into rich Arab's playground; and the elite was completely disconnected with the realities of life for a common man hence we had a very violent 1977 movement sowing the seeds of mess we see today. A completely false depiction of good times from a person who is still disconnected with the ground reality.
aamir
Jul 26, 2012 03:09pm
can only say.........thanks a lot for sharing this. We never knew about it
SSS
Jul 26, 2012 03:06pm
Thank you for revealing what most of Pakistanis deny, their human-ness, and continue to deny the normalcy of their lives.
INDIAN
Jul 26, 2012 03:03pm
..Wow..wonderful..never thought Pakistan was like this once upon a time..thankfully some of you are trying to reverse the present radicalised minds...but, in INDIA radicalisation of minds slowly started to grow..Jounalists like Mr.Nadeem needed to guide some young Muslim minds..
ExMuslim
Jul 26, 2012 08:37pm
But for this Jinnah asked for Pakistan..Based on Islam ..so you have now..Kill the Kafir what else..first consider non-muslims as Kafir then kill them..as NO Non-Muslims left in Pakistan ..So try to findout kafir within yourself..and kill them...Like Taliban who consider themselves as the Gaurd of Islam.
AliMoeez
Jul 26, 2012 03:01pm
Thank GOD I am not in that ERA anymore. I can't digest too much vulgarity.
FM1
Jul 26, 2012 04:06pm
Damn you NFP ! You made me cry again !!
fika77
Jul 26, 2012 08:55pm
Problem doesn't lie with US or Saudi, it is within ourselves. As per Lateef comments, it was all US with petro dollars (may be). One superpower fighting with another on neutral grounds and unfortunately we became the party and still can't decide whose war are we fighting.
Yawar
Jul 27, 2012 03:14am
Jinnah was the best leader and role model Pakistan ever had. You must be one of those non-Pakistanis that still refuse to accept reality.
Syed
Jul 26, 2012 09:00pm
If NFP supports PPP in any way, (now a days) than I will take my vote back. PPP may have something in the past but not anymore, it's a disgrace now and anyone supporting it has to get a CT Scan. Honestly ...
Manzoor Ahmad
Jul 26, 2012 09:01pm
All these pictures convey a potent message---that the people, of the region which is now Pakistan were,semi-modern,semi religious, semi Desi, semi western and absolutely tolerant. Fanaticism,bigottery, ethnicity, sectarianism, hatred,intolerance and perverted perception of ISLAM were infused among innocent Pakistanis by Mullahs and the Military. The US used both the MMs to its strategical advantages. 1965 war was an engineered war to reverse Ayub Khan`s egalitarianism, to perpetuate Pak-India enmity, to deplete Pakistan`s Forex reserves,to deprive Pakistani defense from the Military weapons given to Pakistan during SEATO,Cento days and consequently instal a demagogue Bhuttu at the helm of residual Pakistan post 1971 war. Sorry, I digressed from nostalgia.
Syed
Jul 26, 2012 09:02pm
Zia ... birth of a cancer in religion which is so evident these days. Thanks for nothing General Sahib.
nitish
Jul 27, 2012 07:01am
Then no hope....you will go like as it is.According to islam everything is haram.
Ram Chandran
Jul 26, 2012 04:07pm
I was in Bombay in 1978. At that time there was no National TV in India, but the upper Middle Class and Rich who could afford TV had it in their houses would go to their Roof Tops in the evenings to turn the TV antennae towards Karachi to catch popular Pakistani TV Broadcast. Apparently that was far more entertaining that the local Bombay Telecast. Apparently the kids would go to school the next day and gloat about how they could watch the Pakistani TV. Compare and Contrast the TV Telecast now. Saying Hell and Heaven would be an understatement. Of course you can say how pathetic Indian TV was or how good Pakistani TV was.
Imran
Jul 26, 2012 09:41pm
I would like to see a picture of ZAB making Ahmdies Non Muslims.Probably religious hatred was there before Zia.We were bad in 60s and 70s but now become worse.
AliMoeez
Jul 26, 2012 09:41pm
Thats your assumption. In every article of terrorism I condemn and say I can't tolerate all this. But obviously for pseudo liberals 2 wrongs can make 1 right but not for intellectuals. why in the world nudity & vulgarity is good? Just because terrorism is bad? loool thats the worst argument without any common sense and logic. Try to condemn both. Wrong is wrong regardless of anything.
AliMoeez
Jul 26, 2012 09:44pm
Tourism? seriously? In every country ppl respect countries language culture. But our inferiority complexed nation thinks the other way. Who says I don't support tourism? again your assuming. While Zia was a murderer and a Jahannumi but we should not forget that modesty is still a good thing that he gave us. Try to learn about Modesty.
Iqbal
Jul 26, 2012 09:58pm
Thanks for sharing the info, Ram, and I remember in our times late eighties and beginning nineties when we would point our antenna's to catch Indian channels in Pakistan, and by putting those boosters to catch indian channels. How times have changed. makes me sad to see my country now, I was quite happy with changing the antenna's and watching Indian channels but now its just mental.
Shahzad Akhund
Jul 27, 2012 03:23am
Nadeem, you've reminded me of those fond memories. Alas, and as the saying goes, "all good things must come to an end". Indeed those good times did come to an end, a little too soon, with the long lasting curse named Ziaul-Haq. Well, let's hope for the best.
@shahg64
Jul 26, 2012 10:29pm
I blame Bhutto and then Zia for destroying our country. Bhutto by nationalizing industry and driving away capital and business, and Zia with his dictatorship and love of Afghan war. We should have sealed the Afghan border and not interferred. We can still turn the clock back if we slow down the population explosion, make peace with India, spend less on weapons and more on books, seal the border with Afghanistan, push back the Afghans out of Pakistan, push the illegals out of Karachi, turn th epolice into a serious outfit rather than the jokers they are today, start hanging corrupt officials and drug dealers, close down the gory madrassahs who preach hate against anyone, starting with JUI. Make english compulsory again. Like Dubai make alcohol and night clubs accessible to those who want to. Make the country free again.
@shahg64
Jul 26, 2012 10:30pm
Stop blaming the US for everything.
Hassam
Jul 26, 2012 10:54pm
Actually other cities were pretty tolerant as well, particularly those on the Hippie trail. My parents talk about a time when foreign tourists were everywhere and how even girls would roam around Peshawar in skirts on their own back then and no one would care. They also had a taste for the local beer and weed here. Peshawar University also use to be an extremely progressive and tolerant place with a very vibrant culture.
Solitar
Jul 26, 2012 11:09pm
Incredible!
baba
Jul 26, 2012 11:23pm
All this is still going on in Pakistan even now -the dances, the parties, the booze etc. Youtube will attest to it. I have a popular Pakistani magazine from the 70s with Pakistani models in bikinis, probably too raunchy for Dawn?
Asher Rafiq
Jul 26, 2012 11:23pm
Are you nut?
Solitar
Jul 26, 2012 11:35pm
AliMoeez I agree with you! The paradise lies under the sword! If peace prevails in Pakistan; the door to paradise is closed to us. The present world is inconsistent and merely a reflection what we shall be and see in future; life hereafter. Thanks to the factors and causes that fascinate tourists no more to Pakistan for it leaves negatives effects on land of the pure. I was taken aback to read your comment; even today in 2012 there are Orthodox religious amongst us. I salute you!
Jameela
Jul 26, 2012 11:38pm
To Mr NFP's references to Mr Khan, ok he was a play boy, but honestly, to be fair. NFP could have added that Mr Khan went on to build the first free cancer hospital in the country + did a lot to up Pakistan's image in western world. He also befriended Nawaz Sharif and Benazir in oxford. But Mr NFP conveniently ignored those and only mentiones close alliance to Zia. Where is the proof of that ? Mr Zardari and Mr Malik sent msgs to pak team before world cup finaal, so now we can say that all pakistan team are close friends of Mr Zardari and Mr Malik? since im criticising this article, it might not be published, but i request please be fair to all.
Yawar
Jul 27, 2012 03:08am
Ameen! IK is the best and only option left for Pakistan.
cabbi
Jul 27, 2012 03:32am
i like most afghan taxi ???? was so funny...!
Ali
Jul 27, 2012 03:42am
The biggest atrocity committed by Zia was not killing of Bhutto. His biggest crime was to destroy peoples ability to think critically and rationally . He brainwashed the entire future generation right from the primary school. Today, an average Pakistani still thinks that "all our problems are due to non-conformity to Islam and its principle". "We are not pious Muslims therefore we are in trouble". The entire nation is on a wild goose chase to become a "perfect" Muslim without realizing that "perfect muslim" means different things to different people. Taliban were "perfect" in their own mind, Beralvis are "perfect" in their own way etc. They key here is to understand the diverse nature of this global religion and accept each others differences and mind your own business. Name one "islamic" country in the world that has achieved the pinnacle of both worldly and religious success and which can act as a guiding star for all the prospective "perfect" Muslims?
Sheraz K
Jul 27, 2012 12:07am
We may curse Zia all we want .. but his 'vehicle' of destruction .. the band wagon with the capital 'A' is going full throttle towards their 'strategic depth' nonsense funda. I wonder if this 'hole in their sole' depth will ever be filled.
Faraz
Jul 27, 2012 07:33am
Biased again.
T Khan
Jul 27, 2012 12:17am
Whereas this NFP article with photos of Karachi depicted true story of that era. However, to say that the religious activities never existed would be an injustice to history. The Jashans, Tazia processions and Milads were a norm in & around the cities’ famous mosques. Two most prominent religious leaders were Moulana Ehtesham-ul-Haq and Moulana Shafi Okarvi. They used to take verbal jibes at each other, however, what I remember, there was mutual respect. There were Shia-Sunni Fassaads, however, were limited to Moharram’s first 10 days. In late 50s and 60s,the night clubs & Gora Sahib’s imitation was mostly practiced by young immigrants (my parents' generation) between 20s and 40s as they grew up in British era. Later the Beatles & other Rock groups brought the awareness about pop and disco culture that mostly enjoyed by school and college going teens. There was still a wide gap between 2 classes of tight pants heroes and Pajama group; it was not of money but more so of “we are elites as we speak few sentences of English & can dance on English tunes, and you don’t” – in some conversations Pajama team was also referred as Namazis. I enjoyed NFP’s awesome article, as I lived that era and was part of both groups, had tight pants hidden in the school bag while left the house in the Pajama.
riaz
Jul 27, 2012 12:20am
yada maze azab ha ya rab cheen la muje sa hafza mera my early school time when lot of hippie walking on street of my dream city PESHAWAR
Javeer
Jul 27, 2012 12:32am
Though we did not produce cars and aircraft but didn't we make our nuclear bomb and became first Islam country with nuclear power.
saleem
Jul 27, 2012 12:33am
your mind can only think of vulgarity because this is only what you know...idiot
saleem
Jul 27, 2012 12:38am
most born agains are intelligent people and fully understand what sells and market accordingly....
BNS
Jul 27, 2012 12:43am
Good old days!...Ok, so we were good, turned bad. But now what are we/you doing about it? Nations/people tumble but then get back on track, why are we not able to control ourselves, rather moving away and away. Propose something that helps, crying over spilt milk does not help. What needs to be done. lets talk about that....
Sohaib YAHIA
Jul 27, 2012 08:09am
Good old days; so nostalgic indeed! I only wish my 7 years old son could be part of that Pakistan, which we lost 35 years back, thanks to a "Mard-e-Momin" who did nothing but putting a permanent scar on the once beautiful face of the country.
shah
Jul 27, 2012 01:00am
NFP u r doing a great job>
Dani
Jul 27, 2012 01:13am
Pakistan used to be a modern-liberal country. Islamist Zia destroyed it, if you read the first two parts of the article. Che Guevara in Karachi. Left wing AZO militant hijacking the PIA plane. Amazing pictures! NFP's articles are always worth reading.
Shaikh
Jul 27, 2012 07:32am
Oh How I miss those wonder years of past. What a pitty !!! What we could have been and what we have turned into.
kaiser
Jul 27, 2012 01:21am
1965 war was Ayub khan's decision.
Humayun
Jul 27, 2012 01:22am
It was this vibrant society my father used to talk a lot about. He is gone and so is the tolerant society. I wish all this come back. I have tears too in my eyes.
humayun
Jul 27, 2012 01:26am
Yoe should share photos so that we young ones can understand what and how life really was may we would be able to work towards it, i mean may be we will be able to get some motivation / drive from your photos.
AHA
Jul 27, 2012 11:11am
"why in the world nudity & vulgarity is good? Just because terrorism is bad? loool thats the worst argument ". No one made that argument. You made it up yourself, in your own narrow vision - just like what our Ulma and Moulvis do. You are just sidetracking the debate, or worse, you just did not get it!
Agnostic
Jul 27, 2012 01:48am
I disagree with the assessment that Pakistan was more liberal any any point in time in the past. For e.g. the 1950s had the first anti-Ahmadi movement, the 1960s saw a war with India that was viewed upon by the general Pakistanis as a "hindu-muslim" ware, the 1970s saw the birth of Bangladesh because West Pakistanis then thought of East Bengals as muslims "corrupted" by hindu influences and refused to yeild to their demands. The 1980s & 1990s saw the the final metamamorphsis of Pakistan into a fundametalistic Islamic state. The 2000s just saw the tragic effect of this. So, no point in going back to ANY point in time in the past. Hope dawn publishes my comment.
Tariq
Jul 27, 2012 02:02am
For all the Imran fanatics, be careful what you wish for. I am not a Pakistani so I don't have a horse in this race. If you Pakistani want a former playboy who conveniently discovered God when he wanted to run for public office as your leader more power to you. However, we Americans were duped not too long ago by a similar rich playboy, who was a party animal well into his 40's, and conveniently discovered Jesus when he wanted to run for office. George Dumbya Bush was a complete and total disaster for America, and Imran Khan will be just a s big a disaster for Pakistan.
1277sachughtai
Jul 27, 2012 02:29am
Concur with Sadiq. Bhutto gave a slogan but mismanaged after denationalization. Trust faded and we are still at the horn's of dilemma. With the fear that socializm might be the answer, although slogan was hollow and feudals again entered in PPP and they are ruling and will continue to rule for many more generations. To make Pakistan an open minded society, youngsters will have to gear up the youth at all levels and bring a socio-cultural revolution.
Syiem
Jul 27, 2012 04:08am
Beautifully said!
Omer
Jul 27, 2012 04:21am
why do we always have to be on extremes.
Kaka Khan
Jul 27, 2012 08:47am
NFP living in the past? Wow. Is that what you told your history teacher that he was living the past? Or is that what you say to an Islamic scholar who tells us about Islam's history? Do you tell him he's living the past by telling us tales that are 1400 years old? I mean, seriously. Just where do guys like you get off with your idiocy.
Karthik
Jul 27, 2012 04:21am
Pakistan's obssession with India, perpetual hatred towards Hindus and the blind need to be the perfect Islamic state is making it into a theological hell-hole.
Karthik
Jul 27, 2012 04:23am
i totally agree with your views
Salman
Jul 27, 2012 04:24am
Thank you for such nice comments!
observer
Jul 27, 2012 04:29am
This is not fair Mak. NFP is a cultural critic. Please don't expect NFP to say whatever you want to hear. He has talked about loss of tolerance in Pakistani society and he is right. I hope some day NFP learns more about technology and economy and writes columns on these aspects too. But let us appreciate NFPs spirit. Please let us also remember that a vibrant, tolerant, and pluristic society is a breeding ground for creative thinking and is better suited to house a good economy.
Zeeshan Shamsi
Jul 27, 2012 09:51pm
Karachi is still alive and kicking, though mostly underground, and nobody can kill the warm spirit that is kindled by the sea breeze and glorious evenings of our city.
@rawahk
Jul 27, 2012 08:40am
this is very good article and fantastic work done by the writer, i would say we can redo things to bring back tourists and i ad feeling that it depicts some cultural differences that we were adopting from west, we should not adopt western culture by drinking liquor or having half nude dresses but yes we should be progressive, we would all love to see tourists back in on pakistani roads, we would all love to see PIA back in action, we should have singers like runa laila and nazia and zohaib, and alamgir, but at the same time we need to see that hippie trail ended and it was not because of PAkistani leaders it was because hippies ended in even western culture.
Tahir Razvi
Jul 27, 2012 04:44am
Tears in my eyes while looking at all these pictures sitting thousands of miles from my birth city Karachi, As a child in 70's I use to go to all such places with my parents and uncles and have experience all that freedom and liberty which is an unknown animal in that Land of Pure. Pakistan will never be the same again. That country and new generation is too radicalized. Thank you Nadeem, when you come to Houston I will take you out for a drink I owe you few for such lovely pictures.
Abu Ahmed
Jul 27, 2012 08:36am
NFP living the past? Is this what you teold your history teacher? Or is that what the preacher that tells your our religion's history doing? Do you tell him that he's living in the past telling us tales that are 1400 years ago? Why are people like so always sounding so Stupid? No, really, kindly elaborate. Please.
A.Bajwa
Jul 27, 2012 04:56am
surprisingly Pakistan took so long to go down. It was to go down eventually. In a democratic polity there would have been no refuge in religion which became order of the day by Zia's time.
Shhh
Jul 27, 2012 08:36am
I don't understand why there is a picture of a Pashtun nationalist would-be assassin in this strange set of reminiscences. You have also interspersed pictures of East Pakistan here, suggesting nostalgia for what was lost, but Bhutto, by accepting Yahya Khan's offer to lead government after the 1970 election, was complicit in the ultimate alienation of East Pakistan from West Pakistan. We should also remember that many of the Islamisation processes happened during Bhutto's time. So this whole story was set in motion well before Zia's coup.
Ali
Jul 27, 2012 05:09am
pls be mature, mentioning JINNAH this way shows your mental state.
Dixit
Jul 27, 2012 05:09am
Do not loose hope. Just do your bit.
Irfan Hussain
Jul 27, 2012 06:13am
The other reason was that Saudi hasn't yet started “Islamising” our country
A Rehman
Jul 27, 2012 05:25am
Agreed, 3 cheers for Zia ul Haq. He is my hero.
Dhanus Menon
Jul 27, 2012 05:25am
It was better that the partition happened. We Indian's want to live in peace. We want to live by our way and not by how some mullah's dictate. You people can live in any way you wish. Pls. dont try to unite India and Pakistan. No hate intended.
A Rehman
Jul 27, 2012 05:27am
Total Agreement with Moiz.
Khurram
Jul 27, 2012 05:28am
Great collection, amazing times. Hope we see them again in our life time. BTW there is no footage attached to the Pak VS India in 1978. I see the Runa Laila video again.
Khwaja Ali Shahid
Jul 27, 2012 07:27am
Its so demoralizing..considering what a mess as a nation we have evolved into! And even worse is that we are still insisting to perfect it!
honest
Jul 27, 2012 05:44am
Your name shows you are muslim and as a muslim it is our belief that Islam will govern our social, political, economic and all other matters, if you have any doubt kindly go through Quran and you will find guidence and instructions for all aspects and matters of its followers, if any one admits he is muslim then it is obligatory for him to follow those principles, which ensures the success of individual and Muslim Ummah as a whole. We should blame ourselves that we are not able to follow true Islamic values of Equity , Justice, Honesty and Equality , thats why we are suffering so much. we should reinstate Religon ISLAM in everything and every matter of our lives to make this world a better place to live.
SalooBhai
Jul 27, 2012 05:45am
I wish that i have a time machine to go back in that era. Pakistan ko nazar lag gaee hai :(
Vikram
Jul 27, 2012 05:47am
I too thank Zia. As a teenager, I was jealous of the hi-life in Pakistan from where our ancestors had been thrown out forcibly and our properties usurped. But now I am thankful that I am no longer in that place where everyone seems to hate everyone.
Sabahat
Jul 27, 2012 05:50am
So you like hero-worshiping jaws?
Sabahat
Jul 27, 2012 05:56am
General Moiz-ul-Haq, you mean?
ayaz
Jul 27, 2012 05:57am
Ab unhein dhond chargh-e-rukh-e zaiba ly ker
Sabahat
Jul 27, 2012 05:58am
Also, Rheman, don't you wish your parents would have named you Zia ul Haq? Abhi bi waqat hai. In the memory of Shaheed Zia, change your name. Also, do you like mangoes by any chance? Especially the exploding verity.
Dawood Murtaza
Jul 27, 2012 05:59am
I am speechless. This is brilliant effort to summaries our glorious past, what we were and where are we now. Dictatorship has ruined our democratic values and sense of freedom. If I have an opportunity to go back in past, I will. Living in UK for last thirteen years under the democratic umbrella and freedom I can sense what 50s-70s like( I am just turned 40). All this talk about Islamic country ( especially since 1979) and imposition of Islamic values has eroded our commitment to country. I and many others certainly have not lost Islamic values by living in UK but have definitely enjoyed the democratic and liberal values.
Ozman
Jul 27, 2012 12:58pm
What part of Imran Khan's picture reminded you of a billi or a 100 choay?
Amir
Jul 27, 2012 03:53am
Did you notice that these pictures are from time when Pakistan was 20-30yrs old. Show me a country who had NASA and build cars in that age
Farah
Jul 27, 2012 09:58am
Judging solely on the basis of these pictures, I don't see how a similar image of a Pakistani society cannot be produced by pictures in our times. I understand those were liberal times, such that being liberal wasn't a privilege open to only upper classes. The education system may have been in a better condition, people didnt spend much time bickering on the media....but these images dont necessarily portray that. these are simply entertainment related. people swimming at the beach, beer ads, who cares seriously. there are more important issues at hand.
honest
Jul 27, 2012 06:01am
Nice analysis Moiz, u have got the msg between the lines.
Ravi , California
Jul 27, 2012 06:02am
Guys, let me give positive spin on the story. We learn that things could change completely in 20-30 years of time and Pakistan will be all diferrent and prosperous country in the next 20-30. years from now. I really hope we will see at the time an article appears in one of the religious site lamenting how real islamic pakistan was 20-30 years ago and how it all lost now... Sincerely hoping pakistanis will see happy days again. Best wishes from ÿour real brothers in India.
Ali
Jul 27, 2012 06:04am
We should Judge religon by its principles not by its followers.
observer
Jul 27, 2012 03:26am
Syed. I do see your point. I will still vote for PPP as the only party that ensures some balance among provinces and holds a promise for progressiveness. I think PPP needs to go back more to its roots and get itself out of the shadows of NAB cases made by Saif ur Rehman. Clearly PPP is a victim of very sophisticated demonizing techniques from so many influential and powerful quarters. All aimed at discrediting the party and get rid of its vote bank. So, PPP needs its supporters.
rehan1975
Jul 27, 2012 07:43am
"Secular" seems to be a really pet word around here!!!
Captain Mansur
Jul 26, 2012 02:48pm
Thanks NFP for taking me down the memory lane, Fortunately I am a living witness to this era. 1. There was an evening daily newspaper published in Karachi in late 1960 onwatds, it was sold immediately it hit the road, Guess the buyers? Ones who cannot read english ! then for what? a seductive black and white picture published daily. 2. I was the first one to raise the slogab BRING BIHARIS TO PAKISTAN in Karachi University early 1972. 3. I witnesses the cricket match of 1978 and still remember how Pakistani youth were booing Azharuddin for playing against Pakistan, Thanks once again.
Abdul
Jul 26, 2012 03:26pm
I think if we just become Muslim , most of our problems will resolve automatically. Which Muslim doesn't know that " Bride giver and bribe takers are both in hell fire" and yet we are one of the top corrupt nation in the world. Which Muslim doesn't know that "Muslim is one who doesnt harm other muslim with his tongue and hand" and see the rate of abuse and murder in our country. Which muslim doesn't know that "if you kill a single innocent human being then it is like killing the whole humanity" and see our behaviour. I think the pictures look good but the society have changed a lot and our tolerance levels have decreased a lot.
rk singh
Jul 27, 2012 03:21am
good article NFP.
Hasanalirana
Jul 26, 2012 02:38pm
What a stark difference, 1972 to 2012 1972- people traveled to see latest Movie to Kabul and come back same day, 2012- people go to mosque/temple/shrine or church in their own city and wonder if they will ever come back !!!
innohunter
Jul 27, 2012 02:56am
Pakistan TV dramas are still far better than their counterparts in india.
innohunter
Jul 27, 2012 03:03am
Jinnah and Ayub? That's not even funny.
Yawar
Jul 27, 2012 03:04am
You are talking about vulgarity. Do you know what all is being done to the weak within us, especially the poor street kids these days. Or is that not vulgar enough for you?
Arunesh Singh
Jul 27, 2012 07:43am
Amazing.... great collection, most of us in India are certain that these good days will return to Pakistan.....and to the rest of the region!
alaina
Jul 27, 2012 07:45am
well!!!there were no deaths , no BOmb blasts ,I wish I could go back to that time , coz' ..........enough....v want peace in our lives now .......this is to much!!......this mental distress and anxiety...this... unrest .we are lost somewhere!!!!things turning worstttt from bad.Little "hope" left...is now diminishing .but the worst thing is that everything is in front of us(deteriorating)...n v still hav to b ...OPTIMISTIc!!!!!!!AWWWW
Syed
Jul 26, 2012 04:05pm
I wish there was peace and justice in Pakistan. I wish people could express without being killed. I wish there was less corruption. I am not a mullah but I didn't appreciate the western culture/behayayee though.
Salma
Jul 27, 2012 06:20am
fantastic - but she's not Farah Deeba - wife of Shah Iran?
rehan1975
Jul 27, 2012 06:21am
We sure seem to have made a lot of progress in "entertainment" and "tourism" ... where are photographs of writers , scientists and the general public ? what about the mega projects achieved in that era ? what about the 1965 war and our brave soldiers ? not a single photograph of that while several have been posted of the 1971 war!
Dave
Jul 27, 2012 06:22am
A picture speaks more than a thousand words. Best miniaturized version of Pakistan History truthfully covered. I am sure it can go back to its glorious period via true democracy. Heartening to read that people acknowledge that India was not to be blamed for creation of BD.
saleem
Jul 27, 2012 06:23am
oh bhai abdul...khuda key liyey ab aur musalman bananey ke jaga nahin rahi....maaf karo maaf karoo
rehan1975
Jul 27, 2012 06:24am
So does that mean that the mosque / temple / shrine are at fault ???? ...and what makes you so sure about returning from cinemas and elsewhere ... ?
rehan1975
Jul 27, 2012 06:26am
So all the youth that were born later than 60s are born at the "wrong" time ? and since when did DAWN and NFP become an authority on what was "right" and "wrong" for everyone ??
saleem
Jul 27, 2012 06:26am
true ahmed...it is so sad..lekin...abhi in logon ko musalmanon ko mazeed musalman bana hai...
rehan1975
Jul 27, 2012 06:28am
A newspaper that was bought for the sake of "seductive black and white picture" . That is *golden* ????? "Golden" would have been it was sold out because "people loved to read and would get their hands on anything to read" !!!!
T Khan
Jul 27, 2012 06:34am
Jameela, I am a fan of NFP but often riticize his articles for his pro PPP and MQM tilt and frequent below the belt punches on Imran Khan and PTI, however, in this article he has been extremely fair about PPPs leaders and Imran Khan. Cancer hospital was the outcome of Imran's efforts around late 80s and 90s whereas this article pertains to 60s and 70s. You could have criticized as I did about his completely ignoring the religious activities and relative harmony among the various sects. Also, Imran has admitted himself about his privileged upbringing and western lifestyle which was not frowned upon as it was considered as a sign of keeping up with the world. So let us called spade a spade. PS: Go Imran.
Arif
Jul 27, 2012 06:39am
Excellent view, refreshing.
taranveer singh
Jul 27, 2012 07:24am
with media and internet Islamic scholars are preaching easily. people are becoming more religious. Saudis are sending religious books. how we can hope everything will be fine
Mian Aslam
Jul 26, 2012 02:12pm
Pakistan has degenerated beyond what would likely be called a civilized society from the times these images portray. However, Mr. Paracha is a bit naive in attributing all this to acts of a single dictator. This was and continues to a failure of all segments of Pakistani society.
Sapan Kapoor
Jul 26, 2012 02:20pm
I'm very sad to see the state of affairs in Pakistan today, especially when I see how vibrant, open, and secular it used to be once upon a time. It's still not too late though. Save your country before it's too late.
T Khan
Jul 27, 2012 02:33am
Whereas this NFP article with photos of Karachi depicted true story of that era. However, to say that the religious activities never existed would be an injustice to history. The Jashans, Tazia processions and Milads were a norm in & around the cities’ famous mosques. Two most prominent religious leaders were Moulana Ehtesham-ul-Haq Thanvi and Moulana Shafi Okarvi. They used to take verbal jibes at each other, however, what I remember, there was mutual respect. There were Shia-Sunni tension, however, was limited to Moharram’s first 10 days. In late 50s and 60s,the night clubs & Gora Sahib’s imitation was mostly practiced by young immigrants from India between the age of 20s and 40s, as they grew up in British Raj. Later the Beatles & other Rock groups brought the popularity of pop and disco culture that mostly enjoyed by school and college going teens. There was a wide gap between 2 classes of students in elite private schools with English as medium of teaching and students in government schools; it was not for money but more so of “we are elites as we speak few sentences of broken English & can dance on English tunes, and you don’t”). The simplicity of dressing in Kurta Pajama was considered a sign of backwardness. I enjoyed NFP’s awesome article, as I lived that era and was part of both groups.
1277sachughtai
Jul 27, 2012 02:34am
We are emotional and sentimental nation.....we don't see the global scenario and how world is going to change in next ten years. We are involved and have been engaged in knitty grittys of domestic politics, our anchors are madarees who show the monkey game every day. Whereas their job was also to awaken the nation and make them understand the global picture. I wish NFP could do that.
Jayakumar
Jul 26, 2012 02:25pm
Beyond imaginations!!! Pakistan used to b a civilized society!!! Enemy or not(being an Indian),I would have appreciated and loved such a Pakistan. Photographs reminding me that once we had the same culture. Photos & words written touch sentiments.God bless & save Pakistan and our loving Pakistanis.
dr ghulam
Jul 27, 2012 02:35am
well articulated. but we have reservatioins regarding this article.
nadir
Jul 26, 2012 02:27pm
it is all our fault that we allowed the nutcases of the 80s leadership, political,military and the religious, in cahoot with the americans to thrive and prosper at our cost. they are such a powerful and corrupt lobby now, that we need at least 10 khomenis to flush them out of our system. Our country was specifically made for the muslims of the subcontinent , but instead is now occupied by the Afghans. They also control our mindset through the narrow minded mullahs in our midst who would even hang Jinnah for blasphemous behaviour (not donning a beard) if he were alive today.all the liberals are living like refugees in this country, which was actually meant to be ruled and controlled by us
farooq
Jul 27, 2012 07:48am
@Lateef, can you explain why Zia's daughters are doing in the UK and USA? why dont they live in Pakistan where their beloved father implemented his version of islam? Or even one step better, why dont they go to saudi arabia? This is what i hate the mosty, hypocrisy to the core, try to impose upon other while not being in the shoes themselves. and please dont think NFP articles have something to do with my opinion, i strongly feel that Zia was nothing more than a pawn in US politics so destabilise the region. We need to fix our relationships with our neighbors, why doesnt USA attack Mexico for all the drugs and illegal immigrants that come across? they are tackling their issues in a mature approach and we should do the same
indian
Jul 26, 2012 02:29pm
how colourful and alive!! Wonderful montage. thanks NFP. Also the thing thta comes to my mind as an Indian is if India pakistan could not live together when the two countries were so culturally close then what is th ehope now? Or is it that with time the silent majority has become not so silent and all these bright spots in Pakistani history have gone into hiding? Can Pakistan become same again?
Jayakumar
Jul 26, 2012 02:29pm
Indians r least worried about the Pakistani army or the BOMB but the wrong direction in which Pakistan is moving.
Javeer
Jul 26, 2012 02:32pm
Mashallah dear brother in Islam, with the help of God and with this lot of religious people, Imran khan will turn the whole country back into a civilized one. Those days are not far away when we will see Pakistan turning into ta olerant society and he will then turn against the taliban that he is now supporting.
RKH
Jul 27, 2012 08:55am
SADNESS---GLADNESS Succeed each other,,it is we,how we can prolong duration and wish Pakistan is capable of.
Quomi Almia
Jul 27, 2012 08:56am
I agree with Ali :-(
Ghazala
Jul 27, 2012 09:00am
Excellent as always. But one glaring error. Picture is of Muktini Bahini ( Freedom Fighters) torturing a ' Razakar' in the wake of the 1971 surrender at Dacca Race Course.
U Gupta
Jul 27, 2012 09:01am
Now definitely we can say till early seventies, we were similar or "Ek Jaisai the".
_Jamal_
Jul 27, 2012 09:23am
The South Koreans drew inspiration from Ayub Khans plans for the country, long before the arrival of ZAB as a political force.
Abdul , Germany
Jul 27, 2012 09:30am
Quran is not a book of rocket sceince and basic fundamentals are very very clear. You dont need to be a PHd to know what are the rights of other human beings.
Abdul , Germany
Jul 27, 2012 09:31am
Strange comment. What is problem of being a Muslim?
Abdul, Germany
Jul 27, 2012 09:34am
lol. So you are suggesting that Muslims now change their religion to fit the modern age just like as the Christians did?. Anyhow the principles are very very simple . e,.g --> All human beings are equal , any black has no precedence over any white and any while has no precendence over any black. --> every body is equal in front of law. --> You are not allowed to cheat , rob or bribe etc. ---> You are not allowed to have sex without marriage etc etc. Do you need more simple laws then that?
Rindh
Jul 27, 2012 04:29pm
awesome...........
haider shaikh
Jul 27, 2012 09:40am
Kabhi hum bhee khoobsoorat thay, kitabon mein basee khusbu kee ma'nand...
Dhanus Menon
Jul 27, 2012 09:41am
NFP never said this was right, that was wrong. He just gave his views.
Fonzie
Jul 27, 2012 10:59am
Well done NFP,Pakistan is Still a same country,but with the people with beard hold the nations future and the ruling Party Still maintaining negociation with them,so until we keep on negociating the fate of Pakistan is !.......!...!!.!..!.!.
ibraheem
Jul 27, 2012 11:29am
great comparison...........
Roy
Jul 27, 2012 02:50pm
General Zias 11 years rule is a living example of the saying that "the path to hell is paved with good intentions". Big Fan of your work NFP. May your tribe grow in Pakistan.
Silajit
Jul 27, 2012 02:53pm
Blaming the west does not help Pakistan take a step forward. It feels good for sure. But the side effect is that it makes Pakistanis blind to their own shortcomings and ensures that mistakes will be repeated.
gulshan
Jul 27, 2012 03:03pm
Muslim Indians ? The two nation theory hits the dust right there. But you are right and I am afraid of your life. Saying the TRUTH is against Paki Brand of Islam..May be a Fatwa is already in your mail box I will pray for your safety..
gulshan
Jul 27, 2012 03:07pm
You are Soooo right. If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.
oakville1958
Jul 27, 2012 03:17pm
Thank you for the most heart-warming article - reminded me of the wonderful time i had, growing up in Pakistan. I remember the days, when we would play cricket on the streets in Hyderabad - now you can't even walk there, as it is so crowded. My sisters used travel alone,coming back from Universities, without any fear. Now, you see day time robberies. I left Pakistan in 1976, visited again in 1980 and then, i came back again in 2001. Even though i booked two weeks vacation, i changed it and returned back after 1 week. It was not the same Pakistan that i left in 1976. My heart aches, seeing how this most beautiful country on earth has turned into what it is today. I still feel the people are the same - the outside interference and our greedy leaders have caused us all this harm. I hope and pray that we turn this country around to what it was, just a few decades ago. God bless Pakistan.
Ammar
Jul 27, 2012 03:39pm
Agreed and thats the theme for most of his articles
Riz
Jul 27, 2012 03:39pm
Ravi I can see your school of thought, the optimitic mindset which is needed alot in every pakistani too, its not like we are not positive but the %age should be better and enough better which will take us to the opposite side of the coin........I always see INDIA and talk to my INDIAN friends and say I envoy you people, the way you care for country.... Two major issues with PAKISTAN are 1) Islamic Radicalization 2) Corruption and lack of loyality for mother land We need to get rid of these things....Inshallah we will........AMEEN
Mohammed Shaf
Jul 27, 2012 03:44pm
Thanks to Zia Ul Haq and the rest of DICK-TRAITORS for screwing up My Beautiful Pakistan, It will take time and lots of effort to bring it back. Surely pakistan was tipped to be the most progressive state of Asia, today we are the worst.
Imran
Jul 27, 2012 06:03pm
This RJ is likely to be Raju Jamil, son of Jamiluddin Aali (poet, columnist). He also appeared in Khuda ki Basti and then in Ankahai.
Zafar Malik
Jul 27, 2012 11:37pm
"RAAT KUT JAYE GI GUL RANG SAVERA HOGA" . we should not lose hope. after the present dark night there will be a bright and clear day. Forces of darkness with their crooked ideology cannot survive for ever. Pakistan will emerge one day as a modern, secular, enlightened and prosperous society.
Guest
Jul 29, 2012 06:12pm
Well said!
YoYo
Jul 27, 2012 06:12pm
he never said the mosque/temple/shrine are at fault , he is correct btw
Imran
Jul 27, 2012 06:13pm
Not all Pakistani hate Indians. It is mostly Punjabis as they blindly follow army mindset. Army again is dominated by Punjabis. In army’s opinion if relations with India turn normal they would be jobless. Means people would ask why we need to spend so much amount on army and their weapons when we have no one to fight with. People of other province especially Sindh are not only tolerant but are also open to Hindus and other non-Muslims. But the problem with Sindhis is that they are tied with Punjabis and since Punjab is 60 per cent of Pakistan population-wise nothing can go against their will. So to bring about any change in the mindset of Pakistanis initiative has to start with Punjab.
Yoyo
Jul 27, 2012 06:13pm
yeah but not everyone does if he lives in Pakistan
Jack Iyer
Jul 27, 2012 06:16pm
Well I was born in Karachi in 1957 and I have seen it all. I would recommend you all to read Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad's writing and compare the history of our country with his predictions. Then I would like you to give your self 10 minutes and think about it.
guest
Jul 29, 2012 06:11pm
If you were a teen during Zia then how can see the change Bhutto made with your own eyes. You were probably just coming out of your diapers.
guest
Jul 29, 2012 06:10pm
You are partially right. Its not Afghan war and Zia. Just Zia. An astute politician would have seen consequences of allowing the country to be embroiled in the Afghan war. The proper course would have been to get the UN involved and create a buffer zone - patrolled by UN troops. Not take it upon ourselves to be the bodies that are placed before the war machine of a super power. Zia being the military man could never see beyond is nose. His solutions were always military solutions. That's all he knew.
Arun
Jul 27, 2012 06:34pm
You are forgetting the elephant in the room - the Pakistani Army. It is not just Zia. The role the Army has played is to take a disproportionate amount of resource (huge budget), toppled Governments but above all train and support terrorists like the LeT. The Army was responsible for the separation of Bangladesh - the killings of Bangladeshis by the army in 1971 is what galvanized the Mukti Bahini into action. Perhaps it is not politically safe to blame the Army for anything.
Kazim Kamal
Jul 29, 2012 10:54am
really those were very golden days and we were towards progress and those were my nose running days but intervention of Gen Zia shattered the dream he saw only dollars not the future of the pak children who are paying against those dollar and facing the terrorism. oh Zia what have you done with us you kept us in the dark about 11 years from every department of life and in result we are 100 time back from our neighbors like china india iran
Sabkhusraho
Jul 27, 2012 06:40pm
Which god?
Dr. TK
Jul 27, 2012 06:59pm
agree with you! However, it was a better time and a time of hope. We took many wrong turns, and so landed here. The "leaders" are ignorant!
Vikram
Jul 27, 2012 07:13pm
Even as an Indian I totally agree with Shabzilla and (of course) with whomever he agrees -- that Pak dramas do indeed "rock" --- and it is all there for us i.e. the rest of the world to see translated to REAL LIFE dramas -- what with all the intrigue, conspiracies and terror/violence that they export especially to Afghanistan, and India. Now we know from where they get the ideas eh! And just look at most news and articles/media shows emanating about and from Pakistan -- if its not as the "Terror King", then it is certainly the "Drama Queen"!!
Kamal
Jul 27, 2012 07:19pm
Oh, it hurts. But I think we are heading back in that same "open" direction -- aren't we? Look at our media, the availability of internet (social media), cell phones and other things -- they are bound to change the social fabric of Pakistan back to its original form.
ahmed
Jul 27, 2012 07:22pm
Always note Paracha's remarks for Imran Khan. I wont say its negative or positive. its for the readers to judge. I love IK.
Zulfiqar Shaikh
Jul 27, 2012 07:34pm
its FABULOUS.. rarely can things be truely labelled as UNBELIEVABLE, this one is!! Thanks Nadeem Parach for this, sincerely!
Arshad
Jul 27, 2012 07:43pm
Yes Ram, I agree with you but then India started their fast approach towards progress and pakistan started there decline in every field.... because Indains got better leaders but Pakistan did not. Imagine Indian PM is PhD in Economics and Pak president is...... we all know what are his credentials!!
Salman Shakeel
Jul 30, 2012 07:02am
Wondeful collection! I am 80s born guy. So, all this , I could not witness. Most of the stuff shows that Pakistan had a promising future but let us not indulge in Past. Lets think for better future. Lets rebuild Pakistan, Its me,you and ours thinking that will reshape our future. What are the basic guidlines for reshaping our future: - Let the democracy evolve and let us use our power of vote to elect the best - Dictators and army coup are not a solution to our problems.So, lets ban their entry in politics -Peaceful borders mean prosperity on both sides. We need to become friends with India -Extremism should be discouraged at level. -Develop a fool proof security in Pakistan ; It has one of the best tourist spots of the world. It can attract huge foreigners tourists which will in turn make a positive note about Pakistan. -Lets declare education as emergency as all of these is not possible without sensible and proper education No doubt , we can gain easily what we lost! Its never too late. If we follow these steps, We can
roomi
Jul 27, 2012 07:59pm
A lot of people who stood up to Zia were wiped out! There was huge repression by a Totalitarian regime that made black lists of Progressives and hounded then out of Institutions and Journalists who were Banned and even publicly flogged. It was the most brutal and oppressive Martial Law that used religion for its ends.
bakht
Jul 27, 2012 08:27pm
I was part of 70s and saw the descend, sad.
Sam
Jul 27, 2012 08:47pm
The last line "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." says it all. I wounder what Pakistan would have become if it wasn't for out military rulers.
Al Fatmi
Jul 27, 2012 08:48pm
NFP, thanks for taking us to this nostalgic trip, I can show it to my friends , that what a normal country & peaceful it was. I read somewhere that Great civilizations absorb all that destiny throws at them and rise again. From time to time the forest has to burn to the ground in other to grow.
Al Fatmi
Jul 27, 2012 08:57pm
His soul definitely needs lot of blessing , as his hands are tainted with the blood of thousands of people, we are reaping what he sowed.
Zen
Jul 27, 2012 09:12pm
Turning born-again muslim because of what he believed he did wrong is different to what he thought of society back then. What is right for Imran isn't right for everyone. But a good leader like Imran can inspire people to choose what kind of country and society they want; how they live in it is up to them. Fair enough man, before 70s when much of the bhutto nationalism and zia regime surfaced.
Zen
Jul 27, 2012 09:20pm
No it wasn't. Tourists visiting Pakistan should have the freedom to enjoy our country in every way possible. Pakistan should stop trying to be an arab islamic country and start becoming a Pakistani islamic country in our own way. Pakistan Murree alcohol is a Pakistani production. Even if muslims in Pakistan don't drink it, surely it's only a privilege to share it with tourists or export it as a profit. Bars I get, but still that one is for tourists. But nightclubs do not equal immorality. There's nothing wrong with dancing. Seriously, who is Pakistan trying to impress? The conservative arab countries who don't give a shit about us? How about we stop trying to impress anyone and give EVERYONE an equal opportunity to come to Pakistan to enjoy and judge for themselves.
Proud Pakistani
Jul 27, 2012 09:41pm
So Indian Society is very tolerant! Do you forget what tolerant Hindus did with Muslims in Gujarat and still in your tolerant society, Muslims and even other minorities are far behind in the fields of education, job and economic opportunities. What about some of your political parties, their unwritten motto is 'Muslims should leave India or live like a 3rd rated citizens, which they are right now? Trust me, Muhammad Ali Jinnah did the marvellous job of creating Pakistan, as Muslims are much safe and happy and have access to all opportunities in Pakistan, which otherwise they would have never..
Hikmatyar Wali Niazi
Jul 27, 2012 11:25pm
Correction: Not Afghans, but by Saudis :P
sana fatima
Jul 28, 2012 01:40am
ALLAH PAK knows wat is good n wat is bad so never sheds tears ...!!!!
Haider
Jul 28, 2012 01:45am
Very insightful look into the country's past and an interesting read, but looking at some of the pictures I fear our future generations will look back at Veena's 'natural photographs' and take it as a sign of our 'tolerance' and ''prosperity'.
sam ahsan
Jul 28, 2012 01:47am
so 100% true Ali. "Today, an average Pakistani still thinks that "all our problems are due to non-conformity to Islam and its principle". "We are not pious Muslims therefore we are in trouble". The entire nation is on a wild goose chase to become a "perfect" Muslim without realizing that "perfect muslim" means different things to different people. Taliban were "perfect" in their own mind, Beralvis are "perfect" in their own way etc."
Natasha
Jul 28, 2012 01:49am
Thank you Nadeem Paracha. These photos brought tears to my eyes. Pakistan was a country so promising, that the entire Goan community left their coconut covered hills to seek a future here. In the early 70's after Bhutto happened, these same communities realized shit was going to hit the fan. They couldn't go back to Goa, as India had closed their doors to them, so they migrated onto other countries....a large majority went to Africa and Canada. Pakistan never recovered from Zia! May his soul burn for eternity.
amer
Jul 29, 2012 11:53am
Zia ruined whole Pakistan.
Omar
Jul 28, 2012 02:52am
Aptly put, this is the sort of attitude which is needed!
Devil
Jul 28, 2012 02:54am
nuclear power, rofl !! I can imagine the mindset of your people by this statement !
Devil
Jul 28, 2012 02:57am
And what kind of pictures are you guys planning to leave for your future generations ?? Pics of Hindu boys and girls getting converted and accepting Islam on live TV. its quite a progress, just the downhill !!
Muhammad Daud Alam
Jul 28, 2012 03:14am
Oh my beloved Pakistan whose evil eyes has strucked you..!!!! may be your own sons'.....
Sam
Jul 28, 2012 03:29am
Unbelievable and Sad. Hopefully Pakistan regains its true self, as the nation created by minorities for protecting the minorities, very soon.
sania
Jul 28, 2012 06:29am
well it is nice collection
Karachi Wala
Jul 28, 2012 04:15am
You are partially right. Ask any living Bengali who has witnessed the whole saga. The partition’s seed was sewn when Urdu was imposed on Bengalis. Also, beside Military and Punjabi politician who were basically landlords, Bengalis were fed by behari and Urdu speaking business owners in the then East Pakistan, who always looked down on them. In fact, Military, Punjabi and Urdu speaking elite along side Behari’s who conspired with Jamat e Islami paved the way for the creation of Bangladesh. And yes, India aided them whole heartedly
Afaq
Jul 28, 2012 04:43am
my recent trip to Pakistan after 11 years was great. I was not sure what I will face before going there. Good thing that I do not believe what media says about situation there specially Pakistani media forget western media. I will say -60% to70% what they say or what they want to show you. Yes it had been changed after Zia's fake polices. I saw still people are liberal and tolerant want better environment for them self . It just need better governance and good polices if it take hold it will become much better what we missed in the past 30-35 years.
Puneet
Jul 29, 2012 04:54pm
This is the reason Pakistan is today is such a mess.Your obsession with India, first worry abt the well being of Muslims in your country ..
Pavan
Jul 28, 2012 07:53am
The thing here is that, we've lost original pakistan and it's south asian culture and lifestyle. Now there are either afghans, arabs or Americans living in Pakistan. Alas it'll never be the same again until a civilization is born out of it. I wish we'd be people with free minds. I'm a pakistani indian and born and brought up in pak till 18 and been living in india since 3 years. The values, norms and mindset of people at each side of the border is the polar opposite. Not to say All pakistanis are extremist or all indian secular guys are cool. But imagine a Pop Star(shiraz uppal, JJ) leaving music because he thinks that's haram and imagine an actor(sara chaudhry) doing the same and people appreciating their decision. Praising them in social media while stealthy watching Kareena, Sheila, Munni and Ashwariya..
Urooj Abbas Zaidi
Jul 28, 2012 05:48am
Its true, Pakistan never be the same, my lovely city Karachi will never be the same. Really heartbreaking fact. These Lashkars will take us to stone age. Thanks for sharing such gems which reminds me my childhood days of late seventies and early eighties.
saleem
Jul 28, 2012 03:32pm
two nation theory went to dust in 1971
syed
Jul 26, 2012 06:51pm
I liked the beach phtos. Thank you for sharing your private collection. Waiting for more!
Haidery
Jul 26, 2012 06:52pm
TRUE PAKISTAN = intolerance, hatred, no civil rights for poor, no rights for minorities, nepotism, corruption, suicide and target killings in the name of religion - Is that what you call True Pakistan??? I'd rather live in the FAKE Pakistan of the 60's and 70s then!
MuhammadJanjua
Jul 26, 2012 06:53pm
Hate to admit that we all were fighting at some level with the 'Godless- Communism,' and supporting our 'Muslim Brethren' in Afghanistan. We made all the conditions for radical Islam (including rigid jihadi doctrines), as professed by Zia led state, to flourish favorably.
Mayank R
Jul 26, 2012 02:02pm
Wow.....Looks like Pakistan was a way cooler place than India till 70s. When our parents were driving Bajaj scooters and watching Doordarshan, their Pakistani counterparts were getting all the fun stuff..Huh. Talk about changing fortunes.
SMN
Jul 28, 2012 08:57pm
Every body has a share in damaging Pakistan, Jinah for not getting decided future of Kashmir before independence, Ayoob for going to war with India in 1965, Bhuttos negative politics after 1969 election, flouting election results in favour of Awami League and army action in East Pakistan and their after his nationalisation of Commerce industry and education and lastly Musharraf jumping into American war in Afghanistan. Nawaz Benazir and Zardari are not worth mentioning
Omar
Jul 27, 2012 11:22am
Yes Bhutto's nationalisation hurt the economy badly, but this wasn't the killing blow. Pakistan wasn't the only country going through nationalisation, several others did the same, even UK to an extent. Do they face the same quagmire as we do? No! Remember, economic wrongs can be overcome with time, society's degradation and lack of tolerance is a lot harder to overcome. What Zia did was to ruin the very fabric of our society, something from which we haven't been able to get out of and infact are sliding further down!
Talal
Jul 26, 2012 01:19pm
The Dawn TL said it all "Nadeem Farooq Paracha reminds the Pakistani youth how they were born at the wrong time ".
Rishi
Jul 27, 2012 06:16am
Ali, sweetheart, in fact its you and Ywar and other fellow benighted souls who should grow up or better grow over JINNAHphilia.
rehan1975
Jul 27, 2012 06:16am
Good point ..but such photographs would have failed to convey what a negative impact "islamic zealosts / islamists / islamists extremists" ( take your pick !) have had on the "progress" of Pakistan . That's why most of the "golden" photographs are of a superficial nature and are relate to leisure and pleasure in one form or another
Irfan Hussain
Jul 27, 2012 06:16am
Very True Lateef, Saudi kings are trying to destabilise every single muslim country in the world, who is not following their definition of Islam
FawadRehan
Jul 30, 2012 04:48am
Somehow, I think Musharraf era should be considered as an effort to turn Pakistan away from the clutches of the right-wingers .Though he was not a political figure, his governance was much better than the political center-leftist (like PPP). He de-centralized power of the ministers by introducing a modern, democratic local bodies system. Discounting his adventure against the judiciary which eventually brought his downfall, he tried his best to open the society by giving licenses to lots of tv and radio channels. He always presented himself for debates, even on difficult issues, which was a sign of promoting dialogue in the society. He even tried to bring reforms in the religious schools, by introducing more tolerant text there. Sadly, all his good acts have been turned around blatantly by the PPP, giving the citizens a sign of hope again from the right only ( Imran/Nawaz).
Shoaib
Jul 30, 2012 05:26am
and then there was Zia Ul Haq and Pakistan witness the highest GDP growth rate in her history. Problem secularists?
A Rehman
Jul 30, 2012 05:27am
Its just your fallacy that we are 100 years behind india, iran and china. Thank Zia that due to his successful handling of the matters for 11 years, at least Pakistan is still existing on the world map.
A Rehman
Jul 30, 2012 05:35am
Well balanced analysis. I wonder how your comments got through Dawn's ultra-conservative and un-realistic editorial board, where Indians are free to spit all kinds of poison and Pakistanis are deprived of the chance to counter them. Absolutely hopeless attitude of so called well reputed newspaper..
rehan1975
Jul 30, 2012 05:41am
Then kindly start doing what you want in a "secular" Pakistan . Alcohol would be a great start !
Mariam Magsi
Jul 26, 2012 01:17pm
These are fantastic, Nadeem F Paracha! Thank you for showing us, the youth, a tolerant and relatable side of our country.
CHIPPY
Jul 31, 2012 07:21pm
WAIT FOR IMRAN KHAN TO COME - PAKISTAN GLORY WILL BE RESTORED. IMRAN KHAN BE SEQUEL TO M A JINNAH AS RULER.
Arun
Aug 03, 2012 09:26am
so this is obviously plagiarised. why, why would you do something like that?
Sajid
Aug 19, 2012 03:35pm
I see it a bit differently than most of the posters here. Pakistan is as advanced if not more in terms of skin exposure now than what is portrayed in the pictures above. If the purpose of the pictures is to prove that such exposures was acceptable then, then now much more of that is acceptable. A lot of activities have now gone underground, but not all. Pakistan has 4 times the population of that time and all the new people will obviously bring a difference to the culture. I am not a Zia fan but he brought a degree of stability in the Pakistan of that time as well. Our external debt and currency two things which were definitely in control then.
Amna
Aug 02, 2012 08:32am
what a collection amazing work keep it up!
Tarique
Aug 02, 2012 05:21pm
thanx for sharing these beautiful past moments
rizwan
Aug 04, 2012 06:20am
beautiful times and memories.....very nice effort by you ...thnks for showing the past,post more if possible...
Zehra
Aug 06, 2012 09:26am
Wow! I loved the pictures and description! It took me minutes to feel like as if I'm also a part of that old time of Karachi. The city has so much changed that by looking at some pictures I got a shock! LOL.
kazi Afaq Hssain
Aug 06, 2012 06:59am
lets listen to our friends in India and steer this country out of trouble.lets get rid of all these great men ruling over us and bring honest and sincere leaders to rebuild our motherland.(in sha Allah)
Madsod
Aug 07, 2012 06:07am
Progressive and successful companies have a 'vision' and a 'mission' that they adhere to. So do countries, and societies. However, it takes strong and imaginative leadership to achieve these goals. Sadly, we never had a leader who had a vision or a mission to take this country towards progress. If we look at our current set of 'leaders' the only one who provides some hope, is Imran Khan. However, in my opinion he has only a mission and not a vision...at least that's what we have been told of so far! We don't just need missionaries, we also need visionaries.
Ashok Pandey
Aug 22, 2012 12:10pm
Its soo difficult to convince myself that there are actually te pictuitres of Karachi-pakistan and its the same pakistan that we have today. Thanks Nadeem for this collection.
anser
Aug 07, 2012 04:58am
Great job,Nadim Paracha sahib.
Zubair B. Umer
Aug 07, 2012 05:11am
The pictures and the subsequent comments below express the nostalgia of our 'freedom lovers' and those who have no knowledge of the history of the making of the country. It is a passive crirticism on all what our Islamic parties and religious preachers have done in 65 years.Unless they are able to show that Islam improves the society in many ways , such nostalgic lamentations will remain haunting the masses.There is lesson for our reformers who have failed in proper DAWAH work and have done little except making mosques madarsas imambargahs and money. There are bigger mosques and bigger processions of moharram and 12 Rabiulawwal etc --- and on the other side greater crime, more vulgarity, discos,catwalks, fashion shows ,and moral decay overall. Who is to blame? Misguided and wrong strategy of Islamic work , our poor system of our education--- our closed minds among preachers of religion who are normally fat due to over eating and more hungry for wealth or the ignorance of the masses.The media magnets aslo have a shre in bringing this vulgarity in society.Dont you think so? Then what is way out? ONLY one thing!!! What is that---------?
Raza
Aug 08, 2012 09:32am
Dear Asim, I frequently see people talking about Afghan Refugees to send them back to Afghanistan. But one must understand that before 1979 there were frequent shifting of Afghans across border mainly for business purpose. Afghanis staying in Pakistan are mostly businessmen and playing important role. I suggest that those Afghans must be given stay cards for 5 or more years.
Tajwer
Aug 08, 2012 09:56pm
please tell me you're being sarcastic?
Guest
Aug 09, 2012 03:14am
Astronaut? The Urdu version says that's Stewart Granger in the first picture!
OYERG
Aug 09, 2012 11:48am
I am from Delhi, India born in 1977. I remember vested interests in India trying to sabotage the nation through Hinduism in the same way. My father, my uncles, all very very moderate average people started wearing the Jan Sangh (Hindu extremists) belts and going to gatherings in parks and to gatherings in tents. Hindu muslim divide came in and then came Babri masjid demolition, Rath Yatra, etc. These people grew in power with parties like RSS, VHP who had great control over bigger parties like BJP. They formed NDA and they won. But soon people used their heads and rejected them. Now, BJP is a major party and might win the next election but it has moved away from pursuing Hindu nationalism because it gets them rejected and they now prtray themselves as moderates and only worried about the progress and development of the country. Why did India not go the same path as Pakistan? IMHO 3 main reasons: 1. Army was never allowed to become so powerful in terms of politics and the Army stayed away from politics 2. Constitution of India has no particular element of religion, it is secular and people will never allow it to become otherwise. 3. India saw what is happening in Pakistan all through and knew the consequences. And the Biggest factor: 4. India won the Bangladesh war. West Pakistan cheated East Pakistan and you know what happens when one brother cheats another, the family becomes very very weak and openn to exploitation.
Lioness
Aug 11, 2012 05:04pm
But what are we doing to stop the uncouth and uneducated plunderer sitting as President - the Zardari who is lording over Pakistan....forget what in the past with Zia, jo guzar gaya uss ka rona choro bhi ab....have we learnt anything from it to prevent Pakistan spirlaling down NOW, in the present tense.
Rizwan
Aug 11, 2012 08:48pm
3 Million is a myth.
Rizwan
Aug 11, 2012 08:52pm
And your beloved country while sitting in Afghanistan jointly with US is sponsoring them to enter Pakistan to create chaos and anarchy here.
Khalid Khan
Aug 11, 2012 09:04pm
I am agreed to Karana's comment. I have posted a comment separately with the video from where this picture is taken.
ghassankhan
Aug 17, 2012 02:30am
What a pleasent blast from the past. I wish Pakistan could be like this once more. Hospitable, friendly and tolerant.
kashifiat
Aug 17, 2012 07:21pm
Pakistan will never be like above pictures - Inshallah. Alhamdullilah - the dark age has over
@DrAbdulKhaliq2
Aug 18, 2012 04:36am
Excellent memories of 80's Pakistan.
Asad
Aug 20, 2012 06:29am
Everyone is mocking Islamization in Pakistan. It would do you well to remember that the EU has rejected Turkeys' bid for membership declaring that Europe is a 'Christian' continent. The support of the U.S. to Israel is based on the Evangelists notion that the Messiah will appear there when it is a Jewish state. It is said that education is a great diluter of fundamentalist thought...this does not seem to have worked in the West...where the core Christian and Crusader values still drive national policies on a global scale.
Girl
Aug 22, 2012 07:09am
That's not denial, it's called an opinion.