Also Pakistan - V

Published Sep 27, 2012 04:28pm

Our Also Pakistan series was supposed to conclude with the fourth installment of this bitter-sweet exercise in nostalgia.

But we have decided to return with yet another installment of Also Pakistan, not only due to its immense popularity among those who experienced a very different Pakistan between 1947 and 1979, but also among young Pakistanis who were not even born between the mentioned years and were pleasantly surprised to see (through this series) a Pakistan that had nothing (or very little) to do with images of angry men and women burning flags and buildings, blowing up mosques and markets and dragging a once highly promising, diverse and vibrant country into an abyss where only isolation, mistrust and fear thrive.

This series remains to be part of a concentrated effort and painstaking research to capture a Pakistan that now seems like a different planet compared to what it has been ever since the 1980s.

A strange, alien place that was also called Pakistan.

Previous Parts:

Also Pakistan - I Also Pakistan - II Also Pakistan - III Also Pakistan - IV

For an overall summery also check the United States’ National Public Radio’s feature on the series: Picturing Pakistan’s Past.

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A 1951 brochure of a Pakistani company (based in Sialkot) specialising in the making of musical instruments from wood and cow skin. Sialkot is still famous around the world for its quality sporting products (especially cricket bats, hockey sticks and footballs), but for many years it was also one of the top producers and exporters of music instruments. Many western pop and jazz musicians used drums made in Sialkot across the 1950s and 1960s.

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Pakistani sprinter, Abdul Khalique (left), on his way to winning Pakistan’s first international gold medal in athletics. He won this honour in the 1959 Commonwealth Games in the 100 meters dash.

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Visiting American President, Dwight Eisenhower, being introduced to the Pakistan cricket team at Karachi’s National Stadium in 1959. Eisenhower arrived with Pakistani head of state, Ayub Khan, to watch the first session of a Pakistan vs. Australia cricket Test match.

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The interior of a Jewish synagogue that was situated in Karachi’s Ranchore Lines area.  The synagogue was regularly frequented by a small Jew community that resided in the city but migrated to the US and Israel soon after Karachi became part of Pakistan, even though the synagogue was never attacked nor damaged.

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The brilliant (and provocative) Pakistani short-story writer, Sadat Manto (right) seen with his family outside his residence in Lahore (in 1953). Hailed as being perhaps the sharpest and most insightful Urdu short-story writer in the region, Manto, struggled with poverty and alcoholism in the face of the hostile reception his work got from the country’s conservative and religious sections. He was accused of promoting ‘obscenity’ and even taken to court for this by some of Pakistan’s Islamic parties. Manto died young at the age of 42 due to liver failure in 1955.

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A 1960 introductory brochure announcing the founding of a Methodist church in Karachi’s Garden Road area. The brochure contained information in English, as well as Urdu.

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American and Pakistani models exhibit saris made in Pakistan during a 1961 Import/Export festival in the US. Along with India, Pakistan was one of the leading designers, makers and exporters of saris. It was also the preferred choice of urban middle and upper-middle-class women of the country till about the late 1970s and worn by them during festivals like weddings, parties and even Eid.

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Pakistani stage actor (and later TV personality), Zia Mohiuddin, seen here in a British TV series, ‘The Adventures of Sir Francis Drake’ (1962). In Pakistan, Zia became hugely popular with a stage show (for Pakistan Television [PTV]), the ‘Zia Mohiuddin Show’ (1970-72). He went on to act in various British and American TV series and films and then once again found fame in Pakistan as a brilliant reciter of the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Mirza Ghalib.

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Former Pakistani Prime Minister, Hussain S. Suhrawardy, arrives to head a cabinet meeting in Karachi in a cowboy hat (1956).

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Former Pakistani Prime Minister, Liquat Ali Khan (left), having a chat with famous Hollywood actor and star James Stewart (second from left) in Lahore (1951). Also seen in the picture is Liaquat’s wife, Begum Liaquat. Liquat was assassinated the same year in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.

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Pushtun tribesmen with drums (dhol) and other traditional instruments lead a marriage ceremony and play their way through a crowded street of Peshawar in 1952.

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Visiting American President, Eisenhower, travels in an open-top horse buggy with Pakistani President, Ayub Khan, through the streets of Karachi, cheered by a large crowd. He then addressed the crowd at the city’s Jinnah Ground (then known as Polo Ground).

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Visiting American Vice President, Lyndon Johnson, stops to meet a camel driver in Karachi in 1962. During the spontaneous conversation, Johnson invited the camel man (Bashir Ahmed) to visit the United States. In 1962 the American government funded Bashir’s trip to the US. Bashir was soon taken to Johnson’s private ranch in Texas. The US government then financed Bashir’s trip to Mecca (to perform Umra).

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Famous American mystic, Samuel Lewis, seen here with the keepers of the Sufi saint, Data Ganj Baksh’s shrine in Lahore (1962).

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A 1963 press ad of Pakistani airlines, PIA. As mentioned in previous ‘Also Pakistan’ features, PIA, between 1962 and 1980, was considered to be one of the top 10 airlines in the world, having one of the best in-flight entertainment facilities.

The above ad highlights the airline’s in-flight entertainment facilities as PIA was actually the first airline in the world to start showing Hollywood movies during flights.

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A 1965 vinyl recording of the song ‘Karachi’ written and performed by popular American jazz ensemble, Maurice Miller Trio.

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A 1964 PIA in-flight information card informing its clients that the alcoholic beverages on the plane will cost tourists a bit more than the locals.

Serving alcohol on PIA was banned by the government in 1977.

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A Pakistani minister meeting a visiting American football team before a match in Karachi (1968). The team played three matches against the Pakistan team, winning two and losing one.

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In 1967, a group of Pakistani high school kids designed the above-seen car all on their own. Dubbed as ‘The first car made in Pakistan,’ the car soon vanished from the country’s memory but the students all ended up getting scholarships to prestigious American engineering universities.

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A vintage 1969 coaster of Pakistani beer brand, Murree. This particular coaster is from the bar at Karachi’s Excelsior Club that was situated in the Saddar area but forced to close down in 1977.

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A 1968 press ad of Coca-Cola. This ad also appeared in American newspapers.

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A special stamp was issued by the government to celebrate the winning of a gold medal by the Pakistan hockey team in the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

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PPP chairman, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, gestures being handcuffed by the police during an anti-Ayub Khan rally in Karachi held by left-wing student organisations (1968). Ayub resigned in 1969.

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A cop beats up a student during an anti-Ayub rally in Karachi organised by leftist student organisations (1969).

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A 1970 photo of famous Pakistani leftist leader and firebrand, Abdul Hamid Bhasani (also known as Maulana Bhashani). Bhashani, a Bengali, was one of the founders of Pakistan’s first large leftist party the National Awami Party (NAP), that he formed with progressive and Marxist Mohajirs, Sindhi nationalist, GM Syed, Baloch nationalist, Gahus B. Bezinjo, and Pushtun nationalist, Bacha Khan.

Though a devout Muslim, Bhashani was fiercely leftist in his politics and a great supporter of Chinese communism. In 1968 he broke away from NAP’s pro-Soviet leaders, Bezinjo and Wali Khan (who formed NAP-Wali), and formed his own faction, NAP-Bhashani. After the break-up of Pakistan in 1971, Bhashani moved to the newly formed Bangladesh. He died in 1976.

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A 1960s shot of Karachi’s famous Hotel Metropole that was famous for its night clubs and bars. The hotel today is being torn down and turned into a shopping and office complex. Half of it has already been turned into a ‘wedding garden.’ Behind it was the Palace Cinema that was extremely popular with college and university students. The cinema was torn down in the 1980s and has since been operating as a ‘marriage hall.’

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A bar band performing at the Hotel Metropole in the 1960s.

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Pakistan’s first tennis star and Davis Cup winner, Haroon Rahim (fourth from top left) with American and British Davis Cup players (1970, Karachi). Rahim got into America's prestigious UCLA and continued representing Pakistan in various international tournaments. However, sometime in 1977 Rahim married an American girl and moved to the US. But within a few years he cut all contact with his family and vanished. His family never heard from him again.

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Pakistani models posing as Punjab’s village womenfolk during an international cultural exchange event in 1969.

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A 1970 American magazine ad for Palizzie Shoes. The caption reads: No Karachi Cobra in my size?’

Shoes made from real snake skin imported by western countries from Pakistan (especially Sindh) were hugely popular with the Western fashionistas till clothing and shoes made with real animal skins and furs were thankfully banned.

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A 1965 tourism brochure published by the government for tourists interested in visiting the historic Gandhara site (for ancient Buddhist art and artifacts) in the Khayber Pukhtunkhwa province (formerly NWFP).

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Wife of US President, J F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy (right), enjoying a camel ride in Karachi during her visit to the city in 1961.

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A 1970 press ad of a perfume named after Lahore’s historic Shalimar Garden.

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A 1971 photo of a young (Bengali) Pakistan army officer who switched sides and joined the East Pakistan rebels against the Pakistan Army. The Pakistan army was defeated by the Bengali nationalists and the Indian armed forces in December 1971. In 1972, East Pakistan became Bangladesh.

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A 1973 PIA brochure promoting tourism to the site of one of the oldest civilizations in the world, the Mohenjodaro (located in the Sindh province of Pakistan). In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the tourist traffic from abroad and from within Pakistan to Mohenjodaro grew rapidly, so much so that the government built an airport, rest houses and small hotels near the site and began running regular flights there. However, ever since the 1990s, the number of tourists to the site steadily declined and so did the number of flights.

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The Pakistan film industry began growing expediently in the 1960s and reached a peak in the 1970s, before pattering out in the 1980s and ultimately collapsing from the 1990s onwards.

However, the industry entered the 1970s with vigour and confidence, wanting to ‘internationalise’ Pakistani films by getting into joint projects with Turkish, Iranian, Greek and film industries of various other countries.

One of the first projects in this regard was the 1971 film, ‘Operation Karachi’ (see poster) – a steamy thriller with a pop soundtrack punctuated by bouncy numbers by famous Pakistani singers Ahmad Rushdi and Runa Laila.

The film was a massive hit, especially on the screens of Karachi and Lahore’s open drive-in cinemas.

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Urdu newspaper photo of the wife of Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Nusrat Bhutto (third from right) with a group of Pakistani ‘supermodels’  at a launch party of a film in 1973.

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A Pakistani family waiting for transport after attending a function at Karachi’s Beach Luxury Hotel in 1973.

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A 1973 shot of a mass of film enthusiasts gathered outside the famous Nishat Cinema in Karachi to watch ‘7 Voyages of Sindbad’. Just behind the main hoarding is a smaller board advertising the ‘coming soon’ flick, ‘Game of Death’ staring Martial Arts expert and movie star, Bruce Lee.

Just like they did around the world, Bruce Lee films also became hugely popular with Pakistani audiences. They played to packed houses, especially at Nishat, a movie theatre that was inaugurated by the sister of Pakistan’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, but burned down by a mob of religious fanatics in September 2012.

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A 1974 anti-Ahmadi wall-chalking in the Pakistani city of Sargodah. Religious parties went on a rampage against Ahmadis and their property, demanding that the community be declared as non-Muslim. Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, though heading a supposedly ‘socialist’ and ‘progressive’ government, capitulated and agreed to the demand of the religious parties. Ahmadis were declared non-Muslim and a minority group. The community has continued to face violence and harassment from conservative and radical religious outfits.

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Ibn-e-Safi was Pakistan’s most prolific and popular suspense novelists. He wrote over 200 such novels and amazingly, almost each one became a best-seller. Since his novels were immensely popular among the youth and full of action, exotic locations and characters, it was only natural that a Pakistani film-maker would turn at least one of them into a film.

Director Qamar Zaidi combined stories from various Safi novels and came up with the 1974 film, ‘Dhamaka.’ (See poster).

Though a relative success at the box-office, the film was a bizarre mix of action sequences ripped off from steamy American ‘blacxploitation’ farces, raunchy hippie imagery and proto-disco tunes.

Apart from starring the Pakistani film industry’s well-known names, Shabnam and Rehman, the film also saw debuts by Javed Sheikh (who would go on to become a famous TV and film actor and director) and singer, Alamgir.

In 1977, PTV also shot a series based on Safi novels (starring TV and film actor, Qavi), but after the Bhutto regime was toppled in July 1977, the military government of Ziaul Haq disallowed the running of the series because it thought it was ‘vulgar.’

In 1980, Safi, after suffering a nervous breakdown (he had also suffered a breakdown in 1960), depression and family problems, died at the age of 52. But his books continued to be reprinted and sell big.

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A 1972 T-Shirt of famous British progressive-rock group, Jethro Tull that was made in Pakistan …

… From 1970 till about 1985, T-shirts of most famous Western rock and pop groups were almost all made and exported from Pakistan. T-Shirt makers in Pakistan got orders from the management and marketers representing major rock musicians such as Rolling Stone, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Aerosmith, etc, and thousands of these T-Shirts were exported to the US and the UK and ended up being sold outside concert halls and arenas in various Western countries.

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American Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, escorting Pakistan’s First Lady, Nusrat Bhutto, to a banquet at the White House. Begum Nusrat was accompanying her husband, Z A. Bhutto, on his visit to the United States.

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Folk music and art and fashion aesthetics of Pakistan’s various ethnicities were aggressively promoted by the government in the 1970s. Eventually some designers fused these aesthetics with the flamboyant, modern fashion sense of the era and created a fashion called ‘Folkwear.’ The above picture shows the cover of a 1975 brochure promoting Pakistani designed and produced ‘Folkwear’ for women.

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Prime Minister, Z A. Bhutto, relaxing with his daughters, Sanam (left) and Benazir (back), at their residence in Clifton, Karachi (1973).

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A group of Western tourists push a broken-down truck on Lahore’s Grand Trunk Road (1974).

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

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A western tourist dressed like a local poses with a group of Pushtun children (and a man) outside a shop in the Bara area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (1975).

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

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A 1974 menu card of PIA’s international flights.

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Western tourists entering Pakistan from Afghanistan on a bus in 1975.

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A 1974 photo showing a young boy in stylish ‘bell bottoms’ filling the tank of a Vespa motorbike as a young school girl walks home in Lahore.

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A young woman plays with school children at a Mela at Karachi’s recreational outlet ‘Playland’ in 1975. Playland was torn down in the late 1990s.

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A rare photo of future MQM chief, Altaf Hussain (fifth from left), with friends outside the Arts Department of the University of Karachi in 1977.

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Imran Khan relaxing during Pakistan cricket team’s tour of India in 1979.

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

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A group photo of Pakistani and Iranian mountaineers outside a hotel in Islamabad in 1978. The group would go on to successfully climb the K2 Mountain.

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A video grab from PTV’s live transmission of a wrestling match between top Pakistani wrestler, Akram Bholu, and Japanese wrestler, Anokhi in 1975. The match that took place in Pakistan was watched by thousands of people in the ground and by millions on TV. It was also telecasted live in Japan.

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A 1980 photograph of various Afghan Islamist groups in Peshawar that began gathering in Pakistan after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December 1979.

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A 1979 L.A. Times cartoon published after the Zia dictatorship executed former Prime Minister, Z A. Bhutto. Zia is shown doing a ballet of sorts over Bhutto’s disembodied head.

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

 

 


The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.


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


The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Comments (237) (Closed)


sam
Sep 27, 2012 10:02pm
I dont see any Hindus or Sikhs in any pictures ? Are they censored or just not visible in photos ? why ?
Asim
Sep 29, 2012 05:37am
Well said. Its time we understand how a forward thinking nation needs to embrace its diversity.
Asim
Sep 29, 2012 05:40am
Will take a couple of generations at least to improve, as it took so many to get where we are today.
mirza
Sep 27, 2012 07:55pm
WHY BLAME OTHERS FOR OUR OWN FAULTS. WE ARE COLLECTIVELY RESPONSIBLE IN DESTROYING PAKISTAN BRICK BY BRICK. AND WE HAVE STILL NOT LEARNED A LESSON. NEXT TO GO IS BALUCHISTAN.
Tahira, USA
Sep 27, 2012 09:56pm
I lived through that era with Jacky Kennedy visiting Peshawar and us standing by to watch her. All the other pictures are like a film of my bygone days. The past never returns but the future can be better if everyone swears to honesty, integrity and real hard work. My prayers are for Pakistan.
khoso
Sep 28, 2012 06:11am
gud sir
drfarhaz
Sep 27, 2012 08:46pm
Beautiful memories....! I feel Pakistan before 1979 was just like India...! How I wish zia n othrs hadn't ruined the country...
a
Sep 27, 2012 10:06pm
so SAD!!!! nothing left & no hope of return!
suman
Sep 27, 2012 09:36pm
Asad-you really are a sad guy
shahzeb memon
Sep 29, 2012 09:39am
this is just amazing i saw all 5 articles.. i have lived most of my life in pakistan but i am in canada now.. i'm only 22.. i wish i saw this pakistan... i hope the country return to stability soon..
ROHIT PANDEY
Sep 29, 2012 08:16am
Links to India and the Hindu past is conveniently kicked under the carpet to propound a fabricated identity!
Slim
Sep 27, 2012 09:50pm
Yes, that was my beloved Pakistan once, free from hate, prejudice, bigotry.
Sanjay Deswal
Sep 28, 2012 04:28pm
Leo, when I refer to Hindustan it meant the undivided India holding the great culture of Hindu-muslim mixture which is known as Ganga-Jamuna Tahjeeb. you are right that we are thankful to our great leaders who left for us a secular and progressive nation with free society.
Dani Sc
Sep 27, 2012 07:41pm
And then, I came, I destroyed everything, and gone (says Zia-ul-Haq).
asifiqbal787787@gmail.com
Sep 27, 2012 07:43pm
They did this, they did that won't cut it anymore. You all are grown ups. If some guy comes to you and says, eat my tatti, will ya?
Abid Khwaja
Sep 29, 2012 06:39am
I simply love the way you have expressed your patriotism for Pakistan You know they say "You can take a man out of the country but you can never take country out of the man".We need more patriotic people like you to save Pakistan from cruel & ugly forces acting against it and Inshallah that day is not too far when we the Pakistanis would prove to the entire world that we are able & capable to lead the entire Islamic world. God Bless Pakistan and it's People-Aameen.
asifiqbal787787@gmail.com
Sep 27, 2012 07:39pm
Soon all of this liberal stuff (shown by Paracha) will be replaced by the pious Khilafat movement, headed by Sir Zaid Hamid, Sir Hamid Gul, and Dr. Hafeez Saeed.
from india
Sep 28, 2012 06:48pm
still pointing fingers at others for your own faults....typical mindset which is responsible for the present state of pakistan......
from india
Sep 28, 2012 06:51pm
HIndus and Mulsims are two separate nations.....what he didnt said aloud was.....Shiyas and suniis and ahmadis and baloch and barelvi and deobandis and sindhis and muhazirs and pathans are also separate nation...the only real nation is punjabi sunni nation...rest all are slaves......
Javi
Sep 27, 2012 09:21pm
Wonderful job putting this together. Sad to see Pakistan continue its wild ride from a functioning country to the abyss by nihilistic army, religio-fascism, and oligarchs that have continued their pillage.
Junaid Akram
Sep 29, 2012 07:09am
All my life i've lived a minute walk away from that synagogue, which sadly was turned into a cloth market. But you would still find traces of Judaism in that locality in great numbers if you have the eye for detail. For instance, nearby you'll find a street, still named after a mayor of pre-independence Karachi (citattion needed), a famous big-wig Jew businessman named David Solomon. His son later embraced Islam and built a mosque nearby which still stand to this day.
suraiya kasim
Sep 29, 2012 09:39am
so what is so great about Dubai? tall buildings and shopping malls? what we miss in our Karachi is peace and tolerance. NFP fails to show us what was life like for a common man on the street then and how it has changed for the worse today. Pictures with american presidents and westerners is not what we miss. What we miss and have lost is our dignity as a nation, our respect and tolerance in all forms.
from india
Sep 28, 2012 06:39pm
are you a Chinese spy trying to hide behind indian spy agency name. I mean , its ridicurous....
G.A.
Sep 28, 2012 12:29pm
It was a very safe environment back then. There was no concept of fear when out on the streets or at the beach late at night. Boundary walls around the homes were chest high and gates remained unlocked at night. Insanity is what prevails now.
from india
Sep 28, 2012 06:41pm
and asif iqbal will be replaced by allama iqbal....
Rizwanul Huda
Sep 28, 2012 01:16am
A Golden era has gone when there was peace and happiness
ROHIT PANDEY
Sep 29, 2012 08:24am
I am glad this line of thinking exists in Pakistan.I think it prevents war between India and Pakistan. Self delusion to this degree is like shooting oneself in the head. When Pakistan does that,India is spared from shooting at Pakistan,!
shami
Sep 29, 2012 08:21am
Pakistan was named as the Asian Tiger in 1960's era. Would that time come back again and we see a progressing Pakistan.
M. Iqbal
Sep 27, 2012 08:33pm
Thanks for the memories. I wish those days come back.
Jawwad
Sep 27, 2012 07:01pm
@Khashkar You re missing his point.What he mean is we did not wear our religion up our sleeves back then. We allowed free thought to flourish. We invested into our children and took care of each other as a society. We provided first class services to everyone and because of that these foreigners and tourists and Americans and Europeans visited.
Ahmed Khan
Sep 27, 2012 07:23pm
No there is no harm in a bit of insult to jolt the Pakistanis out of their complacent attitudes towards life and the outside world. Pakistanis should be brave enough to take harsh criricism. So you don't have to apologize.
Ahmed Khan
Sep 27, 2012 07:20pm
I agree Kashif. Pakistanis will never be honest with themselves by admitting that they alone are to be blamed for their miserable state of affairs. They can't pass the buck every time by blaming outsiders.
Imran Saeed
Sep 27, 2012 07:22pm
simply amazing. spell bound pics. Please post some more
karim
Sep 27, 2012 05:12pm
Maybe 1947-1979 can be considred British-hangover era and since 1979 we are seeing true Pakistani era. What makes me sad is Pakistanis continue to trust and follow Generals and Clerics.
sja
Sep 27, 2012 05:12pm
In all these photographic memoirs and photos, why NFP is not featured prominently, as he has close friendship with ruling party's family and like Bhashani, the secularism so preached in Pakistan, was any photo not available or was it left out on purpose for part v.
Kashif
Sep 27, 2012 06:34pm
As Pakistanis, we need to stop blaming others for our problems. America is not "equally responsible for our backwardness." America cannot force anything on us which we do not accept. Take responsibility. Pakistan is the way it is because of Pakistanis.
XYZ
Sep 28, 2012 06:32pm
Then why is imitating Saudi Arabia o.k. ?
P K MATTOO
Sep 27, 2012 06:30pm
Excellent. A couple of typos. Manto is Saadat Hassan not Ali
Rasheed Ansari
Sep 28, 2012 06:28pm
NFP is a realist but he fails to realize the bad things his role model Bhutto and his family brought to Pakistan.
Asad
Sep 27, 2012 06:29pm
Big deal! We have better place and events to photograph now.
Dr Shahid (@DR_SHAHID)
Sep 27, 2012 06:27pm
Excellent Work! Your Name Will Always Be Remembered In History. You Have Done A Great Job.
Majid Shah
Sep 27, 2012 07:00pm
Firstly, it is you who had come in with that cliche about oh, how only the upper and middle classes had all the fun. First of all, in Karachi there were three kinds of bars and clubs. The expensive ones for the rich, the ones in the Saddar area were frequented by middle class folks like me, and there were dozens in areas like Tariq Road where folks from both middle and lower middle class used to come, sit, have a drink and just chat. Secondly, look at the pics again, friend. Places like Playland, Nishat and Palace Cinema, and many more like these saw people from all classes coming with families and enjoying themselves. Not all was well, but I tell you, sir, Pakistsnis sure knew how to enjoy themselves. Also, most of the hippies that came lived in cheap hotels that came up in Saddar Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar and Swat. Litrally thousands of Pakistanis were employed there. That industry was beneficial to the overall economy. And Shrines like Data were amazing places. That sure was a great time compared to hell we began creating for ourselves, and sadly that too in the name of religion.
Jawwad
Sep 27, 2012 06:57pm
I am surprised no one is mentioning the role of Gulf countries with Saudi Arabia in particular in creating the menace that is become of Pakistan today. Zia was only the middle man overseeing the transition of society. Curriculum being prepared elsewhere, funded by Saudi money with Zia providing man power. Who would have thought your location can be your nemesis. Thank you Nadeem for the great memories. I am lucky enough to at least experience the latter part of our golden era albeit being a small child at that time but I remember it ALL! Thanks again.
Muhammad Ali
Sep 27, 2012 06:54pm
I cant imagine is this Pk .... True picture of Pakistan
from india
Sep 28, 2012 06:56pm
I do not think that russians were ever going to invade pakistan. Afghanistan was enough to control whole region from russian perspective. However, Zia did take bhutto with him, which was not that bad considering what bhutto did to Ahmadiya's. But in the whole process, pakistan went to a black hole of mullah-army-america-arabs syndicate....
Raw is War
Sep 27, 2012 08:20pm
great auricle.
saju
Sep 27, 2012 08:14pm
let citizen to decide, did pak developement or arrogancy attained?the artist pictorial eviedence warning to civil society in a period of time.good theem and artist responsability to inform.
Rizwan Rana
Sep 27, 2012 08:08pm
I lived in Pakistan during the 80s and early 90s. It was the most amazing time of life and I was quite fortunate to experience most of the delights of Pakistan. I went to some great parties in Islamabad at the American Club and private UN parties. Most of my memories of that time are of wild abandon! especially delicious when you consider, it was during Zia's opressive regime. Great article and brilliant pictures. I particularly liked the "jazz" references, being of the jazz persuasion myself.
Ather
Sep 28, 2012 12:27pm
good to know about once happy society
Does not matter
Sep 28, 2012 08:26pm
I think it was because of the legacy of Bhutto of hating India that Zia carried on with him. He was a military man and all he could think of matching India on military terms. But in regards of Afghanistan, he was quiet clear that if he does not stop Russia in Afghanistan, then Russia will sure come after him. Having India on one side and Russia on other could be last thing he wanted. They did not have good relations with Iran as well so Pakistan could certainly be encircled. China was not much of a muscle at that time so he could not really rely on Chinese. He needed men to fight Russians but Afghans were not sufficient and he needed Pakistanis to join the war. What could else he offered them as motivation other than Islam? Nothing. It was an experiment. He knew if Islam as motivation worked with Afghans, it would work with Kashmiris too. But all his plans destroyed with him in that crash.
Kashif
Sep 27, 2012 06:37pm
Bhutto started it and Zia continued the decline of Pakistan. After the loss of East Pakistan, Bhutto was complicit in 'uniting' the country with the only thing that everyone had in common - Islam.
Rao
Sep 27, 2012 06:38pm
Sigh .... :(
Khaksar
Sep 27, 2012 06:48pm
I don't have anything against NFP....in fact I identify a lot with him....but for this series....."Also Pakistan"...it is becoming a cliche...the things that made Pakistan worth living: 1. Americans/Europiens (presidents, administration,astronauts) visiting pakistan. 2. Western hippie tourists in Pakistan (drinking Murree beer of course). 3. Upper middle class hotels/bars/restaurants, open through into the night. 4. Random miscellaneous. The bottom line is, for an outsider, there was no self criticism coming out of pakistan, until things went bad. The alignment with US was paying off, the money was coming in, the proxy war was paying its dividends. Everything was fine. Nobody raised a feeble voice. It is only because things went bad, that all these morality/decency/logic/whatever descended.
Chaman
Sep 28, 2012 12:13pm
It matters what you have but what matters more is what you do with what you have. Deeds speak louder than words. Love your religion but give others the same right and dignity to do so. Religions were created to realize God but we perhaps have chosen to worship religions and forgotten the main essence of it. Smell the roses man and sense the realities and see what your kind of thinking as done to a country that could have been a prosperous and happy nation.
ROHIT PANDEY
Sep 29, 2012 08:12am
Just to add to this -my two cents,if you will, an overwhelming number of you are CONVERTED HINDUS!
Ahmed Khan
Sep 27, 2012 08:53pm
Why is everybody so depressed about the situation in Pakistan? I am not a Pakistani, but a Muslim American. I think that you should all be more determined now to correct things in Pakistan, and not act as helpless people. There is no harm in being nostalgic about the past, but please show some guts and action. Throw out the Mullah's influence and fight against extremists and terrorists who are fooling you by representing Islam. These are Jahil tribals and they should be treated as such. First get rid of the present Govt., elect educated and enlightened Pakistanis to the parliament, so they can repeal all the laws initiated by corrupt and dishonest politicians, such as blasphemy, ban on alcohol and other restritive laws which impinge on freedom and human rights. If you don't take corrective actions then Mullahs will reign you soon.
abc
Sep 27, 2012 08:55pm
Too much alchol and other vices during the initial day of pakistan, has led it to the present problems. But with right kind of thinkers and leaders like Imran Khan, I'm sure pakistan will head towards a more rightious way of living. And it will be a model for all islamic countries to follow.
drswapnilkale
Sep 27, 2012 09:02pm
Beautiful pics! Loved them! Pakistan in these pics looks so much similar to India in d similar time(before 1979)...! I m just wondering how Pakistan could ve been today, had it not been ruined by Zia n others... Great work Nadeem...I feel that was d golden era for Pakistan...i wish it returns to Pak once again...
mission40kg
Sep 29, 2012 03:12pm
Just take some pictures today and print them after 20 years....Nostalgia thats what it is!
gir na
Sep 28, 2012 08:23am
@Nadeem. Please also mention in some article what went wrong with the country .
Soham
Sep 28, 2012 08:11pm
It seems comments which praise nativity are never published. Here I go once more: For a convent accented chain smoking whiskey drinking BA LLB Anglophile darbari progressive Pakistan means evening parties with hip girls dancing on foreign alien meaningless song and music. It does not mean emancipation of bonded labor Haris from hot filthy brick kiln in interior Sindh or Punjab. It does not mean celebration of diversity by participating native Holi or celebrating win of light over darkness, ie. Diwali.
Sohail
Sep 27, 2012 04:50pm
Looking at traibal photos, it was rear to find any Pashtun with a beard during those times..., Guess Zia changed everything thing after 1979
ali
Sep 27, 2012 04:56pm
Pakistan was then a liberalized country and Zia screwed it up by encouraging the madersas to crop up and did not control the Afghan refugees who have become a pain in the butt. And also had Bhutto not nationalized the industry it would still have been a liberalized country and the economy would not have been screwed up as it is now and corruption would have been minimal as it multiplied with the nationalization of the industry.
pathanoo
Sep 27, 2012 05:16pm
You done it again, NFP. What a shame. From a vibrant, tolerant country to an intolerant cesspool of murdrers, terrorists and corrupt politicians and Tin Horn Dictators. My heart goes out to poor Pakistanis who have to live in this Hell Hole for no fault of their own.
Danial
Sep 29, 2012 11:31am
For the usual whiners once again whining about how the Also Pakistan series captures the past lives of the 'elitists', you are being a typical myopic reactionary! Is that all you saw in the pics? Kindly explain how are the following 'elitist' ...? A common Pakistani winning a gold medal in athletics. A Urdu short-story writer standing with his family ( and who later died in near-poverty) The opening of a Church for Karachi's Christian minority Pushtun tribesmen playing music during a wedding A camel driver talking to a visiting American president A visiting mystic sitting with the keepers of a Sifi Shrine High school kids working to build a car Bhutto at a students rally A student being beaten by a cop A Bengali rebel A famous leftist leader smiling Posters of films that were mostly seen by the so-called common men and women Pushtun and Baloch locals doing business with foreign visitors ... One can go on and on like this throughout NFP's Also Pakistan series. But, of course, the self-righteous and the myopic will ONLY and can ONLY see women dancing and booze. They are obsessed with it. Truth is, Pakistan was a mixture of various cultures and styles and all co-existed side by side. That was the real Pakistan.
Danial
Sep 29, 2012 11:28am
What a knee-jerk reaction typical of a myopic reactionary! Is that all you saw in the pics? Kindly explain how are the following 'elitist' ...? A common Pakistani winning a gold medal in athletics. A Urdu short-story writer standing with his family ( and who later died in near-poverty) The opening of a Church for Karachi's Christian minority Pushtun tribesmen playing music during a wedding A camel driver talking to a visiting American president A visiting mystic sitting with the keepers of a Sifi Shrine High school kids working to build a car Bhutto at a students rally A student being beaten by a cop A Bengali rebel A famous leftist leader smiling Posters of films that were mostly seen by the so-called common men and women Pushtun and Baloch locals doing business with foreign visitors ... One can go on and on like this throughout NFP's Also Pakistan series. But, of course, the self-righteous and the myopic will ONLY and can ONLY see women dancing and booze. They are obsessed with it. Truth is, Pakistan was a mixture of various cultures and styles and all co-existed side by side. So kindly fix your myopic views.
yawar
Sep 27, 2012 05:18pm
Is that an insult or are you being sarcastic?
ExPat
Sep 28, 2012 11:44am
Many thanks for the sweet memories..... This was the Pakistan I left in 1979. I hope and pray that we can become a civilized and tolerant nation again. My old country is hijacked by the fundies but they cannot hijack the memories! THANK YOU Again!
yawar
Sep 27, 2012 05:20pm
This amazing series of articles should be turned into a book.
Fahad
Sep 28, 2012 11:40am
Seconded
sraz45
Sep 27, 2012 05:28pm
Great job Paracha Sahib, thank you for reminding people do not realize, been there done that aspect of Pakistan. Pakistan had bright folks in all fields back then, they shaped Pakistan even with all the odds it was handed at partition. It is set to turn the corner again, now there is a new and vibrant generation waiting in the wings to take over from the old guard, these folks are going to change Pakistan into a modern state in short time. The militancy will not survive, as the masses have rejected it, it will die its own death. Friendship with India and regional trade will bring big changes also. Pakistan is poised to take off in the right direction. Zamindars are going to be spun out of power, they have a strangle hold on Pakistan politics.Religious fanaticism will not survive as the people want to join nations who are marching ahead.The myopic view of the ignorant mullah is on it's death bed. Being a observant Muslim is okay, creating chaos and killing innocent folks is a crime.
Banaras
Sep 27, 2012 05:30pm
Absolutely fantastic features once again, Paracha sahib. I am quite curious to know more about Maulana Hippy in "Dhamaka". Zia is playing football with Bhutto's dismembered head, not performing the Bolshoi.
cilocia zaidi
Sep 29, 2012 11:02am
Thanx for sharing this gorgeous nostalgic glimpses of beautiful people and beautiful times................
Krish Chennai
Sep 27, 2012 05:33pm
Amazing, pictorial representations embellished by the barest minimum of words. Alas, your regular leaning came across trenchantly with that last one on Zia, and that's the time on from where hope no longer sprang eternal in the human breast ? Yet, as a scribe, NFP does not do full justice if he does not look at solutions / way to the future. Nostalgia makes us simply suck our thumbs.
Saz
Sep 27, 2012 05:37pm
I wonder what images our children will have of their homes. Or will they ever know what it is living without fear. These images just make me sad for what our children will never know. Unfortunately I think we are beyond the point of no return as far our societies turn to exteam right is concerned.
kashif saif dhillon
Sep 27, 2012 05:38pm
it means pAK could have been a enlightened country if zia did not take reigns of country and pakisatn could have been a most reputable country in the world,,,, including Zia, America is also equally responsible for our backwardness
Syed Abbas
Sep 29, 2012 10:46am
Abid Khwaja Sahib: AOA Many thanks for your kind words. It is not emotionalism, patriotism, but realism. I am as much an Indian or an American as I am a Pakistani. A Muslim should never be tied to a piece of land. Said Iqbal 100 years ago: Cheen o Arab hamara, Hindostan hamara Muslim hain hum watan hay sara jahan hamara Islam is borderless. For men, Brazil may be for Brazilians, Germany for Germans, but Allah made the entire universe for Believers. However, the reality today is that we are at present divided by borders, and people living in Pakistani (and American) borders are destined to play key role in the next century to break borders created by man. ROHIT PANDEY ji: Namaste My Indian friend, there is no need for you to be upset. Would it not be better for you to make a case for India just as I have made for Pakistan? This is what I suggested Paracha sahib in my original post. Our Indian friends must acknowledge that in south Asia Pakistan has been the trend-setter, the ideas leader. Here is a brief list. 1. Free Enterprise - Pakistan 1947, India 2000 2. Free Trade - Pakistan 1947, India 2000 3. Alliance with the West - Pakistan 1950, India 2000 4. Friendship with China - Pakistan 1960, India ??? 5. Distancing from Socialism - Pakistan 1947, India 1990 6. Distancing from dying Corporate Capitalist West - Pakistan 2000, India ???? Freedom and Leadership has a price, and Pakistanis pay it willingly. Alig Sahib: Greetings It should be apparent from my name that my family has fought Islamic Fundamentalism for 1,400 years, and always won. We shall prevail again. Have patience.
Sbq
Sep 27, 2012 05:46pm
The family waiting for transport in Karachi 1973, looks a lot like Saeed Jaffrey of India.
Mr.T
Sep 27, 2012 05:48pm
As it is V part of Pakistan, i wonder what message you want to give, a realization that we had peace once and we can have it again ? You know if you had virus in your computer which cannot be healed you have to format your hard disk and re-install the operating system, and very soon every great pakistani, thekaydar of 1.6 billion muslims will realize they are living in fools paradise, but then it's too late for them.
B R Chawla
Sep 27, 2012 05:51pm
Wonderful place that was now Pakistan reduced to a rubble of strife and violence.Chawla
karim
Sep 27, 2012 05:54pm
I am saying 1947-1979 period was when the governance and culture was an extension of British colonial era, with brown sahabs simply replacing gora sahabs. Whereas after 1979 we are seeing the complete Pakistani package of poor governance, intolerant culture and bad ideas that has resulted in total mess of today. My intention is not to insult.
Karachi Wala
Sep 27, 2012 05:57pm
I am sure each generation hears lectures from their elders that the things were not this way in our time, this was not the case in our time or we did not do it this way or that way. After reading your series "Also-Pakistan", one can say safely and sadly, there will never be a Pakistan, what it could have been!
Zahoor Ahmed Rajput
Sep 28, 2012 04:23pm
Marvelous days
Chumpa
Sep 27, 2012 05:09pm
Just Beautiful
abbastoronto
Sep 29, 2012 12:49pm
Hey lovers of the past (and those Pakistanis who incessantly compare themselves with India), here is the reality. In 1947 while India was a semi-industrialized country where Manchester could no longer compete with Calcutta neither on quality nor on price (because of European devastation 1914-45), Pakistan was an industrial backwater. There were only 7 mills (4 rice, 3 jute, all now in Bangladesh). There was little electricity, sewerage and sewage system, roads, telecom. Those who complain about load-shedding 2 hours a day – we had none. Here in Canada/USA they had it all in 1947, and now with some twice the population, the downward spiral has begun. Come I will show you. In 1968 having a Pak Passport was a privilege not a Right, so few countries had visa restrictions because the lackey Pak Governments did the control. Today, Pakistanis abroad number some 10 million (6.3M officially) contributing $13 Billion annually to Pakistan and also spreading the vision of Iqbal that was not confined to one geographical land, but to the entire world. Cheen o Arab hamara, Hindostan hamara Muslim hain hum watan hay sara jahan hamara. One should not speak of Pakistan, but of Pakistani-System. The wealth of Pakistani abroad may very well exceed that of the Pakistani nation. Pakistanis are not Indians, Canadians, Europeans, Brazilians, Chinese, Russians. None of these people have a global vision as Americans do. The global universal vision in Pakistanis was duly noted by Cameron Munter the ex US Ambassador (Google his Youtube videos). And those worried about the dire present: [29:2] Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, "We believe", and that they will not be tested? - [2:214] Or do ye think that ye shall enter the Garden without such trials as came to those who passed away before you? they encountered suffering and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Messenger and those of faith who were with him cried: "When (will come) the help of Allah." Ah! Verily, the help of Allah is (always) near! - The Past is Prologue – The best days are yet to come, inshallah. Freedom and Leadership has a price - learn to pay it. Syed Abbas
Radiq
Sep 27, 2012 05:08pm
Speechless!! Going through these pictures again and again. Actually Iam crying. Golden era. No comparison with today's Pakistan. Everything is different now. Especially mind set of people. Totally changed. Zia ul Haq you destroyed Pakistan.
FM1
Sep 28, 2012 08:30am
You very obviously never actually experienced the world NFP is talking about here ! Yes we've made progress in many areas but we've lost our sense of safety and security, our cultural fabric has been torn apart and our heritage has been hijacked by mostly illiterate obscurantists.
fhm
Sep 29, 2012 06:40am
This clown Zia was a puppet of Saudis and the big brother. This guy was the one who brought destruction to Pakistan. During his term all the foreigners in the name of Jehadists came to Pakistan and destroy our beautiful country. Wake up my fellow brothers. They are throwing all their problems and garbage in Pakistan in the name of Islam. look at this recent incident of this Islamic video, why there were no destruction in their countries Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain while in Pakistan see the destruction. Pls some body tell them you are destroying your own house.
Danial
Sep 28, 2012 03:42pm
Amazing show of tolerance and enterprise was what Pakistan was once all about. And amazing shots of how those hippies are sitting with Pushtun and Baloch locals. These days even a Pakistani can't go to Bara or Ziarat without vanishing or getting his head chopped off.
Ali Abbas
Sep 28, 2012 03:45pm
Here comes the conspiracy theory.
Goga Nalaik
Sep 28, 2012 08:13am
OMG Shall I see this Pakistan again! I'm in tears ...
Bilal
Sep 28, 2012 08:09am
I second that. I would love to own such a book and be able to look at it from time to time to keep things in perspective, even though all of this was way before my time (born in 1987). In hard copy please, the ultimate book for the coffee table :)
hamid Shafiq
Sep 28, 2012 11:16am
there is no synagog now in ranchore line because it demolished in 1980 and now the place is cloth market.
OinkOink
Sep 28, 2012 02:21pm
Also, it's telecast not telecasted.
Masood Hussain
Sep 28, 2012 02:18pm
Made me sad. N.F.P is forgetting a famous picture during Bogra regime"Thank You America"with sacks of wheat&P.M Bogra.
khan in chandler
Sep 28, 2012 02:12pm
That was safe and beautiful Pakistan, that antbody and everybody can go, live, enjoy the beauty....What happened??
Sanjay Deswal
Sep 28, 2012 04:39pm
very true
YA
Sep 28, 2012 04:36pm
I remember the same (Block P), last trip to Pakistan I went back to my school (St. Judes) the Christians live in fear, an old teacher told me he had not shared his political views at the school until we had a chat. Things have changed for the worse, the intolerance I saw was remarkable. These people are meticulously brainwashed to do anything in the name of religion, everyone is a Kafir and an enemy. I wonder I will ever go back to my country....
Seedoo
Sep 28, 2012 04:02pm
I would take scantily clad women and booze with a peaceful Pakistan any day over Pakistan filled with Burqa clad women, self-righteous men with long flowing beards, intolerance and violence everywhere.
Ali Abbas
Sep 28, 2012 03:31pm
Sad indeed. Just look at this comment and you will realize why Pakistan is a unbearable hell of a country. Problem with Pakistan is that people actually believe in these comments. Idea that "live and let live" can be a workable philisophy is so foreign to Pakistanis. Not all Pakistanis drank alcohol and visited clubs back then but they did beleive in great opportunities that Pakistan had to offer, most importantly its people. People were also religious but they did not believe that they are better than other.
YA
Sep 28, 2012 12:51pm
The Curse of the Mullah has plagued Pakistan from its inception. They were here from the beginning but fortunately for Pakistan their influence was limited until the late 70s early 80s and we learned a cheap way to fight the Indian and the Afgan war started, with the Saudis and CIA we trained the loonies to be disciplined and organised and we reap the consequences today. People in Pakistan today will do anything in the name of Islam, it is more than the Mullah curse now.....its a generation. lost coming back on track would require a miracle..... Mullahs Murdabad
mjb
Sep 28, 2012 03:29pm
You must be living in dream world, what fundamentals are you talking about. We dont have any to say the least, we are going towards the sea and with out a boat or a life jacket
mjb
Sep 28, 2012 03:29pm
can it ever come back???/
Jamal Mahmud
Sep 28, 2012 04:30pm
once happy society were served alice's mushrooms by the west via bigots from saudi arabian brand of religion served with 'crusade' mentality of the vatican (what a gulash)....look where we have landed ourselves between the devil & the deep blue sea
Sanjay Deswal
Sep 28, 2012 04:34pm
Dear Dr. Khan, we don't think that Pakistan is our enemy but is other way round. I think the hate for India and Hindus is the 'reason for existence' for Pakistanis. Jab tak aap ye dushmani nahi bhoolayenge tab tak aap Progreesive nahi ho sakte.
Ali Ahmad
Sep 28, 2012 12:45pm
Ah the faded memories of a day gone by....I am sure I will never see that Pakistan again in my lifetime...until 1979....that is before "pakistaniyat" was born whatever that is. And poor Zia.......what to do.......his wife could never compete with Nusrat Bhutto.........so he initiated the Chadar and Char deewari!!!
Razored
Sep 28, 2012 05:37pm
Are you an expat, Nasir ;-)
from india
Sep 28, 2012 06:09pm
In my opinion, Bhutto was more responsible for todays mess pakistan is in. Zia had no legality regarding what he did...but BHUTTO was elected by Pakistanis and he betrayed them all...
from india
Sep 28, 2012 07:04pm
it shows that a muhazir was able to lead the college politics without being branded an indian agent in those days....now anyone against army, mullaah and imran khan is an indian agent, be it baloch or muhazir or PPP
from india
Sep 28, 2012 07:08pm
BS ....Sir
Iftikhar Husain
Sep 28, 2012 11:56am
Thank you Nadeem for the fine photos.
from india
Sep 28, 2012 07:11pm
I bet you are an illiterate or madarssa educated norom....and of course an Imran khan fan....
pervaiz
Sep 28, 2012 11:13am
yep... mullahs murdabad...
Sanjay Deswal
Sep 28, 2012 04:43pm
what struggle for Pakistan, it was formed accidentally. You should talk about freedom struggle. you must talk about the revolutionaries like Ashfaq ullah and Bhagat Singh.
Suhaib
Sep 28, 2012 09:49am
Ironically, most Politicians & Dictators are/were the the liberal ones.
ghaleezguftar
Sep 28, 2012 09:55am
Heads of states visited during Ayub's times and hippies during bhutto's. As for the alcohol, short dresses, dance parties, famous exports(surgical, sports, garments) and happy people, they still exist! Then there was PTV only and lesser cameras around!
NASAH (USA)
Sep 28, 2012 10:05am
This is what a pathological obsession with religion can do to a used-to-be great progressive country Pakistan.
mjb
Sep 28, 2012 03:32pm
It was because of these dictators and most of all Zia ul haq and the beloved afghan Jihad that we are where we are becoming a illiterate, intolerant and savage group of people who are some how still in one country which is nothing short of a miracle.
Nasir
Sep 27, 2012 10:11pm
Pakistani Guys and Gals, if you still read this paper (I think only expat read it) see what it was like? It is upto you to reject all those twisted realities presented to you and create your own reality, something akin to Tokyo, Hongkong, etc. Those were simple time and I saw some of it. I was truly blessed cuz I did not see any hatred growing up. We had shias, qadianis, jews, christians, punjabi and pathan and urdu speaking all in one muhallah. That was North Nazimabad A block! No one hated anyone we all hanged out together sometime ate in each other house. It's upto you kids/folks the new gen..
Shahzad Ghaffar
Sep 28, 2012 10:34am
Its heartening to go through these images and rejoice of the memories of the past.Alas,Pakistan today has become fragmented,intolerant and violent.As they say "Old is Gold!"We can only hope that things will change for the better.Unfortunately,a number of people don't think that way.Those who get a chance will leve the country just like those who did in the past.
Ailia
Sep 28, 2012 10:23am
Are you allergic to him?
Sanjay Deswal
Sep 28, 2012 04:17pm
Ameen..............but Shan, I doubt that you will create a new culture, because cultures are not made in factories, it is however inherited from the forefathers. Pakistan wale accept nahi karte but it is true that we have a common forefathers, common history, common language and common culture in the north-west part of subcontinent including north-western states of India and whole of Pakistan. You will not believe but it is true that the people of north-west India are more close to Pakistanis with respect to language, food habits and culture rather than the people of south India. Let's drop our egos and accept the reality for the love and peace in the region.
mjb
Sep 28, 2012 03:33pm
It was like this till this clown Zia ul haq came over and brought hell of Afghans to destroy Pakistan.
Kashif
Sep 28, 2012 03:34pm
The fundamentals of Pakistan are better than Turkey? Mr. Abbas, I don't think so.
Surendra
Sep 28, 2012 09:37am
Beautiful pictorial history of Pakistan. Hope that in near future, Pakistan will rise and become strong and stable neighbor of India.
Syed Abbas
Sep 28, 2012 03:19pm
I lived in the Pakistan of these pictures. It was then run by 22 families who have certainly lost much in the populist Pakistan today. Yes, 22 families lost, but million families have gained. In a (West) Pakistan over 4 times the population then a common man today is better fed, better clothed, better housed, and better medicared. Alas, the days of whisky-swishing, scantily clad women are over. Get used to it. I hope those times never come back. Pakistan is going through a classical civil war of transition from an agrarian to an industrial, a rural to an urban society. This period is neither short nor bloodless. Rather than drowning in sorrow Mr. Paracha should look forward to a bright future. The fundamentals of the country are sound, better than any other Muslim country - Malaysia, Turkey, Iran, Indonesia et al.
hamid Shafiq
Sep 28, 2012 11:12am
our country old memories which now preserve in pictures for our future generations. the pictures shows pakistani society secular life style. the pictures shows victory and defeat both. god bless pakistan
Adeel Azmat
Sep 28, 2012 09:22am
Our country for so AMAZING back in the days. We have gone for the best to the worst and it keeps on going down....
Ali Abbas
Sep 28, 2012 03:40pm
Soham if thats what you want to believe than you have every right to do so. Little balance wont hurt you though.
Ali Abbas
Sep 28, 2012 03:36pm
US, India and Israel are not responsible for the current state of Pakistan. We the Pakistanis are.
ali
Sep 28, 2012 11:07am
keep it coming , maybe ur best work ever .
Aslam
Sep 28, 2012 07:42am
So Sad, see where are we standing now :(
murali
Sep 28, 2012 07:42am
How many are enjoying all that you have described above? and how many are hell bent in depriving the people of what is left? Sorry, you missed NFP's point.. big time.
Abbas
Sep 28, 2012 07:38am
Interesting, very interesting. What a pity this wonderful part of the world has taken the path of religious bigots and lost out in humanity's race for better life for the citizens. Jai ho Mullahs.
ashfaq ahmad
Sep 28, 2012 09:47pm
i wish i could go back in time .. That was glory ..
man in black
Sep 28, 2012 09:44pm
that is why, it is called OLD IS GOLD......those were the golden days of our ancestors..... =)
Asghar
Sep 28, 2012 07:21am
Good stuff. But what's the point adding Altaf Hussain's pic in there?
Haris
Sep 28, 2012 07:18am
I am 25 years old, I have been living in UK since the last 6 years. Each time I see pictures from the 'Also Pakistan' series it makes me cry. I never got to see the country like that, and now...it's actually scary to even visit Karachi... so sad...
surrinder gill USA
Sep 27, 2012 10:29pm
A great land when it was liberal and non fanatic. Long live Pakistan but love your elder brother India. Waris Shah has said, BHAIA BAJH NA SOHNDE VEER SAI, DUDHA BAJH NA RIJHDI KHEER SAI,
kirtherSG
Sep 27, 2012 10:32pm
Thank you for arranging this publication 'Also Pakistan' --Those were the days my friend we thought would never end but the downfall came very rapidly due to weak and corrupt leadership. I request that pictures from East Pakistan should also be published to remind Pakistani political leadership that how they have destroyed Pakistan by their wrong decisions at critical junctures, and still continue to do so.
Ali
Sep 29, 2012 04:51am
On the contrary, going with our Pakistani/Wahabi mentality has been the disaster. So much so that people like you don't understand how important plurality and tolerance is for any society.
Tarik Jaffery
Sep 29, 2012 04:51am
Karachi of 60s and 70s! What a romance!!
Mack
Sep 27, 2012 05:02pm
Very good collection, NFP. Thanks for sharing it. By the way, Indians always considered Imran Khan as a playboy, and back then indian girls used to be crazy over him, including a lot of bollywood hotties.
xyz
Sep 28, 2012 06:52am
i'm only comparing the themes NFP is discussing here, and in those we are still doing well. don't you agree? i know we have degraded in other aspects like our intolerance towards so-called blasphemers, minorities and different sects, and in terms of social and economic stability etc.
Tariq Mahmood
Sep 28, 2012 06:45am
How amazing that there was no rightist before Zia and only leftist existed and represented Pakistan. Pakistan was "modern, enlightened and progressive". Everyone was secular and since then "captured, invaded and stampeded" by the "Muslims". Wow!!!!!!!!!!! What a story of invasion. (Please stop wondering that the comments are sarcastic)
Leo
Sep 28, 2012 06:42am
Dear Sanjay, Your analysis is bang on! We must be thankful to our great leaders who did not allow India becoming Hinduatan.
Khan
Sep 28, 2012 06:37am
Sultan, You do not know what these mullahs have done to this country under the patronage of that SOB Zia ul Huq.
Khan
Sep 28, 2012 06:42am
There is no such thing as ulma in our religion. These are known as juhelas and big jahils. Who says they are scholars, they are nothing but sectarian exploiters. So please correct yourself.
Ali
Sep 28, 2012 06:31am
You serious?
don
Sep 28, 2012 06:32am
As long as people like you survived in pakistan there is no need for out side enemy you are the best enemies of your self keep it up ather bhai you are making our job easy
Khan
Sep 28, 2012 06:34am
Mullah Murdabad.
Ali
Sep 28, 2012 06:29am
Whatever happened to the great Haroon Rahim. He was one of the youngest Davis Cup players. He went to the US in 1976 but then vanished. Lost all contact with his family who kept looking for him. What happened? Such a young, intelligent and talented young man he was.
xyz
Sep 28, 2012 06:25am
kudos to NFP for making the effort to get all these wonderful rare images together, but i don't get why he is bent on projecting the country as if all this is past (calling it a 'strange, alien place'), as if we're not like this anymore, if not better in many ways. we may not have the same plethora of foreign tourists and abundance of bars, we still have tourists/mountaineers et al and alcohol is available to those who want it. moreover, he forgets that if they tore down dilapidated cinemas and 'playland', they have 3D multiplexes and several other modern amusement/water parks today. if they put an end to snake-skin products, they have a world class fashion/modeling industry. we are still doing international collaborations in theatre, film and music, and in fact an increasing number of our independent films today are much more substantial than the melodramatic and 'gandasa' thrillers of the yesteryears. and yes, people still wear fashionable clothes and women still wear sarees in Pakistan :D
Dr Khan
Sep 28, 2012 06:02am
go away rama, worry about problems ibn your own country! and get a life sad man!
Dr Khan
Sep 28, 2012 06:00am
Zia was the most backward of them all!
Mumtaz Lakhani
Sep 28, 2012 06:01am
i grew up in era of 50s and 60s in Pakistan and all the above pictures brought memories back of my childhood. But let us not lose hope. All nations start on right path ,then go through revolutionar wars ,civil wars and they settle down i think Pakistan is following that course and there is hope. Dr. Mumtaz Lakhani
Dr Khan
Sep 28, 2012 05:58am
It has become what is is due to covert meddling from it's enemies, including it;s neighbour India! You all watch and laugh at us now!
Dr Khan
Sep 28, 2012 05:56am
And how backward we have gone since those times! All because of the mullahs!
Ashish
Sep 28, 2012 05:57am
The interesting thing is, when you've gone through the process, you'll learn that you've cycled back only to cherish and respect all that you've left behind.
NDChawla
Sep 28, 2012 05:54am
Dear NFP, Please continue the series and let the public judge wether they are missing something in today's environment. Any change in their thought will come only if they can see their past in pictures.
Irfan Ali
Sep 28, 2012 05:47am
LOL...no wonder your comments were not published! You are the one spewing communal intolerance by posting such comments on articles meant to lift spirits and if nothing else make Pakistanis a little proud of what was.
Ashish
Sep 28, 2012 05:50am
So true. If someone holds the separatists and militants in great esteem, what else can be expected?
Faraz
Sep 29, 2012 12:32pm
I firmly believe that islam is a complete code of life and i believe that we will rise and it is destined.
ROHIT PANDEY
Sep 28, 2012 11:48pm
And,much more attractive to a dollar-spending tourist,I guess?
Ahmed
Sep 28, 2012 05:38am
past was progressive, today is dreadful. Because of Ulema and scholars? If you think that is the case then perhaps you are right.
Ahmed
Sep 28, 2012 05:36am
And today's Pakistan? our generation is witness to it on a daily basis. No scarcity of images that depict the today's picture of Pakistan.
shan
Sep 28, 2012 05:35am
sanjay yes you are right that the culture in 1947-1979 was that which was due to the influence of india.but i am still thankful that we are out of that culture and will soon develop our own values and social culture which will be far more better than that of india. its just the matter of time after all Pakistan is still young for all different ethnic,cultural and religious groups to accept each other. how much time do you think it took India to shape the society it is today, all the different cultural, religious and ethnic groups have been living together for more than 200 yrs.
SalooBhai
Sep 28, 2012 05:31am
I have no words to describe....Look wat Zia has done to this country...
H. Ali
Sep 28, 2012 05:30am
Hahaha. Jokers like you make me laugh. You actually end up suggesting that all the hatred, violence and madness is actually what our religion is all about. Please, please stop being spokesperson of the religion we love. It is thinking like yours that is destroying not only the country but Islam to.
Ather Sultan
Sep 28, 2012 05:20am
Allhamdullilah we are over with all this mix cultural society after the partition. We certainly was hugely influenced by Britain legacy and Indian culture. Thumbs up for all the Scholars and Ulema of the old times who stood against this regime and surely the nation supported them, Mr NFP all you can do is dream about it. I know this comment will never be on the article. Who cares though ...
nad
Sep 28, 2012 05:14am
agree
Al Fatmi
Sep 28, 2012 05:15am
and what was his vision ?
imran
Sep 29, 2012 08:29am
my parents would tell me of these things in pakistan,couldn't believe.thanks NFP.our culture overrun and ruined by salafis cum oil cum self-destruction(in the name of security)
Hitesh
Sep 28, 2012 05:00am
The point of concern is GOD sends us all possibilities to grow us as a nation and an individual But we try to protest the change and creating Hell out of the material that suppose to produce Heaven for us. And Irony is still we considered ourselves believer and at the same time denying the will of GOD. If there is only one GOD then every individual and every situation is created by him only and as we have submitted to his WILL we should accept it gracefully.
zafar
Sep 27, 2012 05:02pm
wow...a small journey to heaven.
Sanjay Deswal
Sep 28, 2012 04:46am
Dawn never published my comments and I know this one would have the same fate. But still I do write. well Mr. Parcha I read all your articles in the Dawn and I am a big fan of you for writing about true spirit of the culture of our region. This 'Also Pakistan' series is looks like nostalgic for you but for me it what Pakistan has become is its destiny. progressive society, harmony and tolerance in the period you mentioned i. e. 1947-1979 was the culture of Hindustan that prevailed in Pakistan for some time after its formation. That culture is a mixture of our Hindu-Muslim traditions. Today Pakistan is just for what it was created. Pakistan is a legacy of Aurangjeb and its foundations are on hate and communal intolerance.
RPK
Sep 28, 2012 04:46am
May be Hate Hindu started well before partition, then came Hate Sikhs and then Hate Jews, then Hate Ahmadias, then Hate Christians, then Hate Shias. ..... Everybody thought that Hate will knock at somebody else's door, so they kept mum. Do not know where and when this Hate monster will stop in Pakistan!!
Faran Ali
Sep 28, 2012 04:44am
Enjoyed every bit of it and feel sad that what the country was before and where its heading now :( no wonder.. Old is Gold fits here well.
GhostRider
Sep 28, 2012 04:36am
it shows tolerance and absence of moral police
Samir Shah
Sep 28, 2012 04:37am
Excellent work Nadeem. Couldn't have made me take a better stroll down memory lane. The new generation needs to know that Pakistan used to be good at a time. Sad what's happened now.
mariam
Sep 28, 2012 04:28am
Thank you Nadeem for showing us that Pakistan which we never got to see.It just makes me sad to see how much we have degraded in every aspect.i mean i cant even say oh the religion is thriving now.sigh
blahblah@blahblah.com
Sep 28, 2012 04:27am
hmmm.....dont follow
blahblah@blahblah.com
Sep 28, 2012 04:25am
please look at our own actions before we point fingers at others for our own misgivings.
blahblah@blahblah.com
Sep 28, 2012 04:22am
yeah like a 14 year old standing trial for a trial she did not commit or maybe kids brandishing weaponry taller them on every corner of metro cities.
mohsin meghani
Sep 28, 2012 04:18am
Thanks Mr Paracha for this wonderful memories. Feel sorry for the mother who gave birth to Zia and destroyed our great nation.
Syed
Sep 28, 2012 04:19am
wow, just wow !!! so the mess we are in right now started somewhere in the 70s, and before that, you call it a lie really !!! I mean one cannot believe what Pakistan was and had achieved and look at it now ... what a tragedy !!!
blahblah@blahblah.com
Sep 28, 2012 04:16am
Freedom of choice.
blahblah@blahblah.com
Sep 28, 2012 04:16am
well put
ram
Sep 28, 2012 04:16am
Cutting tree which gives shelter....more to come till long rope...catches neck...hope early...once for all. Kidnap Rape Child abuse/killing Hashish destroying brain...the best blessing of Lord Smuggling Sneaking money abroad WHAT IS LEFT???
blahblah@blahblah.com
Sep 28, 2012 04:15am
Executing a democratically elected leader and taking the society a century behind was his choice. Staying in power by crushing opposition was also his choice. Fighting a proxy war that destroyed the nation was also his choice
ram
Sep 28, 2012 04:10am
Gandi bachi....It was fashion of time...Several Indian movies on it. Tourism developed
ram
Sep 28, 2012 04:08am
Back 60 yrs....Pre partition...Killings
ram
Sep 28, 2012 04:07am
Finally one bold person speaking Truth Sovients wanted passage thru Chaman to Hot Arabian oceon & compete US...both in rage at our doorstep. His faith and modesty called him Gen Lota(wazu going without any assistant) He went...but not alone!!! took one with him. I dont wish to say bad one who was hanged
ram
Sep 28, 2012 04:01am
Always known as Pakistan Iregular Airline
ram
Sep 28, 2012 03:59am
Shoes shown to Bhutto at Lyari gathering Roti Kapra Makaan Slogan and some simple man asked Kya dam se?
Syed Abbas
Sep 29, 2012 02:44am
No other Muslim country could last 30 years civil war. The resilience of Pakistan is takes your breath away. I invite you to see on Youtube what Cameron Munter, the past US Ambassador has to say about Pakistan and Pakistanis. To the admirers of Turkey (a good country no doubt) I have news for you. True, they are trying to rub shoulders with Muslims, but the effort will likely not succeed. I have visited Turkey a number of time, and understand the language a bit, and also have a son from a Turkish Muslimah. So I can speak with some knowledge. Ethnically and linguistically the ethnic Turks are Altaic Mongols, outsiders to the region – neither indo-european nor semitic. This "Star of Islam" is a confused nation – neither here nor there. To lead a civilization a group must have at least some link with its sacred language. Turkish mastery of Arabic was never firm during the Ottoman heydays, and Ataturk dealt a death blow to even that by Romanizing the script. Now hardly any Turk can read the old calligraphy in their mosques. After the breakup of a second rate empire derisively called the sick man of Europe, the Turks tried to Europeanize themselves unabashedly thinking that donning western hats and trousers would somehow infuse Socratic spirit in them. The Europeans, rightly seeing a wolf in sheep's clothing, rebuffed them royally. Incidentally, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the turks because now Europe itself is on deathbed. The Turks' forays with Islam will meet similar end. No self-respecting Muslim will tolerate drinking and eating pork and dancing and nudity. The confused Westerners can be forgiven not to find a "Model" Islamic country today, one who can be emulated and lead the ummah. There is none, but it does not mean there will not be one tomorrow. Let us start by elimination. Indonesia, the largest Muslim country, is hampered by being on the periphery. Egypt is nominally African. The Arabs are racists and will never accept an African at helm. Moreover their Arabic is laughable. Iran is Fatimite Shia whereas 80% of Islam is Umerite Sunni. That leaves Pakistan, now mired in an unending Civil War. But in the long run it has the best chance of leading the Muslim world. To begin with • It has the right mix of sects – Leadership producing Shia 20%, Manager-producing Sunnis 80%. • It is at the heartland of Islamic domain • Its language is close to both Arabic and Persian. All Muslims read and most understand it. • First Islamic nuclear state, Republic/Democracy • English is the working language. • It is Islam's equivalent of West's USA 1. Same National Symbol - Eagle soaring free above the clouds: Individualists, freedom-loving government-hating 2. Newest nations in respective blocks – founded as Republics, against Democracy 3. Manifest Destiny – Extra-Territoriality within their blocks 4. Born Free Enterprising, positive public attitude to business US #1, Pakistan #2. Efficient market, cheapest living in their blocks. 5. Love drugs, armaments, guns; Violent regime changes 6. Very similar practical sense of humor 7. Profoundly religious; unique musicality – Jazz, hip-hop / Qawwali 8. Extremely mobile 9. Mixed language, widest gene pool, Fastest Growth, largest family size, largest pop., net population influx; hospitable, generous, charitable, poor-friendly 10. Can survive without trade - feed population with borders shut. It took the terrible American Civil War to propel it to lead the West. Expect the same with Pakistan and Islam, 20 years give of take 5. Pakistan is on a much solid footing today than it was 60 years ago. Be bullish on Pakistan – a youthful dynamic nation.
observer
Sep 28, 2012 03:40am
It is sad how people categorize Bhutto and Zia as two people with the same agenda. Zia listened to JI and his ideology was based on JI. Bhutto did pay attention to Islam but did not have a JI agenda. Please keep the difference in view.
Noureen
Sep 28, 2012 03:35am
I really enjoyed going through these pics. We should show them to the new generation also .they have no idea about this side of our homeland!!
Faraz
Sep 28, 2012 03:50pm
NFP is disgusting.He is amalgamting things for his nefarious ambitions.imitating other nations result in complete disaster.
Indian
Sep 28, 2012 03:48pm
This is what we call neighbour's envy, owner's pride. Wow! loved the saree section.
Danial
Sep 28, 2012 03:47pm
Mr. Abbas is still looking at the world with the help of cold war Marxist narrative. Sir jee, cold war ended two decades ago.
Ali Abbas
Sep 28, 2012 03:48pm
Mr. Khan I have become your fan, wise words.
mohammad tariq
Sep 28, 2012 02:47am
Welldone mr Piracha. I like it Would you pls post some more pictures like islamic summit lahore,bhuttos visit to shimla, thank you tariq
kirther
Sep 27, 2012 10:43pm
The mess that we are in today was initiated by Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto and Zia did the rest.
Muhammad Ahmed
Sep 27, 2012 10:45pm
I am kind of confused. What is so great about these pictures? It seems to indicate that there was no suffering experienced during creation of Pakistan and people were secular in their leanings and suddenly after 1979 things went to abyss. That is scary approach of recalling history. I have lamented previously that attaching historical significance to a very limited class of Pakistanis will get us nowhere. There is just a lack of understanding that even prior to religious hypocrisy Pakistan was suffering from a much worse disease of extreme class difference. The popularity of left leaning student organizations was the result of an economic enigma and ruling elite system which was left for us by Britishers. I am certainly not blaming them but that class system will only be challenged by development of a middle class. Things will change slowly and there are better pictures in forthcoming time.....
Naseem Mian
Sep 28, 2012 02:29am
Excellent pictures Nadeem, I wish we would have stayed with the rest of the world to build Pakistan on Quaid's vision.
jamal mahmud
Sep 28, 2012 03:59pm
the national awami party was founded in july 1957 in dhaka amidst assaults on its meetings by AWAMI LEAGUE hoodlums under the direct control of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. As a protest Mahmud Ali General Secretary of Ganatantri Dal & Provincial Minister resigned from the coalition Cabinet. maulana abdul hamid khan of Bhashani (maulana bhashani) group of the AWAMI LEAGUE joined hands with Ganatandri Dal of Mahmud Ali ( of sylhet referudam fame) and Haji Md.Danish (tebhaga peasant movement fame) which eventually merged with like minded West Pakistan Parties Azad Pakistan Party ( Mian Iftikharuddin, Syed Kawser Gardezi, Mahmud Ali Kasuri) ; Sindh Mahaz of G.M.Syed & Sheikh Abdul Majid Sindhi; Sindh Hari Committee of Haider Bakhsh Jatoi; Wrore Pukhtun (Balochistan) Abdul Samad Achakzai; Usthman Gul (Balochistan) Ghaush Baksh Bizenjo, Gul Khan Nasir & Prince Karim Khan of Kalat; Khudai Khidmatgar (NWFP) Khan Ghaffar Khan & Hakeem Md. Aslam Sanjri. Party President - Maulana Bhashani Secretary General - Mahmudul Haq Usmani Secretary General West Pakistan -Mahmud Ali Kasuri Secretary General East Pakistan - Mahmud Ali General Secretary (NWFP) - Afzal Bangash
ummer
Sep 28, 2012 01:52am
Oh Mr. Paracha, you are exceptional. I can see one thing from these pictures that Pakistan history back in 1950 & 1960 is extra ordinary
abbastoronto
Sep 29, 2012 02:51am
The best days are yet to come.
Raj
Sep 28, 2012 01:28am
Don't blame others. Hillary Clinton rightly told that Pakistan need not to have take money from America. Nobody forced Pakistan to take money. Nobody give free money. Whoever gives you money has their own agenda. If you are fool do not understand this then it is your problem.
TKhan
Sep 28, 2012 01:29pm
@xyz; you have to wait for your turn in about 60 years to brag about your era. Ironic, same nostalgic expatriate are commenting on that era which they left behind and were bad mouthing when they were young, happening and partying hard in the large cities of the western countries. Now when the prostate is weakening, they are remembering the old days with sense of great loss. Afraid of becoming Senior Citizens- typical Baby Boomers!
alig
Sep 29, 2012 03:04am
relax guys, this supergenius probably meant to say that the FUNDAMENTALISTS OF THE COUNTRY ARE SOUND, BETTER THAN ANY OTHER MUSLIM COUNTRY. which makes sense. because they are.
ahmad butt
Sep 28, 2012 01:15am
And we gave everything step by step to UAE, firstly our PIA's excellence to Emirates, then the lifestyle and now dubai and other are liberal cities, with foreigners making the place a tourist destination., textile to china . Then the export of our country's talent started and now has sky-rocketed with majority of youth and young parents wanting to settle abroad. I think a revolution within the population can cause a change, i dont think the army or the democratic parties can bring about any normalcy in the country.
Ahmed
Sep 28, 2012 01:09am
Pakistan once was a progressive developing society(Though fruits of development and open mindedness was enjoyed by few).High moral values like honesty and hard work were cherished. Now Pakistan is a repressive and backward looking society, to me at least. But Pakistanis should stop blaming others for their "ills". Current society is the true reflection of what majority of Pakistanis wants to be. People who think and act to promote liberal values are tiny minority and hence do not reflect the mood of society. Hard work and honesty is considered a weakness of personality not a likeable trait.
Haider
Sep 28, 2012 12:42am
Thank you for these pictures.
moazzam sheikh
Sep 27, 2012 10:54pm
The jehadi curriculum was not created by Saudi Arabia. Just like Zia, Saudi Arabia too was only a conduit, arm-twisted by the USA, to match dollar for dollar. So to speak. The jehad war was created by policy makers in the US foreign policy departments. USA and the west had been working on creating a Vietnam for the Soviets, what is known as the bear trap. Carter and Brzezinski are the main architects behind the jehad movements to combat the rise of communism. Soviet did not invade. afghanistan
Khan (Canada)
Sep 27, 2012 05:00pm
Thanks for sharing these beatiful memories, Living in Canada I really miss Karachi & Pakistan, these are the same time I normally discuss with my friends who all left Pakistan. I wish & Pray that Pakistan become the same country as it was before the arrival of Zia, Hamid Gul & Afghans.
Does not matter
Sep 28, 2012 12:25am
I see a lot of Zia bashing on various Pakistani forums and TV shows but when i come to think of it then i wonder what were his choices about Afghanistan. Had he not promoted Afghan fighters and kept russians busy, chances were Russians could have come for Pakistan and Pakistani army was no match for them. Also it was in interest of US to have restricted Russians from advancing further. Also i don't see much of heat towards Saudi Arabia who wants to make sure Iran does not get relaxed and so it was necessary to have Pakistan on their side with money and all. I think its not US but Saudis who have done greatest damage to Pakistan.Of course government is an equal culprit.
Total man
Sep 28, 2012 12:21am
Today's Pakistan is full of correpts, asylum to world terrorists, drug addicts,. We want old Pakistan.
Abdullah
Sep 28, 2012 12:17am
You've become a prisoner of the past. Be realistic and pragmatic; little point in giving this repeated dose of nostalgia to Gen Y & Gen Z, most of whom don't even remember the national anthem let alone the pre-1947 struggle for Pakistan. In all fairness, NFP should now be producing a similar number of pictorial blogs on the pre-1947 history and struggle for Pakistan. Will you?
Ashish
Sep 28, 2012 12:14am
Amazing. The Indian-ness and imposed British-ness are visible. During the years ahead, Saudi-ness would soon take over, the poor people not realizing the rich culture and religion of their forefathers. Yes I agree that the ancestors never ventured out to attack other countries in their several 1000's year history, never tried to convert anyone, never ate meat, generated great wisdom and thoughts, but those things should not be construed as negatives and held against them.
Ahmed j
Sep 27, 2012 09:13pm
Nice collection. In your next album, number the pictures as it would be easy for the readers to comment if they want to point any interesting narration. Pakistani tennis player, Haroon had a tragic end. First time I have seen his picture. In another picture, I think that's Air Marshal Nur Khan shaking hands with visiting American football team (1968).
Johan
Sep 28, 2012 12:06am
Pakistan has moved back by 20 years;what a shame;from progress to regression
krishnan
Sep 28, 2012 12:01am
Excellent collection.The "modrun" family in Karachi ,1973 vintage - is it not the actor Saeed Jaffrey and co ?
Joe Highlander
Sep 27, 2012 11:54pm
Some authority should confront Saudi and they in turn should own up to the results of their created mess and try to undo the damage as much as they can.
Anwar Amjad
Sep 27, 2012 11:52pm
Good photographs. I think the one in cowboy hat is Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy – a Bengali prime minister of Pakistan from 12 September 1956 to 17 October 1957.
Jauhar
Sep 27, 2012 11:50pm
Well said friend. The sick Saudi mindset is the root cause of our troubles today. We are losing touch with our cultural values which are from within this region, Iran,India & Afghanistan & not of those thousands of miles away. Iranians accepted Islam but not the Arab tribal culture. Iranians have a history of resisting invaders for centuries from Alexander to Bush. On the other hand we embrace the sick Saudi culture in the most twisted manner. Mind you both Bhutto & Zia are to be blamed equally or the exploitation.
Syed
Sep 27, 2012 11:34pm
I hope we rebuild a more tolerate Pakistan. I know we can, we just the right leadership to guide us forward
Gandi bachi
Sep 27, 2012 11:31pm
Whats so great about "free" happies roaming the country?
muneer
Sep 27, 2012 11:22pm
these pictures take Pakistan back to the future... Yes it seems we are currently living in the past.
Sam
Sep 27, 2012 11:21pm
What a beautiful country it was. It just brings tears in my eyes.
from india
Sep 28, 2012 05:32pm
Is anything still left in pakistan (as a nation) to be destroyed? Boundaries do not make a nation. And NFP is not imitating any other nation. He is showing a REAL Pakistan os yesteryears.
Aslam
Sep 29, 2012 04:01am
Sanjay, I actually never thought from that perspective but may be you are right that initial phase after the creation of Pakistan was due to influence of the mix culture which went further away in past and situation become worse. I do believe that creation of country in the name of religion was not the brightest of the ideas. And I 100% agree with your observations regarding the commonalities between Northern part of India and Pakistan, I actually have relatives in India so I have observed that myself. I do appreciate your comments and really encourage by the idea that people engage on blogs like this in a civil manner, at least for the most part :)
Sikander Khan
Sep 29, 2012 04:19am
What bad things Rasheed Bhai? I mean comparing todays Pakistan to yesteryears what bad things the Bhutto family brought to Pakistan? Pakistan used to be like Dubai with East n West touch. Today Pakistan is classified as a failed state and we all know that. BTW, I blame Zardari for this pathetic situation in Pakistan today.
Sheraz Malik
Sep 27, 2012 11:00pm
It is history preserved for many to remember, learn and hopefully bring come hope for change. Nice work.
soham
Sep 27, 2012 09:07pm
your children do not know what you know. but have you wondered what you do not know which your true forefathers and mothers knew. partition riots first started in pakistan, so that sikh and hindus wealth can be looted and their women kidnapped. i guess kidnapping of religious minority women is still happening. do you know about Patanjali of YogSutra fame from PushpaPura (Peshawar) or Valmiki whose Ashram was near Lahore and Kasur which were founded by Lav & Kush. Abrahamic alien religions are meant for making the natives rootless parasites who would forget their own ancestral history, forget their own natives tongues and pride in local native heroes and worship distant alien deserts, their language and native heroes. When they came for Hindu-Sikh you did not raise your voice and put yourself in the front like Gandhi did when Naukhali Muslims were being attacked by Muslims. Now they are coming for ahmedis, shias and now even barelvis, if you are one of them then no one is going to come to your help. You closed the eye-slit of the Burkha then...
S. Israr Ali
Sep 28, 2012 03:22pm
Wonder periods of a great nation were then with glory and ecstacy. What has happened, wherefrom we started, what were we, where have we landed and whereto we are still leading! Where have gone this nation's great thinkers and intellectuals to still show a path?