Photo Album: The Untold Story of Pakistan


This post contains rare photo-album about the untold story of Pakistan that will blow your mind! But if somehow, you are not able to open this post with ease; you can go to The Hidden Photo Album of Pakistan. The credit for such a rare and thoughtful collection of photos goes to Shahzeb Khan Khichi, it has been taken from his album on Facebook.

The Untold Story of Pakistan
The Untold and Forgotten Story of Pakistan

I have collected this rare photo-album about the untold story of Pakistan that will blow your mind! Pakistan used to be very liberal and free of racism, religious, cultural, regional conflicts. There used to be freedom of speech, act and other humanely stuff. Afterwords, the lovely homeland was captured by some extremists who gained power because of (sorry to say) illiterate and ignorant people and did according to the script given by enemies of humanity, our world – Pakistan. All this captured badly affected peace, politics, tourism, film industry and everything.

The Herald featuring Ziaism
The Herald featuring Ziaism

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

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

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

Incidents of rape, terrorism and corruption too rose dramatically.

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

Wife of President
Wife of President

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

xrated Zinda Lash Telecasted on PTV
xrated Zinda Lash Telecasted on PTV
Western Tourists in Tariq Road, Karachi in 1975
Western Tourists in Tariq Road, Karachi in 1975
1970 General Election Coverage by PTV
1970 General Election Coverage by PTV
A Bar in Sawat 1970
A Bar in Sawat 1970
A Still from ‘Quratul Ain’ (1975)
A Still from ‘Quratul Ain’ (1975)
American Tourist in Karachi
American Tourist in Karachi

American tourists enjoy a camel ride at Karachi’s Clifton beach in 1960.

American Tourists in Rawalpindi in 1975
American Tourists in Rawalpindi in 1975
American Vice President in Pakistan
American Vice President in Pakistan
Anwaar Ahmed Khan in 1960 Olympics
Anwaar Ahmed Khan in 1960 Olympics
Ashfaq Ahmad saying a prayer at the grave of British Romantic poet, Percy Shelly, in 1955
Ashfaq Ahmad saying a prayer at the grave of British Romantic poet, Percy Shelly, in 1955
Canadian Club Whiskey in Pakistan
Canadian Club Whiskey in Pakistan
Canadian travellers in Multan, 1982
Canadian travellers in Multan, 1982
Cinema in Pishawar
Cinema in Pishawar
Classmates and Friends in Karachi University, 1973
Classmates and Friends in Karachi University, 1973
Elizabeth of England with Field Marshal Ayub Khan in Karachi, 1961
Elizabeth of England with Field Marshal Ayub Khan in Karachi, 1961
European 'Earthwalkers' in Islamabad, 1973
European ‘Earthwalkers’ in Islamabad, 1973
Europian Tourists in Lahore Shalimar Bagh
Europian Tourists in Lahore Shalimar Bagh
Farima Jinah as Philanthropist
Farima Jinah as Philanthropist
Farima Jinah in Election
Farima Jinah in Election
German Tourist in now-KPK, 1976
German Tourist in now-KPK, 1976
Girls in Swimming Competition in Karachi
Girls taking part in a swimming competition at a sports complex in Karachi in 1970

Habib Jalib and Khalid Hassan Enjoys Drink in Karachi in 1975

Habib Jalib and Khalid Hassan Enjoys Drink in Karachi in 1975

Hippie Tourist in Sibbi
Hippie tourists at a tea shop in Sibbi, Baloucistan in 1972

Today, traveling to a Baloch town like the one in the picture has become a no-go area even for Pakistanis!

Hippie tourists in Hut at Karachi
Hippie tourists in Hut at Karachi
IK and Sarfraz Nawaz in Night Club
IK and Sarfraz Nawaz in Night Club
Indian PM and Pakistani President
Indian PM and Pakistani President

Indian Prime Minister Shastri and Pakistan president Ayub Khan, with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in the background. Tashkent, USSR in late 1965 after the 17-day war between the two countries.

Joint Military Exercises of American and Pakistani Armed Forces, 1953
Joint Military Exercises of American and Pakistani Armed Forces, 1953
Karachi’s Nishat Cinema, 1984
Karachi’s Nishat Cinema, 1984
Marriott Hotel under Construction in 1977
Marriott Hotel under Construction in 1977
National Geographic Featuring Tourism in Pakistan
National Geographic Featuring Tourism in Pakistan
Nazia Hassan and Zohaib Hassan with Parents
Nazia Hassan and Zohaib Hassan with Parents
Nur Khan in Party of Staff of PIA
Nur Khan in Party of Staff of PIA
Pakistan Film Industry in 1960
Pakistan Film Industry in 1960
Pakistan Hockey World Champion
Pakistan Hockey World Champion
Pakistani Family Waiting for Attending a Function
Pakistani Family Waiting for Attending a Function
Pakistani Girl with US President John F Kennedy
Pakistani Girl Aqba with US President John F Kennedy at His Home
PIA Menu Card in 1974
PIA Menu Card for Foreigners in 1974
Scotch Whiskey Brands in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1977
Scotch Whiskey Brands in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1977
The 1960's public awareness Railway ad
The 1960’s public awareness Railway ad
Tourism Poster in 1967 printed by US
Tourism Poster in 1967 printed by US and Europe
Tourists Destination of Pakistan
Tourists Destination of Pakistan
Typical Scene on a PIA Flight - Ad
Typical Scene on a PIA Flight – Ad
Western Tourists in Karachi Beach
Western Tourists in Karachi Beach
Western Tourists in Sibbi Pakistan
Western Tourists in Sibbi Pakistan
Whisky VAT-69
Whisky VAT-69
Wife of PM Zaib with Supermodels at Launch of Film, 1973
Wife of PM Zaib with Supermodels at Launch of Film, 1973

Last word: I am sure you enjoyed the peaceful Pakistan with respect-to-different-choices, freedom of speach and warm hospitality for all. Next generations will never be following Ziaizm as they know what ‘worst condition’ means, actually!

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37 thoughts on “Photo Album: The Untold Story of Pakistan

    • Thank you so very much for reblogging on your fantastic personal blog which I have visited, started following and liked your posts.
      Yes! we basically are lovely people with flags of peace in our hands. The unfortunate thing is; some animals made us like this (as in present and after 90s) and we are too stupid to follow them and give them power 😦

      Thanks again for your comment and reblogging!

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  1. You have given a very wrong heading for this piece it has got nothing to do with Pakistan and everything to show Pakistan a carbon copy of western culture, you must understand Pakistan was supposed to be a test tube for updating Islamic culture, but somewhere its ideal were hijacked by vested interest and now we are neither here nor there??

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    • Nisar, thank you so very much for your stay and your personal views here 🙂

      I respect your personal views but I dont agree to them. Let’s analyze our lovely country and the related-ideology with respect to number of terrorist-attacks, Ziaizm, religious intensity, sectarianism, racism, hospitality to tourists, kind foreign policy for all (except for India because of mess created out of partition-scenario) during the era of this album and afterwards, you will be having remarkable differences between the both, unfortunately. As far as carbon copy of Western culture is concerned, you might better know that culture continuously changes. Second thing to be noted is; no country or no region of the world holds the patent for specific ‘culture’ thing. Last but not the least; people are free to do anything until it harms others as mentioned in the Holy Quran.

      Thanks again for your comments 🙂

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      • Get out of Ziaism stupidity and talk on facts. The religious insanity started well before Zia ever existed. All this current mess of Afghan war was started in early 70’s by Bhutto and Zia continued that policy. Sectarian tension were common in 60’s and 70’s. Just ask any elder about when Ahmedi’s were declared non-muslims by Bhutto, there was a campaign start by JI to marginalize Ahmedi’s living in big cities. These guys have to seal their doors to avoid mobs entering their houses. And who was leading those mobs, MR Javed Hashmi. We screwed our foreign policy and start fighting against Russia when Peshawar air base was used to send spy plane over russia. Open eyes and look. If we pakistanis would have been that good, we would have changed the course of history instead we choose PPP and PMLN over and over again.

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    • Afshan; thank you so very much for your stay at my blog and being kind enough to share your words here. Yeah! Pakistan was peaceful country filled with love to all. We have lost its glory afterwards; but the youth of Pakistan is rebuilding our homeland. I am hopeful! Let’s do it all! Let’s stay under the same umbrella of peace.
      Thanks again for your thoughtful words!

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  2. What a wonderful archive you have presented for the world to view. I will repost this on my own Facebook feed. I studied South Asian Religion in the 1990’s in the USA, and visited India. So I do understand that there was always this wonderful history for both Pakistan and Afghanistan. But so many people these days have forgotten the mid-20th century, will the richness of cultural sharing that went on between the East and the West. What an exciting time it was for all of us then! Let us hope that it can be so again. Thank you. Let us keep our memory alive.

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  3. Sad was the Pakistan of yester year ! Night clubs and drinking is not the way of life, if we disagree with Zia’s religion extremism, we should also disagree with vulgarity !
    We cannot change history but we have the future in our hands, We will Pakistan a better place InshaaAllah

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    • “It was sad” is your viewpoint which I respect. “It was superbly amazing in which there was freedom of speech and action until it harmed somebody directly” is my viewpoint. We can have different viewpoints and thus different actions. I will not let you down and call your actions bad; you dont have right to call my actions ‘vulgar’. Thanks 🙂 I dont drink, by the way.

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    • Erma, you are right these things should not be added in untold story of Pakistan – these can be included in the told story of Pakistan which I tried to do here. Bad or good; but it’s how it was. As far as Muslims are concerned; they are free to do not to do these things. There’s no compulsion in Islam as said by Quran and relgious practices are highly personal. Thanks

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  4. If you see Mr. Jinnah’s life and times ( and his lifestyle) it fits in very nicely with the images and photographs in this blog. Somewhere along the line, the approach changed. However, Pakistan was created as a Muslim country. Islam is a very conservative religion. It is difficult to say whether liberalism would have survived in any case. I do know that the major Pakistani cities had a great deal of western music and entertainment (not only through cinema halls). All this changed later. To go back to pre partition composite culture (which carried on for some time) is very difficult. Also, the vast majority of the population would have had no inkling of western culture as shown by Imran Khan at the night club representing the liberal urban culture. It is the majority culture that starts dominating. Someone at the top just has to trigger it off to keep things under his control.
    You have talked about the mess created by partition. But the Muslims who chose to stay on in India ( a population equal to Pakistan’s) have a choice today to select a liberal lifestyle if they so choose. In all this drama ( and plenty of bad blood) people sometimes forget that the entire South Asian region is peopled with the same stock and the same people. Use of religion divided the place and made people fight. Fortunately, God had nothing to do with it.

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  5. U have shown Us Pakistan as it was.I have been through that era myself and agree we were much better off at time thank u for showing us what we can be if we put our minds to it for our children and grandchildren.

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    • Thank you so much for appreciating and giving me the the best words I ever have on this blog. I appreciate that you shared your personal experiences about this real Pakistan. Thanks again.

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  6. What I perceived through all these pictures was that how early this process started. I thought it was story of these ten years, but it’s rooted deeper than I thought. May God be with us, and give us the true freedom for which we struggled and still couldn’t achieve.

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