Vibrant photos from old times of Pakistan

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Vibrant photos from old times of PakistanOld Pakistan History (1)

Legendary American jazz saxophonist and trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie, visited Pakistan during his whirlwind tour of Asia and the Middle East in the early 1950s. Here, he is seen playing his sax with a Sindhi snake charmer at a public park in Karachi in 1954.

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The Crew of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight in 1961. PIA began its impassive rise as one of the leading airlines of the world in the 1960s. It would hold this position till about the early 1980s before witnessing a steady decline in its fortunes.
The Crew of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight in 1961. PIA began its impassive rise as one of the leading airlines of the world in the 1960s. It would hold this position till about the early 1980s before witnessing a steady decline in its fortunes.

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A young Pakistani Zoroastrian woman sitting on her motorbike in the Soldier Bazar area of Karachi (1969).

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A unique ‘mutka race’ between students at a college in Lahore in 1969.

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

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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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People gather in Lahore to see a captured Indian tank during the 1965 Pakistan-India war.

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A woman pulls and carries passengers on a three-wheel-cycle in Lahore (1967).

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The historic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore being renovated (1964).

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Students pose for a picture at Lahore’s Punjab University (1965).

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Intellectuals share ideas over cups of tea at a café in Lahore (1962).

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A neon sign of the Pakistani beer brand, Murree Beer, stands atop a building at the Mall Road in Lahore (1961).

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Zeba and Waheed Murad in 1967’s ‘Arman’ (Desire). The romantic film was one of the biggest hits of the 1960s. It kicked off the rapid commercial and creative rise of the country’s film industry that would last till the late 1970s.

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The Pakistan Television (PTV) ‘election cell’ covering the 1970 election.

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A college student poses in front of a street in Quetta (1972).

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