Peek into History: After Laying Foundation Stone of Pakistan’s Second Capital

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Kazi has some real interesting pictures saved in his photostream. All the rare pictures of Quaid, initial years of Pakistan, the struggle, Media, Entertainment in olden days; you name it and find a picture there !!

This picture also comes from his photostream. President General Ayub Khan, along with his men, is having fun time at Shakarparian after laying the foundation stone of Pakistan’s Second Capital, Islamabad.

Whom you can figure out from the picture?? Let’s play a little history quiz too :-)

18 Comments so far

  1. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 16th, 2007 @ 9:22 pm


    Pakistan’s Second Capital

    One of the many blunders from Pakistan History.


  2. shaibee (unregistered) on December 16th, 2007 @ 10:56 pm

    Well Adnan, I dont see any blunder in having Islamabad as second capital of Pakistan. Rather it was a good decision, IMO.

    Would you elaborate your point?

    And @Apple, I thought the guy on the left-most, in white, is Q.U. Shahab, but then I think he didn’t have spectacles on in those days :(

    Jo aik tuka tha wo bi nahi laga :)


  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 2:48 am

    Ayub shifted the Capital for lame reasons like security due to India and GHQ because at that time Khan saab used to think that ISB region is pretty safe hence no one can reach to him.

    Shifting of Capital from Karachi was a great loss for Karachi since no other govt took care of Karachi. Karachi kept taking care unless it was a capital. Unlike Lahore/Punjab Region, local parties like MQM,PPP also did nothing for Karachi thus Karachi has been declining due to constant ignorance of local rulers.


  4. KAMI (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 6:02 am

    Adnan Wheter the shifting of the capital was right or wrong, multiple points can be considered on both sides of the argument, but what you have said is one of the lamest one. Karachi was a glitterring city up intill the days of Bhutto, it was Zia-ul-Haque who screwed it all up, just like he screwed the whole country for Afghanistan. Right now your young mayor is doing amazingly well, things are looking up for that city. So contribute and not brood.

    Anyway this post is about Islamabad, and Dr. Ghulam Nabi’s collection, dont bring petty talk into it.


  5. Aamir (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 9:33 am

    Adnan:

    Taking care of Karachi is the job of the people of Karachi. With Ayub Khan’s decision we gained a nice city called Islamabad.


  6. Shaukat (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 10:06 am

    This was a blunder from Ayub Khan and this was also one of the reason that led to the creaton of Bangladesh. The Bengalis felt that their hard earned jute foreign exchange was used to construct the new Capital.


  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 10:34 am

    Aamir, I truly agree but Karachi as a non-capital was never taken care of. On other hand Karachi is not JUST another city like lahore etc. Karachi has been central hub to generate most of revenue for entire Pakistan due to port and many other things so if Karachi suffers then other cities would suffer.


    we gained a nice city called Islamabad

    No offense but in reality Islamabad is the biggest encroachment on face of Pakistan. I think you all know how ISB was established? :-)

    @Shaukat: 100% agreed.


  8. Fatima Shakeel (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    You can’t blame Karachi’s problems on the fact that it isn’t the capital – a lot of cities aren’t! That doesn’t make Islamabad itself a blunder in Pakistan’s history.

    I agree that Islamabad is a world apart from the rest of Pakistan, but the same would have been the case for Karachi, or any other city, had it been the capital today. This isn’t about which city gets to be the capital. This is about all the cities and localities of Pakistan being looked after equally, and that is the responsibility of both the federal and local governments. Someone here just said that the new mayor of Karachi is doing wonderful things for that city – which is great because that’s his job.


  9. Fatima Shakeel (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

    Oh and this is a very interesting post. Thanks, A!

    I can’t guess anyone’s identity in the picture though. =|


  10. ashaikh (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

    Adnan Siddiqi, as usual you have posted an off-topic, baseless rant. You have done it again just like many other comments. The blogger asked “Whom you can figure out from the picture??” Just revist your comments and be the judge yourself.


  11. KAMI (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 8:09 pm

    I can figure out Yahya Khan sitting on the right!


  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 9:14 pm

    @FS: I am blaming only Ayub’s decision to make ISB as Capital. I think I was clear enough.

    @Shaikh Sahab:


    an off-topic

    I might agree a bit.


    baseless rant

    nah, it’s not. Read the history.


  13. KAMI (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 1:33 am

    I browsed through some of Dr. Sahibs collection and I must say it’s unique. I can’t help but notice that everybody looks so neat, clean, smartly turned out and dressed for the occasion. This white Shalwar Kameez / waist coat culture has made “Pakistani Men” extremely boring and monotonous viz a viz their attire.

    Thanks for sharing.


  14. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 5:23 am

    Adnan Siddiqi:

    How can you call Islamabad an “encroachment” ? Are you that crazed by your anti-army hatred?

    I expect to find folks like you in a declassified RAW agent roster one day.


  15. BeautifulISB (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 9:30 am

    I personally believe that it was one of the best things Ayub Khan did for the country, far above his numerous contributions in the infrastructure and development of the country.

    More importantly than from a defensive point of view, Ayub saw Islamabad as the sole way to finish the vast and unfair monopoly a certain ethnic group based in Karachi had over the bureaucracy and government.

    Islamabad is at the crossroads of Punjab, NWFP and Kashmir. It is where three great regions, cultures and people meet. Furthermore, it presents to the world a better image of Pakistan; a city of mountains and trees, which in my mind seems much more appealing than an arid capital.

    @Adnan: Karachi only has a major share in the GDP of the country because it is (for now) the only functioning port of Pakistan. It does not produce that much GDP, it only facilitates that much export.

    @Adnan: And I think Lahore is much more than “another city”…it is the heart of Pakistan. It is the city through which have walked some of the greatest minds, musicians, artists, authors, poets, politicians and glamour icons Pakistan and the region have produced.

    It would be an insult to compare a city with hundreds if not thousands of years of heritage and culture with “another city” or even Karachi for that matter.


  16. BeautifulISB (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 9:31 am

    I personally believe that it was one of the best things Ayub Khan did for the country, far above his numerous contributions in the infrastructure and development of the country.

    More importantly than from a defensive point of view, Ayub saw Islamabad as the sole way to finish the vast and unfair monopoly a certain ethnic group based in Karachi had over the bureaucracy and government.

    Islamabad is at the crossroads of Punjab, NWFP and Kashmir. It is where three great regions, cultures and people meet. Furthermore, it presents to the world a better image of Pakistan; a city of mountains and trees, which in my mind seems much more appealing than an arid capital.

    @Adnan: Karachi only has a major share in the GDP of the country because it is (for now) the only functioning port of Pakistan. It does not produce that much GDP, it only facilitates that much export.

    @Adnan: And I think Lahore is much more than “another city”…it is the heart of Pakistan. It is the city through which have walked some of the greatest minds, musicians, artists, authors, poets, politicians and glamour icons Pakistan and the region have produced.

    It would be an insult to compare a city with hundreds if not thousands of years of heritage and culture with “another city” or even Karachi for that matter.


  17. bluemax (unregistered) on December 19th, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

    “Islamabad is at the crossroads of Punjab, NWFP and Kashmir. It is where three great regions, cultures and people meet.”

    Sure, and the other three lesser cultures Saraiki, Sindhi, and Balochi (if you the-better-genes ppl can call them a culture) should have had no participation. Thats understandable.


  18. Aamir (unregistered) on December 21st, 2007 @ 10:39 pm

    Bluemax:

    Perhaps you consider the Balochis etc. lesser cultures. I dont.



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