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Pakistan:Blast from the past

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A 1964 PIA press ad featuring famous Hollywood comedian and actor Bob Hope.

PIA was one of the first airlines in the world to introduce in-flight entertainment. It regularly featured in all the prestigious top-10-airline lists for over 20 years, before dropping out in the mid-1980s.

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American tourists travelling to Lahore from Karachi on a Pakistan Railways train (1976)

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Che in Karachi: Yes, that’s the great Marxist revolutionary and legend, Che Ernesto Guevara, standing along side Pakistan’s first military dictator, Ayub Khan

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Astronaut of NASA’s Apollo 17 and his wife wave to fans on their arrival at Lahore Airport.

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The charismatic Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of the popular US President, J. F. Kennedy, visited Pakistan in 1962. Here she is seen riding in an open-top limo with the then ruler of Pakistan, Ayub Khan

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A group of hippies (British, French and American) wait for a bus in Lahore (1972). Pakistan was an important destination on what was called the ‘Hippie Trail.’

The trail was used by thousands of young European and American backpackers between the late 1960s and 1979. It was an overland route that began in Turkey, ran through Iran, curved into Afghanistan and Pakistan and then from India ended in Nepal.

A huge tourist industry sprang up in these countries to accommodate the backpackers. In Pakistan, the travelers entered Peshawar (from Jalalabad in Afghanistan). From Peshawar they went to Lahore. Some took a bus into India while others visited Karachi and Swat before returning to Lahore and crossed into India.

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A modern ‘rail car’ made in Pakistan with the collaboration of Japanese engineers parked at the Lahore Railway Station in 1964. Popular with travellers wanting to move rapidly between cities, the car were commissioned out of service in the 1980s.

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Begum Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan with Walt Disney in Washington DC

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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)

 
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The first men on the moon land in Pakistan. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (the first men to land on the moon), arrived in Karachi in early 1970 during their tour of South Asia. Here they are seen being greeted by an enthusiastic crowd just outside the Karachi Airport.
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A European tourist with two students of the Peshawar University in an old street of Peshawar (1974)
 
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Ava Gardner shooting a scene at the Lahore Railway Station in 1954
 
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Edited by AnaAmmar1

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Good Old days.

 

Excellent pics, AnaAmmar - good old times when Pakistan was a sane, normal and open minded developing country, till mullahs came along with their nauseous world view and hate and bigotry, destroying everything.

 

 

 

LOL you guys sound like Shahis when they talk about Iran.

 

Obviously, the circumstances are not analogous. But they like to post pictures of "Iran before the revolution" (which consists mainly of IranAir advertisements, the "nicer" parts of Tehran, and women in miniskirts) and long for the good old days.

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LOL you guys sound like Shahis when they talk about Iran.

 

Obviously, the circumstances are not analogous. But they like to post pictures of "Iran before the revolution" (which consists mainly of IranAir advertisements, the "nicer" parts of Tehran, and women in miniskirts) and long for the good old days.

 

Prima facie, yes, they appear to be similar. However, what happened in Iran is completely dissimilar to what has come to happen in Pakistan.

 

Pakistan's tolerance and relative liberalism has metamorphosed into a cryptic form of religiopolitical fascism: Introduction of terrorism, murderous sectarianism, general lawlessness, massive corruption, degeneration of the quality of life, and all things worst. On comparison the a-religious politics and its attendant pluralist strains where people of other religions and sects were relatively free and safe in that country looks like a heaven in retrospect.

 

I'd much rather have a singing Nazia Hassan in jeans dancing on stage than a repulsive looking hateful mullah making the masses dance to his tune, because, sometimes, you have to make a hard choice.

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LOL you guys sound like Shahis when they talk about Iran.

 

Obviously, the circumstances are not analogous. But they like to post pictures of "Iran before the revolution" (which consists mainly of IranAir advertisements, the "nicer" parts of Tehran, and women in miniskirts) and long for the good old days.

 

i know it looks like that but it is different in reality.

iran got islamic revolution with true leadership and it is progressing in every field but we got takfiri and terrorist revolution.

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i know it looks like that but it is different in reality.

iran got islamic revolution with true leadership and it is progressing in every field but we got takfiri and terrorist revolution.

 

Lol

 

Terrorist revolution: what a fantastic coining of a term. Fits the current mullah-led upheavals in Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria etc to a tee.

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Ok so........

 

I wanna live here!!!

 

Anybody has visited it? it's Hunza Valley in Pakistan. 

 

I was reading that majority of their population is Ismaili and their life expectancy is 110 to 120 years. 

 

Anyway...... If I can't live there at least visit :( 

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Here is a masterpiece.

 

This is a Farsi-language publication in Southern California.

 

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It says: "In your absence, Iran has been destroyed." (referring to Reza Shah and Mammad Reza Shah, who are the individuals pictured)

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