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16 Tremendous Images That Bring Back The Turbulent Start of Pakistan: 1950s

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The 1950s in Pakistan can be best described as a soul-searching mission for the country. The politicians, intellectuals, artists and society, in general, were in their infancy and trying to build a nation from scratch with very little on hand.  With a very vague idea as to what they hoped to achieve.

Here’s a look the decade that was marked with inexperience, fraught with confusion and at times despair,  but equally boundless in hope and aspiration to see this country prosper.

1. Peshawar University comes into being May 18, 1950

Peshawar University
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2. The First Commander in Chief of Pakistan, 1950 – General Ayub Khan (dressed in white)

General Ayub Khan
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3. 1951 – The University of Karachi opened

Karachi University
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4. PM Liaquat Khan Assassinated October 16, 1951 – Rawalpindi

Assassinated Liaquat
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5. October 17, 1951 – New Prime Minister Khawaja Nazimuddin

Khawaja Nazimuddin
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6. 1953 Muhammad Ali Bogra was sworn in as Prime Minister – Discussing Kashmir a critical issue with Nehru

Borga and Nehru discussing Kashmir a key issue
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7. August 7, 1954 – Government approves Anthem written by Hafeez Jalandhari

Hafeez-Jhalandhari
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8. 1954 Pakistan Cricket – They won their first maiden test vs. England, at the Kennington Oval August 12-17

Pakistan Cricket team 1954
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9. 1955 – Pakistan International Airlines are born – Lockheed PIA Plane standing at Heathrow Airport

PIA at Heathrow airport 1955
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10. 1955 – Biggest post-independence project – Kotri Barrage

Kotri Barrage
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11. First President of Pakistan Major-General Iskander Sworn in on March 23, 1956

 

First President of Pakistan Major-General Iskander Sworn in on March 23, 1956
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12. Foundation stone for The State Bank of Pakistan was laid in Karachi on March 8, 1957

State bank of pakistan 19Foundation stone for The State Bank of Pakistan was laid in Karachi on March 8, 1957
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13. 1958: Martial Law by General Ayub Khan

1958: Martial Law by General Ayub Khan
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14. Murree Bazaar of the 1950s

murree-bazaar-1950s
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15. National Football Team of Pakistan in the 1950s

Pakistan-National-Team-from-1950s
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16. President Nixon signing a guest book at Radio Pakistan in the 1950s

President Nixon
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The 1950s were a  decade that brought tears of joy and sadness for Pakistan. A decade that seemed like this fledgling country was floundering. Pakistan preserved, and we will see that in the decades that follow, so stay close by for the next decades because the 60s are just around the corner.

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