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16 Images of Pakistan’s Swinging 1970s


1970s: The elite class of Pakistan was now leading the country into the future. The majority were educated and brought up abroad. The 70s were a decade that portrayed Pakistan in different ways. For some, it was a part of the ‘swinging 70s’ one of the top places to stop along the ‘Hippie Trail’. Another was of a country still struggling to improve the standards of living for its people and unable to manage itself. One significant loss during this decade was that of East Pakistan, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh.

Here’s a look at  the 1970s, a decade that brought dramatic change to Pakistan.

1. Awami League and Pakistan People Party emerge as leading parties in East and West Pakistan.

Awami Party victory

2. Pakistan wins the gold medal in Asian Games hockey, beating India

Pakistan Hockey Team wins Gold against India

3. Karakoram Highway – Linking Pakistan and China is opened

Linking China and Pakistan the Karakoram Highway

4. East Pakistan falls and Bangladesh comes into being

Birth of Bangladesh

5. 1971 – Z.A Bhutto takes over as President and Chief Martial Law Administrator

ZA Bhutto

6. 1972 – Nuclear Weapons development programme launched in Pakistan

Pakistan Nuclear Programme

7. Inauguration of Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP)

Inauguration of Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP)

8. First woman to assume Sindh Governor Office – Begum Rana Liaquat Ali – 1973

First woman to assume Sindh Governor Office - Begum Rana Liaquat Ali - 1973

9. 1976 – General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq becomes Chief of Army Staff

General Zia

10. Samjhota Express starts – Lahore to Amritsar

Samjhota Express

11. Port Qasim foundation stone laid

Foundation laid for Port Qasim

12. 1977 – General Zia enforces Martial Law

Martial Law July 5 1977

13. 1979 – Dr. Abdus Salam, Pakistani Scientist awarded Physics Nobel Prize

Dr. Abdus Salam

14. Night Clubs in Pakistan – Karachi

Nightclub in pakistan

15. Pakistan was on the Hippie Trail in the 1970s – Foreigners seen smoking hashish on a Peshawar hotel roof

Pakistan was on the Hippie trail

16. Playing street cricket

Street Cricket

The first forty years of Pakistan were turbulent mixed in with success and amazing achievements. I wonder what the next forty years have in store. Let’s take a look together.

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