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
2. The First Commander in Chief of Pakistan, 1950 – General Ayub Khan (dressed in white)
3. 1951 – The University of Karachi opened
4. PM Liaquat Khan Assassinated October 16, 1951 – Rawalpindi
5. October 17, 1951 – New Prime Minister Khawaja Nazimuddin
6. 1953 Muhammad Ali Bogra was sworn in as Prime Minister – Discussing Kashmir a critical issue with Nehru
7. August 7, 1954 – Government approves Anthem written by Hafeez Jalandhari
8. 1954 Pakistan Cricket – They won their first maiden test vs. England, at the Kennington Oval August 12-17
9. 1955 – Pakistan International Airlines are born – Lockheed PIA Plane standing at Heathrow Airport
10. 1955 – Biggest post-independence project – Kotri Barrage
11. First President of Pakistan Major-General Iskander Sworn in on March 23, 1956
12. Foundation stone for The State Bank of Pakistan was laid in Karachi on March 8, 1957
13. 1958: Martial Law by General Ayub Khan
14. Murree Bazaar of the 1950s
15. National Football Team of Pakistan in the 1950s
16. President Nixon signing a guest book at Radio Pakistan in the 1950s
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.