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19 Historical Images That Show How Karachi Has Changed Over The Years

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Having a natural harbor, Karachi has always been an important city for trade. Its rich history not only dates back to pre-partition era and the British rule but it was as important in the Greek civilization as it is today. It is where Alexander the Great camped to prepare a fleet for Babylonia after his campaign in the Indus Valley.

And after partition, Karachi saw its golden days. Being the center of trade in Pakistan and with most of the revenue coming from this city, it was and still is the biggest city in Pakistan. Here are some classic images that show how Karachi has been modernized through time.

1. Federal Government Offices, 1947

1. Federal Government Offices, 1947
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Now: Those were the simple old days!

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2. A road in Karachi submerged in rain water before partition

2. A road in Karachi submerged in rain water before partition
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Now: Some things always remain the same.

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3. Elphinstone Street, 1940

3. Elphinstone Street, 1940
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Now: called Zaib-un-Nisa Street

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4. A rare photo of Karachi Harbor, 1860

4. A rare photo of Karachi Harbor, 1860
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Now: It is as beautiful as it was back then.

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5. A girl’s school, 1873

5. A girl’s school, 1873
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Now: We have come a long way!

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6. Empress Market in 1890

6. Empress Market in 1890
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Now: The busiest area of the city.

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7. A rare photo of Victoria Road, 1900

7. A rare photo of Victoria Road, 1900
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Now: where Zainab Market stands.

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8. A traffic policeman controlling traffic in downtown Karachi, Late 19th century

8. A traffic policeman controlling traffic in downtown Karachi, Late 19th century
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Now: Things were simpler but more efficient back then.

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9. Bunder Road, 1900

9. Bunder Road, 1900
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Now: Called MA Jinnah Road, the place is the busiest area of the city.

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10. Mazar of Abdullah Shah Ghazi at Clifton, 1900

10. Mazar of Abdullah Shah Ghazi at Clifton, 1900
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Now: A grand mausoleum stands there!

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11. Habib Bank Plaza under construction, 1963

11. Habib Bank Plaza under construction, 1963
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Now:

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12. Napier Mole Bridge to Keamari, 1900

12. Napier Mole Bridge to Keamari, 1900
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Now: Stands the majestic entertainment complex, Port Grand!

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13. Mazar-e-Quaid Under construction

13. Mazar-e-Quaid Under construction
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Now: It’s a beauty – the life of Karachi!

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14. Old photo of Saddar Bazaar

14. Old photo of Saddar Bazaar
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Now: Bustling with traffic

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15. Clifton Underpass area, 1875

15. Clifton Underpass area, 1875
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Now: A beautiful underpass is built

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16. Tram pulled by horses

16. Tram pulled by horses
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Now: Public buses painted with beautiful truck art

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17. Karachi Tramway, 1950

17. Karachi Tramway, 1950
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Now: No longer functioning!

18. Preedy Street, Saddar, 1890

18. Preedy Street, Saddar, 1890
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Now: It’s where the first ever Parking Plaza in Pakistan is built.

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19. The interior of cinema in Karachi, 1918

19. The interior of cinema in Karachi, 1918
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Now: Thankfully, they are grand and the screens are big!

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Karachi has certainly come a long way! Though it has become more populated, more polluted and even busier over the years, it’s still a beautiful city that gets prettier by the day.


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