Photos of Quetta

Photos of Quetta.Hanna Lake, near Quetta

Quetta is the provincial capital of Balochistan. It is an important military location which occupies a strategic position for the Pakistani Armed Forces. The city lies on the Bolan Pass route which was once the only gateway to and from South Asia.
Brief History: The area was inhabited by Pashtun Kasi Tribe. In the 11th century, it was captured by Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi during one of his invasions of South Asia. In 1543, the Mughal emperor Humayun rested in Quetta on his retreat to Safavid Persia, leaving his one-year-old son Akbar in the city until his return two years later.
Although the city was occupied briefly in 1839 by the British during the First Afghan War, it was not until 1876 that Quetta became part of the British Empire, when Robert Sandeman was made the political leader for Balochistan. The arrival of British troops led to the establishment of road and rail links and the introduction of schools, mainly for strategic purposes.
By the time of the earthquake on 31 May 1935 Quetta had developed into a bustling city with a number of multistory buildings. The epicentre of the earthquake was close to the city and destroyed most of the city’s infrastructure and killed an estimated 40,000 people.

The Mountain in Quetta called ‘Sleeping Beauty’Very few people know that a mountain located near Quetta is called ‘Sleeping Beauty’. If you travel from Quetta Cantonment to the Airport, you can see the majestic ‘Sleeping Beauty’ just after passing the EME Centre. It is a combination of some mountain peaks which make a pattern that looks like a woman sleeping in the mountainous terrain.

Quetta Pictures: The mountain in Quetta called 'Sleeping Beauty' - Quetta Pics - Photos of Quetta

The Quetta Sphinx (The Quetta ‘Mum’). The Quetta Sphinx was built in 1880s in a Christian Graveyard on Zarghoon Road near Quetta Fort. It was a memorial for the fallen soldiers of the Second Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment who served outside the active campaign in the Second Anglo-Afghan War from October 1880 to January 1883.
The locals dreaded this memorial and thought that it was a demon that devoured lone passers-by at night. They called it as the “Mum”.  This memorial was destroyed by a mob in 1992 as repercussion of destruction of Babri Masjid in India.

Pictures of Quetta - The Quetta 'Mum' (The Quetta Sphinx) - Images & Photos of Quetta

Quetta City at Night

Quetta Pictures - Photo of Quetta City at night - Quetta Images - Photos of Quetta

Another View of Quetta at Night

Quetta Pictures - Night View of Quetta Valley - Quetta Pics - Photos of Quetta

An Aerial View of Quetta

Quetta Pictures - An arial view of Quetta - Quetta Pics and Images - Photos of Quetta

An Aerial View of Quetta Valley with Barren Mountains in the Background

Pictures of Quetta - Aerial view of Quetta Valley with barren mountains in the background - Photos of Quetta

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A Bird’s Eye View of Quetta Valley

 Quetta Pictures - A bird's eye view of Quetta Valley - Photos of Quetta - Images of Quetta

Hanna Lake, near Quetta

Quetta Pitures - Photo of Hanna Lake, near Quetta - Photos of Quetta

Quetta City’s Video

 A Train near Quetta

Quetta Pictures - Pictures of Balochistan - A Train near Quetta - Photos of Quetta

A Train Approaching a Railway Tunnel near Quetta

 Quetta Pictures: A train approaching a Railway tunnel near Quetta - Photos of Quetta - Images of Quetta

 A Wide Road with Mountains in the Background in Quetta

Quetta Pictures: A wide road with mountains in the background in Quetta - Photos of Quetta - Images of Quetta

Photos of Quetta: An aerial view of Quetta. Photo by Danish Fareed Khan.

Quetta Pictures: An aerial view of Quetta - Quetta Images - Photos of Quetta

Photos of Quetta: Quetta Railway Station

Quetta Photos - Quetta Pictures - Quetta Railway Station - Photos of Quetta

Photos of Quetta: A View of Quetta Cantonment.The mountain with snow at the background gives a beautiful look to the clean area of Quetta cantonment.

Pictures of Quetta - View of Quetta Cantonment, Balochistan - Photos of Quetta - Images of Quetta

Photos of Quetta: Kabari Market Quetta in 2011. Compare this photo with the next photo titled “Kabari Market Quetta just after the Earth Quake in 1935”.

 Quetta Pictures: Kabari Bazaar Quetta in 2011 - Quetta Images - Photos of Quetta

Kabari Market Quetta Just after the Earth Quake in 1935

 Quetta Pictures: Kabari Bazaar Quetta after 1935 Earth Quake - Photos of Quetta - Quetta Images

Photos of Quetta: A Cobbler Fixes a Rubber Sole at a Shop in QuettaPhoto by Reuters.

 Quetta Pictures: A cobbler fixes a rubber sole at a shop in Quetta -Photos of Quetta - Quetta Images

A Labourer on a Street in Quetta. Look at his radiant face and spirit with which he is participating in Independence Day celebrations by hoisting Pakistani flag on his push cart.

 Photos of Quetta - A labourer on a street in Quetta - Pictures of Quetta - Images of Quetta

Command & Staff College, Quetta

Photos of Quetta - New Building of of Command & Staff College, Quetta - Pictures of Quetta

Old Building of Command & Staff College, Quetta. Command & Staff College was established temporarily at Deolali (near Bombay) in 1905. It moved to its permanent location at Quetta in 1907. The building survived the earthquake in 1935 without major damage, but parts of it were rebuilt and made earthquake-proof in 1936. The classic building was demolished on 26 March 1971 and replaced with a modern structure (shown in the above photo) which was completed in 1975.

Photos of Quetta - Old Building of Staff College, Quetta, Balochistan - Quetta Pictures - Quetta Images

A Rare Old Photo of Staff College Quetta 

Quetta Pictures: A rare old photo of Staff College Quetta - Photos of Quetta - Pics of Quetta

School of Infantry & Tactics, Quetta 

Quetta Pictures - School of Infantry & Tactics, Quetta - Photos of Quetta - Images Quetta

School of Infantry & Tactics, Quetta after Snowfall

Quetta Pictures - School of Infantry & Tactics, Quetta after snowfall - Images and Photos of Quetta

 St. Francis Grammar School Quetta

 Quetta Pictures - St. Francis Grammar School Quetta - Images & Photos of Quetta

A View of a Section of Quetta-Pishin Road

Quetta Pictures: A view of Quetta-Pishin Road - Images of Quetta - Photos of Quetta

Aerial View of Command & Staff College Quetta, 1940s

Photos of Quetta - Aerial view of Command & Staff College Quetta, 1940s - Old Pictures of Quetta

Race Course Quetta 1935. The Race Course in Quetta, shortly after the earthquake of May 31st, 1935. Officers from the Staff College organized a refugee camp at the Race Course.

Photos of Quetta - Race Course at Quetta,, shortly after the earthquake of 1935 - Quetta Pictures

 

Bruce Street (Now Jinnah Road) Quetta Before the Earthquake. Photo courtesy H. J. Walker.

Quetta Pictures: Bruce Street (Now Jinnah Road), Quetta before the earthquake - Old Photos of Quetta

Quetta Old Photos – Snow-covered Regal Chowk Quetta in 1930s

Quetta Pictures: Snow-covered Regal Chowk Quetta in 1930s - Photos of Quetta

Old Pictures of Quetta: Snow-covered Bruce Street (Now Jinnah Road) Quetta in 1930s 

Old Quetta Pictures: Snow-covered Bruce Street (Now Jinnah Road) Quetta in 1930s - Old Photos of Quetta

Treasury and Courts, Quetta, 1930 

Quetta Pictures Old: Treasury ad Courts, Quetta, 1930 - Old Photos of Quetta - Pics Quetta

St. Mary’s Church Quetta in winter 19309-40. Photo was taken in the exceptionally harsh winter of 1939-40. Photo by Derek Boddington.

Quetta Rare Pictures: St. Mary's Church Quetta during winter of 1939-40 - Old Photos of Quetta

Sabzi Mandi, Meezan Chowk Quetta, 1930s

Photos of Quetta - Sabzi Mandi, Meezan Chowk Quetta, 1930s - Old Pictures Quetta

Bruce Road (now Jinnah Road) Quetta in Winter, 1920s

Old Photos of Quetta - Bruce Road Quetta in Winter, 1920s - Old Quetta Pictures

Aerial View of Quetta Race Course, 1920s 

Photos of Quetta - Aerial view of Quetta Race Course, 1920s - Old Pictures of Quetta

Old Photo of Murree Brewery, Quetta

Quetta Pictures: Old photo of Murree Brewery, Quetta - Photos of Quetta - Quetta Pics

The Governor’s Residency Quetta, 1910-20s

Old Photos of Quetta - The Governor's Residency Quetta, 1910-20s - Old Pictures of Quetta

Old Photos of Quetta: Freemasons’ Hall, Quetta, Photo pre-1915 

Quetta Rare Pictures: Freemasons' Hall, Quetta, photo pre-1915 - Old Photos of Quetta

Old Photos of Quetta: St. John’s Road Quetta, 1910s

Old Photos of Quetta - Quetta Images - Saint John's Road Quetta, 1910s - Old Pictures of Quetta

Old Photos of Quetta: Civil Hospital Quetta, 1910s 

Photos of Quetta - Quetta Pics - Civil Hospital Quetta, 1910s - Old Pictures of Quetta

Quetta Rare Photos – Command & Staff College Quetta, 1910

Photos of Quetta - Command & Staff College Quetta, 1910 - Old Pictures of Quetta

Rare Photos Quetta: Polo Cup Presentation at Quetta in 1910 

Quetta Rare Pictures: Polo Cup presentation at Quetta in 1910 - Old Images & Photos of Quetta

Old Photos of Quetta: Quetta Railway Station, 1900s

Photos of Quetta - Old Quetta Pics - Quetta Railway Station, 1900s - Old Pictures of Quetta

Quetta Public Library, 1900s

 Old Photos of Quetta - Quetta Public Library, 1900s : Historical Old Pictures of Quetta

Old Photos of Quetta: Mission Hospital Quetta, 1900s 

 Photos of Quetta - Mission Hospital Quetta, 1900s : Historical Old Pictures of Quetta

Old Photos of Quetta: St. Mary’s Church Quetta, 1900

Quetta Old Pictures - Saint Mary's Church Quetta, 1900 - Old Photos of Quetta - Old Images of Quetta

Old Photos of Quetta: The Roman Caholic Church, Quetta, 1900

Quetta Pictures: The Roman Caholic Church, Quetta, 1900 - Old Photos of Quetta - Quetta Pics

Old Photos of Quetta: Bruce Road (now Jinnah Road), 1900-1910s. Jinnah Road (Called Bruce Road during the colonial period) was the most beautiful road of Quetta . All these beautiful buildings were destroyed in the earthquake of 1935. This photo shows the Regal Chowk in the foreground. A signboard ‘Fazal Elahi & Sons’ ia also visible on the corner shop located under the clock tower. Photo by quettabalochistan2.

Old Pictures of Quetta: Bruce Road, now Jinnah Road, Photo of 1900s or 1910s - Photos of Quetta - Pics Quetta

Rare Old Photos of Quetta: Durbar Hall and Political Offices, Quetta, 1900 

Quetta Rare Pictures: Durbar Hall and Political Offices, Quetta, 1900 - Quetta Pics - Photos of Quetta

Old Photos of Quetta: The Gymkhana and Race Course, Quetta, 1900

Rare Pictures of Quetta : The Gymkhana and Race Course, Quetta, 1900 - Photos of Quetta

Old Photos of Quetta: Railway Institute Quetta in 1890. If you see a photo titled “Durbar Hall and Political Offices, Quetta, 1900” in the above portion of this page, the both buildings look similar. Some visitor of this website should please clarify it.

Old Quetta Pictures: Railway Institute Quetta in 1890 - Old Photos of Quetta

Historical Old Photos of Quetta: A Train at Quetta Railway Station in 1890

Quetta Rare Pictures: A train at Quetta Railway Station in 1890 - Old Images and Photos of Quetta

Old Photos of Quetta: Quetta Cantonment in 1889 

Quetta Old Pictures: Quetta Cantonment in 1889 - Photos of Quetta

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Comments

  1. Ken Marshall says:

    I have great and too many memories about my home town, the place I really call home. Thank you for keeping our memories alive by posting these photographs. I wish and pray for peace in Quetta.

  2. Abdul ghaffar khan kakar says:

    i m native of quetta.really its nice job.now i looked real quetta

  3. Mrs. Shahzad says:

    Great job! You did make easy for everyone to see and acknowledge the importance of this city.

  4. Pervez Bashir says:

    Yesterday I met somebody from Quetta in Jeddah and was so delighted because I miss Quetta very much. It’s my home town. I love Quetta’s streets, people, food and the weather.

  5. Naveed Ikram says:

    While living in Quetta, tremendous amount of memories are not forgettable to me.

  6. Cyril Saunders says:

    My Grandfather served in the British Army at Quetta in the early 1900s. I have a piece of paper on which is faintly written “No1. M.B.R.G.A.” I think that he would have been there at about 1910. If anyone knows what the letters mean, or where he would have been located, I would appreciate knowing.
    Thanking you in anticipation.

    • Penny Whitney says:

      My grandfather was born in Quetta in 1888 the day before his father (colour sergeant in Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) died. So I have become a bit interested in the army/Quetta, etc. I think that MBRGA probably stands for Moutain Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Hope this helps!

  7. Rafique Ahmed Khan says:

    Such a very rare and high value historical collection of amazing photographs.

  8. Jaffar Sadiq says:

    I really wish to have lived the era shown in these pics. Can’t explain the love I have for my own QUETTA… auhhh

  9. Penny Whitney says:

    My great grandparents both died in Quetta in 1888. It is good to see the picture of the cantonment to get an impression of what Quetta looked like in that era.

  10. Jalees Ahmed Khan Lodhi says:

    Ah, golden memories of my Sweet Quetta!! I am very thankful to that person who did this wonderful job. I Salute you.

  11. Narjis Zahra says:

    Masha Allah, these are so beautiful pics.
    I love Quetta.
    Thank you for adding the photos of Quetta.

  12. Paras Wilson says:

    Great asset of Pakistan but unfortunately we miss to see ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.

  13. Shahzad Aziz says:

    it’s great effort to save our past in images!!

  14. Ahmad Raza says:

    I am really grateful to you for posting the golden memories of a Quetta. Keep it up.

  15. Nasar Asad Khan says:

    Good job!! Kaash aaj bhi Quetta aisa hota!

  16. Shaukat Ali Marghzani says:

    These pictures take us to the history when we were Slaves, but still they remind us that the Masters were better educators for this (sleeping for ever) nation. Just compare the past and the present. Now there are no trees, no green fields, no flowers, boiling gutter lines, the sewerage mixed with water supplies, the most polluted backward Town in the world, the cemented buildings the cemented people.
    Not a single brick wall was replaced in 40 years by any Government. just made plunder and looting of public money. This is my home, my native place, it really makes me cry when I compare it with other towns & cities of the country.
    Is any one there who could solve the the most jam packed traffic problems? Is any one there who could broom the streets? Who could open the boiling gutters? Who could grow a single tree? Just see the inhabitants pass through the clouds of dust and inhaling the sewerage particles.
    is this the Jinnah’s Pakistan?
    I will share with you the most recent pictures of this most neglected town.
    God bless our coming generation to whom we are passing these picture in future.

  17. I have a different view of the Railway Institution, no tower so I think you have the wrong caption above. I have many more if you want more info please contact me.

  18. Rahmat Ullah Kakar says:

    A good collection & informative, but where we stand now? Still passing through the slavery of so called Feudals, Nawabs, Sardars, Khans, Maliks, Choudharis, Waderas, gun runners, drug traffickers, dacoits protected rather launched by above people. Where is our safety, moral values, health, education, self respect, and Human Rights?
    Have we forwarded or reversed? Mere claims are nothing but fraud. Our Homeland’s system has been hijacked by those who matter. A foreign citizen sitting 4750 KM abroad dictates us, what to do, who is declared absconder. What they are doing with these poor people? We have the talent & every God gifted capabilities/Natural resources and four seasons. Where is Government writ? It should be established at any cost. Not difficult for a State. We can only pray.

  19. Really nice work done by you! Appreciate! 🙂

    • Mehmud Iqbal says:

      This is very good collection of Photos. Quetta is our motherland. I have photos by 90 old journalists of Quetta who started journalism in Quetta from 1900. Soon I want an exhibition in Quetta, if you have some unique photos, then call me at 03003814363 or send me an email atapps.quetta@gmail.com

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