Brief History. 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.
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.
Quetta City at Night
Another View of Quetta at Night
An Aerial View of Quetta
An Aerial View of Quetta Valley with Barren Mountains in the Background
A Bird’s Eye View of Quetta Valley
Hanna Lake, near Quetta
Hanna Lake, near Quetta
Quetta City’s Video
A Train near Quetta
A Train Approaching a Railway Tunnel near Quetta
A Wide Road with Mountains in the Background in Quetta
An aerial view of Quetta. Photo by Danish Fareed Khan.
Quetta Railway Station
A View of Quetta Cantonment.The mountain with snow at the background gives a beautiful look to the clean area of Quetta cantonment.
Kabari Market Quetta in 2011. See Kabari Market photo in 1935 just after the earth quake in the last part of this page.
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.
Command & Staff College, Quetta
Old Building of Command & Staff College
A Rare Old Photo of Staff College Quetta
A View of a Section of Quetta-Pishin Road
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.
Kabari Market Quetta Just after the Earth Quake in 1935
Bruce Street (Now Jinnah Road) Quetta Before the Earthquake
Quetta Old Photos – Snow-covered Regal Chowk Quetta in 1930s
Old Pictures of Quetta: Snow-covered Bruce Street (Now Jinnah Road) Quetta in 1930s
Treasury ad Courts, Quetta, 1930
St. Mary’s Church Quetta in winter 19309-40. Photo was taken in the exceptionally harsh winter of 1939-40. Photo by Derek Boddington.
Old Photo of Murree Brewery, Quetta
Freemasons’ Hall, Quetta, Photo pre-1915
Rare Photos of Quetta: Polo Cup Presentation at Quetta in 1910
St. Mary’s Church Quetta, 1900
The Roman Caholic Church, Quetta, 1900
Rare Photo of Quetta - Bruce Road, now Jinnah Road, 1900s or 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. Photo by quettabalochistan2.
Durbar Hall and Political Offices, Quetta, 1900
The Gymkhana and Race Course, Quetta, 1900
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.
Historical Photos of Quetta: A Train at Quetta Railway Station in 1890
Quetta Cantonment in 1889
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