Photos of Quetta

Hanna Lake, near QuettaQuetta 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.

Quetta City at Night

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Another View of Quetta at Night

Pictures of Balochistan - Photos of Balochistan; Another view of Quetta, Balochistan, at night

The Mountain in Quetta called ‘Sleeping Beauty’

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

An Aerial View of Quetta

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

Pictures of Quetta: Photo of an aerial view of Quetta Valley with barren mountains in the background - Photos of Quetta, Images of Quetta

A Bird’s Eye View of Quetta Valley

 Quetta Pictures: A bird's eye view of Quetta Valley  Images of Quetta

Hanna Lake, near Quetta

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Quetta City’s Video

 A Train near Quetta

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A Train Approaching a Railway Tunnel near Quetta

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

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

Quetta Pictures: An aerial view of Quetta - Quetta Images

Quetta Railway Station

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

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 Kabari Market Quetta in 2011. See Kabari Market photo in 1935 just after the earth quake in the last part of this page.

 Quetta Pictures: Kabari Bazaar Quetta in 2011 - Quetta Images

 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 - 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.

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Command & Staff College, Quetta

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Old Building of Command & Staff College, Quetta. Command & Staff College was moved from Deolali (near Mumbai) to 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 razed in early 1970s and replaced with a modern structure shown in the above photo.

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A Rare Old Photo of Staff College Quetta 

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

School of Infantry & Tactics, Quetta 

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

 St. Francis Grammar School Quetta

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

A View of a Section of Quetta-Pishin Road

Quetta Pictures: A view of Quetta-Pishin Road - Images 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 Inadia.

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

Aerial View of Command & Staff College Quetta, 1940s

Aerial view of Command & Staff College Quetta, 1940s : Historical 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, Balochistan: Photo of Race Course at Quetta,, shorty after the earthquake of May 31, 1935

Kabari Market Quetta Just after the Earth Quake in 1935

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

Bruce Street (Now Jinnah Road) Quetta Before the Earthquake 

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

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

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

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

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

Treasury and Courts, Quetta, 1930 

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

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, Balochistan

Sabzi Mandi, Meezan Chowk Quetta, 1930s

Sabzi Mandi, Meezan Chowk Quetta, 1930s : Historical Old Pictures of Quetta

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

Bruce Road Quetta in Winter, 1920s : Historical Old Pictures of Quetta

Aerial View of Quetta Race Course, 1920s 

Aerial view of Quetta Race Course, 1920s : Historical Old Pictures of Quetta

Old Photo of Murree Brewery, Quetta

Quetta Rare Pictures: Old photo of Murree Brewery, Quetta - Old Images of Quetta

The Governor’s Residency Quetta, 1910-20s

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

Freemasons’ Hall, Quetta, Photo pre-1915 

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

St. John’s Road Quetta, 1910s

 Saint John's, Road Quetta, 1910s : Historical Old Pictures of Quetta

Civil Hospital Quetta, 1910s 

Civil Hospital Quetta, 1910s : Historical Old Pictures of Quetta

Quetta Rare Photos – Command & Staff College Quetta, 1910

Command & Staff College Quetta, 1910 : Historical Old Pictures of Quetta

Rare Photos of Quetta: Polo Cup Presentation at Quetta in 1910 

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

Quetta Railway Station, 1900s

Quetta Railway Station, 1900s : Historical Old Pictures of Quetta

Quetta Public Library, 1900s

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

Mission Hospital Quetta, 1900s 

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

St. Mary’s Church Quetta, 1900

Quetta Rare Pictures: Saint Mary's Church Quetta, 1900 - Old Photos of Quetta, Balochistan

The Roman Caholic Church, Quetta, 1900

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

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.

Extremely rare Pictures of Quetta: Bruce Road, now Jinnah Road, Photo of 1900s or 1910s - Old and rare Photos, Images of Quetta

Durbar Hall and Political Offices, Quetta, 1900 

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

The Gymkhana and Race Course, Quetta, 1900

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

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.

Quetta Rare Pictures: Railway Institute Quetta in 1890- Historical Rare Photos of Quetta

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

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

Quetta Cantonment in 1889 

Quetta Rare Pictures: Quetta Cantonment in 1889 - Old Photos of Quetta, Balochistan

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Comments

  1. Ahmad Raza says:

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

  2. noorullah says:

    Good job!! Kaash aaj bhi Quetta aisa hota!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Really nice work done by you! Appreciate! :)

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