Photos of Karachi

Editor’s Note: Rare black & white photos of Karachi dating back to 1860s are in the last portion of this page.

Memorabilia of Quaid-e-Azam: Tomb of Quaid-e-Azam - Memorabilia of Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Mazar-e-Quaid. Photo by Shahid1024.

Brief History: The area of Karachi was known to the ancient Greeks by many names: ‘Krokola’ and  ‘Morontobara’ port (probably the modern Manora Island near the Karachi harbour), from where Alexander the Great’s admiral Nearchus sailed for back home.The Arabs called it the port of Debal, from where Muhammad Bin Qasim led his conquering force into Sindh.
According to legend, the city started as a fishing settlement, where a fisher woman, Mai Kolachi, settled and started a family. The village that grew out of this settlement was known as Kolachi-jo-Goth (The Village of Kolachi in Sindhi).
The city was under Kalhora rulers and later under Talpur rulers of Sindh. It was conquered by British east India Company in 1839. The town was later annexed to the British Indian Empire. When Pakistan got independence in 1947, Karachi was selected as its capital. The capital was shifted to Islamabad in 1959.
This page will display photos of Karachi; a mix of new, old and extremely rare pics of the city.

Bird’s Eye View of Jinnah International Airport, Karachi

Aerial View of Boat Basin, Karachi

Containers at Karachi Port

Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi

Under Construction Mazar-e-Quaid

  Pictures of Karachi: Under construction mazaar-e-Quaid Pic - Photos, Images of Karachi

A Very Rare Video of Karachi-1942. A great video of Karachi made by an unknown British Soldier. See here Rare Videos of Pakistan

An Aerial View of Karachi

Teen Talwar, Karachi

Another View of Teen Talwar, Clifton, Karachi

Karachi Pictures: Teen Talwar (Three Swords), Clifton, Karachi - Images, Photos of Karachi

Frere Hall, Karachi

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Metropole Hotel, Karachi 

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Park Tower, Karachi

Honeymoon Lodge (Now Agha Khan Hill) at Korangi Road, Karachi 

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DHA Golf Club, Karachi

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KPT Interchange,Karachi

 Millennium Mall Flyover, Karachi

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Beautiful Karachi Scene at Night

Mohatta Palace, Karachi

A Boat-Shaped Mosque, Karachi. It’s name is Masjid-e-Safina.

PIDC (Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation) Building, Karachi

Pic of PIDC (Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation) Building, Karachi

Jahangir Kothari, Clifton, Karachi

Nagan Chowrangi Flyover Karachi During Day

Karachi Pictures: Nagan Chowrangi Flyover Karachi during day - Images, Photos of Karachi

Nagan Chowrangi Flyover Karachi During Night

Karachi Pictures: Nagan Chowrangi Flyover Karachi during night - Images, Photos of Karachi

Paradise Point, near Karachi

Cape Monze (Cape Mount) Beach, near KarachiCape Monze, also known as Cape Mount, is a beautiful beach on the Arabian Sea near Karachi. It is closer to Gadani Beach.

Cape Monze ( also known as Cape Mount) Beach near Karachi

D. J. Science College, Karachi. D. J. Science College was built between 1887 and 1893. Named after the Sindhi philanthropist Dayaram Jethmal, whose two family members contributed towards its cost, the building was constructed in the neoclassical, or ‘Italian architectural style’.

Karachi Pictures: Neoclassical building of D.J.( Dayaram Jethmal) Science College, Karachi - Photos of Karachi

The Eduljee Dinshaw Charitable Dispensary. The magnificent building of the Eduljee Dinshaw Charitable Dispensary, located in Saddar next to Khyber Hotel near the intersection of Preedy Street and Raja Ghazanfar Ali Road (Somerset Street), is a classical landmark of Karachi. It is also a reminder of  religious and ethnic diversity of Karachi. It was commissioned by the famous philanthropist Eduljee Dinshaw in 1882. Photo by Skybolt.

Karachi Pictures: Eduljee Dinshaw Charitable Dispensary located near the intersection of Preedy Street and Raja Ghazanfar Ali Road in Saddar, Karachi - Images, Photos of Karachi

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Karachi. It is situated on Shahrah-e-Iraq (Old Clarke Street), in Saddar Karachi, and was opened in April 1881. A church was initially built on the grounds of this cathedral in 1845, and was called St. Patrick’s Church. The little old church also continued to function until it was destroyed by a storm in 1885. Photo by Karachi_St._Patricks_Cathedral.jpgXalD.

Karachi Pictures: Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Karachi - Images, Photos of Karachi

Holy Trinity Cathedral, KarachiHoly Trinity Cathedral is situated on Fatima Jinnah Road, Karachi. Built in 1855, its tall tower was also a light house as it was built with a purpose to facilitate the ships arriving at Karachi Harbour.

Karachi Pictures: Holy Trinity Church, Karachi - Images, Photos of Karachi

Saint Andrew’s Church, Karachi

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Our Lady of Fatima Church, off M.A. Jinnah Road, Karachi. Photo by GlennRyall. For more details about this church, see Churches in Pakistan.

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Habib Bank Plaza Karachi Under Construction, 1963

Karachi Pictures: Habib Bank Plaza Karachi under construction, 1963 - Images, Photos of Karachi

A Camel Cart and Tram on a Road in Karachi 

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Municipal Hall, Karachi, 1954

Old Pictures of Karachi:  Municipal Hall, Karachi,1954 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Karach

Old Photo of McLeod Road, Karachi, Late 1940s. This photo was taken from where National Bank of Pakistan Head Office is today. The buildings on the left have been replaced by Habib Bank Plaza and some other buildings.

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Federal Govt Offices, Karachi-1947

A Roadside Dentist in Karachi

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A Road in Karachi Submerged in Rain Water Before Partition

Karachi Rare Pictures: A road in Karachi submerged in rain water before Partition - Old Photos of Karachi

Elphinstone Street, Karachi in 1940. It is now called Zaib-un-Nisa Street.

Karachi Rare Pictures: Elphinstone Street (Now Zaib-un-Nisa Street), Karachi in 1940 - Old Photos of Karachi

Elphinstone Street, Karachi, 1940Elphinstone Street is now called Zaib-un-Nisa Street.

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Old Photos of Karachi – Manora Barracks, Karachi, 1930 

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Rare Photo of Elphinstone Street, Karachi – 1930Elphinstone Street is now called Zaib-un-Nisa Street.

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Old Photo of Shops in a Street in Karachi

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A Signpost at Malir cantonment – 1930.  This stone marker was erected at Malir Cantonment in 1930. During the Second World War, Karachi (and its surrounding military facilities like Malir Cantonment) became a major staging post  for troops of the British Indian Army being shipped to the Middle East and North Africa. From Oct 1941 onward, Malir Cantonment held the large number of Italian POWs captured in North and East Africa.  The distances to New York and San Fransisco were probably added in 1941 when the cantonment became a major base for the American support for the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre.  The distance to Warsaw may have been added after Partition when a large number of Polish pilots served in the Pakistan Air Force.

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The Empress Market, Karachi – 1930

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A Parsi Family in Karachi in Motor Car, 1925

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Bolton Market, Karachi, 1920

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Star Cinema, Karachi, 1918-20. This cinema was located in Saddar, Karachi. Now it has been converted into Star Shopping Centre.The cinema is advertising Hands Up, which was a silent Western film released in America in 1917. There were two movies with the name of Hands Up; one was released in 1917 and the other in 1926. We are not sure which one was shown in Star Cinema when the picture was taken.
Please see both the links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hands_Up!_(1917_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hands_Up!_(1926_film)

Karachi Rare Pictures: Star Cinema, Karachi, 1918-20 - Old Photos of Karachi

Rare Photo of Kothari Parade and Ladywood Pier at Clifton, Karachi

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Rare Photo of Mausoleum of Abdullah Shah Ghazi at Clifton, Karachi, early 1900s

Karachi Rare Pictures: Mazar of Abdullah Shah Ghazi at Clifton, Karachi, early 1900s - Old Photos of Karachi

Karachi Cantonment Railway Station in 1900

Karachi Rare Pictures: Karachi Cantt Railway Station in 1900 - Old Photos of Karachi

Rare Photo of Bunder Road, Karachi – 1900. Bunder Road is now called M.A. Jinnah Road (Muhammad Ali Jinnah Road).

Old and rare Pictures of Karachi; Rare Photo of Bunder Road, Karachi,1900 - Old and rare Photos of Karachi - Rare Images of Karachi

Street in Karachi City – 1900

Old and rare Pictures of Karachi; Rare photo of Elphinstone Street, Karachi, 1930 - Old and rare Photos of Karachi - Rare Images of Karachi

Napier Mole Bridge, Karachi, 1900

Extremely rare Pictures of Karachi: Napier Mole Bridge, Karachi,1900 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Karachi

D. J. Sindh Arts College (Now D. J. Govt Science College), Karachi, 1900 

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A Traffic Policeman Controlling Traffic in Downtown Karachi – Late 19th Century 

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A Busy Street in Karachi, Late 19th Century

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Rare Photo of Victoria Road, Karachi, 1900. Victoria Road is now called Abdullah Haroon Road. Top left hand corner in the photo is where now Regal Chowk stands. Saint Andrew’s Church is also visible in the photo. The Church is between Victoria Road and Garden Road on Preedy Street. Immediate front is where Zainab Market now stands.

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Rare Photo of Napier Barracks, Karachi, 1890s. Looking Northwest, the wilderness beyond is where Quaid-e-Azam’s Mazar, Lines Area and in the distance Nazimabad are located today.

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Sindh Club, Karachi City, 1890s 

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Frere Hall,Karachi, 1890

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A Rare Photo of The Empress Market, Karachi – 1890 

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Frere Hall,Karachi, 1880s 

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Saint Patrick’s School, Karachi , 1873

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A Girls’ Classroom at Saint Patrick’s School, Karachi , 1873

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Parsi Virbaiji School, Karachi , 1873 

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A Class in Parsi Virbaiji School, Karachi , 1873

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Anglo Vernacular School, Karachi , 1873

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A Classroom in Anglo Vernacular School, Karachi ,1873

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Students Taking Lesson in a Classroom in Anglo Vernacular School, Karachi ,1873

Extremely rare Pictures of Karachi: Rare photo of Students taking lesson in a Classroom in Anglo Vernacular School, Karachi ,1873- Old and rare Photos, Images of Karachi

A Girls’ School in Karachi, 1873

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A Rare Photo of Karachi Harbour, 1860. One of the earliest photos of the Karachi Harbour.

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A Rare photo of Frere Hall, Karachi – 1860

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Comments

  1. Muhammad Nasir ud Din says:

    Now looking at the old pictures, I feel proud of myself that I was born here. I love Karachi, I love my Pakistan.

  2. Karachi ka baasi says:

    Karachi ko Jeenay do.

  3. Nice Post. I would like to see a report on the areas which would be favorable for investment other than Bahria Town and DHA.

    • Affected Karachiite says:

      Paposh Qabrustan, Sakhi Hasan Qabrustan and Mewashah, etc. (after Rangers have cleansed the buried arms and munitions of MQM, Peoples Aman Committe and ANP, etc.).

  4. Very nice collection. 🙂 I like it.
    Thanks for sharing this collection.

  5. M. Nayyer Khan says:

    Thanks for these Pictures, I love pakistan and its belonging history….

  6. I remember Karachi of 1959-1974 when we moved out. Amazing was the childhood and the days. So safe, simple, clean. Trams and Victorias. Saddar was so clean, lots of foreigner seamen in white uniforms used to stroll at any given time there. Today even our own cannot, I presume. I passed through Saddar last, 25 years ago. We used to stay in Garden East, adjacent to St. Lawrence School and church. And later in Federal Capital area. We waived at motorcade of President Yahya Khan at Liaquatabad railway crossing, on his way to inaugurate Super highway in very early 70s. Musical fountain near Polo ground was so amusing. I studied 11th and 12th in DJ college. Nearby there was British Council Library, in Sarnagati Building at Pakistan Chowk. We used to visit there in free periods. The roads were less crowded. Lots of memories!

  7. M. Sidhva says:

    Karachi was known as Kurrachete then. You can find this name on all Government documents of those days. Before it was captured by the British it was inhabited by Kutchhis and Khojas and Sindhis. But for God’s sake don’t try to distort facts. Kurrachhee was the name given by the Brithish or maybe it was given by someone else before the British took over Karachi. In Kutchhee language Kura-Chee means what do you want. Most likely a foreigner might have tried to ask the name of this town from some Kutchhee speaking person, and not knowing what was being asked from him he put up the question what do you want in Kutchhee……henceforth this small town was named Kurrachee. This is the closest one can get in solving history. Now people should stop trying to portray Mai Kolachi’s with name of the naming of Karachi’s namee. Facts are facts and you cannot and should not try to distort history just because you are a Sindhi. Later it was during the British time only that the spelling of Kurrachee was changed to Karachi.

  8. I would like to use some of the old photo’s of Karachi for a small family book that I am writing about my mother who lived in Karachi in the 1930’s to the 1960’s. Can you please tell me who, if anyone, holds the copyright. Thank you.

  9. Mubashir Khan Afridi says:

    World class development and world class city. Allah Pak amman qaim farmye, Aameen.

  10. Ahmed Raza Khan says:

    Humein sub say pehlay ALLAH PAK ka shukar adda kerna chahiye kay oos Pak zaat nau humein aik apna zati country nawaza. Aaj hum kissi say aik guz zameen nahi lay asktay. QUAID-E-AZAM aur unnkay sathion ki wajha say aaj humein aik mulk hasil hoowa phir bhi haye afsose naasamajh awaam humri shaheedoun ki qurbani ko bhool gaye hain aur ganday alfazoum may naam pukaray jaatay hain, haye afsose…..

  11. Murtaza Ahmed Bugti says:

    What a beautiful city it was in in old days. clean and wide roads, huge houses, no signs of congested apartments, less traffic. Instead of going forward we went backward. Today big population, congested roads, no amenities, a jungle of flats like cages. O’ my dear Karachi, I weep for you.

  12. Sitara Bibi says:

    Could any one tell me if they remember an old hotel named Mubaark Hotel, in Saddar area in Karachi?
    Thanks.

  13. Very very nice information, thanks.

  14. Pat Lofthouse (Crooks now) says:

    I lived in Clifton with my family from 1955 to 1964. I went to school in the UK in 1958 but travelled to Karachi for holidays. We had a beach cabin in what we called turtle cove. We used to ride our bicycles down the Clifton hill (black boys bikes) played Bingo at Runnymead, went to Karachi Grammar School and the American School during 1954-1958. Learned to sail around Karachi harbour, swam at the Boat Club and the Sind Club. Had so many parties it was a joke! Those were the days.
    Pat Lofthouse (Crooks now)

  15. Great effort, really liked it.

  16. Farooq Siyal says:

    Life in Karachi in my opinion has always been busy. If that activity would have remained then Karachi would have been the most popular city in the world today. I remember every little thing from samosa and big thing like ice cream was fun to eat. If I had more money I used to enjoy movies at marvelous cinema halls with big bill-boards and posters which I could be seeing for hours and inviting my friends to join me. That was indeed a wonderful experience. I cannot forget Karachi during 1970s-1980s.

  17. Kartikeya Amin says:

    You would be doing a great-invaluable service to a large group of followers of Pujya Sri Mota, a great Saint who had spent periodically some time in Karachi; during the time when he used to be there- in 1940 period, he would stay in a Bungalow on Clifton beach area rented or owned by the manager Sri P.N. Mehta of Scindia Steam Navigation Company, Karachi. Can you locate this bungalow with its street address- number, etc. and pictures? We all will be greatful for your services. Thanks a lot.

  18. Spent the day saving old tiles on the Old Clifton Bridge from being destroyed. Most of the tiles on left hand side (on way to Clifton) have been destroyed by the time I was able to bring authorities to stop the “upgrading” work.

  19. Salman Ahmed Khan says:

    Karachi is so good!!

  20. I left Karachi in 1994, but in my dreams I am still walking in the streets of Karachi. As I remeber till that time Karachi was a city you loved to live but now when I visited Karachi, my heart really really got sad to see that what they did to it by constructing unnecessory fly-overs and ruined the beauty of my beautiful Karachi.
    I really miss you Karachi.

  21. Ghulam Nabi Kalroo, Karachi says:

    Wow!! It is very good struggle to save our old memories, Karachi is my city. I love karachi and whole of Sindh because I am Sindhi and I am proud on it.

  22. My beloved city I missed you.

  23. M. Tufail Akbar says:

    There are woderful memories with these photos. Its an excellent effort to recall history.
    Tufail Akbar
    (an old resident of Karachi)

  24. Murtaza Bugti says:

    Oh my dear Karachi, where your beauty and cleaniness got lost?
    Wow! What a beautiful city it was!!

  25. When I came to this city in 1968 with my parents, we were very poor have nothing. This great city gave my family education and the best jobs, I am really thankful to this great city, its like a mother for me.

  26. Menohar says:

    I really like the pics of old Karachi, particularly the places I used to visit now a days with my children; like Frere Hall, Clifton, Kemari, Bunder Road, Bolton Market, Empress Market, etc. It really gave me happiness and knowledge.

  27. Madhu Sudhan (India) says:

    Amazing photos!! Gave a feel of Karachi and Pakistan. Truely wonderful. Would really like to visit once in my life.
    There are a lot of similarities of the places here in India, we have great in common, also the food.
    Its really nice work. Thank you.

  28. Nice Post!

  29. Sohail Hassan says:

    Thank you for such nice memories of Karachi. In 80s, I studied in D J Science College (DJ named after Dayaram Jethmal), an elegant nice building. Besides this college there is a Parsi Colony which is also very old place. In DJ premises I saw Nadir Shah Edljee Din Shah Statue also named after our one Engg. University NED. Some NED workshop was there in those days in DJ College.
    Can any one refresh my memories of those days?

  30. Zain (Sunny) says:

    Thanks for sharing these photos. I am really happy to see these Historical pics.

  31. Anam Ayaz says:

    Marvelous and wonderful collection of pics of Karachi.

  32. Tuba Naz says:

    I love Karachi.

  33. Zubair Ghani says:

    I was born and educated in this lovely city of Karachi. Remember unforgettable old days. In any case we will not leave our city. We pray to God for this lovely city. Whoever posted old pictures of Karachi, I am really thankful to him.

  34. I was born and raised in Karachi. Planning to return back to my beloved city. I don’t care about all the problems this city has. Happiness is a perception and sure, Karachi, gives it to you!

  35. Old is gold for ever. Kick out all politicians of present Pakistan and get old Pakistan back.

  36. Sher Afzal Jadoon says:

    Karachi is the most beautiful city in Pakistan, a very loving, caring, Like Mother we Love Karachi.

  37. Ya Allah, Meray Karachi ko waapis Roshnion ka Shehar Banna Day (Aameen).

  38. Sagheer Azam says:

    These pictures are our asset. now anybody can learn about Karachi and its history. very true and valuable pictures.

  39. Muhammad Rizwan Ashrafi says:

    I love my City Karachi, it’s a very beautiful & large city all around the world.
    NABI K GHULAMON KA SHEHAR KARACHI
    HAMARA KARACHI, YE PIYARA KARACHI

  40. M Nazar Khan says:

    Karachi was a great peaceful city in the past now the political forces in Karachi destroyed its shape and it is now known as a terror place to live and work in, it is shameful for all political leadership of Karachi.
    I wish Karachi again get her past glory, but it is possible when we remove political identity of Karachi including Zardari, Bilawal and Altaf. They are all bad political faces who have destroyed this city and if we count innocent killings from 1985 till now, we leave behind the number of killings in Second World wWr.

  41. Abdul Ghaffar Banglani says:

    Very nice and rare pictures!!

  42. Tony Fernandes. says:

    I am still in the city at age 73. Was born here. Thank you for your comments. Yes, it is not the same. There are some good people but no much voice to speak out. Being minority we have to live as the days go by. May God bless and help Pakistan. Karachi a city so bright is now a city of gloom.
    Please pray for our Nation.

  43. J.Sheikh (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.) says:

    Thank you for all the pictures. I am turning 69 today and I left Pakistan before my 20th birthday. I have fond memories of Karachi, when it used to be a civilized city in a civilized country. Not any more. I wish you all the best and I send my old city and country my best as well. What a shame, a nice country has turned into a failed state.
    May God help Pakistan. Pakistanis have no desire to do anything for her at all.
    Khuda Hafiz.

    • Aftab Khan, Florida, USA says:

      I am 71 years old and wish to stay in Karachi for six months every year, only if Martial Law comes back. That’s the only way to live in Pakistan.

      • Omar Farooq says:

        Dear Sir,
        It was only today that I came across these pics, amazing and nostalgic. Well, seeing the news channels since yesterday it seems Almighty has felt pity on us and our city. It is not just in Karachi, we have to get rid of this political cancer (MQM, PPP, PML(A-Z), ANP, all Mullahs and their parties and anyone I forgot to mention, except PTI at least we must give them a chance before being judgmental). The only remedy to this disease is Martial Law with someone in power to make things straight within 5 years and take such concrete measures that it takes these clowns (I am being polite) at least 5 generations but even then they’d be unable to undo it.

  44. Abdul Qadeer Dahani says:

    Great effort, we appreciate your great work.

  45. If Present Government continued; which dose not represent Karachi, the situation in all aspects of lives will become more and more worse.

  46. Joaquim Correa says:

    Wonderful pictures of Karachi during the British Raj era. The memory of these pictures will live forever till eternity. I thank the person who took these pictures so that the coming generation may know about how Karachi looked then. Moreover, 100 years from now our generation will do the same.
    Long live Karachi and Pakistan.
    Thank you editor.

  47. Abdul Sattar says:

    Sub say pehlay apa ka shukria jo aap nay meray Karachi ko sambhal ker rakha hai, yeh shandaar kaam kar kay aap mubbarikbaad kay mustahiq hain. Mera Karachi aik maa ki tarah hai, jo her zaban, her qoum kay logoun ko apni goud may chupaa leta hai. Subha bhooka jaagta hai, lekin raat bhooka sulaata nahi. Bari taala aap ko aur meri aan meri shaan Karachi ko apni hifz-o-amaan may rakhay, Aameen.

  48. Saiyed Uzair says:

    Allah karay kay hamara Karachi dobara itna haseen ho jaye!!

  49. A. Mateen Qureshi says:

    Fa be Aeyyay aalaaa-e-Rabbekuma Tukazzebaan. Subhaan ALLAH.

  50. Saad Nayyer says:

    I am wondering that anyone can make 3D Old Karachi, But I know what I am saying is impossible. I will love to go back in time and wanna see Karachi from the Birth era to M.A. Jinnah (Quaid) to the Independence Day.
    I really love history and get excited to see old pictures and videos of any historical place, and again I wanna go back in time to see and experience them in real life.

  51. Wonderful Pics! I lived in Karachi from 1974 through 1983. I still miss the sounds and smells. My family left for Texas in the fall of 1983 and I visited Pakistan in 2010 for the first time after we left. It was quite a shock. I was so saddened by what I saw. What did they do to this beautiful city?!

  52. Farhaan Shaikh says:

    Thank you so much for these awesome pictures and I am upset too that Karachi was such a beautiful city and what we have done to it.

  53. Siddiq Gul Aga says:

    This is the best effort for Karachi, it looks cleaner and civilized than today.

  54. Khalid Rehman says:

    This are very nice pictures. Kaash Karachi phir aisa ho jaye, ya hum uss door may paida ho jaaen dobaara. Allah Pak Pakistan ki taa qiamat hifazat farmana, ameen.
    Karachi is a big city and fainternationally famous.

  55. Jami Shah says:

    Wonderful collection of my beloved Karachi. Karachi is in my heart, I miss Karachi since 2000 when I left this beautiful, full of life city. I am in North America and visit Karachi every year, I love you Karachi and I will back to you very soon, Insha-Allah.

  56. Just no words to say…..Karachi was so rare.

  57. Amazing ………. education kay liye Parsi nation ki koshisain qabil-e-fakhar hain. Afsos ajj hum nay education ko business bana liya… hummay Parsi quam say sabaq hasil karna chahiye!!

  58. M. Khan says:

    Thanks for such a precious collection of rare photos of Karachi. It makes me ambitious to return Karachi the glory it once had. May Allah keep Pakistan and Karachi safe.

  59. Impressive work….good job done.

  60. Sidra Fiasal Shah says:

    Yeh photos dhaik ker dil keh raha hai ‘kaash Karachi aasa hi ho jaaye’.
    Allah Pakistan ko aasay hi qaim rakhay, Ameen.

  61. Muddasar says:

    These are really very nice photos of Karachi.

  62. Umair Javaid says:

    Mind blowing & great selection of pictures.

  63. S Siddiqui says:

    Outstanding stuff and really amazing snaps, especially for people like us who are not living in their country.
    Love you & GOD bless you Pakistan & Karachi….AMEEN.

  64. Really like all the lovely pictures of my Karachi, please post some more.

  65. Yousuf K Tareen says:

    Excellent photos. The one of STAR Cinema has the wrong date, Hands Up was released in 1926 so this photo is definitely taken after that year.

  66. Karachi is a Great City in the world, and I love Karachi.

  67. Mehmood Ali says:

    ماشاءالله………Its really great work I appreciate your efforts. I love Karachi and Pakistan.

  68. Brother, it is a great Post……. and thanks for this collection!!

  69. Ravi Rai says:

    Hi, I am a television and cinema writer director in India. The internet would give you an information on me. We recently produced films like ‘Tanu weds Manu’ and the recently released ‘Raanjhana’ directed by my brother Anand Rai. We are Sindhis and actually Raisinghani. My father was from Naushero Feroze and my mother is from Karachi. I am writing a novel, a love story based in Sukkur between a Sindhi girl and a Muslim boy next door. The story begins in 1944 and ends in 1954. A time when the Muslim League and Indian National Congress were at the logger heads and how 1947 tore them apart. But in all this process I am trying to bring back Sindh alive once again. If any of you would want to contribute anything with schools, names of the institutions, streets, hospitals, shops, bakeries, sweet marts, in Sukkur, Rohri, Karachi, Shikarpur, Lahore, Sialkot etc., please let me know. Thanks and regards.
    My email address is ravirai25@hotmail.com

  70. It’s really great collection. Specially the old pics those show how planned city it was and how bad it is now. Hope the day will come when the things will be in an ordered way.

  71. Muhammad Mohsin Behlem says:

    Being a Karachi-ite I salute your efforts & your hard work.

  72. Great collection of historical photos of Karachi.

  73. Ali Muzaffar Rizvi says:

    Really amazing collection of pics!!!

  74. Dr. Fazal Iqra says:

    Precious collection.

  75. Shehzad from karachi,
    This is very nice piks, i love karachi very much.
    but i m upset today karachi. i hope karachi is the best city
    in the world. Inshallah.

  76. Riaz Shaikh says:

    Apna Karachi, I love.

  77. Dear Admin, indeed its a wonderful and time consuming effort anyone who sees this page will appreciate. Its best for the people who are good at imaginations and can make up and go into that era quickly. Here is a suggestion “on the home page you should have areas of Pakistan should be mentioned, like Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukker, Lahore, Faisalabad, etc. buttons should be there and option to upload pictures and after your approval they should be online this way its gonna be a high rated website.

  78. Abdul Aziz Mehboob says:

    Thanks a lot for these pics. I love Karachi!!

  79. Sufia Erum says:

    Thanks for sharing these pics. Great job.

  80. MEHMOOD HUSSAIN says:

    You have provided a great service for those, who belong to this great city, Karachi. A wonderful job done by you, please accept my thanks for this.

  81. Dil khush kar diya aap nay, Masha Allah.

  82. Mohammed Younus Khan says:

    Wow!!! Wonderful pics, thanks for historical information.

  83. Croning Wayne says:

    Very nice photos. Are there any photos of the old British raj era cemetery on which St. Paul’s High School was built (opposite Napier Barracks, Saddar)?

  84. M. Khurram says:

    Karachi is a wonderful city; yes in different era like other parts of the world this city is having some good and bad chapters.

  85. Billal Khan says:

    Kaya tareef Karoon!!!! Iss kaam may aap ki mehnat aur tehqeeq nazar aati hai. Bohoat Aala!!

  86. Assalmoalikum, I need pics of Govt Junior Model Girls & Boys School, PECHS, Block 2, Karachi.

  87. Sharyl Masoom says:

    Patta nahi ab kis ki nazar lag gai hai hamaray Karachi ko, jo kabhi roshniyoun ka shehar hota tha? Ab yeh andheray mein doob gaya hai. Allah hum sub ki hifazat karay aur hamaray mulk Pakistan ki bhi, Ameen!!!!

  88. Farah Naz says:

    Salam Admin. I need girls colleges history in Karachi before partition of Pakistan as soon as possible. Plz it’s my project, I need help, plz it’s my career.

  89. Raja Sadar says:

    These are indeed very good pics.

  90. janakrawal says:

    Karachi city ni ghani vato gharda vadilo pase thi sambhlihatiaje photoma joi ne gjanusaru lagyu.

  91. Haroon Jatoi says:

    Kaya baat hai!!!

  92. Asad Saad Khan says:

    Masha Allah bohat hi khubsoorat pictures hein. Bohat hee mehnat aur lagan say yeh jama ki gein hein.

  93. I love Karachi. Readers please share links for rare photos of Karachi.

  94. Very beautifull work, its not for Karachi only its for all Pakistanis. I love my city Karachi.

  95. Muhammad Akram Shahid Aircraft Engineer says:

    Very good effort for fantastic collection of memorable photos.

  96. Tayyab Jutt says:

    Aslam O alaikum eveyone, I am from Punjab Pakistan. Karachi is very good city, and Economy Hub of our Country, but I am praying for Karachi because condition is not well in Karachi like Lahore. May Allah bless this city.

    • I love my City Karachi. It is very beautiful City…….For every one…just only Political problem. In Sha Allah it will come again become a peaceful city, Ameen.

  97. I love my city Karachi. May Allah fill my city with peace and love.

  98. Today……..Karachi is nothing but a Hell to live.

  99. Arshad Siraj says:

    In every era Karachi is great, its our heart and soul. God bless you for this effort.

  100. I love my City. I live here & will die here. It is the best city in the world!!!

  101. Liaquat Ali Sahito says:

    Its so amazing to see old historical photos of Karachi and other cities I liked.

  102. Awesome collection.

  103. Zoaib Mansoor says:

    My grandparents told me stories of old Karachi where you walk the streets without fear of being shot and robbed. Places like Piccadilly Cinema and Le Gourmet. The streets were cleaned with water and garbage was not piled up like mountainous heaps.

  104. N. Ghaffar says:

    Zindagi mein aisay Karachi kay photos nahi dekhay. Shaandaar!!

  105. My eyes have tears while watching the pictures of the best city of the world but now Karachi is…………no words, everybody knows but still I love Karachi and pray for it. I wish I was born in old Karachi.

  106. Mehmood Hussain Faiz says:

    My best wishes for all. No doubt the past history of Karachi is very rich, the date back milestones reflect that Karachi was developed by all communities who lived here; Parsis, Hindus, Memons, Sindhis, Balochs and after creation of Pakistan in 1947, migrated people from India. All shared a lot. It is the joint effort by all of them.
    My heart wish is that we all should live in peace and brotherhood feelings, leads the way for a peaceful, developed and wonderful city of the world. May Allah help us, guide us the right path (Ameen).
    MEHMOOD HUSSAIN,CENTRUM-KARACHI.
    mehmoodfaiz@yahoo.com

  107. I love Karachi!!

  108. Shumaila Baseer says:

    It is good to see my beautiful city in old times. Thanks to all people who served this city.

  109. Jaiden Sylvester Goher says:

    Although I was born in 1985 but whenever I see my city’s old pics, it reminds me of my grandparents and relatives, how they have been living here. PEACEFULLY…..that time was really awesome even up to 90s it was good.

  110. Dr. Shafique Ahmad says:

    I am proud to be a Karachiite. Its past depicts the efforts made by our grand relatives. Though new buildings added glory but architects of past were awesome. I have lived in such a building now in CTO Compounds on main II Chundrigarh Road, I think it is more than 150 years old but still glorious. Love you Karachi.

  111. Masroor Durrani, USA says:

    I admire the efforts of collection of these pictures. They are the history. I am having with me a Karachi record from 1856 1900 which I want to hand over a “PAKISTANI” for preservation. It includes hand written minutes of KARACHI MUNICIPAL COMMITTEE and contains historic accounts. Can someone contact me at Pakdurrani@hotmail.com. I am in Chicago, USA.

    Justice Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui may advise me for what I have mentioned above.

  112. Hina Akhter says:

    It has lot of information for everyone.

  113. David Martin Carnegie says:

    My great grandfather was James Strachan, a Scot, who was the municipal engineer of Karachi in the late C19. He had six children and two, Gordon and Douglas, died in Karachi…and were presumably buried there. Are there any records of births, marriages and deaths of the British somewhere in Karachi still? My grandmother married in Karachi in 1900 and my father was born in Manora. I wonder if there are any photos of James Strachan in archives as I understand he was responsible for a lot of construction. Any help from anyone? Looks like a lovely city.

    • Engr Gulzar Ahmed Memon says:

      Your great Grand Father was really very great and competent Engineer. He designed Water Supply and Sewage Disposal System in Karachi during 1885-1895. He designed Sindh Madersat ul Islam School, DJ Sindh Government College, and many other Construction activities. I request u to please talk to Architect Ms Yasmeen Lari who is the only person in Pakistan to give u complete information. You should be proud on your great grand father.

    • Hadi Khan says:

      I would like to add that even a significant road in Karachi’s downtown used to be named after him before it was renamed a couple of decades in the traditions of misguided nationalism. Stratchen can be considered a major benefactor of Karachi as he was also partly responsible for arranging the first regular, running water supply to the city from wells located at the outskirts of the city.

    • Croning Wayne says:

      David, I may be able to help you with burial records. Email me croningw@mymts.net
      Regards,

  114. Maj (R) Sirajuddin Ahmed, USA says:

    The picture of D.J. Science College took me back to early 1950 as that was the first college I attended and Chief Justice (Rtd) Sajjad Ali Shah was also a student there.

  115. Really these are very good photos.

  116. Noor Muhammed Qureshi says:

    Nice effort. This was our lovely Karachi. People of all religions had a right to live, but now after Pakistan’s 65 years, even Muslims can not live in peace. Was it the vision of our Quaid? People who own Karachi, demand our old Karachi as it was before Partition.

  117. Muhammad Arif Khan Hoti says:

    Good efforts for the new generation and it will be more attractive to show old photo of Mehta Ram Hostel Pakistan Chowk .

  118. Wajji Abbas says:

    Umeedoon ki umaangoon ki jannat, shehar Karachi. Allah bless this city of light, Ameen.

  119. Muhammad Iqbal says:

    Well done! It is the sign of love with Karachi, thanks.

  120. Justice (Retd) Said Uz Zaman Siddiqui says:

    The rare collection of photograplhs depicts historical background of Karachi. You have made a commendable effort to collect these images.

  121. We heard stories from our grandparents but hard to imagine, now its more helpful with visual affects. Really appreciate the story, thanks.

  122. Kamran A. Khan says:

    Wow!! Beautiful Karachi. Good 🙂

  123. Engr Intekhab Ahmed Rajput says:

    Really it is a very hard work and good collection. I appreciate to this achievement.

  124. Engr Gulzar Ahmed Memon says:

    The best work for My Karachi. I appreciate it.

  125. Iqbal Haider says:

    Really appreciate the hard work done in archiving the fantastic rare collection.

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