Photos of Sialkot

Editor’s Note: Rare black & white photos of Sialkot dating back to 1880s are in the last portion of this Post.

 Alama Iqbal image

Alama Iqbal

Sialkot : Platform at Rilaway Station SialkotSialkot is a district of Gujranwala Division in Punjab Province of Pakistan. The city of Sialkot is the capital of the district. The district is administratively divided into four tehsils (subdivisions); Daska, Pasrur, Samrial and Sialkot.
Sialkot is also the birth place of Allama Muhammad Iqbal. The city is well-known for its industries, such as; surgical goods, sports goods, leather goods & garments, musical instruments, surgical instruments, cutlery, stainless steel utensils, and many other exportable items.
Brief History: The city’s history is about 5000 years old. It was established by Raja Sul and was invaded by Alexander in 327 AD. It was re-constructed by Raja Sálbán in 200 AD. He built the famous Sialkot Fort.

Map of Sialkot

Map of Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Local Map of Sialkot

Local Map of Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Iqbal Manzil, Sialkot. Allama Iqbal was born in this house, located in Kashmiri Mohallah, Sialkot on November 09, 1877 in a Kashmiri family. Iqbal’s father was Sheikh Noor Mohammad and his mother’s name was Imam Bibi. The house is now a national monument with a small library and most of the belongings of Allama Iqbal are preserved and restored as museum open to everyone.

pic of Iqbal Manzil, Sialkot- Birth place of Allama Iqbal in Sialkot

Allama Iqbal’s Poetry at Pakistan-India Border at Sialkot. Look at the interesting display of Allama Iqbal’s poetry by both India and Pakistan at their common border at Sialkot, the birth place of Alama Iqbal.

Alama Iqbal's poetry at Pakistan-India border at Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Aerial View of India Pakistan Border near Sialkot. Photo by 500.

 Aerial view of India Pakistan border near Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Gate on Indian side at India Pakistan Border near Sialkot. Photo by Pakia.

Gate on Indian side at India Pakistan border near Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Sialkot Clock Tower, Saddar Bazar, Sialkot

Pics, images of Sialkot- Sialkot Clock Tower, Saddar Bazar, Sialkot

Sialkot Fort. Sialkot Fort is one of the oldest forts in Pakistan. It is located on a low hill in the centre of the old city. Raja Sálbán, with the services of 10,000 laborers and masons,  built the Sialkot Fort in two years (which, at the time, had double walls) for the defence of the city.
At present, few ruins, including a bastion, are all that is left of the Fort. The growing number of encroachments are a blot on its face. The offices of the district government are also located on the premises of the Fort.

Photo of historical Fort of Sialkot - A bastion of Sialkot Fort

Historical Sailkot Fort in 1963. This photo, taken in 1963, shows the historical Sialkot Fort in a good condition. There after the encroachments have destroyed its beauty. It should be declared as a Heritage site and the Archaeology Department of Punjab should restore its original splendor at urgent basis.

Historical Sailkot Fort in 1963 - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Shrine of Imam Ali-ul-Haq (Imam Sahib). The great sufi saint of Sialkot, Imam Ali-ul-Haq, better known as Imam Sahib, lived here during the 13th century AD, during the reign of Feroz Shah Tughlaq. He had converted a majority of the local population to Islam.

Photo of Shrine of Imam Ali ul Haq (Imam Sahib), Sialkot

 Jamia Masjid Abbot Road, Sialkot. Photo by Muhammad Osama.

 Jamia Mosque Abbot Road, Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Football Manufacture

Photos of Sialkot- Football manfacture in Sialkot- Sports goods Sialkot

Sialkot Cathedral. The Holy Trinity Cathedral Church (Sialkot Cathedral) is located on The Mall (Quaid-e-Azam Road) in Sialkot Cantonment . Its first stone was laid on March 1, 1852. The church was consecrated by the Bishop of Madras on January 30, 1857, Sialkot at the time being in the Diocese of Calcutta.

Pics, images of Sialkot- Sialkot Cathedral

 Saint James Catholic Church Sialkot

 Saint James Catholic Church Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Terminal Building of Sialkot International AirportSialkot International Airport is the first-ever private-sector airport of Pakistan managed by the Sialkot International Airport Limited (SIAL) consortium. It is constructed on Build, Own & Operate (BOO) basis by a public limited company namely Sialkot International Airport Ltd. (SIAL) at a cost of about Rs.4 billion.
The site measuring 1034 acres is located at 16 k.m. to the west of Sialkot and at a 40 minutes drive from Gujrat and Gujranwala cities. The work started on the Project in January 2003. Ground Breaking Ceremony was held on 18th December 2003 by Chief Minister Punjab. The operation of Domestic and International Flights started from November 30, 2007. Official website of SIAL: http://sial.com.pk/home/index

Terminal building of Sialkot Airport - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

A Jet Bridge (jetway, passenger walkway) at Sialkot International Airport

A Jet Bridge (jetway) at Sialkot International Airport - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Air Traffic Control Tower of Sialkot Airport. Photo by Jamshaid.

 Air Traffic Control Tower of Sialkot Airport - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Terminal Building of Sialkot International Airport

Terminal building of Sialkot International Airport - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Night view of Sialkot Airport Terminal. Photo by Ijaz Ahmad Mughal.

Night view of Sialkot Airport Terminal - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Inaugural Flight of Emirates Airlines at Sialkot Airport. People gather near the Emirates Airlines Airbus A330-200 at Sialkot Airport after operating airline’s inaugural flight EK-620 arrived from Dubai on November 5, 2013. Photo by INP.

 Inaugural flight of Emirates Airlines at Sialkot Airport on November 05, 2013 - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Railway Station, Sialkot

Pics, photos of Sialkot- Sialkot Railway Station

Platform Number 1 at Sialkot Railway Station. Photo by Chic One.

Platform Number 1 at Sialkot Railway Station - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Sailkot Railway Station after Rain

Sailkot Railway Station after rain - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Daewoo Bus Stand at Sialkot. Photo by Muhammad Waris.

Daewoo Bus Stand at Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

An Aerial View of Allama Iqbal Chowk (Drumaan Wala Chowk), Sialkot. Allama Iqbal Chowk was previously called Drumaan Wala Chowk because of drums all around the chowk.  Later, drums were replaced by cemented pillars and finally a minaret, with Iqbal’s Shaheen on its top, was built.

Aerial view of Allama Iqbal Chowk (Drumaan Wala Chowk), Sialkot

Peepal Wala Chowk, Kachehri Road, Sialkot. Photo by Chic One.

Peepal Wala Chowk Kachehri Road Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

The Sailkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Photo by Pakia.

 Sailkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

An Old Bungalow in Sialkot. This beautiful building, a marvel in architecture, is in a dilapidated condition. Nobody seems to be interested in preserving this heritage. It will crumble down if necessary repairs and preservation work is not undertaken immediately. But there is a big question, ‘ Who will initiate it?’ May be some well-to=do son of the soil awakens to the challenge.

An old bungalow in Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Bishamberdass & Sons Furniture House Sailkot Cantonment

Bishamberdass & Sons Furniture House Sailkot Cantt - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Sony TV Centre Sialkot. Photo by goharMirza97.

Sony TV Center Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Chic One Chicken Shop, Abbot Road, Sialkot. A modern chicken shop on Abbot Road. Photo by Chic One.

Chic One Chicken Shop, Abbot Road Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Jinnah Stadium – Conelley Park. The Connelley Park (named after a British Deputy Commissioner of Sialkot) was converted to Jinnah Stadium (by another Deputy Commissioner of Sialkot, Mr. Waqar Ahmed) in 1979.

Photo of Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot, cricket matches are played here

Garrison Park (Now Fatima Jinnah Park) Sialkot

Sialkot Pictures: Garrison Park (Now Fatima Jinnah Park) Sialkot - Images, Photos of Sialkot

Entrance of Fatima Jinnah Park, Sialkot

Sialkot Pictures: Entrance of Fatima Jinnah Park, Sialkot - Images, Photos of Sialkot

Fatima Jinnah Park (Formerly Garrison Park) Sialkot

Sialkot Pictures: Fatima Jinnah Park (Formerly Garrison Park) Sialkot - Images, Photos of Sialkot

An Old Milestone at Quaid-e-Azam Road, Sialkot

Sialkot Pictures: An old Milestone at Quaid-e-Azam Road, Sialkot - Images, Photos of Sialkot

A Post Office at Sialkot

Sialkot Pictures: A post office at Sialkot - Images, Photos of Sialkot

KFC, Sialkot

Pictures of  Sialkot: Photo of KFC Sialkot - Photos of Sialkot, Images of Sialkot

McDonald’s at Sialkot Cantt

Sialkot Pictures: McDonald's at Sialkot Cantt - Images, Photos of Sialkot

Sindbad at Sialkot Cantt 

Sialkot Pictures: Sindbad at Sialkot Cantonment - Images, Photos of Sialkot

Scotch Mission High School (Now Government Christian High School), SialkotScotch Mission School Sialkot was established in 1857 by the Church of Scotland Mission. It was initially a middle school which was upgraded to secondary level in 1864. In 1889 Scotch Mission College was established in the same premises. When the building of  Murray College was built, the college was shifted in the new building on 27th October 1909.
Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal joined Scotch Mission School in 1883. He passed his middle standard exam in 1891, Entrance/matriculation exam in 1893 and intermediate exam in 1895.
Revolutionary Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz joined this school in 1917 and passed his Matriculation in 1927. In 1969 Mission ceased its activities in Pakistan and school’s name was changed to Christian High School instead of Scotch Mission High School. In 1972 the school was nationalized as per Government policy.

Christian High School (Scotch Mission High School), Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Scotch Mission High School, Kanak Mandi, Sialkot (School of Allama Iqbal). In 1969 school’s name was changed to Christian High School. In 1972 the school was nationalized and it got the new name Government Christian High School.

Scotch Mission High School, Kanak Mandi, Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Murray College, Sialkot. Murray College, the alma mater of  Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Faiz Ahmed Faiz, was started in 1868 as Scotch Mission High School situated in Kanak Mandi. It was upgraded to an Intermediate College in 1889 in the same school building. Allama Iqbal joined the said school in 1883 in class one and matriculated in 1893. He was enrolled as an Intermediate student on May 5,1893.

For 20 years, classes were met in the same building and by almost the same staff. The first Intermediate class (11th class) was started with only eleven boys. The teaching staff including the principal Rev. Dr J.W. Younqson consisted of only four members, Maulvi Mir Hasan, Mr Narinjan Das and Sardar Harnam Singh. Of these, Maulvi Mir Hasan; the recipient of the title Shams ul Ulema; Dr Iqbal’s teacher and mentor, served the school and the college for a record period of sixty years.

The college moved to its present premises in 1909 and its name was changed to Murray College. It was necessitated by a legacy left by Captain John Murray for the college.

In 1956, the college was given nationalistic touch and Professor R.C. Thomas (a reputed teacher of Botany and Zoology) was appointed as the first national principal. He retired in 1964. His successor, Dr F.S. Khair Ullah was an all time popular teacher of Poetry and Drama. He was a gifted orator, editor, writer, satirist and humorist. He retired soon after the nationalization of the college in 1972.

Photos, pics of Sialkot- Murray College, Sialkot

Stamp Issued on Centenary of Murray College. Pakistan Post issued a stamp in 1989 on the centenary (100 years) of Murray College, Sialkot.

 Photo of Stamp Issued by Pakistan Post on Centenary (100 years) of Murray College, Sialkot

 Church in Murray College, Sialkot

Church in Murray College, Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Islamia College, Sialkot. Islamia College, Sialkot is the second oldest college in Sialkot, established in 1951. It is now known as Government Jinnah Islamia College.

Photo of Islamia College, Sialkot ; Photos of Sialkot

Cadet College Sialkot. Cadet College Sialkot was established in 1998. Spread over an area of 25 acres, it is the first ever Cadet College established in the private sector. It is located on Daska-Sambrial Road near village Kotli Noonan, approximately 20 Km west of Sialkot. It was founded by Lt Col (R) Sultan Sikander Ghumman, an Army Aviation helicopter pilot and an ex student of Cadet College Petaro. His elder brother Lt Gen (R) Israr Ghumman, an Armored Corps officer, is the Chairman Board of Governors of this college. Official website: Cadet College Sialkot

Pics of Sialkot - Cadet College Sialkot on Daska-Sambrial Road,, Sialkot

Govt Muslim High School Sialkot

Government Muslim High School Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Govt Comprehensive School, Sialkot

 Government Comprehensive School, Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Islam Medical College, Sialkot.  Islam Medical College and Teaching hospital is located on Pasrur Road.

Photos, pics of Sialkot- Islam Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Sialkot

Allama Iqbal Hospital, Sialkot. This hospital is located on Commissioner Road, Sialkot. Photo by .

Sialkot Pictures: Civil Hospital, Sialkot - Images, Photos of Sialkot

Punjab College, Sialkot

 Punjab College, Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

Islam Central Hospital, Sialkot

Photo of Islam Central Hospital, Sialkot

Night View of Chen One at Sialkot Cantt

Sialkot Pictures: Night view of Chen One at Sialkot Cantt - Images, Photos of Sialkot

SME Bank, Sialkot

Pictures of  Sialkot: Photo of SME Bank, Sialkot - Photos of Sialkot, Images of Sialkot

Surgical Association, Sialkot 

Sialkot Pictures: Building of Surgical Association, Sialkot - Images, Photos of Sialkot

Marala Headworks, Sialkot. Photo by Ijaz Ahmad Mughal.

Marala Headworks Sialkot - Images, Pictures of Sialkot

British Cavalry barrack at Sialkot Cantonment, 1910s 

British Cavalry barrack at Sialkot, 1910s : Rare Old Pictures of Sialkot

A Postcard shows Pir Shohda Tomb near M.J. School, Sialkot, 1910

Pir Shohda Tomb near M.J. School, Sialkot, 1910 : Rare Old Pictures of Sialkot

An English Couple on a Drive in Sialkot, 1905. An English couple, Ella and Dawson, driving their Humber car in Sialkot in March 1905. Photo by fly ‘n figs.

An English couple on drive in Sialkot, 1905 : Rare Old Pictures of Sialkot

Boer Prisoners playing Football at Sialkot, 1902. A drawing shows Boer Prisoners playing football with their keepers at Sialkot.

Boer Prisoners playing Football at Sialkot, 1902 : Rare Old Pictures of Sialkot

A view of Sialkot city from the top of Sialkot Fort, 1900s

View from the top of Sialkot Fort, 1900s : Rare Old Pictures of Sialkot

A British Family at their Bungalow in Sialkot, 1900s

A British family at their Bungalow in Sialkot, 1900s : Rare Old Pictures of Sialkot

Sitting Room of an English man’s Bungalow at Sialkot, 1883-86 

Sitting Room of an English man's bungalow at Sialkot, 1883-86 : Rare Old Pictures of Sialkot

British Army Carabiniers at Sialkot, 1882. Carabiniers are Cavalry soldiers armed with carbines, a short version of musket.

Extremely rare Pictures of Sialkot: A very Rare Photo o fBritish Army Carabiniers at Sialkot, 1882 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Sialkot

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Comments

  1. Zafar Iqbal Muhammad Iqbal says:

    Wonderful photos. I love my city.

  2. Rehman Hussain says:

    Amazing pics and very very nice job to introduce our city, SIALKOT!!

  3. Linda Woodfine says:

    Hello, I find this page fascinating, especially the old photos, as my mother’s uncle is buried in Sialkot. Henry Hawkins was serving with the British Army and died of disease in 1898. He is interred in East Cemetery, and also commemorated on a plaque in the Holy Trinity Church. I realise that Colonial history is a controversial topic, but If anyone knows anyone associated with the church I would be eternally grateful to have a photograph with his name. Best wishes.

    • Taimur Shan says:

      Dear Linda,
      I am from Sialkot but settled in London with my family. I am planning to visit Sialkot soon and will try my best to get a picture of the grave of Mr. Henry Hawkins. I’ll meet you on this page hopefully before November, 2014.

      • Linda Woodfine says:

        Thank you so much Taimur Shan! That is so kind and generous of you to offer. I believe the church is only open 9-11 on Sunday mornings. As for the cemetery, are you familiar with it? I believe the old British graves are no longer maintained and may not be standing. It would probably be very time consuming to hunt for one grave. I would love to go there myself one day and see where Henry Hawkins rests.

        • Taimur Shan says:

          Dear Linda,
          I’ll try my best to get as much information as I could and then will contact you again. I have been to that church once and the local management was very helpful. In case you need any help in visiting Sialkot, please let me know.
          Kind regards,

  4. Haroon Rashid, Canada says:

    I am from Sialkot too, living in Canada, and there is not even a single day without remembering my city, Murray College, Comprehensive High School, its amazing city, its never been apart from me.

    • Editor says:

      Dear Mr. Haroon Rashid,
      Photo of Govt Comprehensive School has been added in the Post today.

  5. Col (R) Muhammad Sarfraz Nawaz says:

    Sialkot is an ancient city, the history of which goes back almost 5000 years. The people are large hearted, brave, hardworking and creative. Apart from other things the construction of an airport of International standards on SELF HELP basis speaks of their metal.
    It’s a collection of very nice photos. Thanks for sharing!!!

  6. I am from Pindi Bhago (Tehsil: Pasroor, Distt: Sialkot) but living in Sialkot City. I travel every where in Pakistan but honestly speaking, I find peace, love & humanity in Sialkot & and among people of Sialkot who love each other as well as support each other.

    Sialkot is the Business City where almost 16000 industries exist & Sialkot Chamber of Commerce has made Sialkot International Airport, Dry Port Trust & roads, etc.

    I will always love Sialkot & my village Pindi Bhago!!! :)

  7. Ahsan Sulehri says:

    I love my city, Sialkot Zindabad!!

  8. Well done Admin! I am an ex student of Govt Middle School Kundan Pur, Govt Jinnah Efficiency High School and Murray College, Sialkot. . It’s a great effort and contribution by you to historical background of peaceful and a famous city of Pakistan. Again Bravo! Keep it up.
    I hope in future you will share your efforts with more devotion and dedication.
    May ALLAH bless you and all SIALKOTIs. We should be proud as a SIALKOTI and PAKISTANI.

  9. Lt Gen (R) Israr Ghumman says:

    Being a Sialkoti by birth, I owe a debt to our Veteran brother Rashid Cheema for having undertaken this task for making people aware what Sialkot which stood for over all these 5000 years. My sincere appreciations for this remarkable and authentic work.

    I nostalgically remember those days of September 1965 War spent in and around Sialkot. The thundering of guns, rumbling of tanks, shrieking of Sabre jets and roaring of our men reminds of our epic struggle to fight the overwhelming might of the Indian Western Command. It is here that Fakher-i-Hind was mauled and bulk destroyed and nefarious designs against Pakistan were buried for ever.

    Cheema May Allah bless you for undertaking preservation of history of our great City of Istaklal

  10. Satish Sharma says:

    I was born in Sialkot city, Mohalla Puran Nagar, Prem Gali. We had a very big house of 5 bedrooms and a wide court yard. My father, Hakim Ram Dhan Sharma, was a very famous Hakim of Sialkot and around at Dharowal Barray Peepal walay. He was a very active social worker, politically motivated and had loyal friends who used to inform him before hand during Eid festival so that he can go out of the city during the Eid to avoid any untoward action from his foes. He was family Doctor of many of Muslim families who were very helpful to him.

    I studied up to 5th class in D.A.V. High School opposite Purana Qila when Partition took place. My eldest sister did her Graduation from Murray College Sialkot in 1947. I remeber Drumma Cala Chowk, Trunk Bazaar, Kundra Shoe Shop where a very big shoe was displayed. I along with my father and sisters used to go for morning walk to Cantonment after crossing Bher ka Pull to Cathedral Church. I used to watch the top of the church which used to appear as tilting.

    What a great time I had. I have written my autobiography in which I have written about Sialkot a lot. I wish to visit mi birth place. My one sister was operated by a British doctor in Mission Hospital Sialkot for a wound caused to her during a fight in her school at Ram Talai in 1946. I love my Sialkot which has changed a lot. The drums from Chowk haave been removed.

    • Taimur Shan, U.K. says:

      Dear Mr. Sharma,
      I am also from Sialkot but presently settled in London with my family. I have worked as a lecturer at Murray College, Sialkot. I love my city as you do and wish to know more about pre-partition experiences of it’s inhabitants. Please let me know the title of your autobiography so that I may enjoy reading that.
      Thanks and regards,

  11. Ali Haider says:

    I love Sialkot and I did not see such kind of pics of Sialkot. I like these photos very much. Thanks.

  12. Kashif Khan says:

    I live in Sialkot. I love Sialkot, its culture, its history. I also Love Pakistan.
    Sialkot tu zinda rahay ga!!

  13. Great job, I never found peace and fun at any other city. Sialkot is my sweet home.

  14. Sialkot is great. There is no comparison of Sialkt. it is the most beautiful city!!

  15. Lt Col Masood Alam (retd) says:

    Dear Cheema, the effort you have made in collecting these pictures is excellent, wonderful job done. Hats off to your effort. Regards.

  16. Raja M Akhtar Tahir says:

    Good photographs, reminded me of my days at Murray College(1962-1964) and then as Assistant Collector, Customs (1980-1982) and Collector of Customs (1999-2001), Sialkot.

  17. Akhtar Naeem Mughal says:

    Sialkot is the city of zinda dil loug. SIALKOT Zindabad!!!!!

  18. Azam Gill , France says:

    I have great memories of Sialkot. My father was the Additional District Magistrate, and we lived on Paris Road, opposite the Mission Hospital on one side and the Dawa Khana of a hakim (can’t remember the name right now) on the other. I used to attend Cantt Public School, where the principal was Colonel Hamadani, a very tall, imposing role model.

    I remember being taken for ice cream to a café in the Cantt, and for delicious fried fish to the Sialkot Club. Justice Samdani was then a sessions judge and our next door neighbour. His mum lived with him, we adored her, she was a wonderful cook and a generous Bari Apaa who made us all sorts of Andhra and Hyderabadi dishes like bagharay baingan and khatta gosht.

    As an adult later, posted in Chamb sector, I would often be able to hitch a ride in a jeep, get across Marala Head Works, go to Sialkot, visit my friend Capt Manzar of 1 Baluch, go to the Club, have a few drinks, go to town, eat maghaz and missi roti at Lazzat Kadah, and next day go to Lahore to see my family.

    I also, as a little boy in Sialkot, learned the Sailkoti gham takkar, which came handy in later life!

    Bless you for these pictures!

  19. Maj (R) Rehmat Elahi says:

    Thanks for reviving the old sweet memories of my city. Sialkot tou Zinda Rahay ga!!!

  20. Brig (R) Khawaja Alam Zeb says:

    Great city of the great people. Sialkot tu zinda rahey ga.

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