This page contains a large collection of meticulously selected rare newspapers about major events which occurred in Pakistan. It is Pakistan’s history through newspapers and magazines.
June 16, 1902: Cyclone Hits Karachi. Rare Edition of The New York Times, June 17, 1902.
January 1915: Sepoy Khudadad Khan, The First Indian to Win the Victoria Cross in First World War. Rare edition of The Daily Mirror January 26, 1915. Khudadad Khan (20 October 1888 – 8 March 1971) was the first South Asian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for gallantry in the face of the enemy given to British and Commonwealth forces. He was the first native-born Indian to win the Victoria Cross. Born on October 20, 1888 in the village of Dab in Chakwal District (then a tehsil of District Jhelum) of the Punjab Province, British India (now Pakistan), Khudadad Khan was a Sepoy in the 129th Duke of Connaught’s Own Baluchis, British Indian Army (now 11 Baluch Regiment of Pakistan Army). The battalion formed part of the Indian Corps, which was sent to France in 1914, to shore up the British forces fighting on the Western Front during the First World War. On 31 October 1914, at Hollebeke, Belgium, 26-year old Khudadad Khan performed an act of bravery for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War. Khudadad Khan retired as a Subedar. He died on march 8, 1971 and is buried in Chak No. 25, Mandi Bahauddin.
23 March 1931: The Execution of Bhagat Singh. The Tribune, Edition of March 24, 1931. Bhagat Singh (28 September 1907 – 23 March 1931) was an Indian socialist considered to be one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian Independence Movement. Seeking revenge for the death of Lala Lajpat Rai at the hands of the police, Singh was involved in the assassination of British police officer John Saunders. Together with Batukeshwar Dutt, he undertook a successful effort to throw two bombs and leaflets inside the Central Legislative Assembly while shouting slogans of Inquilab Zindabad. He was convicted and subsequently hanged on 23 March 1931 for his participation in the murder of John Saunders.
13 January 1932: Inauguration of Lloyd Barrage at Sukkur. The Daily Gazette, Edition of 14 January 1932. This rare edition of The Daily Gazette (later became The Sind Gazette) shows the Viceroy of India, Lord Willingdon, who inaugurated the Lloyd Barrage (built over Indus River near Sukkur) on 13 January 1932. It was later named as the Sukkur Barrage. The scheme had been launched by the Governor of Bombay, Sir George Ambrose Lloyd for whom it was named. It was the largest irrigation project ever undertaken and some of the canals are larger than the Suez Canal.
21 April 1938: The Death of Allama Iqbal. Rare Supplement of Daily “Inqilab”, 21 April 1938, announcing the death of Allama Iqbal. It seems to be some evening edition of 21 April 1938, the day of death of Allama Iqbal. One can see the word “Zameema” (supplement) next to the name of the newspaper. The one deficiency of this rare newspaper is that the supplement has no date written on it. Ghulam Rasool Meher and Maulana Abdul Majeed Salik were very close to Allama Iqbal and it seems they were stunned by his departure to yonder and did not attend to the get up of the paper. In the old days they used blocks to reproduce the mast-heads of the newspaper unlike today that it is made on the computer every day. The report appears to have been written by Maulana Salik as this was his particular style of prose.
The layout of the front page is worth examining, particularly the way the editors wrote their names with their degrees and also the subscription fee.
July 1939: The Sadiq-ul Akhbar, Bahawalpur. It was a weekly newspaper issued from Bahawalpur.
Early 1940: The First Edition of Jang Newspaper. Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman began publishing of Jang as a daily evening newspaper in the early 1940 from the then capital of the British India, Delhi. To keep the Jang’s production cost very low and to ensure a big circulation for it he sold his newspaper at a paisa per copy. Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman was able to leash the expenses of publishing the Jang to the barest minimum by doing many chores of newspaper himself including editing, composing and reporting. He even cycled scores of miles to deliver copies of the Jang to the hawkers and advertisers.
After the Partition, Mir saheb shifted to Karachi, capital of the new Muslim State, and started publishing the daily Jang from Karachi. Pakistan’s Governor General, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was delighted due to this move.
June 1940: Abdus Salam Broke Record of Matriculation Examination of Punjab University. Weekly Jhang Sial, 28 June 1940. Dr. Mohammad Abdus Salam (29 January 1926 – 21 November 1996) was a theoretical physicist who, when he shared the 1979 award for his contribution to electroweak unification, became the first Pakistani to receive a Nobel Prize in Physics. At age 14, Abdus Salam scored the highest marks ever recorded for the matriculation examination at the Punjab University.
April 22, 1946: Quaid-e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on Cover of Time Magazine. Time, edition of April 22, 1946.
14 August 1947: The Independence of Pakistan. Rare edition of Daily Dawn, August 15, 1947, announcing the Independence of Pakistan.
14 August 1947: Birth of Pakistan. Dawn Newspaper front page. Looks like it’s some special evening edition.
14 August 1947: “India and Pakistan Become Nations – Clashes Continue”. The New York Times, 15 Aug 1947.
14 Aug 1947: The End of British Rule. The Hindustan Times’ edition of 15 Aug 1947.
The Hindustan Times, October 28, 1947, Kashmir Accedes to India. Plebiscite soon on Ruler of Kashmir’s decision. Sheikh Abdullah to form Interim Government.
Dawn Newspaper, Edition of December 25, 1947. Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Pakistan’s First Independence Anniversary on 14 August 1948. Rare edition of Dawn, 14 August 1948.
Daily Dawn, Edition of September 12, 1948. Announcing the Death of Quaid-e-Azam
Quaid-e-Azam Passes Away on 11 September 1948
The Jang, 13 September 1948: Quaid-e-Azam Buried. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah died on 11 September 1948 and was buried in Karachi on 12 September 1948.
Daily ‘Morning News’ Announces Death of Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Pakistan’s Second Independence Anniversary, 14 August 1949. Rare edition of Dawn, 14 August 1949.
Martial Law Declared in Pakistan, Constitution Abrogated – October 7, 1958
President Eisenhower in Karachi, December 1959. Life magazine cover of December 21, 1959 showing Presidents Eisenhower and Ayub Khan in Karachi.
Pakistan Becomes World Hockey Champion in Rome Olympics 1960. On 9 September 1960 Pakistan beat India in the final of hockey in Rome Olympics and ended their 32 years supremacy and Pakistan won the first ever gold medal. The loan goal scorer was Left-in Naseer Bunda, who can be rightly called Farzand-e-Rawalpindi. Naseer Bunda was employed in Attock Oil Company that had a good hockey team in Rawalpindi then. They were sponsors and promoters of hockey in Rawalpindi zone.
Death of Allama Mashriqi (August 27 1963). Inayatullah Khan Mashriqi, also known as Allama Mashriqi, (25 August 1888 – 27 August 1963) was a Pakistani mathematician, logician, political theorist, Islamic scholar and the founder of the Khaksar Movement.
Indo-Pak War, September 1965 (Dawn, Karachi: Rare Newspaper)
September 1965: The Daily Dawn. Enemy halted at new fronts. Tactical gains at Lahore area.
Indo-Pak War, 06 September 1965 . Daily Jang, Karachi, edition of 8 Sep 1965.
03 September 1965, Three Indian Planes Shot Down. Three more Indian fighter aircraft shot down. Daily Jang, Karachi, edition of 5 Sep 1965.
Headline of ‘The Australian’ Newspaper,13 September 1965 Edition. The huge tank battle.
The Australian Newspaper, 14 September 1965 Edition. Pakistan wins the biggest tank battle since World War II.
Ayub Khan and Shastri on the Cover of Time Magazine, September 17, 1965 Edition
PAF Planes Hit Ambala Air Base, September 1965. Daily Dawn of September 19, 1965.
9 July 1967: Death of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah. Daily Jang of July 11, 1967. Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah (1893-1967) was the youngest sister of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Yahya Khan and Indra Gandhi on the Cover of Time Magazine, December 6, 1971 Edition
India Attacked West Pakistan at 7 Points on 03 December 1971. Daily Dawn, 04 December 1971 edition.
On 3 December 1971 India Attacks West Pakistan. Daily Jang, Karachi, 05 December 1971 edition.
49 Indian Jets Downed on 04 December 1971. Daily Dawn, Karachi, 05 December 1971 edition.
Indian Land Captured by Pakistan on 05 December 1971. Daily Dawn, Karachi, 06 December 1971 edition.
Dawn, 16 December 1971. UN a Farce, Bhutto Walks Out from UNO on 15 Dec 1971
Dawn, December 17, 1971, “War Till Victory”, Yahya’s Pledge. General Yahya pays tribute to Pakistani Armed Forces and people of East Wing.
20 December, 1971: Yahya Hands Over Power to Bhutto. Daily Dawn, Karachi, 06 December 1971 edition.
2 January 1971: Sheikh Mujib Released by President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Owosso (Michigan) Argus Press, 3 January 1972 edition.
05 July 1977: General Zia Proclaimed Martial Law. Election announced to be held in October 1977. Daily Dawn, Karachi, 06 July 1977.
Bhutto’s Exile Planned by Zia, Newspaper of 17 June 1978
Bhutto Refuses to be Exiled, Newspaper of 17 June 1978
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Hanged on 4 April 1979. Daily Dawn of April 5, 1979. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, ex Prime Minister of Pakistan, was hanged at Central Jail Rawalpindi, on 4 April 1979, and was buried in Village Cemetery at Garhi Khuda Baksh, near Larkana.
Pope John Paul II Visits to Pakistan, 16 February 1981. This is the front page of (now defunct) The Muslim, edition of 17 February 1981. It has a photo and story on the Pope’s first ever visit of Pakistan on 16 February 1981. The Pope also addressed mass at Karachi’s National Stadium.
Black Storm Plays Havoc in Karachi on 31 May 1986. The daily Jang, edition of 01 June 1986 gives details and death toll and damage to the property.
General Zia’s Plane Crash on 17 August 1988. General Zia-Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan, died in a plane crash near Bahawalpur on 17 August 1988. On board the plane was total of 31 people, including the US Ambassador, the Military Attache of US Embassy and a number of senior officers of Pakistan Army.
Zia Died in a Plane Crash on 17 August 1988 : Rare Nawa-e-Waqt Newspaper
Pakistan Wins Cricket World Cup on March 25, 1992. Daily Jang of 26 March 1992. The final of the 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia on 25 March 1992. The match was won by Pakistan under their captain Imran Khan who defeated England by 22 runs to lift their first ever World Cup trophy.
Cricket World Cup Comes to Pakistan, Melbourne, Australia, March 25, 1992. Daily Dawn of 26 March 1992.
18 July 1993: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sacked. Daily Jang of July 19, 1993.
28 May 1998: Pakistan joins Nuclear Club (Evening Newspaper of 28/5/98). Chagai-I is the code name of five simultaneous underground nuclear tests conducted by Pakistan at 15:15 hrs PST on 28 May 1998. The tests were performed at Ras Koh Hills in the Chagai District of Balochistan Province.
Chagai-I was Pakistan’s first public test of nuclear weapons. Its timing was a direct response to India’s second nuclear tests, on 11 and 13 May 1998. These tests by Pakistan and India resulted in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1172 and economic sanctions on both states by a number of major powers, particularly the United States and Japan. By testing nuclear devices, Pakistan became the seventh nation to publicly test nuclear weapons. Pakistan’s second nuclear test, Chagai-II, followed on 30 May 1998.
12 October 199: Nawaz Government Dismissed
27 September 2003: Death of Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan. Daily Nawa-i-Waqt of 27 September 2003.
Chief Justice of Pakistan, Suspended on 3 November 2007 . Dawn, November 4, 2007. Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan, was suspended by President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, on 3 November 2007. He was finally restored on 22 March 2009.
The News, December 28, 2007. Giving news of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination on December 27, 2007.
Dawn, December 28, 2007. Giving news of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination on December 27, 2007
Daily Times, December 28, 2007. Daughter of East Slain, Benazir Bhutto’s assassination on December 27, 2007.
Benazir Bhutto on the Cover of Time Magazine, 14 January 2008 Edition
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