Melting the hearts of Karachiite, our city then and now!

Karachi, the former capital of Pakistan is the largest and most populous city of Pakistan. It holds the two largest ports of Pakistan, Port of Karachi and Port Bin Qasim and is also a major transportation hub. Known for its linguistic, ethnic and religious diversity, Karachi is Pakistan’s most secular and socially liberal city. It is known as the ‘City of Lights’ for its night life.

Partition of British India led to lot of changes. So, this artist Zainab decided to throwback to the past in a super fashioned way. Following are a few glimpses of Karachi then and now through Zainab’s lens:


Muhammad Ali Building

It is located on Zaibunissa Street, named after a Bengali woman named Zaibunissa Hamidullah, the first female columnist of Pakistan. Guides say that the neglected maintenance of the historic building itself tells that it is because the building is owned by government of Belgium and they refused to hand it over to Pakistan after independence.


The KMC Building

The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation is a public governing body that provides municipal services in Karachi. It was changed to Karachi Municipal Committee in 1853. The KMC building now has developed an iconic status as one of the landmark structure of Pakistan.


Mereweather Tower

Mereweather Clock Tower is a historic landmark in Karachi. It is a very well-heard place that reminds us of Karachi’s magnificent past. Its structure really stood out but unfortunately because of the negligence of the civic bodies, it has lost its charm.


Jinnah Mausoleum

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Mausoleum is the final resting place of Quaid. It is an iconic symbol of Karachi’s history. The Mazar is now in a very good shape. It has been properly taken care of. The picture then shows what a long way it has come and has still managed to remain a very popular destination among tourists.


Karachi Port Trust (KPT)

It is a federal Government Agency that supervises the operations of the port of Karachi. The building looks just as beautiful as it was all those years ago.


Nishat Cinema

It was the first ever film theatre in Pakistan which was inaugurated by Fatima Jinnah. The building became a target of vandalism in 2012 during violent protests of aggressive mobs over the controversial video ‘Innocence of Muslims’ and with the loss of it, Pakistan lost the golden goose of its cinema.

Kudos to the photographer for coming up with this amazing concept and bringing the past to the present

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