Category Archives: Karachi History

The Waxing and Waning Crescent

By Amin H. Karim  WAXING AND WANING CRESCENT.  The flag of the new Dominion of Pakistan in August 1947 was designed and approved in Karachi which was the capital of the country at the time. (Actually in Seafield House, Abdullah … Continue reading

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Origin of Name Karachi: One view

From where Name of Karachi originated? By Nadeem Baqai  Map of Asia in 100 BC, Karachi was then Kaccha. The History of Karachi – earliest account of the area where Karachi is located can be found in the record books … Continue reading

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Scinde Dawk: Another Accolade for Karachi.

By Dr. Sohail Ansari Scinde Dawk: Another accolade for Karachi The Indian Post Office was established in 1837. In 1850, there were four post offices in the province of Sindh — Sukkur, Shikarpur, Hyderabad, and Karachi. Sir Henry Bartle Frere … Continue reading

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Baba Island

By Dr. Sohail Ansari  Karachi is built around a bay which is a natural harbour and protected from storms by a group of small islands: Baba, Shamspir, Manora and Kiamari (which is no more an island). There are nine islands … Continue reading

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Karachi Under Bubonic Plague 1890s

By Dr. Adnan Zuberi  Karachi under Plague (Bubonic) Pandemic 1890s Third pandemic Plague was originated in Yunnan, China in 1850s. It spread to Port Cities right from Calcutta, Pune, Bombay and Karachi. It further travel to west via Jeddah and … Continue reading

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Quarantine in Karachi 1890

By Dr. Saad Bashir  Quarantine/detention centre in Karachi 1890 – for plague control The third plague pandemic was a major bubonic plague pandemic that began in Yunnan, China, in 1855 during the fifth year of the Xianfeng Emperor of the … Continue reading

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P.N.S. Karsaz Karachi

By Dr. Adnan Zuberi  Karsaz is a famous neighborhood of Karachi. This is one of the oldest Cantonment of British Army. In 1920s RAF developed an Airstrip here and their ammunition depot. Colonel T E Lawrence ( Lawrence of Arabia) … Continue reading

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HMT Somersetshire

By Dr. Sohail Ansari  HMT Somersetshire: Once transported troops and At one stage was a hospital ship. Photographed at Kiamari.  

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Karachi-Kotri Railway 1861

By Dr. Sohail Ansari  13th May 1861 First railway (of current Pakistan) Karachi – Kotri opened. Brunton spent the years 1858 to 1864 building the Scinde Railway, a 173-km-long line from Karachi to Kotri on the Indus. This was the … Continue reading

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History of Paper Currency

History of Paper Currency By Dr. Adnan Zuberi  After the annexation of Karachi  with Bombay Presidency (1943) Sir Henry Bartle Ferer were appointed as Commissioner of Sindh. He was a visionary who understand the Geo Strategic importance of Karachi,the Gateway … Continue reading

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