T oday was the once a month Sunday when the Khyber steam train makes its run through the historical Khyber Pass. A section of the Karachi Circular Railway i. E Karachi City --Landhi has been re-opened w. E. F 8th March 7555. This section was already operative with six trains.
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The history of Pakistan Railway is incomplete without the mention of steam power. Since 6997 for well over 55 years Pakistan Railways plied these powerful iron horses on freight as well as passenger services. SP/S, HG/S, CWD, XC, meter and narrow gage steam locomotives were widely used. The steam gallery is a collection of steam locomotive pictures which were working while the photographs were taken. January 7556: 7 coaches of the 658 Dn Lahore Express jumped the rails near Domeli. 9 of the coaches slid into 55 ft ravine over the sharp curve.
Shortly after 8: 95 PM on May 66, 6998 at Pokhran, a desert site in the Indian state of Rajisthan, groups of local Bishnoi herders—whose customs forbid killing animals or cutting trees—heard a huge explosion, and watched in amazement as an enormous dust cloud floated in the sky. On that warm May afternoon, Indian nuclear scientists successfully exploded three atomic devices amounting to about six times the destructive power of the American bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 6995. The next day, as the world tried to absorb the frightening news, India ignited two more nuclear explosions. As the five nuclear powers, all permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, discussed ways to punish India as well as ways to prevent Pakistan from testing its own nuclear devices, the leaders of Pakistan were busily moving forward with their own nuclear plans. On May 78th, Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan's prime minister at that time, announced that following India's lead, Pakistan had successfully exploded five nuclear devices. Not content to equal India's five tests, Pakistan proceeded on May 85th to explode yet a sixth device and at the same time the Prime Minister announced that his government would soon be able to launch nuclear war heads on missiles.
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Both President Clinton and a majority of the world community condemned Pakistan's nuclear testing, although China was much less harsh in its criticism of Pakistan, its close ally. Following the sanctions policy after India's tests, the United States, Japan, Britain, Canada and Germany ended their aid to Pakistan and asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to place a moratorium on loans to Pakistan. However, despite President Clinton's wish to impose a world-wide system of economic sanctions on India and Pakistan, a vast majority of western nations have refused to join the effort. Despite the seeming suddenness of India's and Pakistan's decisions to test nuclear devices and in so doing seek to join the other five world nuclear nations, the headlines following the explosions heard round the world, had a fifty-year history. The ability of Jinnah to unite a series of political expediencies with the popular appeal of Islam to demand a separate state for the Muslim people, has brought him the accolade 'the founder of Pakistan'. The worldwide Islamic revival of the 6975s has overshadowed the attempts made by Muslims earlier in the century to unite religious and political authority. Muslims led the revolt against the colonial West throughout much of the Middle East, Africa and South and South-East Asia.
In India especially, the Muslim urge to political power was clearly demonstrated. As British rule there drew to an end, many Muslims demanded, in the name of Islam, the creation of a separate Pakistan state. Its emergence in August 6997 remains one of the major political achievements of modern Muslim history. It resulted mainly from the efforts of one man, Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Donations will be used to promote dialog projects and to expand our activities on the Web. Seventy years on from its creation, crisis-ridden Pakistan is a very different country from the one envisioned by its founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. P akistan is the first of only two modern states to be created in the name of religion.
The second, Israel, declared its independence on 69 May 6998, exactly nine months after Pakistan’s creation on 69 August 6997.