Echoes of the past: Traffic police showcases Faisalabad’s history

Published: December 4, 2016
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FAISALABAD : The City Traffic Police celebrated 112 years of Lyallpur city’s existence and arranged a  two-day photo exhibition of heritage sites. The event concluded at the Iqbal Auditorium of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad on Friday.

The move by the traffic police was appreciated by all as the responsibility to organise such events falls on the shoulders of the district administration. In fact, not a single district government official made an appearance.

More than 250 images of buildings of Faisalabad, which was given the status of a district in 1904, were on display.  Lyallpur’s name was changed to Faisalabad by former president General Zia in 1979.

All the images carried detailed captions, describing the origin and the time when the sites were constructed.

The photos told the stories of historical figures, archeological designs and various events of the city since its creation.

A vast majority of the photos were exhibited around two months ago, but were still interesting for viewers the second time around.

Senior citizen Muhammad Ismail, commenting on the photo exhibition, said that the exhibition gave people a glimpse into the past.

Professor Khalda Perveen of the Women University, Faisalabad, said many photographs become iconic years after they are taken as people start to understand their importance.

“From historical landmarks and famous people to basic daily routines, these pictures portray the past in a way that is understandable in a more intimate way,” she added.

City Traffic Police’s Shahbaz Arif Khan, who organised the show, told The Express Tribune that the exhibition was arranged to preserve and protect the culture, archeology and heritage of the city.

“We made an effort to spread awareness among citizens about the true story of the city from its beginning to becoming the third largest city of the country in terms of population and second industry wise,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 4th, 2016.

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