Pakistan Television Archive Photos

Pakistan entered the age of television broadcasting after establishing a small pilot TV station in Lahore on November 26, 1964, with technical and training assistance from Japan’s NEC Company. The primary transmission was in black-and-white which converted to colour transmission on December 25, 1976.

  • Abid Ali and Humaira Chaudhry in in PTV’s Jhok Sial (1974)directed by Yawar Hayat.

  • An interview recording of PTV with the Duke of Edinburgh in 1982.

  • Ahmed Rushdi as seen in Sangeet Bahar.

  • Faiz being interviewed for Yadish Bakhair.

  • Firdous Jamal, Mehboob Alam and Aurangzeb Laghari in PTV Lahore centre’s super-hit serial Waaris.

  • Irene Parveen in a music show.

  • Jameel Bismil and Jameel Fakhri in PTV Lahore centre’s Andhera Ujala.

  • Mansoor Soomro with Shehnaz Soomro in Karachi centre’s mid-80s serial Deewarain.

  • Musarrat Nazir of Laung Gawacha fame in the show that made her famous for her wedding songs.

  • Naheed Siddiqui is seen here in Payal.

  • Noor Jehan in PTV Lahore centre’s first episode of her famous music programme Tarannum.

  • PTV’s special transmission during the 1993 elections.

  • Khawar aka Nannah and Kamal Ahmed Rizvi in the sitcom Alif Noon.

  • Subhani Bayounus in PTV Karachi centre’s Mirza Ghalib Bunder Road Per.

  • Tariq Aziz in the very first Neelam Ghar.

  • The first studio building of PTV’s Lahore centre dating back to 1964.

  • The legendary Roshan Ara Begum.

  • Zafar Masud as Nosha with a co-star in Karachi centre’s Khuda Ki Basti (1960s).

  • Zulfikar Ali Bhutto at the inauguration of PTV Lahore centre’s then new building in 1972.