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Clock Towers of Pakistan

Posted on February 4, 2008
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Following is a collection of Clock Tower (ghanta ghar) images from Pakistan. Can you tell us where are they located? Once part of every major public building, Clock towers have now gone out of fashion from modern architecture. For Quiz purposes let us number following images from (1) through (9) starting from top left, then going across and then down the rows. Answers to the quiz are given at the end of this post below.

Hints: The clock Tower photos in this post are from 3 provinces of Pakistan and from 10 different cities. Some Clock Towers may have multiple images included in this post.






We want this to be an educational exercise for all therefore if we have missed any Clock Tower in the photos below then we would like to know about them. We have tried to include both standalone clock towers as well as those which are part of buildings. For Quiz purposes let us number following photo as (10).

Following 2 photos are numbered (11) and (12). Hint for (11) is the name Patras Bukhari and for (12) is Syed Hashim Raza.

Following 2 photos are numbered (13), and (14). The hint for photo (13) is that, it is the same clock tower as number (5) above and it is not located in Punjab province. Therefore if you guessed one right then you got them both correct.

Following 2 photos are numbered (15), and (16). The hint is that both clock towers are located approximately 430 km apart from eachother.

Following 2 photos are numbered (17) and (18). The hint is that they are located atleast 1300 km apart from eachother.

Following 2 photos are numbered (19) and (20). boojho to jaaneN!

Let us number the following photos as (21), (22), (23), and (24). Photo (21) is courtesy of our contributor Pervaiz Munir Alvi while Photos (22), (23) and (24) are courtesy of Roshan Malik . Photos (23) and (24) are also courtesy of Nishtar Rockers N56.

Victoria Tower Jacobabad:

There is an inscription on a wall of this historical monument ,which says:

This Tower was erected by the subscriptions of the Zemindars and other inhabitants of the frontier district, the Hindu panchayat and municipality of Jacobabad and the district local funi board in commemoration of the jubilee of then Queen-Empress. WH.CH was celebrated at Jacobabad on the 16th of February 1887. The design was made and stone work executed under the superintendence of Colonel S.S.Jacob, Executive engineer of the Jeypore State and cousin of the late General John Jacob,C.B. The work was supervised by Rao Bahaudur G.R. Tilaka .L.C.E .Executive Engineer, and D.Herbert , ESO assistant engineer ,P.W.D. The building was opened on the 21st November 1888, by Miss Pritchard, daughter of C.B. Pritchard ,Esq, C.S. C.S.I commissioner of Sind, who presided on the occasion.
R Giles Deputy Commissioner U.S.E

As written above, we want this to be an educational exercise for all of us, therefore feel free to let us know of any other clock towers of Pakistan which we may have missed.

Also see: Caps of Pakistan, Turbans of Pakistan, Bridges of Pakistan, Churches of Pakistan, Buildings of Pakistan, Carpets of Pakistan, Stamps of Pakistan, Coins of Pakistan

QUIZ ANSWERS:

1. Empress Market, Karachi
2. Faisalabad
3. Hyderabad
4. Merewether Tower, Karachi
5. Cunningham Tower, Peshawar
6. Punjab University, Lahore
7. Sialkot
8. Sukkur
9. Town Hall, Multan
10.Town Hall, Multan
11. Government College University, Lahore
12. KMC building, Karachi
13. Cunningham Tower, Peshawar
14. Town Hall, Multan
15. Lahore Railway Station
16. Sadiq Den High School, Bahawalpur
17. Merewether Tower, Karachi
18. Sialkot
19. Faisalabad
20. Faisalabad
21. Estcourt Tower, Gujranwala
22. Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Technology, Topi
23. Nishtar Medical College, Multan
24. Nishtar Medical College, Multan

31 Comments on “Clock Towers of Pakistan”

  1. Daktar says:
    February 5th, 2008 12:32 am

    What a beautiful post.

    I think No. 6 is Islamia College, Peshawar.
    I think No 11 is Government College, Lahore.
    No. 12 is the KMC building (a picture of which appears under your Related Post list here)
    No. 15 is Lahore Railway station.

  2. RE says:
    February 5th, 2008 1:20 am

    19 is from Faisla Abad?

    18 or 20 could be in Sialkot?

  3. February 5th, 2008 1:23 am

    No. 1 is Empress Market, and no. 17 Merriweather Tower, both in Karachi.

    I believe NO. 6 is in Karachi as well; the name of the building is escaping my mind.

  4. February 5th, 2008 2:24 am

    AoA
    what a post, informative and entertaining.
    we have such historical and classical tower in Pakistan: fantastic:
    the tower and cities are as follows:
    clock tower at no 6 belongs to Punjab University Lahore
    clock tower at no 7 is located in Sialkot city
    tower at no 8 is in Peshawar city
    ok i can guess only three of them

  5. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    February 5th, 2008 5:23 am

    Ghunta Ghars

    1.Empress Karachi
    2.Faisalabad
    3.Peshawer
    4.Merry weather Karachi
    5.Hydersbad
    6. Punjab University Lahore
    7.Peshawer
    8.Faisalabad
    9.Sialkot
    10.idem
    11.Lahore Radio(Goethic style)
    12.KMC Karchi
    13.Hydersbad
    14.Peshawer
    15. Lahore Railway
    16. Peshawer uni
    17 .Merryweather Karachi
    18.peshawer
    19. Faisalabad
    20. idem
    2. idem

    Recapitulation:

    Empress Karachi No. 1
    Faisal abad Nos 2, 19 ,20 are the same

    Merryweather Nos. 4 and 17 are the same

    Nos.7 & 18 are the same

    Nos. 10 & 14 are the same

  6. asdf says:
    February 5th, 2008 6:04 am

    hint for city names are in the file name of each picture
    e.g: right click picture 3 > save as > hyd3
    i.e. its in hyderabad … ;)

    but no doubt… very entertaining / informative post…
    did not realise we have so many clock towers…

    i wonder why we are always late !!

    PS: does anyone know how to they synchronise the time?

  7. Shayan says:
    February 5th, 2008 9:10 am

    No. 19: Faisalabad?

  8. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    February 5th, 2008 9:59 am

    British by no means were the first ones to introduce towers in our country. Towers are an essential part of Islamic architecture as well. But certainly ‘Tower Clocks’ are a contribution of British Period. A nice one if I may add. A thank you for showcasing so many of them here. Zindabad Owais Sahab.

  9. Owais Mughal says:
    February 5th, 2008 10:19 am

    Following Clock Towers have been correctly identified by our readers so far but few still didn’t get a correct answer.

    Correct answers so far:

    1. Empress Market, Karachi
    2. Faisalabad
    3. Hyderabad
    4. Merewether Tower, Karachi
    5. ??????? NO CORRECT ANSWER YET
    6. Punjab University, Lahore
    7. Sialkot
    8. ?????? NO CORRECT ANSWER YET
    9. ?????? NO CORRECT ANSWER YET
    10.?????? NO CORRECT ANSWER YET
    11. Government College University, Lahore
    12. KMC building, Karachi
    13. ?????? NO CORRECT ANSWER YET
    14. ?????? NO CORRECT ANSWER YET
    15. Lahore Railway Station
    16. ?????? NO CORRECT ANSWER YET
    17. Merewether Tower, Karachi
    18. Sialkot
    19. Faisalabad
    20. Faisalabad

  10. Shahran says:
    February 5th, 2008 10:22 am

    I guess Rafay Sahib already guessed a number of those and I will fill him on the rest

    9 and 10 I think it is Multan Municipality building

    5 is Peshawar

    3 is in Hyderabad Market Area ( I stayed in a hotel and walked through that gate once during night. It is a bustling place)

    15 is ofcourse Lahore and 16 is Bhawalpur , ( i think it is some university or some Nawab’s Mahal)

    17 is Merewether Tower
    18 is Sialkot and I think it is not 1300 Kms apart from Karachi is it around 800kms
    8 is Sukkur

  11. Owais Mughal says:
    February 5th, 2008 10:30 am

    Shahran, I’ll comment on your answers in a bit. Let few more people try.

    Karachi-Sialkot distance is ~1300 km. Exaclty 1359 km via Lahore-Narowal by rail and a little bit less via Faisalabad-Wazirabad.

    Bahawalpur is around 800 km from Karachi.

  12. Roshan says:
    February 5th, 2008 11:02 am

    9, 10 & 14 are Ghanta Ghar Multan.
    @Shahran, earlier it was municipal building but now they are planning to convert it in museum.

  13. Owais Mughal says:
    February 5th, 2008 11:09 am

    Photo number 21 is now officially added to the quiz. One more to guess guys :)

  14. Shahran says:
    February 5th, 2008 12:03 pm

    Owais,

    My bad, I was looking for the exact distance and not the train distance.

    21 is the place famous for high quality Basmati Rice ?

  15. Owais Mughal says:
    February 5th, 2008 12:27 pm

    Shahran, yes #21 is located in a city which falls under the Basmati belt of Pakistan :)

  16. Roshan says:
    February 5th, 2008 12:49 pm

    Shahran,
    You are right about pic# 16. Its Sadiq Dane Hihg School Bahawlapur.

  17. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    February 5th, 2008 12:56 pm

    Owais Mughal,

    @Its unbelievable, after different style Churches and Cathedrals, now the Ghanta Ghars, absolutely class !!

    In addition to my efforts ( clever Tuk’kas)
    Nos, 5 & 3 is multan ( colour scheme)

    Nos. 9 & 10 Lahore High Court

    No. 8 its very Baroque style but can not guess
    am curious !

    No.11 is Punjab Uni GC

    No.16 Peshawer Uni

    Thats all I can do, I have nothing in my hand,

    Now, No. 21 the style seems very unique, very Turko- Armenian , but no idea, Sharan mentionned Rice Basmati, must be Sialkot.

  18. aijaz says:
    February 5th, 2008 1:22 pm

    9 is Multani clock tower.

  19. Owais Mughal says:
    February 5th, 2008 3:47 pm

    hai koi jahaaN-khez jo number # 21 ko boojhe?

  20. shahran asim says:
    February 5th, 2008 7:51 pm

    I can give some hints.

    1. Constituency of a veteran Politician Hamid Nasir Chatha

    2. Closest city Wazirabad

  21. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    February 6th, 2008 12:11 am

    Owais Mughal,

    thats it, # 21 is Gujrat,

    @ Sharan Asim
    on the scale,Gijrat is nearest Wazirabad.
    Thanks Sharan Asim, you deserve a basmati
    ” mutanjan “

  22. February 6th, 2008 7:18 am

    fanatstic looking these towers

  23. Owais Mughal says:
    February 6th, 2008 10:05 am

    Ok Folks, here are the Final Answers. Most of you did very well and guessed them right.

    1. Empress Market, Karachi
    2. Faisalabad
    3. Hyderabad
    4. Merewether Tower, Karachi
    5. Cunningham Tower, Peshawar
    6. Punjab University, Lahore
    7. Sialkot
    8. Sukkur
    9. Town Hall, Multan
    10.Town Hall, Multan
    11. Government College University, Lahore
    12. KMC building, Karachi
    13. Cunningham Tower, Peshawar
    14. Town Hall, Multan
    15. Lahore Railway Station
    16. Sadiq Den High School, Bahawalpur
    17. Merewether Tower, Karachi
    18. Sialkot
    19. Faisalabad
    20. Faisalabad
    21. Estcourt Tower, Gujranwala

  24. Shahran says:
    February 6th, 2008 10:21 am

    Owais,

    I thought it to be Gujranwala. I think you mentioned Gujrat in the second last comment but you corrected in the final answer.

    Nevertheless Gujrat is famous for the “Chaudhries” on both sides of the political arena. Aitzaz and Shujaat ,Pervaiz of now Chaudhry Wajahat :)

  25. Owais Mughal says:
    February 6th, 2008 10:29 am

    I didn’t mention Gujrat, it was another commentator. I knew you had guessed it right as Gujranwala yesterday :) when you asked about the Basmati belt and Hamid Nasir Chatta.

  26. Owais Mughal says:
    February 6th, 2008 3:48 pm

    Photos 22, 23, and 24 belonging to the clock tower of Nishtar Medical College, Multan, added recently

  27. Owais Mughal says:
    February 6th, 2008 10:16 pm

    Photos of Clock Towers of GIK, Topi (photo 22) and Nishtar Medical College, Multan (photo 23 & 24) added today

  28. shahran says:
    February 7th, 2008 6:27 pm

    Owais,

    Sorry, I thought that was you.

    BTW, when you post these pictures, plz do rename the file names because once you click these pics and try saving those youn actually guess it since of those have been named as sial,etc.

    (BTW, I just found out when you posted those last pictures since I was having a hard time finding whrere they are from.

    I am sure you won’t do the same mistake again.
    :)

  29. Owais Mughal says:
    February 20th, 2008 2:37 pm

    This is one of the best shots of Sialkot Clock Tower I’ve seen so far. The traffic circle it is located in is called ‘Iqbal Square’, see here.

  30. abdullah says:
    September 4th, 2008 1:41 am

    i want to know about pakistan because i have too much love with pakistan and i will be appreicait for it if send me good picture or wallpaper or other information of pakistan

  31. Owais Mughal says:
    April 6th, 2009 12:12 am

    Photo and description of Victoria Clock Tower in Jacobabad added to the post.

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