ATP Quiz: Guess What and Where!

Posted on February 19, 2010
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Ali Farhad Hameed (aka Darwaish)

I have been away from ATP for almost a year and I thought it would a be good way to return by posting a quiz for readers. This structure somewhere in Pakistan, when existed, had a great deal of historical importance. All you have to do is guess what and where in Pakistan is this and its historical significance.

As usual, answer to the quiz and photo credits etc will be posted in 2-3 days time.  Hope its not that difficult. Happy Guessing.

11 Comments on “ATP Quiz: Guess What and Where!”

  1. maymar says:
    February 19th, 2010 1:49 pm

    Is this some building built by the British in Quetta which was destroyed in an earthquake in early 20th century. Sorry, couldn’t figure its importance other than that its an example of eclectic British experimentation on merging different ‘styles’ of architecture, a rarity in Balochistan.

  2. Salman says:
    February 19th, 2010 2:49 pm

    Old campus of punjab university? i dunno, i am only guessing.

  3. Owais Mughal says:
    February 19th, 2010 3:55 pm

    I don’t know for sure but most likely it is some building in old Bahawalpur state because that is where we see buildings with many domes.

    Darwaish – welcome back. “Darwaish ki wapsi” :) this can also be the name of a jasoosi novel.

  4. Ahsan Masud says:
    February 20th, 2010 1:55 am

    Looks similar to the old building at Aitchsion College, Lahore.

  5. February 20th, 2010 6:27 am

    Well, the picture in question is that of ‘Sandeman Memorial Hall’ that was built in Quetta in 1900 and which was subsequently destroyed by May 31st Quetta earthquake of 1935.

    Further pictures of the same building can be viewed here: and here: For a detailed information about Quetta earthquake click this link: and here: and for more pre- and post- 1935 earthqake historical pictures of Quetta click here:

    Kind regards


  6. February 20th, 2010 6:40 am

    I think this is an old colonial building in Bahawalpur. I have seen similar architecture there. Perhaps a museum or a memorial hall?

  7. Ameena Kamran says:
    February 20th, 2010 4:39 pm

    Looking at the picture suggests its from early 1900s or may be late 1800s. Perhaps an old building in Lahore? Can’t figure out what it is but notice there is a horse drawn carriage in the picture :–)

  8. February 20th, 2010 5:22 pm

    Well, I did post a message this morning with precise details about the picture above, stating that it was of Sandeman Memorial Hall, Quetta. The picture was probably taken in 1900. After May 1935′s earthquake the building was destroyed. I gave further links about similar photos and about 1935′s Quetta earthquake. But it seems the moderator is either not interested in what I had said or perhaps he doesn’t want people to have a quick solution to the puzzle!

  9. February 20th, 2010 5:33 pm

    For further historical pictures of Quetta click below

    To read more about 1935′s Quetta earthquake click on this link:



  10. Basheer says:
    February 21st, 2010 10:14 am

    Very good. Ghar yaad aa gaya

  11. Darwaish says:
    February 22nd, 2010 12:04 am

    Looks like this ATP QUiz turned out to be an easy one :-). As rightly guessed by many readers (Thanks Khadim Sahab for a very informative comment), it is Sandeman Memorial Hall in Quetta (photo credit: Images of Asia). It was destroyed in 1935 deadly earthquake. Readers can view the damaged building here

    It was named after the name of Captain Sir Robert Sandeman under whose command British troops were sent to repel the internal feuds and external aggressions. The present city of Sibi was built after the 2nd British invasion of 1878 and was originally called Sandemanabad. The present day Zhob Valley was also called Fort Sandeman during the British era.

    More information on Captain Robert Sandeman and the Sandeman Memorial Hall here, here and here.

    Full text of book: “Sir Robert G. Sandeman, Peaceful conqueror of Baluchistan” is also available here

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