National Audio Archives Survive Radio Pakistan Fire Scare

Posted on October 31, 2007
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Culture & Heritage, Disasters, TV, Movies & Theatre
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Owais Mughal

On October 28, 2007 there was a news of fire at the Radio Pakistan building in Karachi. The fire completely burnt 14 studios and the switchboard.

According to estimates the monetary loss runs in millions. The building itself is almost 100 years old but the Radio Station had moved to this building in 1950. Luckily the precious national radio archives of Pakistan of more than 60 years remained safe at the first floor. For some time there was also concern about a few historic items being lost to the fire. First there was a chair and table set used by the first Prime Minister of Pakistan Liaquat Ali Khan to address the nation. Second and third were the pianos that were used to compose the tune of Pakistan’s national anthem.
Today’s news update in Jang tells us that the chair used by Liaquat Ali Khan got damaged by fire but is repairable. Both pianos are safe. One was out of the building at the time of fire as it was sent out for repairs last week. The other piano remained un-damaged in the fire. I guess, we have been lucky that the fire spared our national collectibles, especially the radio archives. May be it is high time that pianos and furniture of historic value should be shifted to a museum or better fire safety measures be taken at the Radio Pakistan building. On another note, this may be of interest to our readers that despite raging fires, broadcast from Radio Pakistan Karachi remained off air for 30 seconds only.

8 responses to “National Audio Archives Survive Radio Pakistan Fire Scare”

  1. zakoota says:

    These unusual events occurring recently depict the present condition of our nation.

    What a shame!!!

  2. Ghalib says:

    Baraka and Razi the govt hasnt got that many funds to do it. But they have funds to make 2nd largest fountain in karachi!

  3. Baraka says:


    “Luckily the precious national radio archives of Pakistan of more than 60 years remained safe at the first floor.”

    In a world increasingly suffering from the loss of historical memory & perspective, I hope they take this opportunity to back up all of the archives immediately.


  4. Rafay Kashmiri says:

    Ovais Mughal,

    Thanks for informing us about this:

    Criminel Negligence to a National Monument,
    I was so frustrated and could’nt react on this
    national disaster, our very Radio Pakistan Karachi,
    our entire childhood, our transition from 19th to the
    21st century, with her precious treasures archives,
    am so emotionel, no more strength. Agree with Razi.

  5. Razi says:

    In this age of digital technology, can they not archive the valueable media?…not only archiving, but they can be restored in better quality and made available for the public.

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