The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Karachi Airport Feb 1 to begin a 16-day State visit to Pakistan.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Karachi Airport Feb 1 to begin a 16-day State visit to Pakistan. They were greeted by Field Marshal Ayub Khan, the President.
As they drove through the city centre to the President's residence, they were cheered and clapped by one of the biggest crowds this young city of two million people has ever seen. Standing up in the back of an open car beside Field Marshal Ayub Khan, the Queen was pelted with marigold and rose petals by excited schoolchildren. The Duke - also in Field Marshal's uniform - followed in a closed car.
In the afternoon, the Queen and Duke laid a wreath at the tomb of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan. Then the Duke drove out Karachi to the refugee settlement of Korangi, the Queen going to a tea reception and costume show.
The wholesale clearance and rebuilding at Korangi, Karachi's most notorious post-war slum area, is one of the best jobs the new regime has undertaken. Some 16,000 new white, box-like concrete homes, schools, clinics, and markets, have replaced the mud-flats south of the city in the last eight months.