A busy visit (1960)

A busy visit (1960)
This photograph shows President Gamal Abdel Nasser (right) and President Ayub Khan. Nasser visited Pakistan between April 10 and April 16, 1960 on the invitation of the government of Pakistan. During his stay, Nasser visited Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Dhaka. This afforded the Egyptian president the opportunity to come into contact with a large section of Pakistan’s population and he was able to observe the country’s industrial, economic and social institutions.

The two presidents presented each other the highest decorations of their respective countries – the Qaladatun Nile and the Nishan-i-Pakistan.

In Karachi, Nasser laid a wreath at the Mazar of Quaid-i-Azam and also visited the Karachi Shipyard. In Lahore, he met various formations of Pakistan’s armed forces. In Dhaka, the Dacca University conferred upon him the degree of LLD.

Nasser Hussein was the second President of Egypt, serving from 1956 until his death. Muhammad Ayub Khan was the first military dictator and second president of Pakistan. He assumed power in the 1958 in a coup d’état and served in office until his forced resignation amid a popular uprising in 1969.

Interestingly, Nasser at the time was a leader of the Non-Aligned Movement and an immensely popular hero of anti-colonial nationalism, socialism and independence struggles. Meanwhile, Pakistan at the time was not welcomed by NAM due to its close alliance with the Western bloc and its anti-communist goals in Asia.