National Geographic : 1967 Jan
President on parade: Mohammed Ayub Khan opens the National Horse and Cattle Show at Lahore, a spectacle that includes polo, dancing horses, trick riding, camel acrobatics, and a police tattoo. As army com mander, Gen. Ayub Khan took the reins of government in 1958, when dissension and rioting threatened the new nation; he was elected President in 1960. Honoring gallantry, the President decorates the widow of a soldier killed in the 1965 India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir. The woman wears a tentlike burka, observing the tradition of purdah, or seclusion. could to their house of worship (pages 2-4). More than 300,000 devout Moslems made the journey to Badshahi-a congregation almost as large as the population of Wyoming, all kneeling, touching forehead to earth, and ris ing as one man. Eid festivities last for three days. Like their Christian sisters at Easter, Moslem women bedeck themselves and their children in new finery to visit friends and to promenade. Even the women wearing head-to-toe burkas, with only eye slits to peer through, had donned colorful new robes. Though respecting the letter of the purdah custom requiring women to wear all-conceal ing garb when forced to leave the seclusion of their quarters, many women had thrown back their face masks to reveal their fine eyes and jewelry-studded nostrils. Few of the edu cated women of the city paid any respect to purdah at all. Children Now Roam Emperor's Garden To me the prettiest city in dusty West Pakistan, Lahore offers a welcome splash of leafy green with tree-shaded boulevards, manicured campuses of several colleges, and many beautifully tended parks.