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Timeline of Pakistani history (1947 to present)

History of Pakistan

Post Independence Events


  • June 3: British Government decides to bifurcates India, into two sovereign states – India and Pakistan.
  • August 14: Pakistan comes into being as an independent sovereign State.
  • August 18: Pakistan becomes member of UN by a unanimous vote of the Security Council.
  • October 27: Indian Air troops land in Kashmir as the Maharaja declares accession of Kashmir to India.
  • November 11: Dir and Chitral States accede to Pakistan.


  • February 25: Urdu is declared the national language of Pakistan.
  • March 27: State of Kalat accedes to Pakistan.
  • July 9: Pakistan's first postage stamp is issued.
  • September 11: Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah passes away at Karachi.
  • November 13: Khwaja Nazimuddin becomes Governor-General of Pakistan.


  • January 1: United Nations cease-fire orders to operate in Kashmir. War stops accordingly.
  • February 8: Azad Kashmir Government shifts its capital to Muzaffarabad.
  • March 12: Constituent Assembly of Pakistan adopts Objectives Resolution, as a guide to future constitution modeled on the ideology of Islam.
  • July 26: Pakistan and India agree on a Cease-fire Line in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • November 25: First International Islamic Economic Conference opens in Karachi.
  • Soviet Union invites Liaquat Ali Khan to USSR


  • January 4: Government of Pakistan recognizes the Peoples Republic of China.
  • April 8: Liaquat-Nehru agreement is signed in New Delhi on measures to deal with major Inter-Dominion problems.
  • May 18: The Peshawar University comes into being.
  • July 11: Pakistan joins the IMF and World Bank.
  • September 6: General Muhammad Ayub Khan, the first Pakistani, is appointed C-in-C of Pakistan Army.


  • February 9: First census begins in Pakistan.
  • May 11: University of Karachi is established.
  • June 14: Hearing of Pindi Conspiracy Case begins in Hyderabad Jail.
  • October 16: Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan is assassinated at Rawalpindi.
  • October 17: Malik Ghulam Muhammad becomes Governor-General, Khwaja Nazimuddin assumes charge of Prime Minister.


  • March 12: Kalat, Makran, Las Bela and Kharan agree, with the concurrence of the Central Government, to integrate their territories into Balochistan.
  • August 21: Pakistan and India agree on the boundary pact between East and West Bengal.
  • August 22: A 24-hour telegraph telephone service is established between East and West Pakistan.
  • December 24: UN Security Council adopts the Anglo-American Resolution on Kashmir urging immediate demilitarization talks between India, Pakistan.
  • December 31: Pakistan National Scouts instituted.


  • March 6: Martial Law promulgated in Lahore to control disturbances against Ahmadis.
  • April 17: Muhammad Ali Bogra is sworn is as Prime Minister.
  • July 14: Wazir Mansion Karachi, the birth place of Quad-i-Azam, is declared protected national monument.
  • August 16: Kashmir Martyrs' Day observed throughout Pakistan.
  • November 22: Allama Sayed Sulaiman Nadvi, well-known scholar and historian, passes away in Karachi.


  • July 31: K-2, the world's second highest mountain is conquered by an Italian expedition led by Professor Desio.
  • August 7: Government of Pakistan approves the National Anthem, written by Abul Asar Hafeez Jullundhri and composed by Ahmed G. Chagla.
  • August 17: Pakistan defeats England by 24 runs at Oval during its maiden tour of England.
  • September 21: Constituent Assembly unanimously passes the resolution in favour of Urdu and Bengali as national languages.
  • October 7: Foreign Minister Ch. Zafarullah Khan becomes a member of the International Court of Justice.


  • January 1: Pakistan International Airlines comes into being.
  • January 17: Noted short story writer, Saadat Hasan Manto passes away in Lahore.
  • March 15: The biggest post-independence irrigation project, Kotri Barrage is inaugurated.
  • August 7: PM Mohammad Ali Bogra resigns after the election of Chaudhri Mohammad Ali.
  • October 6: Governor-General Ghulam Mohammad's resignation is succeeded by Iskander Mirza.


  • February 21: Constituent Assembly decides the country shall be a Federal Republic known as Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
  • May 14: PM Ch. Muhammad Ali presents the first five-year plan.
  • March 23: 1956 Constitution is promulgates on Pakistan Day. Major-General Iskander Mirza sworn in as first President of Pakistan.
  • September 12: Huseyn Shaheed Suharwardy assumes office of appointed Prime Minister.
  • October 1: The Electorate Bill is introduced in the National Assembly providing for Joint Electrote in East Pakistan and Separate Electorate in West Pakistan.


  • March 8: President Iskander Mirza lays the foundation-stone of the State Bank of Pakistan building in Karachi.
  • July 11: Spiritual leader of Ismailis and one of the founders of Muslim League, Aga Khan, passes away.
  • Governor-Raj is lifted in West Pakistan after four months.
  • July 24: Maulana Bhashani forms National Awami Party.
  • December 16: Malik Feroz Khan Noon is sworn in as seventh Prime Minister of Pakistan.


  • February 14: Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar, vetern leader of Pakistan Movement passes away in Karachi.
  • June 25: President Rule is proclaimed in East Pakistan.
  • July 17: First Nigar Film Awards held.
  • October 7: Martial Law is declared throughout the country. General Ayub Khan is chief Martial Law Administrator.
  • November 2: Iskander Mirza is exiled.


  • March 21: Martial law authorities enforce PRODA to disqualify politicians.
  • April 18: Government takes over dailies The Pakistan Times, and Imroze and weekly Lail-o-Nihar.
  • July 12: Shukriya Niaz Ali becomes first woman pilot of Pakistan.
  • September 16: Government establishes Islamic Research Institute.
  • October 27: President General Ayub Khan becomes Field Marshal.


  • February 24: Presidential Cabinet decides to name the new Capital as Islamabad.
  • March 23: Foundation of Minar-i-Pakistan is laid.
  • July 31: Foundation of Mazar-i-Quaid (Mausoleum of M.A. Jinnah) is laid.
  • August 1: Rawalpindi is declared as the principal seat of the Government of Pakistan.
  • September 9: Pakistan achieved its first Gold Medal in Olympics, defeating India in hockey by 1-0 at Rome.


  • January 1: Decimal coinage introduced in Pakistan.
  • April 22: Government institutes Film Awards.
  • June 14: Government takes over news agency, Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).
  • July 15: Jasmine is chosen as the national flower of Pakistan.
  • August 16: Maulvi Abdul Haq passes away in Karachi.


  • March 23: 1962 Constitution is promulgated.
  • April 27: Vetern statesman of Pakistan, A. K. Fazlul Haq passes away in Dhaka at age 89.
  • June 1: Soviet Union awards Lenin Prize to Faiz Ahmed Faiz for his literary contribution.
  • June 7: SUPARCO launches Pakistan's first weather rocket, Rehbar-I from Somniani.
  • June 8: National Assembly elected and begins its first session. Ayub Khan takes oath of first President of Pakistan under new constitution.


  • January 5: First trade agreement is signed between Pakistan and China.
  • January 24: Z. A. Bhutto becomes Foreign Minister.
  • March 2: Pakistan and China sing a border agreement in Peking (Beijing).
  • April 21: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors adopts code of Press Ethics.
  • October 29: Sir Zafrullah Khan is replaced by Syed Amjad Ali as Pakistan's permanent representative to United Nations.


  • July 31: Pakistan, Iran and Turkey agree to establish, RCD (Regional Cooperation for Development).
  • September 17: Fatima Jinnah filed her paper as candidate for the Presidential election.
  • October 22: Khwaja Nazimuddin passes away in Dhaka.
  • October 28: Pakistan's hockey team wins Silver Medal in Tokyo Olympic games.
  • November 26: President Ayub Khan inaugurates Pakistan Television Lahore Station.


  • January 2: Presidential election held. Field Marshal Ayub Khan re-elected as President.
  • March 21: National Assembly elections held. Out of 150, PML bags 120 seats.
  • June 30: Pakistan and India sign accord on Rann of Kutch.
  • September 6: Second war between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.
  • September 23: A cease-fire between India and Pakistan comes into force.


  • January 10: Tashkent Declaration signed between India and Pakistan.
  • February 12: Sheikh Mujeeb, chief of Awami League, announces his 6-points in Karachi.
  • June 17: Z. A. Bhutto then foreign minster, resigns.
  • September 17: General Yahya Khan becomes C-in-C of Pakistan Army. General Musa Khan appointed Governor General of West Pakistan.
  • November 13: Punjab city of Montgomery renamed Sahiwal.


  • July 9: Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah passes away in Karachi.
  • August 24: Pakistan's first steel mill is inaugurated at Chittagong.
  • November 18: Pakistan awards Sitar-i-Imtiaz to Egyptian vocalist Umm-i-Kulsoom for singing the poetry of Allama Iqbal.
  • November 26: Malik Amir Muhammad, Nawab of Kalabagh is shot dead.
  • December 1: Peoples Party comes into being.


  • January 6: Agartala conspiracy case for secession of East Pakistan, unearthed. 28 involved persons arrested.
  • September 25: Pakistan Television Dhaka Station is inaugurated.
  • October 26: Pakistan becomes Olympic Hockey Champion, winning over Australia 2-1.
  • November 7: Students' demonstrations start throughout the country that later led to resignation of General Auyb Khan.
  • December 7: Mir Waiz Yousaf Shah, Grand Mufti of Kashmir, passes away in Rawalpindi.


  • March 6: All court cases against students withdrawn in West Pakistan.
  • March 25: Ayub Khan resigns and hands over power to Army Chief General Yahya Khan. Martial law proclaimed and assemblies dissolved.
  • July 4: Pakistan and India sign the final maps of the Rann of Kutch in Islamabad.
  • September 24: Indian official delegation excluded from Islamic Summit Conference following Pakistan's demand.
  • December 1: Three-hundred class-I gazetted officers, allegedly involved in corruption, are suspended.


  • March 1: Air Marshal Asghar Khan forms new political party, Tehrik-i-Istaqlal.
  • April 6: First ordnance factory is inaugurated at Ghazipur.
  • July 1: One-unit of West Pakistan abolished, provinces restored.
  • December 7: First General elections held. Awami League and Pakistan People Party emerge as leading parties in East and West Pakistan.
  • December 19: Pakistan wins gold medal in Asian Games hockey, beating India 1-0.


  • January 30: An Indian Airlines aeroplane, hijacked by two Kashmiri separatists, lands at Lahore airport.
  • February 16: Korakaram Highway, linking China and Pakistan, opened.
  • August 29: Rashid Minhas awarded Nishan-i-Haider, Pakistan's highest gallantry award.
  • October 24: Pakistan wins World Hocky Cup defeating Spain 1-0 at Barcelona.
  • November 22: India launches full-scale attack on East Pakistan.
  • December 16: Dhaka falls and Bangladesh comes into being.
  • December 20: General Yahya Khan hands over power to Z. A. Bhutto, who takes over as President and Chief Martial Law Administrator.


  • January 8: Sheikh Mujibur Rehman is released unconditionally.
  • January 30: Pakistan snaps ties with Commonwealth on recognizing Bangladesh.
  • March 14: New education policy enforced. Free education in all private and public schools.

April 14: First session of National Assembly. Bhutto elected President. April 21: Martial Law lifted; constitutional rule is restored in the country. Hamoodu-ur-Rehman is sworn in as Chief Justice of Pakistan.

  • May 1: Labour Day is celebrated for the first time in Pakistan.
  • July 2: Simla Agreement is signed between President Bhutto and Prime Minister Indra Gandhi.
  • October 28: President Bhutto inaugurates Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP).


  • February 13: Begum Rana Liaquat Ali becomes first woman to assume office of Sindh Governor.
  • April 10: 1973 Constitution of Pakistan enacted by the National Assembly.
  • August 11: Chaudhry Fazal Ilahi is elected as President.
  • August 28: Return of Pakistan POWs (prisoners of war) Accord signed in New Delhi.
  • December 30: Z. A. Bhutto lays foundation stone of Pakistan Steel Mills.


  • February 21: Pakistan recognizes Bangladesh.
  • February 22: Islamic Summit Conference starts in Lahore; 22 heads of state participate.
  • September 15: Pakistan retains Asian Games Hockey title defeating India 2-0 in Tehran.
  • December 5: Peshawar Television Station opens.
  • December 27: Severe earthquake kills over 500 in Swat.


  • April 10: Noted scholar and VC of Karachi University, Dr. Mehmood Hussain passes away.
  • July 27: Council of Islamic Ideology recommends to abolish Riba and introduce Zakat.
  • October 5: Pakistan and Bangladesh agree to established diplomatic ties.
  • October 25: Renowned journalist, Agha Sorish Kashmiri passes away in Lahore.
  • December 27: 1976 is declared Quaid's Century year.


  • March 1: General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq becomes Chief of Army Staff.
  • April 8: Sardari system is abolished in Balochistan.
  • July 24: Lahore-Amritsar train service, Samjhota Express starts.
  • July 31: A.Q. Khan research laboratories established.
  • August 6: Z. A. Bhutto lays the foundation-stone of Port Qasim.


  • January 10: Nine opposition parties form joint election forum, Pakistan National Alliance (PNA).
  • March 7: General elections are held in the country. PPP wins 155, PNA 35 seats out of 200.
  • July 1: Friday is announced weekly holiday, replacing Sunday.
  • July 5: General Zia-ul-Haq enforces Martial Law. Constitution suspended; political activities banned.
  • September 17: Z. A. Bhutto arrested under Martial Law orders.


  • February 1: Allama Iqbal's Lahore house is declared national monument.
  • March 18: Lahore High Court awards death sentence to Bhutto along with four others.
  • April 6: First of the 13-volume exhaustive Urdu Dictionary is published by Taraqqi-i-Urdu Board.
  • June 11: Altaf Hussain forms APMSO (All Pakistan Muhajir Students Organization).
  • September 16: General Zia-ul-Haq is sworn in as President.
  • November 24: Pakistan wins Hockey Champion Trophy at Lahore, defeating Australia.


  • February 6: Supreme Court upholds Bhutto's conviction in Mohd Ahmad Khan murder case.
  • April 4: Z. A. Bhutto hanged in Rawalpindi jail.
  • September 1: Pakistan is admitted to Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
  • October 15: Dr. Abdus Salam, eminent Pakistani scientist, is awarded Physics Nobel Prize.
  • October 16: General Zia-ul-Haq putt of polls indefinitely, political parties dissolved, press censorship imposed.


  • May 10: Pakistan boycotts Moscow Olympics.
  • May 26: Establishment of Federal Shariat Court is announced.
  • June 21: Government starts collecting Zakat.
  • December 2: Former PM, Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, passes away in Karachi.
  • December 3: Shirin Bai, sister of Quaid-i-Azam, passes away in Karachi.


  • January 1: Interest-free banking introduced.
  • January 3: International Islamic University starts functioning.
  • March 1: National population census starts throughout the country.
  • March 2: A PIA Boeing 720 with 148 passengers hijacked to Kabul.
  • August 31: Pakistan Steel Mills starts functioning.


  • January 3: Pakistan defeats Argentina 12-3 in World Cup Hocky in Bombay.
  • January 11: General Zia-ul-Haq inaugurates first session of Federal Council (Shoora) in Islamabad.
  • February 22: Noted Urdu poet, Josh Malehabadi, passes away in Islamabad.
  • April 8: Jahangir Khan wins British Open Squash Championship.
  • December 21: Writer of Pakistan's national anthem, Hafeez Jullundhry passes away.


  • January 15: First three F-16 jets reach Pakistan.
  • January 25: Wifaqi Mohtasib (Ombudsman) Order is promulgated. Justice Sardar Iqbal is named, WM.
  • March 28: Government lifts censorship from periodicals.
  • March 29: Foundation-stone of Satellite Earth Station is laid near Rawalpindi.
  • September 29: First phase of local bodies election starts.


  • February 9: Government imposes ban on all students unions.
  • March 18: Altaf Hussain forms MQM.
  • April 27: Ban imposed on use of Islamic nomenclature by Ahmadis.
  • November 20: Renowned poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz passes away.
  • December 19: General Zia-ul-Haq holds presidential referendum.


  • February 25: Party-less national elections held.
  • March 23: Muhammad Khan Junejo sworn in as Prime Minister and General Zia as President.
  • April 15: Death of Bushra Zaidi, a university student, engenders a series of riots.
  • October 16: National Assembly adopts Eighth Amendment Bill.
  • December 31: Martial Law is lifted, amended 1973 Constitution revived.


  • April 10: Benezir Bhutto returns to homeland.
  • June 6: President Zia lays foundation stone of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital in Rawalpindi.
  • July 8: Peshawar Dry Port is inaugurated.
  • September 5: Hijacked Pan Am jet is freed after commando action in Karachi.
  • October 12: England beats World Champions Pakistan 3-1 in semi-final of World Cup Hockey.


  • February 21: President Zia makes a surprise to India, met Premier Rajiv Gandhi.
  • October 15: Qazi Hussain Ahmed becomes Amir of Jamat-i-Islami.
  • October 21: Jan Sher Khan wins World Open Squash Championship for the first time.
  • November 30: Local bodies election held throughout the country.
  • December 18: Benezir Bhutto marries Asif Ali Zardari.


  • April 10: Army ammunition blown up in Ojheri camp, Rawalpindi; more than 100 people die.
  • April 20: Jahangir Khan wins seventh Squash title in a row.
  • May 29: President General Zia dissolves National Assembly and Junejo cabinet.
  • June 15: President General Zia promulgates Shariat Ordinance making Sharia supreme law of the land.
  • August 17: General Zia-ul-Haq is killed in a plane crash near Bahawalpur.
  • October 6: Eight political parties form Islamic Jamhori Itehad (IJI).
  • November 16: General elections held. PPP wins 92, IJI secures 54.
  • December 2: Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as first woman Prime Minister of Pakistan.


  • January 19: Students unions are restored in Punjab.
  • May 26: ISI Chief Lt. Gen. Hameed Gul is replaced by Shamsur Rahman Kallu.
  • October 1: Pakistan rejoins Commonwealth.
  • October 20: SAF Games open in Islamabad.
  • November 1: No-Confidence move against Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto failed.


  • August 6: President Ghulam Ishaq Khan dissolves National Assembly and dismisses Benazir Government. Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi becomes care-taker prime minister.
  • September 23: Sandak project signed between Pakistan and China at Beijing.
  • October 24: General elections held. IJI gets 104 and PDA wins 45 seats.
  • November 6: Nawaz Sharif elected Prime Minister, securing 153 votes.
  • December 12: Pakistan becomes 37th country to send expedition to Antarctica.


  • April 22: Jahangir Khan creates history by winning British Open Squash title for the record tenth consecutive time.
  • May 16: National Assembly adopts Shariat Bill.
  • July 17: Pakistan unveils first battle tank Al-Khalid manufactured jointly by Pakistan and China.
  • August 14: Nawaz Sharif lays foundation-stone of Bab-i-Pakistan at Walton Lahore.
  • August 16: Chief of Army Staff General Mirza Aslam Baig retires. General Asif Nawaz assumes command.


  • January 12: Lahore-Islamabad Motorway project launched.
  • February 22: Nawaz Sharif introduces yellow-cab taxi scheme.
  • March 25: Pakistan wins Crick World Cup, defeating England by 22 runs in Melbourne.
  • April 26: Pakistan's Alam Channa enters Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest man in the world.
  • June 19: Military operation starts in Sindh.


  • January 8: General Asif Nawaz dies of heart attack in Rawalpindi.
  • February 5: Kashmir Solidarity Day observed for the first time.
  • April 18: President Ghulam Ishaq Khan dissolves National Assembly, dismisses Nawaz Sharif government. Balkh Sher Mazari becomes care-take prime minister.
  • May 26: Supreme Court restores National Assembly and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
  • July 18: President Ghulam Ishaq Khan and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif quit their offices.
  • October 6: General elections held. PPP wins 86; PML (N) secures 72 seats.
  • October 19: Benazir Bhutto is elected Prime Minister by 121 votes.
  • November 13: Farooq Laghari elected eighth President of Pakistan.


  • January 15: Pakistan Television transmission gets access to 38 countries via satellite.
  • January 25: Benazir Bhutto inaugurates country's first women police station in Islamabad.
  • April 14: Pakistan's celebrated scientist Dr. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui passes away in Karachi.
  • December 4: Pakistan regains World Hockey Championship title after 12 years, beating Holand 4-3.
  • December 26: Renowned poetess Perven Shakir killed in a road accident in Islamabad.


  • April 25: Veteran politician, G. M. Syed dies in Karachi.
  • July 4: Sindh Government lifts ban on six Karachi evening newspapers.
  • July 8: WAPDA announces record increase of 14.5 percent in electricity rates.
  • May 11: Indian troops destroy Charar Sharif Shrine in Occupied Kashmir.
  • December 6: Lahore High Court dismisses appeal against arrest of Maj. Gen. Zaheerul Islam Abbasi in Khilafat Conspiracy Case.


  • January 13: General Jahangir Karamat becomes chief of army staff.
  • February 11: Cricket World Cup jointely hosted by Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.
  • April 25: Imran Khan launches new political party, Tehrik-i-Insaf.
  • September 20: Mir Murtaza Bhutto assassinated in Karachi.
  • November 5: Farooq Ahmed Leghari dissolves National Assembly sacking Premier Benazir Bhutto. Malik Mairaj Khalid becomes care-taker prime minister.


  • January 29: Supreme Court upholds President's proclamation dissolving the National Assembly and dismissing Benazir Government.
  • February 3: Nation goes to the polls. PML secures 135 seats.
  • February 17: Nawaz Sharif sworn in as 19th Prime Minister.
  • February 23: Nawaz Sharif launches “Qarz utaro Mulk sanwaro” scheme. Declares Sunday, instead of Friday as weekly holiday.
  • May 21: Saeed Anwar slams world record score of 194 runs against India.
  • August 16: Noted Pakistani singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, 48, passes away.


  • January 1: Rafiq Tarrar is sworn in as President of Pakistan.
  • March 8: Population census begins in the courntry.
  • May 28: Pakistan conducts nuclear tests in Chagai hills in Balochistan.
  • May 29: State Bank bans opening of new foreign currency accounts and suspends withdrawals.
  • June 4: UN Security Council deny nuclear power status to Pakistan and India.


  • February 21: Lahore Declaration is signed by Nawaz Sharif and A. B. Vajpayee.
  • April 15: Pakistan conducts test of a nuclear-capable short-range ballistic missile, Shaheen.
  • June 20: Australia defeats Pakistan in World Cup Cricket by 8 wickets.
  • July 26: Kargil War ends between Pakistan and India.
  • October 12: Nawaz Sharif is ousted from power and placed under house arrest after attempting to sack General Pervez Musharraf.


  • April 6: Nawaz Sharif sentenced to life imprisonment on charged hijacking and terrorism.
  • May 12: Supreme Court validated the October 1999 coup and granted General Pervez Musharraf executive and legislative authority for three years.
  • August 14: President Musharraf introduces Local Government Ordinance.
  • December 10: Nawaz Sharif along with family, went into exile in Saudi Arabia.
  • December 23: Famous singer, Noor Jahan passes away in Karachi.


  • June 20: General Pervez Musharraf assumes office of president while remaining Chief of Army Staff.
  • July 15: Agra Summit starts. President Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee holds talks over long-standing issues.
  • August 14: New Local Government system installed, after holding of elections in three phases.
  • September 16: US Secretary of State Powell told that Pakistan’s President Musharraf had agreed to support the U.S. anti-terrorist campaign.
  • November 10: US President Bush meets President Musharraf in New York and assures additional aid of one billion dollar.


  • January 5: Musharraf stunned Vajpayee by a hand-shake at the last 11th SAARC summit in Katmandu.
  • February 1: Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl killed in Karachi.
  • April 30: Musharraf wins in a referendum.
  • August 24: President General Musharraf issues the Legal Framework Order 2002.
  • October 10: General election held in the country.
  • November 23: Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali sworn in as Prime Minister.


  • February 24: Senate elections: Ruling party wins most seats in voting to the upper house.
  • March 23: AAJ TV, Pakistan's premier channel inaugurated.
  • June 24: President Pervez Musharraf meets G.W. Bush in Camp David. US announces $3-billion five-year economic assistance package for Pakistan.
  • July 11: Lahore-Delhi bus service resumed after suspension of 18 months.
  • December 14: General Musharraf survived an assassination attempt in Rawalpindi.


  • January 1: General Musharraf won a vote of confidence in the Senate, National Assembly, and provincial assemblies.
  • January 5: Musharraf meets Vajpayee in Islamabad, discusses Kashmir dispute.
  • May 22: Pakistan readmitted to Commonwealth.
  • June 26: Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali steps down and nominates Ch. Shujaat Hussain as his interim successor.
  • August 28: Shaukat Aziz becomes Prime Minister.


  • July 13: 136 people killed and about 170 injured in a collision of three passenger trains near Ghotki.
  • July 14: NWFP Assembly passes the Hasba bill with a majority vote.
  • July 19: Government of Pakistan launches country-wide crackdown against extremist elements.
  • October 8: A devastating earthquake in Kashmir and NWFP kills over 80 thousands people.
  • October 11: Renowned littérateur, linguist and poet, Shanul Haq Haqqee, passes away in Toronto. He was 88.


  • January 2: Dr. Shamshad Akhtar assumes office of State Bank Governor having the first woman Governor of SBP.
  • May 14: Charter of democracy (CoD) is singed by two former prime ministers of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto in London.
  • April 26: Pervez Musharraf lays foundation-stone of Diamir-Bhasha dam.
  • July 8: Process to release over 1600 women prisoners from 55 jails across starts after Presidential Ordinance.
  • July 10: Noted poet, writer and columnist, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, passes away in Lahore. He was 89.


  • March 9: President Musharraf dismissed Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chuadhry.
  • July 20: Iftikhar Chaudhry restored as Chief Justice of Pakistan.
  • October 18: Benzair Bhutto returned to Pakistan, after exile of about 8 years.
  • November 3: Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency, most of the senior judges of Supreme Court ousted.
  • November 16: After completition of 5 years, National Assembly dissolved, Catetaker government of Muhammad Mian Soomro took oath.
  • November 25: Nawaz Sharif returned Pakistan after 7 years of forced exile.
  • December 16: Emergency lifted, banned civil rights and suspended constitution restored.
  • December 27: Benazir Bhutto assassinated in a blast/bullet attack in Rawalpindi.

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