Time line of Pakistan History 1947-2018
• 14 August ‘47: Pakistan attends 6th Universal Scouts Jamboree in France
• 15 August ‘47: Royal Pakistan Air Force’s HQ established at Peshawar
• 15 August ‘47: First cabinet formed - Liaquat Ali Khan appointed first PM
• 18 September ‘47: Karachi Stock Exchange established - with 5 companies value Rs. 371 million
• 30 Sept ‘47: Pakistan becomes member of UNO - Afghanistan voted against
• 23 January ‘48: Fisrt navel vessel “Dilawar” joins Pakistan Shipping Corporation
• 9 June ‘48: Pakistan attends London Olympics - Hockey team under Colonel Dara lost to UK in semis
• 26 November ‘48: First air crash of Pakistan - Pak Airways aircraft crashes near Vihari - 21 die
• 12 February ‘50: Foundation stone of Kotri Barrage by Khawaja Nazim-ud-Din
• 21 July ‘50: Trich Mir (41st highest peak) scaled by Norwegian Team, including one Pakistani
• 30 October ‘50: Peshawar University inaugurated by Liaquat Ali Khan
• 28 February ‘51: First population census - total population = 78,742,000
• 10 October ‘51: Natural gas found at Sui, Balochistan
• 28 December ‘51: Inauguration of Pakistan Ordnance Factories, Wah
• 1951: Completion of 107 miles long famous BRB (Banmban Wala Ravia Bedian) Link canal
• 2 October ‘52: Foundation stone of TIP
laid at Haripur
• 31 January ‘53: Commodore Hafiz Muhammad Siddique appointed first native navel chief • 4 June ‘53: 8125 Meters high Nanga Parbat scaled by a German for the first time • 31 July ‘54: K-2 scaled by Italian expedition
• 13 August ‘54: Hafeez Jalandhari sings his own written National Anthem on Radio Pakistan
• 8 September ‘54: Pakistan joins SEATO
• 7 October ‘54: Chaudhry Zafar Ali appointed first judge of International Court of Justice
• 22 November ‘54: Prime Minister M Ali Bogra announces formation of ONE UNIT
• 1954 - Manila Olympics Pakistan’s Muhammad Din wins first gold for Pakistan
• March ‘55: Hollywood MGM’s film “Bhawani Junction” shot at Lahore Railway station
• 18 April ‘55: Pakistan attends Bandung Conference (Indonesia)
• July ‘55: First devaluation of Pak rupee: Re’s value dropped from Rs. 3.30 per US $ to Rs.4.76
• 26 February ‘56: First constitution of Pakistan approved
• 9 January ‘57: Singing of National Anthem in schools made mandatory
• 15 January ‘57: Silver jubilee celebration of opening of Sukkur (Lloyd’s) Barrage
• 2 February ‘57: Foundation stone of GUDDU barrage laid by President Sikander Mirza
• 22 April ‘57: Air Vice Marshal Asghar Khan becomes first native Chief of Air Staff
• 24 December ‘57: Photograph of Quaid -e-azam appears on the first Rs.100 currency note
• 5 March ‘58: First Dry Port of Pakistan inaugurated at Karachi by the President Sikander Mirza
• 24 April ‘58: WAPDA established
• May’58: Pakistan wins 13 medals, (5gold,5 silver 4 bronze) at Tokyo Asian games
• 22 August ‘58: Subedar M Iqbal of Pakistan army breaks world record in Hammer Throw (209.5 ft)
• 23 August ‘58: Pakistani swimmer Brojan Das sets world record of 10 Hours 35 Minutes of crossing the English Channel
• 7 September ‘58: Gwader port town purchased from Oman for 4 million British Pounds
• 7 October ‘58: President Sikander Mirza imposes Martial Law, appoints General M Ayub Khan as MLA
• 27 October ‘58: President Sikander Mirza removed and General M Ayub Khan becomes President
• 1965 Second war between India and Pakistan over Kashmir
• 1969: Martial law declared; Ayub Khan resigns; General Agha Mohammad Yahya Khan assumes presidency
• 1970 First general elections; Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Awami League secures absolute majority in new National Assembly; West Pakistan-dominated government declines to convene assembly
• 1971 East Pakistan attempts to secede; civil war begins; Bangladesh declares itself independent issued; India intervenes on behalf of Bengali separatists; Pakistani military surrenders to Indian armed forces; Yahya Khan resigns; Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto becomes president of Pakistan
• 1972: Bhutto and India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sign Simla agreement which adjusts cease-fire line between the two countries and creates new Line of Control
• 1973: New constitution goes into effect; Bhutto becomes prime minister
• 1976: Diplomatic ties established be- tween Pakistan and Bangladesh
• 1977: General Mohammad Zia ul-Haq proclaims martial law
• 1978: Zia becomes Pakistan’s sixth president
• 1979: Islamic penal code introduced; Bhutto hanged
• 1983: Zia announces that martial law will be lifted, says army will retain key role in future governments
• 1985: General elections held
• 1988: Zia dismisses Prime Minister Mohammmad Khan Junejo’s government, orders new elections; Zia killed in mysterious place crash; investigation concludes that his death was caused by “criminal act of sabotage;” elections held; Benazir Bhutto sworn in as first woman prime minister of a Muslim nation
• 1990: National elections see Benazir Bhutto’s PPP losing to coalition of rightist parties; Nawaz Sharif elected prime minister
• 1993: President Ishaq Khan dismisses Sharif’s government, citing corruption; elections held; Benazir Bhutto’s government wins slim margin; Benazir becomes prime minister President Farooq Leghari dismisses Benazir Bhutto; accuses her government of corruption and nepotism
• 1997: National elections held; Sharif comes to power again
• 1999: Army citing corruption arrests Sharif and takes over. General Pervaiz Musharraf becomes chief executive of Pakistan.
• 2000: April 6, Nawaz Sharif sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of hijacking and terrorism.May 12: Supreme Court validated the October 1999 coup and granted General Pervez Musharraf executive and legislative authority for three years. December 10: Nawaz Sharif along with family, went into exile in Saudi Arabia.
• 2001: June 20: General Pervez Musharraf assumes office of president while remaining Chief of Army Staff. September 16: US Secretary of State Powell told that Pakistan’s President Musharraf had agreed to support the U.S. anti-terrorist campaign.
• 2002: April 30: Musharraf wins in a referendum. October 10: General election held in the country. November 23: Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali sworn in as Prime Minister.
• 2003: 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.
• 2004: January 1: General Musharraf won a vote of confidence in the Senate, National Assembly, and provincial assemblies. August 28: Shaukat Aziz becomes Prime Minister.
• 2005: July 19: Government of Pakistan launches country-wide crackdown against extremist elements. October 8: A devastating earthquake in Kashmir and NWFP kills over 80,000 people.
• 2006: 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 signed by two former prime ministers of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto in London. August 26: Akbar Bugti killed by military
• 2007: March 9: President Musharraf dismissed Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar. July 20: Iftikhar restored as Chief Justice of Pakistan. October 18: Bhutto, Benazir 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 completion 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 27, 2007:
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto occurred on 27 December 2007 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Bhutto, twice Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988–1990; 1993– 1996) and then-leader of the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party•
2008: January 2: The Election Commission announces elections will now be held on February 18.Yusuf Raza Gilani is elected as the new Prime Minister. August 18: Pervaiz Musharraf steps down as President of Pakistan. Mohammadmian Soomro takes over as President. Asif Zardari wins presidential election with 481 votes. September 9: Asif Zardari takes oath as President of Pakistan.
• 2009: February 16: Pakistan government announces a truce with Taliban, accepting a system of Islamic law in the Swat valley, March 9: Militants attack bus with the touring Sri Lankan cricket team. All international cricket matches in Pakistan are suspended. Pakistan also loses its status as hosts for the cricket World Cup 2011.
• 2010: July Extensive flooding after monsoon rains. At least 1,600 people were killed.
1 October: - Pervez Musharraf launches his new political party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, at a club in London. At the launch Musharraf apologies for the “negative actions” he took whilst in power.
• 2011: January - Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab, is shot by one of his bodyguards near his home.
27 January:- A US diplomat,0 Raymond Davis, kills two men on a motorbike in Lahore allegedly in self defence while a companion of the diplomat, who is also an American citizen, crushed to death a bike rider in a hit-and-run incident, following the shooting.
May 1: Death of Osama Bin Laden: A US air strike killed Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad.
August, 2011: PakistanFloods, One Year Later • One year ago, record-breaking floods submerged one fifth of Pakistan’s total land area for months, affecting some 20 million residents and causing some $10 billion in damage. Eleven million Pakistanis were left homeless, and the aid organization Oxfam estimates that more than 800,000 remain without permanent shelter to this day.
• November 22: Husain Haqqani resigned as Pakistan Ambassador to the United States following claims of his alleged affiliation with the Memogate controversy.
• November 26: A NATO attack on two Pakistani border checkposts in Salala in the Baizai subdivision of Mohmand Agency in FATA kill 24 soldiers of the Pakistan Army. 2012 January
• 2 January: India-Pakistan exchange a list of their nuclear installations. • The death toll of a fake medicine crisis at a cardiology hospital in Lahore reaches 112 • Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan, following the disqualification of Yousaf Raza Gillani over a contempt of court conviction by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. • Mehdi Hassan, 84, Pakistani ghazal singer. • SC summons Raja Court issues showcause notice to PM for not writing Swiss letter Summons him on 27th August to explain why contempt proceedings should not be started against him. • NATO containers cross Chaman border the supply to US-led NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan via Chaman border was restored after a suspension of 18 days.
•November: - Taliban suicide bomber kills at least 23 people at a Shia Muslim procession in the Rawalpindi.
2013 January:- Supreme Court orders the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf over corruption allegations dating back to his time as a minister in 2010. He denies wrongdoing.The government sacks Balochistan chief minister over bomb blasts in the provincial capital Quetta that kill at least • 92 Shia Muslims. Sunni extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claims responsibility. • Populist cleric and anti-corruption campaigner Tahirul Qadri leads a nationwide march on Islamabad. The government responds by agreeing to dissolve parliament early and to consult Mr Qadri over the formation of a caretaker government.
• February: -Bomb attack targeting Shia Muslims in Quetta kills 89 people. Police detain Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group founder Malik Ishaq after the group claims responsibility. • March:- Caretaker government appointed to oversee parliamentary elections.
• April: - A court orders the arrest of Gen Pervez Musharraf over his attempt to impose house arrest on judges during his military rule in March 2007. Gen Musharraf returned from British exile in March to contest parliamentary elections.
• May: - General Election in Pakistan and PML got heavy mandate , PPP and PTI were at second and third party positions in Federal and Provincial.
•June: - Parliament approves Nawaz Sharif as prime minister after his Muslim League-N wins parliamentary elections in May. Taliban conduct systematic campaign of attacks and intimidation, but fail to deter largest turnout of voters since 1970. • July: - Mamnoon Hussain elected president by parliament.
• August:- Heavy rain fall in southern area of Pakistan displacing thousands. From August 2013- August 5, 2014 6 August 2013: Islamabad on red alert for possible terrorist attack
7 August 2013: Russian government homosexuality position leads to NYC
Russian vodka boycott 20 August 2013: Pakistani Prime Minister agrees to put all state executions on hold 2 November 2013: Iran-Pakistan pipe
line at risk
8 November 2013: Fuzlullah named Pakistan’s new Taliban leader
10 December 2013: Local government elections held in Balochistan, Pakistan
24 May 2014: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend Modi inauguration
24 July 2014: Security guards attacked in Peshawar, Pakistan
27 July: India and Pakistan accuse each other of ceasefire violation
August: - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif orders a judicial inquiry into allegations of fraud during the 2013 elections which brought him to power. Protesters led by opposition politician Imran Khan and anti-government cleric Tahirul Qadri stage rallies demanding Mr Sharif’s resignation.
September:- Arrests of opposition activists amid days of violent anti-government protests on the streets of Islamabad. Government and opposition figures hold talks but fail to resolve differences. Army carries out further air strikes in the restive North Waziristan region.
October: - Teenager Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan, who was shot in the head by the Taliban but survived to become a campaigner for girls’ education, becomes the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Supporters of leading anti-government cleric Tahirul Qadri end a two-month sitin in Islamabad after failing to force PM Nawaz Sharif to resign.
2014 December - Taliban kills nearly 150 people - mostly children - in an attack on a school in Peshawar. Government responds to the massacre by lifting a moratorium on the death penalty and launching round-up of terror suspects, although critics complain major terror organisers are left alone.
2015 January-February: - Taliban attack Shia mosques in Sindh and Peshawar in two incidents, killing nearly 80 people and injuring dozens more.
April: - India protests over Pakistan court release on bail of suspected mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. Human rights activist Sabeen Mehmud shot dead in Karachi. 15 April: Money laundering case: Altaf Hussain’s bail extended till July.
June: - Pakistan acknowledges that eight out of ten Taliban members allegedly jailed for the gun attack on teenage education activist and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai were secretly acquitted at their trial in April.
June - Pakistan acknowledges that eight out of ten Taliban members allegedly jailed for the gun attack on teenage education activist and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai were secretly acquitted at their trial in April.
25 June:- Pakistan heatwave: Death toll over 1,000 inSindh The death toll from a heatwave in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province has passed 1,000, reports say
July 27: -The Lahore High Court on Monday formed a larger bench to hear a petition requesting to try Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Husain and other leaders under treason charges.
July 23:- Judicial Commission Report refutes PTI’s 2013 election rigging accusations
July 29:,- After the Judicial Commission report negated PTI’s allegations of ‘systematic rigging’ in general elections 2013, Imran Khan and his decision to embark on an anti-government campaign. However, here are 8 reasons why PTI’s dharna was not for nothing:
August 4: UK police will soon receive legal reference against Altaf Hussain: Ch. Nisar Hussain.
August 5: Military courts get Supreme Court nod. The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday in a majority ruling upheld the establishment of military courts in Pakistan. August 5: SC decision has strengthened war against terrorism, PM tells NA
August 22, Punjab election commission’s tribunal order re-polling in National Assembly constituency, NA-122, declaring the election in the constituency null and void --deseating Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq forthwith and accepting Imran Khan’s petition challenging the 2013 election result.
August 26, Asif Zardari’s key aide and former Petroleum Minister, Dr. Asim Hussain, is arrested by law enforcement agencies on corruption charges.
2016 January - Islamist extremists attack Bacha Khan University in Charsadda in north-west Pakistan, killing 19 people and injuring 17 others before security forces killed the four suspected assailants.
March 29, At least 72 killed in suicide blast as terror revisits inAllam Iqbal Park Lahore. Taliban offshoot Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, at a park in Lahore, killing more than 72 people.
May 10, 259 Pakistanis named in fresh Panama Papers leak May 31 PM Nawaz shifted to ICU:
August 6, Imran’s political gamble Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s announcement of launching g a movement against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over Panama Papers
August 9, 71 killed in blast at Quetta’s civil hospital after lawyer’s killing.
August 9, PTI suspends political activities for three days.
August 11, Parliament session held and heat debated on Civil and Armed forces progress in war and terrorism.
Nov 12- More than 50 people killed by a bomb blast at a remote Sufi Muslim shrine, north of Karachi. . Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is named as new army chief. The position is arguably the most powerful in the country.
2017April 20- Supreme Court announces a 3-2 split in favour of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and set up a JIT to investigate the money trail of the properties owned by the ruling famil.
July 28- Nawaz Sharif disqualified as Pakistan Prime Minister by SC over Panama Papers p case.
July 30- Islamabad crowds root for ex-cricketer Imran Khan ahead of PM vote. PTI Yume Thashakur in Islamabad
August 1- PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was sworn in as prime minister of Pakistan in an oath-taking ceremony held at President House
31, August ,2017 - The investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was completed. 5 - 27 November Tehreek-e-Labaik, an Islamist party led by Khadim Hussain Rizvi, staged protests in the federal capital Islamabad over minor changes in the oath required for parliamentarians over belief in the finality of the Prophethood of Muhammad, and demanded the resignation of the Federal Minister of Law and Justice Zahid Hamid whom they held responsible for it. Hamid eventually resigned on November 27. November 24 - a suicide bomber struck the vehicle of AIG Ashraf Noor in Hayatabad, Peshawar. December 17 - An attack by two suicide bombers on a church in the city of Quetta left nine people dead and fifty-seven injured. 3 March, 2018 - The 2018 elections to the Senate of Pakistan were held. 24-27 May - The twenty-fifth amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan was approved by the Parliament of Pakistan and the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), giving way to the merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) into the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). 6 July - Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Safdar Awan were given prison sentences of 10, 7 and 1 years respectfully on controversial corruption charges. 10 July - A suicide bombing at a political rally of the Awami National Party in Peshawar left 22 people dead. 13 July - Two suicide bombings, one in Bannu and one in Mastung, left 5 and 131 people dead respectively. The former targeted the vehicle of former KPK Chief Minister Akram Durrani, while the latter targeted a political rally of the Balochistan Awami Party. 25 July - The 2018 Pakistani general elections were held. 25 July - A suicide bombing at a polling station in Quetta left 31 people dead.
15, Aug- Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf ’s (PTI) Asad Qaiser and Qasim Suri were sworn in as National Assembly (NA) speaker and deputy speaker respectively
15, Aug- Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid on Wednesday submitted the nomination papers for Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf Chairman Imran Khan’s bid for prime minister to the National Assembly secretary