Last five years of Democracy, A timeline of major events

Democracy has succeeded in completing uninterrupted 10 years in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan after the ruling party Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government completes its constitutional five-year term for the first time in the history of Pakistan at midnight on Thursday, (1st June 2018).


Parliament was dissolved after completing its term, and a caretaker administration will manage the government until general elections which must take place on July 25th as dictated by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Following are the fruits of Democracy focusing on the past 5 year tenure:


• January 10: A series of terrorist attacks killed more than 100 people in Quetta.

• March 9: A Christian, Sawan Masih, 28 is accused of blasphemy against the Islamic prophet Muhammad in a Christian neighborhood in Badami Bagh area.

• March 18: Sibte Jaffar Hassan Zaidi, a Pakistani professor and social worker was killed by two people who were on a motorcycle.

• March 25: Mir Hazar Khan Khoso is appointed as caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan, following the completion of the PPP-led government’s term in office.

• May 11: General Elections 2013 held across Pakistan.

• May 25: A school bus explosion kills 17 children and injures seven more in Gujrat.

• June 5: Nawaz Sharif is elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, following the Pakistan Muslim League (N)’s victory in the 2013 general elections for the 3rd time.

• July 30: Mamnoon Hussain is elected as the 12th President of Pakistan in 2013 Presidential elections.

• August 14: People of Pakistan celebrated 66th Independence day.

• September 9: Mamnoon Hussain is sworn in as the 12th President of Pakistan.

• September 24: A 7.7 magnitude earthquake hits Balochistan, at least 825 people are killed and hundreds injured.

• November 1: Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of (TTP) killed by a US drone attack.

• November 29: Pakistan Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani retires. General Raheel Sharif becomes the next COAS.

• December 11: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry retired from his position, he remained in the Supreme Court from 2005 to 2013, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani becomes the next Supreme Court Chief Justice.


• January 9: 14-year-old boy Aitizaz Hassan in Hangu, KPK, is killed stopping a suicide bomber from entering the school.

• January 11: A ten-year-old servant girl is tortured to death in Punjab raising concerns about human rights in Pakistan.

• January 20: War starts in North-West Pakistan.

• February 9: Gunmen attack an Islamic religious gathering in Karachi, killing 8 people.

• February 17: Former president Pervez Musharraf appeared in front of a civil court for the first time.

• March 3: Young men with guns open fire at a local court in Islamabad, resulting in at least 11 deaths and 22 injuries.

• March 31: A Pakistani court charges former President Pervez Musharraf with high treason in relation to the imposition of the emergency rule in 2007.

• April 9: A bomb blast in a market kills 26 people in the outskirts of Islamabad.

• May 7: An alleged American FBI agent is arrested for carrying ammunition while trying to board a flight, which is in violation of their anti-terror laws.

• May 9: Geo TV transmission banned by the government.

• May 21: Pakistan Air Force fighter jets bomb suspected militant hideouts in North Waziristan, killing approximately 60 militants and injuring another 30.

• June 5: Pakistani police arrest multiple people involved in the stoning of Farzana Parveen, bringing the total number of people in custody to 12.[33]

• August 13: The process of Long March and Sit-In started by PTI and PAT.

• September 1: The Pakistan Television Corporation goes off air after protesters storm its headquarters.

• October 10: Activist Malala Yousafzai becomes the second Pakistani to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle to voice girls’ right to education.

• November 2: More than 60 people were killed and more than 110 people were injured in a suicide attack on the Pakistan side of the Wagah border.

• December 16: Taliban gunmen storm a military-run Army Public Schools massacre in Peshawar, killing at least 141, including 132 children and nine employees, with most of five hundred students evacuated. The shooting ends with all seven gunmen dead


• January 25: A massive blackout strikes Pakistan, leaving as much as 80 percent of the country without electricity at its height as officials rush to restore power.

• February 13: Pakistan announces the arrest of twelve Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in relation to their alleged involvement in last year’s school massacre.

• March 15: A bombing of a church in Lahore kills at least eleven people with 48 more injured.

• May 19: Zimbabwe cricket team toured Pakistan to play International Cricket Series for the first time since 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team.


• 1 January: The Pakistan and India governments provided one another with a full list of nuclear sites, military and civilian, in accordance with the 1988 Non-Nuclear Aggression Agreement.

• 18 January: Former president Pervez Musharraf was acquitted in the murder trial of Akbar Bugti, the Baloch tribal leader who died in a military operation in 2006.

• 4 February: First season Pakistan Super League

• 25 March: Pakistan cricket star Shahid Afridi played his last international T20 match for Pakistan against Australia.

• 17 April: In Punjab, 33 people died after eating sweets, accidentally tainted with insecticide.[44]

• 22 June: Musician Amjad Sabri is killed in a targeted shooting.

• 1 November: At least 14 people are killed and 59 burned when a gas cylinder explosion aboard an oil tanker causes a major fire at the Gadani ship-breaking yard.

• 7 December: PIA plane PK-661 crashed during flight killing 47 people including acclaimed former singer and religious Junaid Jumshed and his wife.




• January 21: A bombing at a vegetable market in Parachinar, Pakistan leads to the death of 25 people.

• February 9: The second season of the Pakistan Super League began.

• February 16: A suicide bombing at the Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalander in Sehwan, Pakistan resulted in the deaths of over 90 people.

• March 14: Pakistan’s sixth census begins.

• June 18: Pakistan wins 2017 ICC Champions Trophy defeating India in the finals.

July 28: A unanimous verdict by the Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office, over the controversy of him and some of his family members names being in the Panama Papers, thus leading to his disqualification for lifetime.

August: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is sworn in as Prime Minister, succeeding Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto assassination case is completed.


May: Pakistan seeks World Bank to act as guarantor over Kishanganga Dam issue

Texas School Shooting victim: Sabika Sheikh laid to rest in Karachi

National Assembly passes KP-FATA merger bill

KPK assembly passes KP-FATA merger bill

Justice (R) Nasir-ul-mulk named caretaker PM of Pakistan

Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani’s name placed on ECL

Crazy weather: hottest day of Karachi recorded this year

Ali Jahangir Siddiqui takes charge as Pakistan’s ambassador to US

FATA now officially merged with KP, President signs 25th constitutional amendment bill

Sit-ins, Treason, Disqualifications: another democratic government completes five years

June: Justice(R) Nasirul Mulk sworn in as caretaker Prime minister




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