January 1: Former PPP Senator Latif Khosa says Benazir Bhutto was to hand over dossier to visiting US lawmakers with proof that the intelligence agencies are involved in poll-rigging on the day of her death. The Pakistani government denies the statement.
January 2: The Election Commission announces elections will now be held on February 18, in light of the damage caused to the polling stations and electoral material following Ms. Bhutto’s death.
President Musharraf addresses the nation, says Scotland Yard will help Pakistani authorities in Benazir Bhutto’s assassination probe.
PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari again asks for a UN led investigation into the late Ms. Bhutto’s assassination. However, the US government says there is no need for a UN-led investigation as the Scotland Yard is now heading the probe.
January 3: President Musharraf meets with the foreign press, says he is not satisfied with the investigation into Ms. Bhutto’s assassination, also says he is not from a family that believes in killing people when asked to answer allegations that he was involved in Benazir’s death.
January 4: Scotland Yard team arrives in Pakistan to start investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
January 7: New York Times says the U.S. is considering a covert operation in Pakistan’s tribal regions to flush out Al-Qaeda militants, ISPR rejects the report.
Suspected militants fatally shoot eight tribal leaders involved in efforts to broker a cease-fire between security forces and insurgents in South Waziristan.
8 security personnel are killed in Kabal, Swat when a suicide bomber blows himself up near the Kabbal golf course.
January 8: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addresses a press conference in London, says Pakistan will disintegrate if fair and free elections are not held.
January 9: Anti-terrorism investigators from Scotland Yard deliver a confidential report of their preliminary findings of Benazir Bhutto’s killing to President Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday, according to a report published in the Chicago Tribune
January 10: Over 20 are killed and dozens injured as a suicide bomb attack takes place outside the Lahore High Court.
January 12: NYT reporter expelled from Pakistan for his article Next-Gen Taliban.
Deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is served eviction notice to vacate his residence in the Judges Colony, where he has been confined since November 3. Mr. Chaudhry refuses, saying he is still the legal Chief Justice and ex-judges are alllowed 6 months before vacating residences.
Ex-Supreme Court judge Rana Bhagwandas, who had not taken an oath under the PCO is placed under house arrest, after administering oath to new Karachi Bar Association members.
Fatima Bhutto, daughter of the late Murtaza Bhutto, says dynastic politics should end, also calls for Ms. Bhutto’s will to be made public.
January 13: In an interview to a US magazine, President Musharraf calls for the exhumation of the late Ms. Bhutto’s body as he rejects charges that the government was complicit in her assassination.
January 14: Eleven people are killed and over 30 are injured in a bomb blast in Quaidabad, Karachi.
January 15: Interior Ministry says all of Pakistan’s political leaderships lives are in danger.
January 16: PPP contacts the United Nations to hold an independent probe into Benazir Bhutto’s death.
Militants seize control of the Sararogha Fort in South Waziristan, killing seven army personnel, 40 militants also die in the clash according to the ISPR. Reports say 25 army personnel are missing or dead, however sources in the area say the death toll of the army personnel may be higher.
January 17: A suspected suicide attack in an Imambargah in Peshawar leaves over 10 dead and over 20 people injured.
January 18: CIA Director Michael Hayden blames Al-Qaeda and Baitullah Mehsud for Benazir Bhutto’s assassination.
ISPR says at least 90 militants have been killed and 4 soldiers injured in separate clashes that took place in Chagmalai and Ladha Fort between the Pakistani army and militants.
January 19: A 15 year old boy is arrested who claims to be part of the 5-member group headed by Baitullah Mehsud involved in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Baitullah Mehsud denies any link to the suspect.
Karachi police arrest 5 terrorists including a would be suicide bomber. The terrorists allegedly plotted to mix cyanaide in water to give to the mourners in the Ashura processions.
January 21: President Musharraf says the West is obsessed with democracy and human rights when addressing the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.
Geo News and Geo Super resume transmission all over the country.
January 22: The State Bank of Pakistan says Pakistan received a total of 2.19 billion dollars foreign investment during the first six months of the current financial year, registering a decline of 12 per cent.
January 23: A fire engulfs a paint factory in Karachi’s industrial area, leaving 5 injured. Fumes and smoke from the fire darken the sky, as environmental experts fear the fumes may cause serious damage to the environment and the lives of people working in the area.
January 24: President Musharraf addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos, and criticizes Pakistan’s nuclear bomb being called the ‘Islamic Bomb’. He also says he has upheld Pakistan’s constitution and laws, and warned against judging Pakistan by “misconceived” standards of Western democracy.
The ISPR says 8 soldiers have been killed and 32 injured in fighting in South Waziristan in 24 hours. The ISPR also says forty miscreants have been killed, 30 miscreants apprehended and many have been injured in South Waziristan.
January 27: The New York Times say Pakistan has rebuffed a CIA proposal for an increased role in the war in the tribal regions.
The ISPR says the military has seized control of the Kohat tunnel that was taken over by militants on Jan 26
January 28: Armed militants take 250 schoolchildren hostage in Bannu, the militants later free the children and surrender to tribal elders.
January 29: 2 policemen and 3 militants are killed, with 4 militants being arrested after a police-militant shootout in Landhi, Karachi. The militants allegedly belong to the Pakistani Jundullah, a banned militant outfit. The group is reported to be responsible for the PACC and Christian library bomb blasts, along with an attack on the Corps Commander’s convoy in 2004 in Karachi.
January 31: Lawyers all over Pakistan commemorate Iftikhar Day with rallies and vow to continue their struggle for the independence of the judiciary and restoration of the deposed judges.
Senior lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan’s 90-day detention period expires, and he appears in public for the first time in 90 days. However, a new detention order is issued, extending his detention for another 30 days. Aitzaz says the detention order cannot be extended without the approval of a review board.
Retired generals from the Ex-Servicemen Society say President Musharraf should step down and hand over power to deposed CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry.
February 1: Aitzaz Ahsan’s detention orders are withdrawn, Aitzaz addresses lawyers, vows to continue struggle for independence of judiciary.
Detained lawyer Ali Ahmed Kurd and Justice (r) Tariq Mehmood released from house arrest.
H5N1 strain of bird flu virus detected in chickens in Karachi
February 2: Justice (r) Tariq Mehmood given 30-day detention order, is placed under house arrest again.
Aitzaz Ahsan is banned from entering Sindh for 30 days and turned back from Lahore airport. A new 30-day detention order is served on him.
Caretaker Information Minister Nisar Memon warns the media to behave; says channels violating code of conduct will have their licenses revoked. Nisar Memon also says ex-Servicemen Society should form a political party instead of issuing demands.
February 4: A bomb blast in front of the National Logistics Cell in Rawalpindi leaves 6 dead.
February 5: PPP releases the late Ms. Bhutto’s political will which names her husband Asif Zardari as her political heir.
February 6: An army helicopter crashes in South Waziristan, leaving 8 people dead including the commanding officer of the Kohat garrison. The ISPR says the helicopter crash is due to a technical fault.
February 7: Thousands of people attend Benazir Bhutto’s chehlum in Garhi Khuda Buksh.
February 8: Scotland Yard says Benazir Bhutto’s cause of death was the impact of the blast and not the bullets. PPP says it is discussing the report with its lawyers and says it will hire private investigators to determine who killed Ms. Bhutto and why.
February 9: Asif Zardari addresses first election rally since Ms. Bhutto’s death attended by over a hundred thousand people in Thatta, vows to continue Benazir’s struggle.
A suicide bomber strikes at an ANP rally in Charsadda, NWFP, leaving 27 people dead.
Lawyers, students and civil society members are teargassed and beaten in Islamabad during a rally.
February 10: A U-S official states Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Omar are hiding in Pakistan. Pakistan’s Foreign Office rejects the claim.
The Pakistan Bar Council announces a complete boycott of all courts till February 18th, says judiciary should be restored to pre-Nov 3rd position.
February 11: 8 people are killed and 10 wounded in Mir Ali in a suicide attack.
February 12: The Pakistani envoy to Afghanistan goes missing near the Pak-Afghan border.
Nine people including four journalists are injured in a blast in an election rally in Khuzdar.
February 14: Condolezza Rice expresses fears over violence in the country during the polls, as President Musharraf says agitation after the elections will not be tolerated.
February 15: Human Rights Watch releases an audio recording of the Attorney General Malik Qayyum saying the upcoming elections will be rigged. Qayyum denies allegations, says he will file a suit against HRW.
February 16: 37 people are left dead as a suicide bomber rams his car into a crowd after an election rally.
A suicide bombing outside an army media centre in the Swat valley leaves 2 dead and 8 injured.
Police fire tear gas and lathi charge an APDM rally in Quetta
February 18: Elections are held in Pakistan amidst tight security, allegations of poll rigging are made by PPP and MQM in some areas., 18 people die in poll-related violence.
Results start pouring in, election results show major upsets as Sheikh Rashid and Chaudhry Shujaat of the PML-Q lose their seats, ANP makes gains in NWFP and PML-N makes major gains in Punjab.
February 19: Election results show major upsets,Geo TV reports unofficial results as the PPP is said to have won 87 seats and the PML-N wins 66 seats. PML-Q wins 38 seats as the ANP wins 10 seats.
PML-Q leaders accept results, say elections were free and fair. Asif Zardari of the PPP says it is ready to form a coalition government with the PML-N, as Nawaz Sharif announces he will meet Zardari in Islamabad.
February 21: Asif Zardari, Asfandyar Wali and Nawaz Sharif hold meetings, Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari announce that the PML-N and PPP will form a government in the center.
February 24: PML-Q officially announces that it will be part of the opposition in the next parliament.
February 25: A suicide bomber blows himself up, targeting a Pakistan Army lieutenant general who was driving past the NADRA office in Rawalpindi. The blast leaves 8 including the army official dead and six injured.
February 27: Asfandyar Wali, Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif meet in Islamabad together, agree to restore deposed judges after formation of government.
February 28: Three missile strikes in South Waziristan leave 12 suspected militants dead and 11 injured. Locals say the missiles were fired from a US drone.
February 29: Four police officials are killed in a suicide blast in Mingora, Swat.
A suicide blast at the funeral for the slain police officials leaves over 40 people dead and over 50 injured.
March 2: 40 people including tribal elders are killed when a suicide bomber blows himself up as tribals meet to hold a peace jirga in Darra Adam Khel.
March 3: Aitzaz Ahsan is released from house arrest, files an FIR against President Musharraf and senior government officials for keeping the Chief Justice and his family in illegal detention for over four months. Mr. Ahsan also says the lawyers’ long march has not been cancelled, but postponed to give the new parliament time to restore the deposed judges.
Lawyers are tear-gassed in the Judges Colony in Islamabad after unconfirmed reports said release orders for Iftikhar Chaudhry’s family were issued.
Asif Zardari nominates Qaim Ali Shah for Sindh Chief Minister post and Nisar Khuhro for Leader of Sindh Assembly post.
March 4: Two suicide bombers blow themselves up in the Naval War College carpark in Lahore, leaving 7 people dead and several injured.
March 7: COAS General Ashfaq Kiyani denies there are any differences between the Pakistani army and President Musharraf.
March 9: Black Flag week commences in Pakistan as lawyers and civil society members hold protests throughot Pakistan.
Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif sign the Murree Declaration agreeing to form a coalition government and reinstating the deposed judges through the parliament in 30 days.
March 10: President Musharraf meets with legal aides to discuss options post Murree Declaration, also receives summary from Prime Minister House for convening of National Assembly session.
March 11: Two suicide bomb blasts leave 27 people dead and over 150 people injured in Lahore. The attacks are carried out at the FIA office and an advertising agency in the city.
President Musharraf announces the new National and Provincial assemblies’ sessions are to be held on March 17
March 15: A Turkish aid worker are killed and others including U.S Embassy workers are injured after a bomb blast in a restaurant in Islamabad.
March 16: 20 people are killed in South Waziristan after six missile strikes, reportedly fired from a US drone plane.
March 17: The 13th National Assembly holds its inaugural session, members of the National Assembly take oath on the pre-November 3 constitution.
A suicide bomb attack leaves 2 people including a policeman dead in Mingora, Swat
March 19: PPP leader Fehmida Mirza is elected as the first female speaker of the National Assembly.
PPP Co-chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari arrives in Pakistan and visits the grave of his mother Benazir Bhutto. PPP says Bilawal will announce the name of the Prime Minister’s candidate.
March 22: The PPP officially nominates Yusuf Raza Gilani as its candidate for Prime Minister.
March 24: Yusuf Raza Gilani is elected as the new Prime Minister with 264 votes. The new PM orders the release of all detained judges and asks the NA to pass resolutions calling for a UN-led probe into Benazir Bhutto’s death, and terming Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s hanging in 1979 as a judicial murder.
Barriers are removed outside the Judges Colony in Islamabad as judges are freed from house arrest. On his release, deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry terms his arrest as unconstitutional and says they will continue with their struggle.
March 25: President Musharraf swears in the new Prime Minister; Asif Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and Asfandyar Wali abstain from attending the proceedings.
March 26: In a widely criticized move, US diplomats Negroponte and Boucher arrive in Pakistan to meet political leaders and ensure Pakistan’s support in the War on Terror. However PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif says the new Parliament will decide the future course of action.
March 28: Members of the NWFP assembly are sworn in including the Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
March 29: Yusuf Raza Gilani gets unanimous vote of confidence from the Parliament, announces a 100-day relief plan and abolishes the PEMRA ordinance.
Police officials attempt to remove deposed judge Justice Ramday’s belongings from his house in Judges Colony Islamabad, PM Gilani orders a reversal of the order and apologizes to Justice Ramday.
March 30: Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif hold a joint press conference in Lahore, Asif Zardari says they will change the system, not faces.
CIA chief Michael Hayden says Al-Qaeda is training Westerners and that Osama Bin Laden is hiding in the Pak-Afghan border region.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan welcomes the PM’s order to abolish the Frontier Crimes Regulations and the truce offer, however says the government must reverse anti-US policies and enforce Sharia in the area.
Lawyer Munir A. Malik is awarded the Dorab Patel Award by the HRCP
Security personnel find 58 bodies in Kohat after sectarian clashes rocked the area for nearly a week.
March 31: Deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry arrives in Quetta to visit his family and address the bar.
A 24-member cabinet comprising of 11 members of the PPP, 9 from the PML-N, 2 from the ANP and 1 each from JUI-F and FATA are sworn in by the President.
April 2: COAS Ashfaq Kiyani visits PM house, briefs PM Gilani, Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif about war on terror and security.
Asif Zardari visits MQM headquarters in Karachi, Altaf Hussain and Zardari vow to suspend hostilities, announce that both parties have forgiven each other.
April 6: Nisar Khuhro and Shehla Raza are elected unopposed as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Sindh Assembly by a unanimous vote.
April 7: Ex-Chief Minister of Sindh Arbab Rahim is assaulted by PPP workers as he leaves the Sindh Assembly, MQM announces indefinite boycott of Sindh Assembly proceedings in protest.
Qaim Ali Shah is elected Chief Minister of Sindh.
Geo News’ and Ary One World’s transmission is blocked by various cable networks. Information Minister Sherry Rehman says an inquiry will be held into the closure, denies the government was involved in the block.
November 8: PML-Q leader and ex-Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sher Afghan Niazi is held hostage by lawyers in Lahore, is assaulted by alleged lawyers as Aitzaz Ahsan tries to lead him to waiting ambulance.
Aitzaz Ahsan resigns as President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, condemns violence. Political parties condemn attack on Niazi.
April 9: Rival groups of lawyers clash at the City Court in Karachi, 11 people are left dead in the violence. Riots break out in the city as vehicles and a building is torched, over a dozen people are injured.
April 11: Minister of Information Sherry Rehman moves a bill in the National Assembly to repeal PEMRA ordinance.
MQM head Altaf Hussain announces his resignation as party head, however on the insistence of party leaders and workers takes his resignation back.
April 12: PML-N leader Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa is elected as Chief Minister of Punjab, announces end to VIP culture and lists details of expenditures incurred by previous CM Pervaiz Elahi.
April 13: MQM leader Farooq Sattar says the MQM will sit on the opposition benches in the National and Sindh Assembly, blames the PPP for the breakdown in talks.
April 14: Riots break out in Multan over prolonged power cuts, 40 people are injured in the ensuing violence.
April 17: Petrol prices are raised by Rs.3/litre
Harabyar Marri, son of Khair Baksh Marri. is released on bail from a London jail where he was being held on terrorism charges.
April 19: Kidnapped Pakistani envoy Tariq Azizuddin appears in a video broadcast by Al-Arabiya, says he is being held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan who are demanding the release of prisoners in exchange for his release. The Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson says Mr. Azizuddin’s release is their top priority.
Extracts of an Asif Zardari interview to the BBC are released, Zardari says he will contest by-elections and become Prime Minister if the need arises.
April 21: The Supreme Court strikes down the graduation requirement to contest elections.
Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat Muhammadi head Maulana Sufi is released as part of a proposed peace deal with the militants.
April 25: Three people are killed and over 25 injured in a bomb blast in Mardan.
April 27: PML-N delegation headed by Shahbaz Sharif fly to Dubai to meet Asif Zardari to end deadlock over judges restoration issue.
April 28: MQM announces it will be part of the provincial government in Sindh with the PPP.
May 1: 15 people are killed in a suicide attack in a mosque in Bara Qambarkhel in the Khyber Agency. The target of the attack is alleged to be militant leader Haji Namdar.
Talks conclude in Dubai between PPP and PML-N, Nawaz Sharif says the judges will be restored, and details will be announced on May 2nd.
May 2: 20 new members of the Sindh cabinet including MQM leaders take oath in Karachi
Nawaz Sharif says the deposed judges will be restored on May 12th through a resolution in the National Assembly
May 5: Election Commission announces 2 month delay in bye-polls. NWFP CM Hoti blames Rehman Malik, says Malik had asked him to ask EC for a delay in the polls.
Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim quits committee formed to draft resolution on restoration of judges.
May 6: A suicide blast in Bannu leaves three people dead.
May 7: 3 people are killed in Karachi during a police operation in Lyari
Election Commission says bye-polls will now be held in June.
May 11: Talks fail in London between the PPP and the PML-N, PML-N says it will decide future course of action in party meeting, but will not destabilize the coalition.
May 12: Supreme Court of Pakitan imposes a gag order on the print and electronic media on reporting any news about the judiciary without clearance from the Supreme Court registrar. Later, the SC withdraws the order and asks the electronic and print media to not air or publish anything derogatory about the judiciary. The hearing of the contempt of court case against Geo Television is scheduled next for May 22.
May 13: PML-N ministers submit resignations to Prime Minister Gilani, who refuses to accept resignations till Zardari’s arrival in Pakistan.
May 14: Talks between the NWFP government and militants are successful, the army starts pulling out from South Waziristan. 30 prisoners are released by the army and 12 security officials are released by the militants.
PPP leader Asif Zardari holds press conference in Islamabad, says will continue to work with PML-N. Zardari reiterates that the government will restore the deposed judges but are working on the constitutional method to do so.
A missile strike by a US drone in Damadola, Bajuar reportedly kills 12 militants.
May 15: Salman Taseer takes oath as Governor of Punjab amidst protests by PML-N over Taseer’s appointment.
May 17: Pakistan Bar Council and Supreme Court Bar Association announce they will be holding a long march to Islamabad on June 10 if the deposed judges are not restored.
Kidnapped envoy to Afghanistan Tariq Azizuddin is released and returns home, says was kidnapped by local militants. The government denies the release was due to any deal.
May 18: A suicide blast in Mardan leaves eleven people dead including army personnel.
May 19: Four people are killed and two are injured in a blast in Bajaur.
May 21: Reports of a constitutional package emerge, which will move to clip powers of the President and Chief Justice, but will allegedly provide indemnity on certain issues to the President.
May 22: An accord is reached between militants and the ANP-led government in NWFP, which will allow the imposition of Shariah Law in Swat and Malakand.
May 24: In a rare interview with 30 journalists, Baitullah Mehsud says he is not responsible for Benazir Bhutto’s death
Asif Zardari unveils a 62-point constitutional plan that aims at reducing the President’s power
May 25: Iftikhar Chaudhry addresses a rally in Faisalabad, says PCO judges must be punished.
May 26: A report by news channel Al-Arabiya says Osama Bin Laden is hiding near the K2 mountain range in Pakistan
May 28: Nawaz Sharif says Musharraf should be charged under Article 6 of the Constitution for committing treason.
May 29: A.Q Khan gives series of interviews to television channels and papers, says he will reveal truth at opportune moment.
June 2: A bomb blast outside the Danish Embassy in Islamabad kills 8 and leaves 24 injured.
June 3: Cricketer Mohammad Asif is detained in Dubai airport authorities after he is caught with illegal substances, Pakistan Cricket Board says it has not received a formal report from the Dubai authorities.
June 5: Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for attack on Danish Embassy.
June 7: President Musharraf meets the press, says he will not resign. Also says the deposed judges were never under house arrest, says the country is heading towards destabilization. Musharraf blames the caretaker government for country’s economic woes.
Shahbaz Sharif takes oath as an MPA in the Punjab Assembly, to take oath on Sunday as CM.
June 8: Shahbaz Sharif takes oath as Chief Minister of Punjab, PML-Q walks out of PA session.
June 9: Lawyers from Karachi and Balochistan set off towards Multan to join the long march in Islamabad on June 12.
Barbed wire and containers make a reappearance in Islamabad on Shahrah-e-Dastoor, where the lawyers’ long march is to take place.
June 10: Lawyers and deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry arrive in Multan, after which they will go to Lahore. The deposed CJ will address a lawyers’ convention. PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif will arrive in Islamabad on June 11 or 12 to join the long march.
11 FC soldiers and 12 militants are left dead after a US airstrike on a Frontier Corps checkpost near the Pak-Afghan border. The ISPR condemns the attack.
June 12: The Pentagon says footage of the air strike in the Pak-Afghan border area may not show the complete picture.
June 13: Over 40,000 people converge in Islamabad for the long march.
June 14: PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif calls for Musharraf to be hanged for crimes of treason while addressing lawyers at the Parade Ground in Islamabad. SCBA President Aitzaz Ahsan ends long march, saying a sit-in outside the Parliament will not be held.
June 15: Aitzaz Ahsan denies allegations that a deal had taken place between the government and legal community, says lawyers will not restort to illegal means to restore deposed judges.
June 17: The defense budget allocation comes under discussion for the first time in the country’s history in the Senate.
June 20: PML-N and PPP leaders hold talks in Raiwind, PML-N agrees to the increase in the number of judges in the apex court and the Finance Bill
June 21: Late Benazir Bhutto’s 55th birth anniversary is marked around the country, a public holiday is declared in Sindh.
June 22: The Finance Bill is passed in the National Assembly including the PML-N members. The bill includes the provision to increase the SC strength to 29 judges.
June 23: A Lahore High Court bench ruling declares Nawaz Sharif to be ineligible to stand for by-polls. PML-N members term the verdict politicized and protest outside the Punjab Assembly.
June 24: Supreme Court stays election in NA-123 following government’s appeal against Nawaz Sharif’s disbarring from elections.
June 25: Two people, accused of being spies, are publicly executed in Mohmand agency
PM Gilani approves military operation in NWFP to be conducted by the Army. The COAS is to oversee operation and deploy army personnel, and decide on level of co-operation with ISAF in Afghanistan.
TTP takes over Jandola in NWFP, kill 22 tribal elders after kidnapping 30 pro-government tribal elders.
June 26: Militants in Swat torch the Malam Jabba ski resort including the chairlift, and kill seven people.
June 28: Frontier Corps launches an operation against militants in the Khyber Agency, reports circulate that militants Mangalbagh and his associates have fled to the Tirah Valley
Baitullah Mehsud warns of suicide attacks in Punjab and Sindh if the military operation is not stopped
June 29: TTP suspends all peace talks with the government as military operation continues.
June 30: US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher arrives in Pakistan and meets government officials and coalition partner.
30 soldiers are taken hostage in Khurram Agency
Gas prices are increased by 31%
July 1: Petroleum Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi admits the government made an error in calculating the price of CNG/kilo and says the increase is nearly Rs.6, not 13.
Military operation continues in Khyber Agency, the army arrests 24 suspected militants in the agency and 7 people in Peshawar.
July 2: A Washington Post article says US is authorized to strike in Pakistan without prior notice if they receive information about Osama Bin Laden’s whereabouts.
69 militants including a Lashkar-e-Islam leader are allegedly arrested in Bara, NWFP
July 5: A bomb blast in Islamabad near the Lal Masjid kills 17 people including 15 police personnel and injures over 40.
July 7: 7 bomb blasts take place in Karachi leaving 1 person dead and dozens injured.
July 9: A 400-strong force of Taliban militants laid siege to a police station in Hangu after the arrest of seven of their associates by security agencies
July 10: Two unclaimed containers carrying radioactive material are found in the OGDCL premises in Korangi, Karachi.
July 11: The United Nations agrees to hold an inquiry into the death of the late Benazir Bhutto.
Pakistani Taliban kill 17 Frontier Corps personnel.
July 13: A suicide blast in Dera Ismail Khan at a religious conference leaves four people injured.
Afghanistan boycotts all future talks with Pakistan, alleging the ISI’s involvement in an attack on the Indian embassy in Afghanistan earlier that month.
July 15: NATO troops build up its presence around the Pak-Afghan borders, leading to speculation that the allied forces might launch strikes in Pakistani territory.
July 16: A NYT report says the US did not know about the exact location of the Pakistan Army post which they struck last month.
July 17: Angry investors break windows of the Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchanges after stocks plummet.
July 19: PM Gilani addresses the nation in a live broadcast marred by technical faults and delayed by three hours, says there will be good news on the judges’ issue soon.
July 20: Fuel prices are increased again, price hike ranges between 10-18%
July 22: Khalid Shehnshah, Asif Zardari’s chief security officer is shot dead in Karachi.
July 23: ISPR says the military operation in Hangu has come to an end, and the area has been cleared of militants. The decision is announced as Baitullah Mehsud’s deadline for the operation to end expires.
30 kidnapped men are released by the TTP in the Mohmand Agency.
July 25: A girls school and 13 shops are blown up in Swat.
July 26: 15 people including 12 FC personnel are killed in clashes between security forces and militants in Dera Bugti, Balochistan.
The government announces it will place the ISI and the IB under the control of the Interior Ministry. However, the decision is reversed hours later as the government says the notification was misunderstood. The Pakistani army says it was not taken into confidence over the issue.
July 27: PM Yusuf Raza Gilani arrives in Washington D.C on a state trip, meets President Bush and asks for increased assistance in the war on terror.
July 28: Pakistan claims Indian armed forces violated the LoC by firing across the border.
July 29: Deposed CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry arrives in Karachi amidst crowds of political supporters and lawyers. SCBA VP Imdad Aiwan suffers a heart attack at the airport and expires.
Monsoon rains lash Karachi, leaving 3 people dead. Electricity outages and traffic jams make life miserable for citizens.
Two FC personnel are killed and 30 police and FC personnel are kidnapped by militants in Swat.
July 30: A NYT report says the CIA has outlined Pakistani intelligence’s links with militant groups in the tribal region.
Iftikhar Chaudhry addresses SHCBA, thanks legal community for support in reinstatement of judges issue.
August 1: A US daily reports US intelligence has concluded that there was definite ISI involvement in the Indian embassy blast in Afghanistan last month. The ISPR denies the report, however PPP leader Sherry Rehman says rogue elements in the ISI are working on their own.
August 2: TTP denies the CBS news report that Al-Qaeda leader Al-Zawahiri was killed or injured in a missile strike in the tribal regions.
August 3: Security official, 30 militants killed in Swat offensive. 5 girls schools are also blown up in the valley.
11 climbers are killed on K-2 after an avalanche sweeps them away. Others are reportedly still stranded on the dangerous mountain peak.
August 4: Monsoon rains in NWFP kill over 20 people and leave thousands displaced.
The Pakistani Army says at least 94 militants, 14 soldiers and around 28 civilians have been killed in the last week in Swat
PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif says his party will quit the coalition government if talks, scheduled to be held on August 5, between him and PPP fail.
U.S federal prosecutors say Afia Siddiqui has been extradited to the States three days ago from Afghanistan and faces charges of shooting at two FBI special agents, a U.S. Army warrant officer, an Army captain and military interpreters who unknowingly entered a room where she was being held unsecured.
August 5: Talks are held between PPP and PML-N over the issue of restoration of judges, however the talks fail to reach a conclusion. Reports abound that the two parties have agreed to impeach President Musharraf
August 6: Talks continue between coalition partners, a formal announcement on the conclusion of the talks is expected on the 7th of August.
2 militants are killed as they accidentally detonated explosives which they planned to use to blow up a girls’ school in Swat.
President Musharraf issues a notification for restoring 8 deposed judges of the Sindh High Court, however the government decides to suspend the notification after talks between the coalition partners. Rumors also abound that deposed SHC CJ Sabihuddin Ahmed has resigned.
President Musharraf cancels, then reschedules his trip to China amidst rumors of his impending impeachment.
Afia Siddiqui is produced in a New York court, is denied bail.
August 7: Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif announce they will impeach President Pervez Musharraf, say Musharraf will not use Article 58(2)B to dissolve the assemblies. The leaders announce the deposed judges will be restored three days after the President’s impeachment.
August 8: The Daily Telegraph reports that the Pakistan Army will ask President Musharraf to step down within a week.
PPP and PML-N members start work on the impeachment process and preparation of a charge sheet against President Musharraf, 4 PML-N members are to rejoin the federal cabinet.
August 9: Afia Siddiqui meets with her lawyer and Pakistan embassy officials in New York, says she is innocent.
Security forces pull out of the Lowi Sam area of the Bajaur tribal region after fierce clashes with militants
August 10: Asif Zardari alleges President Musharraf misappropriated US aid to Pakistan in an interview with the Sunday Times.
An audio recording purported to be from Al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is released, the Al-Qaeda leader blasts President Musharraf, says the country is being run from the U.S embassy
August 11: The Punjab Assembly passes a resolution asking the President to take a fresh vote of confidence, 39 PML-Q MNAs also support the resolution.
10 civilians amongst 30 dead in Bajaur bombings.
August 12: The NWFP assembly passes a no-trust resolution against the President, PPP-Sherpao announces it will support the impeachment bid.
A bomb blast on the outskirts of Peshawar leaves 13 people dead and several injured. The target of the blast is a PAF bus carry PAF personnel.
August 13: Sindh Assembly passes a no-trust resolution against the President.
At least 12 militants, most of them non-locals, were killed in a series of explosions in Bagher area of South Waziristan, locals suspect the attack to be a missile attack.
Clashes between rival tribes in the Kurram Agency leave 28 people dead and 41 injured
A suicide bomber strikes a police station in Lahore, minutes before the country celebrates Independence day. The bomb blast leaves 8 people dead and dozens injured.
August 14: President Musharraf calls for reconciliation and urges government to improve the economy in the Independence Day celebrations at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
At least 35 people are killed as helicopter gunships attack militants in several areas of Bajaur Agency
Govt office, school and 46 shops blown up in Swat
August 15: Civilians are told to leave Bajaur agency amid heavy shelling by security forces.
Balochistan Assembly passes a no-confidence resolution against the President.
At least 36 people were killed and 39 others are injured in daylong clashes between two warring groups in different parts of the Kurram Agency
August 16: PPP and PML-N say the chargesheet against President Musharraf will be presented in the NA on Tuesday.
August 17: PML-N leader Ghous Ali Shah returns to Pakistan ending his self-exile, says impeachment moves have been taken at the right time.
August 18: Pervez Musharraf steps down as President of Pakistan in an address to the nation. Musharraf says no charge sheet could be proven against him, accuses government of economic mismanagement.
Chairman of the Senate Mohammadmian Soomro takes over as President, Musharraf is given guard of honor.
Political workers celebrate Musharraf’s resignation, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari arrives in Pakistan, says next President will be from PPP.
PCB Chairman Nasim Ashraf resigns following Musharraf’s resignation.
The KSE index rises and the Pakistani rupee recovers after Musharraf’s resignation
August 19: A suicide bomber strikes in a local hospital’s courtyard in Dera Ismail Khan, leaving 30 people dead and scores injured.
Rifts emerge within the coalition over the reinstatement of judges. Asfandyar Wali and Fazl-ur-Rehman to find solutions to reinstatement within 72 hours.
August 20: Malik Qayyum resigns as Attorney General Pakistan, Latif Khosa from the PPP takes over the post.
Balochistan Governor Magsi resigns from his post.
August 21: At least 70 people are killed and over 60 injured as two suicide blasts take place outside the POF factory in Wah Cantt. TTP claims responsibility for the attack.
August 22: EC announces presidential polls will be held on September 6
August 23: PPP officially announces Asif Zardari will be its presidential candidate.
Suicide attack, operation in Swat claim 67 lives
PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif calls for judges to be reinstated on Monday, calls PML-N CEC meeting for Monday
August 24: 6 people are killed in Swat and 42 in Khurram Agency as clashes continue in the tribal regions.
August 25: 10 people including an ANP MNA’s brother are killed in a rocket attack in Swat
Pakistani government bans Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, freezes its account. The move comes after Asif Zardari’s statement from Sunday calling for a ban on the organization.
August 26: 4 people are killed and over a dozen injured in a blast in an Islamabad restaurant. Authorities say the blast was due to a gas cylinder explosion, however media reports suggest it was a bomb blast.
A U.S official in Peshawar escapes a gun attack.
August 27: 8 deposed judges of the Sindh High Court take a fresh oath from the Sindh governor.
Farooq H. Naik says Abdul Hameed Dogar is the rightful Chief Justice of Pakistan.
August 28: Media reports emerge that 5 girls were buried alive in Balochistan to settle an honor dispute during July.
9 people including 7 policemen are killed and 14 injured as a bomb blast takes place near a police bus in Bannu, NWFP.
August 29: Balochistan Senator Sardar Israrullah Zehri defends the burying alive of five women in Balochistan in the Senate, saying it was part of their tribal custom.
August 30: The Pakistani government announces it is suspending the military operation in the tribal areas for the month of Ramazan.
Four deposed LHC judges take a fresh oath of office.
August 31: Clashes in Khurram Agency leave nearly a 100 people dead and over 200 injured.
September 2: 8 people are killed in clashes in the Khurram Agency
Taliban claim Chinese engineers who went missing are in their custody.
The National Accountability Bureau moves to reopen corruption cases against Nawaz Sharif
September 3: A U.S court indicts Dr. Afia Siddiqui on 7 charges, including attempt to murder and triggering terrorism.
20 people are killed in a US-led coalition attack in the South Waziristan area. The ISAF troops reportedly landed in the area via helicopters to attack suspected insurgents.
PM Gilani’s motorcade comes under attack by gunman in Rawalpindi, 3 bullets hit the PM’s car. No casualties or injuries are reported.
September 4: The US accepts NATO and ISAF forces carried out a ground attack in South Waziristan.
September 5: Seven people including four children are killed when a US spy plane fires a missile in North Waiziristan
Deposed judge Tariq Pervaiz takes a fresh oath as PHC Chief Justice.
Three deposed SC judges take a fresh oath of office.
September 6: Asif Zardari wins presidential election with 481 votes, defeating Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui and Mushahid Hussain. The victory is celebrated by PPP workers around the country.
30 people are killed and dozens injured in a suicide blast in the Zhangali area of Peshawar.
September 7: Various local TV channels air footage of NWFP legislators showing off their ballot papers before depositing it in the ballot box during the presidential election.
September 8: A US airstrike near Miramshah, North Waziristan leaves at least 20 people dead and injures over 20. The strike is aimed to be directed at Afghan commander Jalaluddin Haqqani’s camp.
September 9: Asif Zardari takes oath as President of Pakistan. Zardari has a joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, both leaders pledge greater co-operation.
September 10: At least fifteen people are killed and over 20 injured when militants hurl grenades inside in a mosque in the lower Dir district in NWFP
September 11: A NYT report says US President Bush has given permission to US forces to carry out ground attacks in Pakistan without the Pakistani government’s permission.
September 12: Twelve people are killed and 14 others injured when a US drone hit the building of a non-functional school in Toolkhel area of North Waziristan
September 13: Dr. Fehmida Mirza becomes the first female acting president of Pakistan as Asif Zardari leaves for the UK.
Reports circulate that around a 100 militants occupy a government office outside Peshawar, however militants flee after security forces arrived.
September 15: Afia Siddiqui’s 12-year old son Ahmed is handed over to Islamabad by Kabul.
September 16: President Asif Zardari holds talks with MQM leader Altaf Hussain and UK PM Gordon Brown.
The Pakistan Army says its soldiers had orders to “open fire” if U.S. forces attempt a cross-border raid.
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen arrives in Pakistan, holds talks with senior officials.
September 17: Six people are killed in a US missile strike attack on a village in South Waziristan.
September 19: Six people are killed and over a dozen injured in a blast in a seminary in Quetta.
September 20: President Zardari addresses the joint session in the National Assembly, says Pakistan will not tolerate any attack on its sovereignty.
A massive truck-bomb explodes outside the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, leaving over 50 people dead and injuring over 200. Fires break out in various parts of the hotel.
September 21: President Zardari addresses the nation, labels terrorism a curse.
The Interior Ministry releases CCTV footage of the blast, hints that the Pakistani Taliban was responsible for the attack.
October 3: 21 people are killed in a missile attack from a drone plane in a village in North Waziristan.
All Afghan nations are asked to leave the Bajaur agency.
October 5: Rockets are fired near NWFP CM Amir Haider Khan Hoti’s house
October 6: A suicide blast outside a PML-N MNA’s house in Bhakkar leaves at least 20 people dead and over 60 injured.
October 7: Seven people are injured as three low-intensity bombs explode in Lahore
October 8: A joint session of the assemblies attends an in-camera briefing by the Pakistani military on the security situation in the country.
October 9: A suicide bomber rams into the gate of the Anti-Terrorism squad office in Islamabad, the blast leaves 8 policemen injured.
12 people including school children are killed in a suicide blast in Dir.
9 people are killed in a double U.S missile strike in Tapai, North Waziristan.
October 10: 50 people are killed and at least a 100 injured in the Orakzai Agency after a suicide blast during a jirga.
October 11: Four people are killed in a U.S missile strike on the outskirts of Miramshah, North Waziristan.
October 15: Five people are killed in jail riots in Malir Jail, Karachi.
October 16: Four security personnel are killed and 28 injured in a rocket attack on a police station in Mingora, Swat.
October 19: 47 people including 22 civilians are killed in a jet attack by the Pakistan Army in Matta, Swat.
October 20: The State Bank of Pakistan unveils a Rs.33 billion bail out plan for the stock market.
October 23: 10 people are killed in a U.S drone attack on a seminary in Miramshah
October 27: 2 people are killed and 12 injured in a car bomb attack in Quetta.
October 28: The Pakistan Army says it has halted construction work on the new GHQ building in the face of the economic crisis.
October 29: Over 200 people are killed, over 500 injured and thousands are displaced as a powerful earthquake hits the Ziarat area in Baluchistan.
October 31: 21 people are killed in a double US missile strike in Pakistan
November 2: 8 soldiers are killed in a suicide blast in Wana.
November 3: Protest rallies commemorating the one year anniversary of the imposition of emergency are held in Pakistan
22 federal ministers and 18 ministers of state are inducted in the federal cabinet.
November 6: 16 people are killed in a suicide blast at an anti-militants jirga in Bajaur.
November 7: 13 people including Arabs are killed in a US missile strike in North Waziristan
November 9: Top moneychangers and their employees are arrested in Pakistan on charges of illegally transferring large amounts of foreign currency from Pakistan
November 10: Militants hijack 13 trucks carrying NATO supplies to Afghanistan.
November 11: 3 people are killed when a suicide blast occurs outside the Qayyum Stadium in Peshawar, as the closing ceremony of the inter provincial games was taking place.
November 12: A USAID worker and his driver are shot dead in Peshawar.
Five people, including four security personnel are killed in a suicide blast in Shabqadar, on the outskirts of Charsadda.
November 13: The Iranian commercial attache in Peshawar is kidnapped, and his driver killed during a shootout in Peshawar.
November 14: Two foreign journalists are injured after gunmen fire at them in Hayatabad.
November 15: The IMF says it has approved a $7.6 billion bailout plan for Pakistan.
November 17: A U.S judge says Afia Siddiqui is mentally unfit to stand trial.
November 18: Ex-SSG head Major General (retd) Ameer Faisal Alavi is gunned down in Islamabad.
November 19: 4 people are killed and 4 others are injured in a US drone attack in Bannu.
November 20: 8 people are killed in a suicide attack in Bannu
November 21: Nine people are killed and over 40 injured after a suicide blast takes place during a funeral in Dera Ismail Khan.
November 22: A missile strike in North Waziristan leaves 5 people dead, two of whom are suspected to be escaped convict Rashid Rauf and Al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubair Al-Misri
Asif Zardari says Pakistan will not be the first to use nuclear weapons if an armed conflict takes place with India.
Reports emerge that the ISI is closing its political wing.
November 23: 3 bomb blasts take place in Lahore leaving 2 people injured near Qaddafi Stadium, where the World Performing Arts Festival was taking place at the time.
November 24: 10 people are killed after a bomb blast near the Imambargah in Peshawar.
The Army says 25 militants have been killed and 40 arrested in an operation in Minichi, NWFP.
November 26: 80 people are killed and hundreds are taken hostage as terrorists attack a subway station and the Taj and Oberoi Hotels.
November 27: India’s PM Manmohan Singh blames Pakistan for the Mumbai attacks. The death toll rises to over 120 people as commandos continue to battle the terrorists. A shadowy group called Deccan Mujahideen claims responsibility for the attacks.
Pakistan receives $1.3 billion as part of the first tranche of the IMF bailout package.
November 28: Six people are killed in a suicide attack in Bannu.
PM Gilani says the National Security Council will be dissolved.
November 29: Clashes between ethnic groups erupt in Karachi leaving 8 people dead.
The operation in Mumbai comes to a close, the death toll rises to 195.
November 30: 20 people are killed, as clashes continue between unidentified groups in Karachi.
December 1: 22 NATO supply trucks are torched and 2 drivers in the outskirts of Peshawar by terrorists.
12 people including a policeman are killed, and several buildings and buses are torched as ethnic clashes continue in Karachi.
India says those responsible for Mumbai attack were trained in Pakistan.
December 2: All political parties unite against terrorism and condemns violence in All-Parties Conference in Islamabad.
Pakistan offers to launch a joint investigation probe with India into the Mumbai attacks.
December 4: A Supreme Court bench issues a stay order in Farah Dogar examination mark sheet case.
Rehman Malik says the Pakistani government has received a list of 3 suspects from the Indian government regarding the Mumbai attacks’ case.
December 5: 22 people are killed and over 90 people are injured in a car bomb attack in a Peshawar market.
3 people are killed in a U.S. drone attack in Miranshah.
December 7: Condolezza Rice says Pakistani soil was used in planning of terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
At least a 150 NATO supply trucks are torched by militants at a depot in the outskirts of Peshawar.
The Pakistani government begins conducting an operation against LeT, there are reports that LeT operative Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi has been arrested in Kashmir.
December 8: 53 NATO supply trucks are torched in Peshawar
December 10: The UN Human Rights Award is given posthomously to Benazir Bhutto, the award is received by her son Bilawal.
December 11: The United Nations imposes an arms, travel and sanctions embargo against four members of the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, the members are Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Haji Muhammad Ashraf and Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq
December 13: Reports emerge that Indian planes intrude into Pakistan’s airspace, but are chased away by PAF fighter jets. December 14:
December 15: Two people are killed in a U.S drone airstrike in North Waziristan.
December 17: Nawaz Sharif says he was made an offer to get his court cases dropped in exchange for his silence in the Farah Dogar case.
December 19: The Supreme Court dismisses a petition against the NA Standing Committee on Education, currently investigating the Farah Dogar extra marks case.
December 22: COAS Ashfaq Kiyani says Pakistan armed forces will give an equal response if India carries out surgical strikes in Pakistan.
December 24: A car bomb in Lahore leaves 1 person dead and 5 people injured.
December 26: The Pakistan Army cancels leaves of all soldiers, moves troops from FATA to the Pak-India border.
December 27: Millions pay homage at Garhi Khuda Bux on the late Benazir Bhutto’s first death anniversary. The rally at Garhi Khuda Bux to be addressed by President Zardari is cancelled due to security concerns.
December 28: 36 people are killed in a suicide bomb blast in Buner.
Islamabad Marriott opens to public after renovation work. The Marriott was ravaged by a truck bomb earlier this year.
December 29: Saleem Raza is announced as the new governor of the State Bank of Pakistan.
Disclaimer: Information for the timeline has been culled from electronic and print media reports.