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Compiled by Khurram Ali Shafique
with special thanks to Aqeel Abbas Jafferi
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Jan 22 Balochistan High Court orders restoration of PA

Feb 5 Restored PA elects Nawab Akbar Bugti as CM

Feb 5 Last Soviet troops leave Afghanistan

Feb 11 Hatf is successfully tested on Makran Coast

Feb 14 Unza, Pakistan's first surface to air missile and a laser range finder, is developed at Kahuta

Feb 14 Sindh Government withdraws cases against 8,500 political prisoners

Feb Punjab-Centre conflict reaches its peak; Benazir enjoys upper hand

Mar 10 MQM boycotts Jang newspaper in Sindh

Apr 30 Government lifts ban on trade union activities

Jun 24-30 ANP joins Combined Opposition Parties (COP) after falling out with PPP

Aug 8 "Sirohey Affair" made public

Aug 25 PIA Fokker disappears on a flight to Gilgit with 54 passengers on board

Nov 1 No-confidence motion is moved by the opposition; Benazir survives by 12 votes even though MQM breaks accord with PPP

Nov 15 Bank of Punjab, not recognized by the State Bank, opens for public dealing; federal government declares it unconstitutional

Obituary

Brig Tariq Mahmood: Commando, free fall expert

Ghous Bakhsh Bizenjo: Baloch politician

Saleem Nasir: TV actor

Kamal Irani: film actor

Begum Khursheed Mirza: film and TV actress

1989
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The Woman Question

With Benazir Bhutto in the PM House, debate rages over whether a woman has the right to rule in the light of Islam.


Home made missile

February 5 General Aslam Beg unveils Hatf I & II, Pakistan's first long distance guided missiles developed at Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan Research Laboratories, Kahuta


Commonwealth

October 1 Benazir takes Pakistan back into the Commonwealth fold reversing her father's decision


Dancing in the aisles

November 'Music '89', the first live pop music programme on PTV, launches the pop scene on the idiot box with performances, among others, by the Vital Signs and Jupiters. Scenes of young girls dancing in the aisles and obviously enjoying themselves provokes a backlash, however, from the country's religious right.


Blow of the Believer

December "Zarb-e-Momin", the biggest military exercise ever conducted in Pakistan, sets new standards not just in terms of magnitude but also the quantum of information the khaki brass is providing to the local and international media about its operation

Salman Rushdie

Satanic Verses denounced

February 10 Namoos-e-Risalat Day is observed in protest against publication of Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses.


Protesters killed in police firing

February 12 Five die and 83 are injured as police opens fire on mob in Islamabad demonstrating against Satanic Verses; PM apologizes and promises judicial inquiry. Five die and 83 are injured as police opens fire on mob in Islamabad demonstrating against Satanic Verses; PM apologizes and promises judicial inquiry.


Songs remembered
Dil Dil Pakistan (Cassette by Vital Signs)

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