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Compiled by Khurram Ali Shafique
with special thanks to Aqeel Abbas Jafferi
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Feb Yusuf Ramzi, wanted by the US in connection with the World Trade Centre bombing, arrested in Islamabad

Feb 5 Unknown gunmen open fire at a prayer congregation in a Sunni mosque in Karachi, killing 8

Mar 8 Two US embassy officials gunned down near Nursery, Karachi

Mar 15 Murtaza Bhutto launches PPP (Shaheed Bhutto Group)

Apr 16 Bonded Labour Liberation Front "activist" Iqbal Masih assassinated near Muridke

Apr 28 Pakistan's first indigenously designed atomic reactor, the brainchild of Bashiruddin Mahmood, starts operating near Khushab

Jun 18 TNSM chief Soofi Mohammad calls for new uprising against PATA Regulations, since they neither provides exemption from taxes nor allows activities like smuggling, an activity that is "not un-Islamic"

Jun 30 Sindh government bans 6 Urdu eveningers -- Awam, Qaumi Akhbar, Aghaz, Parcham, Public, Evening Special -- for 2 months for printing sensational news about violence in Karachi

Jul 4 Pressures from journalists forces Sindh CM Syed Abdullah Shah to lift ban on 6 evening dailies, imposed 4 days earlier

Jul 11 Islamabad hosts first round of talks between PPP govt, represented by N.D. Khan, Afaq Shahid and Zuhair Akram Nadeem, and MQM team including Ajmal Dehlvi and Shoaib Bukhari

Aug 1 Imran Khan's valima in Lahore adds to the list of memorable nuptials in national history

Sep 6 Pakistan Embassy attacked in Kabul

Sep 21 MQM calls yet another strike to protest against extra-judicial killings in Karachi; unexpected since 10th round of PPP-MQM meeting due to start on Sep 26

Nov Jansher Khan wins Wolrd Open for record 7th time

Obituary

G.M.Syed (right): politician, writer, Sindhi nationalist

Mian Mumtaz Daultana: polictican (Jan 30)

Khalid Shamsul Hasan: scholar (Jun 30)

Agha Hasan Abedi: banker, BCCI founder (Aug 5)

Asad Jafferi: actor, journalist (Sep 19)

Mumtaz Mufti: fiction writer (Oct 27)

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Prime Minister's US trip

April 1 PM's US trip results in promises that sanctions will be eased; Brown Amendment expected


City of death

June Is there any method to the madness currently spilling over onto the streets of Karachi? Or are the two main combatants, the PPP and the MQM willing it out to the bitter end? A staggering 336 violent deaths have been reported this month alone, the victims largely comprising MQM and Haqiqi militants, policemen and some sectarian activists. Many unconcerned individuals have also been lost, either caught in the crossfire or deliberately mowed down for no real reason. Is there any method to the madness currently spilling over onto the streets of Karachi? Or are the two main combatants, the PPP and the MQM willing it out to the bitter end? A staggering 336 violent deaths have been reported this month alone, the victims largely comprising MQM and Haqiqi militants, policemen and some sectarian activists. Many unconcerned individuals have also been lost, either caught in the crossfire or deliberately mowed down for no real reason.


Beginning of a trend?

August 2 Police are claiming MQM activist and alleged terrorist Farooq Dada was killed in an early morning armed encounter in the Airport area, but Dada's family members allege that he was picked up from his residence the previous evening and then shot in cold blood. An extra-judicial assassination, the most prominent to date, is suspected.

Collaborating with the people

Maintaining Biodiversity in Pakistan with Rural Community Development is a project initiated by IUCN Pakistan and the Wildlife Department of NWFP. The project aims at providing technical assistance to the rural communities of NWFP and the Northern Areas to promote sustainable use of natural resources as well as the economic well-being of the people.


Not cricket

March If you thought the match-fixing allegations were bad enough, get ready for bombshell. Australian cricketers Shane Warne, Mark Waugh and Tim May have claimed that Pakistan captain Salim Malik offered them hefty bribes to perform poorly during the Aussies' tour of Pakistan the previous year. If you thought the match-fixing allegations were bad enough, get ready for bombshell. Australian cricketers Shane Warne, Mark Waugh and Tim May have claimed that Pakistan captain Salim Malik offered them hefty bribes to perform poorly during the Aussies' tour of Pakistan the previous year.


Howzat!

May 17 Imran Khan marries 21-year- old British heiress Jamima Goldsmith at Islamic Centre, Paris


The plastic explosion

June In the short span of a year, credit cards have taken the market by storm. Suddenly, for the rich and yuppie wannabes, cash is out and plastic is hip.


Cinema, cinema

Jeeva, directed by Syed Noor, has brought audiences back to the cinema halls. It's been a long time since a Pakistani film has given the public songs to hum.


Songs remembered
Janoo sun zara (Jeeva)
Assan tay janae billo dey ghar (cassette by Abrar)
Chief Saab (Cassette by Sajjad Ali)

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