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Compiled by Khurram Ali Shafique
with special thanks to Aqeel Abbas Jafferi
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Feb 11 COAS General Abdul Waheed Kakar retires; replaced by General Jehangir Karamat

Feb 11 Opening ceremony for Cricket World Cup co-hosted by Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, is held in Calcutta

March Javed Mianadad, the best batsman Pakistan has ever produced, announces retirement

Apr Jansher Khan wins 5th British Open

May Imran Khan announces formation of Tehrik-e-Insaaf, a political movement against corruption

Jun 24 Jamaat-e-Islami stages dharna (sit-in) in Islamabad: three party workers killed in clashes with police

Summer Wasim Akram joins the 300-plus club during the Oval Test

Aug 14 Golden Jubilee of Pakistan ceremonies launched, anticipating the 50 years of independence next year

Sep 11 Two female relatives of peasants killed at Tando Bahawal (1992) set themselves on fire in Hyderabad to protest delay in hanging of Capt (ex-Major) Arshad Jamil

Sep 23 Attack on a mosque in Multan leaves 24 dead, mainly women and children

Oct 28 Captain Arshad Jamil hanged for murdering 9 innocent peasants in Tando Bahawal in 1992

Nov 5 Malik Meraj Khalid becomes caretaker PM; elections to be held on Feb 3

Nov 18 Ehtesab Ordinance promulgated; chief ehtesab commissioner to investigate corruption in public offices

Dec 4 Meeting between President Leghari and Nawaz Sharif raises suspicions of secret deal

Dec 12 President announces adult franchise for Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) in February elections, discarding the system of one malik (tribal chief), one vote

Obituary

Abdul Hafeez Kardar: cricketer (Apr 21)

Nazar Mohammad: cricketer (Jul 21)
Dr. Abdus Salam: Nobel laureate, physicist (Nov 20)

Qazi Mohib: hockey player (Dec 29)

Khalida Riyasat: TV actress

Yusuf Lodhi a.k.a. Vai Ell: cartoonist

Sultan Rahi: Punjabi film actor

Razia Bhatti: journalist

1996
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Killing spree

September The assassination of Murid Abbas Yazdani, Salar-e-Ala of Sipah-e-Mohammad, is the latest addiction to the growing list of sectarian killings, but this time his own party rival Ghulam Raza Naqvi is suspected to be involved.


The siege of Islamabad

October Following the Jamaat-e-Islami's call for a protest dharna (sit in) at Parliament House, for which thousands of Jamaat followers wee expected to march towards Islamabad, the authorities took control of all inter-city routes in an attempt to prevent agitation. But still, for three days, the Jamaat brought the capital to a standstill.


Who killed Murtaza Bhutto?

September 20 Mir Murtaza Bhutto, along with Ashiq Jatoi, is killed near his Clifton residence in what authorities claim was a police shootout with his body guards, but the feeling persists that this was a well-planned murder. The public, depending on who one talked to, is pointing accusingly at Murtaza's sister and Prime Minister Benazir, her husband Asif Zardari and even the President. (Contributed by Irfan Malik) Mir Murtaza Bhutto, along with Ashiq Jatoi, is killed near his Clifton residence in what authorities claim was a police shootout with his body guards, but the feeling persists that this was a well-planned murder. The public, depending on who one talked to, is pointing accusingly at Murtaza's sister and Prime Minister Benazir, her husband Asif Zardari and even the President. (Contributed by Irfan Malik)


Benazir dismissed again

November 4-5 Something serious was certainly afoot. On the night of November 4, troops were on the move in Islamabad as well as in all the provincial capitals, and it seemed the nation was witnessing yet another military coup. But this time the midnight knock came at the behest of President Farooq Leghari, who then told the nation that he had dismissed the Bhutto government on charges of extra-judicial killings, corruption, mismanagement of the economy and complete breakdown of law and order. (Contributed by Irfan Malik)

Conservation in the province

The Sarhad Provincial Conservation Strategy (SPCS), approved 4 years after the National Conservation Strategy (NCS), is the first provincial conservation strategy in the country.


Social Action Programme criticised

The Social Action Programme (SAP) launched by the government in 1993 to boost investments in the social sector has turned out to be heavily biased in favour of physical infrastructural development while the human resource component remains severely ignored. The current phase of SAP will end in 1998.


The Lion's Roar

March 17 Before a packed and unshamedly supportive Qaddafi Stadium, Arjuna Ranatunga leads Sri Lanka to a historic victory over Australia in the World Cup final. Earlier Pakistan were eliminated in the quarter-finals, going down to arch rivals India in a foul-tempered match in Bangalore on March 9.


Reclaimed glory

September 30 The Aga Khan inaugurates the newly restored Baltit Fort in Karimabad (Hunza).


Victims of gender?

October Over 300 women have been killed in accordance with the Karo Kari custom in Sindh since the beginning of this year, while 50 cases of rape were reported in Lahore alone between the 1st and 10th of this month.


Blitz of '96

October 4 Shahid Khan Afridi scores the fastest century in one-day cricket, blasting his way to a hundred off 37 balls against Sri Lanka at Nairobi.


Songs remembered
Ghari raat ka aik bajaey (Chore Machaey Shore)
Karay kuchi kuchi dil mera (Chief Saheb)
Suno suno (Chief Saheb)

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