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
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
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
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.