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Pakistan History Timeline

2000s

  • (2000) Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sentenced to life imprisonment for hijacking and terrorism charges, went into exile in Saudi Arabia
  • (2000) Worst drought in over 100 years ravaged two southern provinces, over 500 people killed
  • (2000) Protests and strikes were held after new government tax was introduced
  • (2000) Elections were held in three phases, new local government system was installed
  • (2001) Convictions of Benazir Bhutto and her husband were set aside by Supreme Court, retrial ordered
  • (2001) Musharraf named himself president and remained head of the army, dissolved National Assembly, provisional assemblies
  • (2001) Pakistan supported U.S. in fight against terrorism, supported attacks on Afghanistan
  • (2002) President Musharraf won five-year term in referendum vote
  • (2002) President Musharraf Pres. Musharraf announced major changes to the Constitution including: giving himself more power, security council that institutionalized the military's role in government, power to fire the prime minister and dissolve the legislature and requirement for all candidates to have university degrees
  • (2002) Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali sworn in as Prime Minister
  • (2002) UN ordered employees in Pakistan and India to evacuate based on concerns of a war
  • (2003) Ceasefire over Kashmir declared by Pakistan, India followed
  • (2003) President Musharraf survived an assassination attempt when a bomb exploded on a bridge just after his motorcade crossed in Rawalpindi
  • (2003) President Musharraf agreed to resign as head of armed forces by end of 2004
  • (2003) President Musharraf agreed to reduce some of the powers he had decreed to himself
  • (2003) A second assassination attempt against President Musharraf killed 15, wounded 46
  • (2004) President Musharraf won vote of confidence that would keep him as president until 2007
  • (2004) Pakistan began military offensive against suspected Al-Qaeda militants near Afghan border
  • (2004) Pakistan re-admitted to the Commonwealth
  • (2004) Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali resigned, dissolved the cabinet and nominated Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain from the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) as his interim successor
  • (2004) Shaukat Aziz elected prime minister by National Assembly
  • (2005) Bus service between Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir and Indian-controlled Srinagar in Kashmir after a 60-year halt
  • (2005) Heatwave across country killed over 175 people
  • (2005) Three passenger trains collided near Ghotki, killed 136, injured 170
  • (2005) First nuclear-capable cruise missile tested
  • (2005) Earthquake killed 80,000 people in Kashmir, 2.5 million left homeless
  • (2005) India and Pakistan opened disputed Kashmir border - first time in 58 years
  • (2006) Peace accords signed to end fighting with pro-Al-Qaeda militants near Afghan border
  • (2006) Presidential Ordinance allowed process to release over 1600 women from 55 jails across the country
  • (2007) Bomb blasts and fire on a train traveling between New Delhi, India and Lahore, Pakistan killed 68 passengers
  • (2007) Pakistan and India signed an agreement to reduce the risk of accidental nuclear war
  • (2007) Protests began after President Musharraf suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry
  • (2007) Red Mosque complex in Islamabad stormed by security forces following week-long siege
  • (2007) Chief Justice Chaudhry reinstated by Supreme Court
  • (2007) Former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, returned from exile; during her homecoming parade in Karachi, dozens were killed by suicide bomb
  • (2007) Over 200 killed in fighting during offensive launched by the Army against militants in North Waziristan
  • (2007) Musharraf won presidential election, but was challenged by Supreme Court
  • (2007) President Musharraf declared emergency rule, dismissed Chief Justice Chaudhry, appointed new Supreme Court
  • (2007) New Supreme Court confirmed Musharraf's re-election
  • (2007) Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned from exile
  • (2007) Musharraf lifted emergency rule, restored suspended constitution
  • (2007) During political rally in Rawalpindi, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated
  • (2008) Yusuf Raza Gilani elected prime minister
  • (2008) President Musharraf resigned
  • (2008) Asif Ali Zardari, widower of Benazir Bhutto, elected president
  • (2008) Suicide bombing at Marriott Hotel in Islamabad killed 53

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