Jan 1: M.V. Columbialand,
carrying Pakistan's first expedition team to Antarctica, crosses Antarctic
March 14: IJI sweeps
March 25: Four Pakistani
hijackers die as Singapore armed forces commandos storm the country's
hijacked airliner at Changi Airport.
May 8: 10 people die and
30 are wounded when bomb explodes at the clinic of Kashmiri leader, Dr
Farooq Haider in Rawalpindi.
May 16: National
Assembly passes Shariat Bill.
June 11: General Asif
Nawaz Janjua appointed as new army chief.
Sept 23: Princess Diana
reaches Pakistan on a four-day official visit.
Oct 3: General Fazle Haq,
former NWFP governor, shot dead in Peshawar.
Nov 26: Urdu daily
Imroze closes down after 43 years.
Jan 16: US and its
allies attack Iraq to end its occupation of Kuwait.
March 14: Begum Khaleda
Zia Becomes Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
April 3: Permanent
ceasefire between Iraq and Us-led allies comes into effect.
October 7: Lenin's
statue sold for 100,000 dollars in Moscow.
Oct 13: Soviet Union
abolishes its secret
security agency, the
Oct 13: Burmese
opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.
Oct 30: Middle East
peace conference opens in Madrid after 43 years bringing
Israel, Palestine and
other neighbours face to face.
Nov 5: 2000 die as
typhoon strikes Eastern Philippines.
Nov 20: Suleyman Demirel
returns to power in Turkey, 11 years after his ouster by the army.
Dec 25: Washington
recognises the independence of 12 former Soviet Republics.
Jan 17: France agrees to
supply 40 Mirage-2000 aircraft, 3 submarines and 3 radars to Pakistan.
March 22: Pakistan
withdraws foreign exchange bonds worldwide.
March 25: Pakistan,
under captain Imran Khan, wins the cricket World Cup, defeating England by
May 4: Sindh High Court
Declares Asif Ali Zardari's trial inside jail illegal.
May 20: Sindh's border
with Rajashthan sealed.
June 4: Army called out
June 19: Army launches
anti-MQM operation in Karachi.
June 20: Army takes over
Nine-Zero, MQM headquarters in Azizabad.
June 27: MQM quits
Aug 20: Veteran
politician Nawabzadah Nasrullah Khan announces formation of National
Aug 26: PM Nawaz Sharif
inaugurates Quaid-i-Azam International Airport in Karachi.
Oct 2: Nelson Mandela
Oct 17: Indian army
kills 2 Pakistani tourists, Intikhab Ahmed Zia and Habibullah, claiming
they were terrorists.
Jan 1: Washington-Moscow
pact cuts off all military assistance to US and Russian allies in the
Jan 11: Algerian
President Chadli Ben Jedid resigns.
Feb 2: Russian President
Boris Yeltsin and US president George Bush sign historic Camp David
agreement and declare friendship.
Feb 10: Algeria bans
Islamic Salvation Front.
March 14: 2000 die in
April 4: First Pakistani
plane lands at Kabul airport after 13 years.
April 8: PLO chief
Yasser Arafat survives emergency landing in Southern Lebanon.
April 28: Prof
Sibghatullah Mujaddedi takes over as the new President of Afghanistan.
May 18: 300 die in
Muslim-Christian clashes in Nigeria.
June 20: Czechoslovakia
agrees to peaceful split of 74-year-old republic into two independent
167 people on board the PIA Airbus die when it crashes shortly
before landing at Kathmandu in Nepal.
Oct 9: 2 Sikh militants
convicted for killing former Indian Army chief Arun Viyda hanged in
Oct 25: Japanese Emperor
Hirohito visits China and apologises for massacre of tens of thousands of
Chinese in 1937 when Japanese forces captured Nanking province.
Nov 3: Bill Clinton
elected as 42nd President of the United States of America.
Nov 29: Hindus gather at
Ayodhya to build temple on Babri Mosque site.
Dec 7: Cricket Match
between India and Bangladesh cancelled when crowd attacked Dhaka Stadium.
Jan 12: General Abdul
Waheed Kakar becomes new army chief.
April 18: President
Ghulam Ishaq Khan dissolves National Assembly and appoints Balkh Sher
Mazari as caretaker Prime Minister.
May 26: The Supreme
Court reinstates Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister.
June 5: 24 Pakistan
soldiers in UN contingent in Somalia are killed in Mogadishu.
July 17: Both President
Ishaq Khan and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agree to step down following
July 18: Moeen Qureshi
sworn in as caretaker Prime Minister and Wasim Sajjad as acting president.
Ishaq announces elections to be held in October.
Sept 18: Nusrat Bhutto
launches election campaign for absent son Mir Murtaza Bhutto.
Sept 29: Former Punjab
chief minister, Ghulam Haider Wyne is assassinated.
October 6: Voters go to
October 19: Benazir
Bhutto sworn in as Prime Minister.
Nov 4: Mir Murtaza
Bhutto arrives in Karachi.
Nov 13: Farooq Leghari
elected President by 274 votes against Wasim Sajjad's 168.
Dec 19: Asif Zardari
acquitted in the Unnar case.
Jan 1: First
face-to-face talks between Bosnian Muslims, Croats and Serbs open in
Jan 1: Prof Burhanuddin
Rabbani sworn in as President of Afghanistan.
Jan 20: Bill Clinton
sworn in as the 42nd President of the US.
March 12: Series of
bombs go off in Bombay killing 200 people.
May 28: Cambodians vote
in UN supervised elections.
Sep 9: Israel and PLO
sign agreement recognising both Israel's right to exist as a state and PLO
as representative of the Palestinian people.
Sep 13: Israel and PLO
sign accord in Washington for autonomy to Palestinians.
Nov 18: Both white and
black South African leaders approve democratic constitution to give blacks
the vote and end white minority rule.
Jan 16: France offers
Pakistan Mirage 2000-5 aircraft and submarines on deferred payments.
Feb 3: US declares the
Pressler Amendment to remain part of new Foreign Assistance Act. Pakistan
suffers major diplomatic setback.
April 21: Supreme Court
orders restoration of Sabir Shah Government in the NWFP.
April 28: Pakistan
recognises South Africa.
June 5: Justice Sajjad
Ali Shah takes oath as the Chief Justice of Pakistan.
June 9: MQM leaders,
including Altaf Hussain, Salim Shehzad and others sentenced to 27 years RI
in the Major Kaleem kidnapping case.
Sept 21: Pakistan
decides to purchase three Agosta 90B submarines from France for 950
4: US announces continuation of sanctions imposed on Pakistan in August
1993 for allegedly buying M-11 missiles from China.
Oct 18: Army moves into
Karachi after 13 people die in sectarian violence.
Nov 3: Chief Minister
NWFP, Aftab Khan Sherpao, announces enforcement of Shariat in Malakand
Nov 4: Pakistan and
France sign 710 million-dollar deal for communication satellite and
railway system in Karachi.
Nov 5: Taliban emerge in
Afghanistan; capture Kandhar and release Pakistani caravan carrying goods
and medicines to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
Nov 16: Government
releases Mian Mohammad Sharif on parole.
Nov 22: Senator Shujaat
Hussain arrested on fraud charges.
Jan 14: Russian and US
sign deal on co-operation in nuclear field and other security issues.
Jan 26: Prince Charles
escapes attack in Sydney, Australia.
Feb 19: India tests
surface-to-surface Agni missile successfully.
Feb 25: Jewish settler
massacres 63 Palestinians and injures 300 while they offer Fajr prayers at
Feb 28: NATO shoots down
4 Serbian planes flying over Bosnia.
Morocco establishes diplomatic relations with Israel.
Sept 22: Hundreds die in
Indian plague while thousands are hospitalised.
Oct 16: Chancellor
Helmut Kohl's Christian Democratic Union scrapes through to victory in
Germany's general election.
Oct 23: Sri Lankan
presidential candidate Gamini Dissanayake and 5 others die in bomb blast
at campaign rally near Colombo.
Dec 9: 310 perish as
fire sweeps through a cinema in China.
Dec 10. Russia bombs
March 15: Mir Murtaza
Bhutto becomes head of his faction of the People's Party.
April 26: ICRC report
claims about 100,000 people have been killed in Rwandan civil strife.
April 27: Israel and PLO
sign landmark economic accord.
May 2: Nelson Mandela
wins South Africa's all race election.
June 4: India tests
medium range Prithvi missile.
July 26: Powerful bomb
explodes outside Israeli Embassy in London injuring 15 people and causing
May 11: Sacred Charar
Sharif shrine is gutted during shootout between Islamic militants and
Indian troops in Occupied Kashmir.
Sept 6: Thousands of
Afghans storm Pakistan's embassy in Kabul, slaying one official.
Nov 19: Suicide bomber
destroys Egyptian embassy in Islamabad, killing 14 and wounding over 59.
Dec 19. President
appoints Jehangir Karamat as Chief of Army Staff to succeed General Abdul
Dec 21: 40 people die
and over 140 are wounded when bomb rocks Peshawar.
Jan 17: Devastating
earthquake in the Japanese city of Kobe claims 6,430 lives.
Jan 18. Cave discovered
with 300 stone-age paintings of animals, apparently untouched for some
20,000 years discovered in France.
March 25: Algerian
troops slay 300 Muslim militants in the deadliest ambush in three years of
April 19: Bomb blast in
Oklahoma City leaves 90 people dead.
May 17: Conservative
Jacques Chirac sworn in as
French president and takes over from Socialist Mitterrand, who served a
record 14 years.
July 4: John Major is
re-elected leader of the ruling Conservative Party and remains Prime
Minister of Britain.
July 10: Burmese
dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest after 6
Aug 20: At least 275
people are killed in northern India when a passenger express rams into a
Sept 12: Sher Bahadur
Deuba sworn in as Nepal Prime Minister.
Oct 1: US court convicts
Sheikh Omar of Egypt and 9 others of plotting to blow up UN headquarters,
kill President Hosni Mubarak and bomb vital highway tunnels in New York.
Oct 2: France carries
out nuclear test in South Pacific.
Oct 11: Bosnian
government signs ceasefire accord with Serbs.
Nov 4: Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin assassinated by extremist Jew at a rally in Tel
Aviv. Foreign Minister Shimon Peres is named acting premier.
Dec 20: NATO takes over
Bosnian peacekeeping mission from UN. It is the biggest military operation
in its 50-year-history.
Jan 16: India decides to
deploy Prithvi missiles on border with Pakistan.
April 25: Ex-cricketer
Imran Khan launches new political party.
November 5: President
Farooq Leghari dissolves National Assembly
Nov 18: Accountability
JAN 1: King Fahad of
Saudi Arabia hands over power to Crown Prince Abdullah.
Jan 21: Yasser Arafat
scores landslide victory in presidential elections.
Jan 27: India tests
long-range Prithvi missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
May 16: Vajpayee sworn
in as Indian Prime Minister.
Jun 23: Sheikh Hasina
Wajed sworn in as Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Aug 6: Scientists find
evidence of possible life on Mars.
Sept 27: Taliban capture
Kabul and hang former President Najibullah and his brother in public.
Nov 4: Bill Clinton
re-elected US President.
Dec 15: Security Council
agrees to appoint Ghana's Kofi Annan as new UN Secretary General.
Jan 8: Sita White files
paternity suit against Imran Khan.
Jan 30: SC upholds
dissolution of the National Assembly.
Feb 18: Nawaz Sharif
sworn in as Prime Minister.
April 1: NA unanimously
adopts 13th constitutional amendment.
April 24: Navy Chief
Admiral Mansoorul Haq quits on allegation of corruption.
June 18: Mir Aimal Kansi,
wanted for killing 2 CIA officers, is arrested in Dera Ghazi Khan and
flown to US.
Nov 11: Aimal Kansi
sentenced to life for 1993 murder of CIA employee.
Dec 2: President Leghari
steps down. Wasim Sajjad becomes acting president.
Feb 13: China executes
100 Muslims after summary trials in Xinjiang.
April 21: I. K Gujral
takes oath as 12th Indian PM.
May 24: Khatami elected
May 26: Saudi Arabia
recognises Taliban government.
June 30: Hong Kong
becomes part of China again.
July 17: R. K. Narayan
elected Indian President.
Jan 1: Justice (retired)
Rafiq Tarar takes oath as ninth President of Pakistan.
March 4: 500 drowned and
3000 houses destroyed in Balochistan flood.
April 9: Pakistan test
fires 150-km range surface-to-surface missile.
May 28: Pakistan holds 5
nuclear tests in response to India's and becomes nuclear power. Emergency
declared. Government freezes foreign currency accounts.
July 23: British govt
hands over Surrey Palace documents to Pakistan.
Aug 11: 2500 million ton
gold and copper reserves found in Chaghi, Balochistan.
Sept 10: Two C-130
aircraft collide at Chaklala Air Base. 5 air force officers die.
Oct 5: Army chief
Jehangir Karamat proposes formation of National Security Council.
Oct 7: PM Nawaz Sharif
forces Karamat to resign. Pervez Musharraf becomes COAS.
Oct 9: National Assembly
passes Shariat Bill (15th amendment)
Nov 19: Nawaz Sharif
inaugurates Karachi-Hyderabad Motoraway (M-9).
Jan 3: 412 civilians
slaughtered by unidentified attackers in West Algeria.
Jan 6: 100 people die
when two trains collide in dense fog in Northern India.
Feb 6: Earthquake claims
4000 lives in Northern Afghanistan.
Feb 16: 202 people die
when Taiwan passenger aircraft crashes.
March 15: Atal Behari
Vajpayee nominated as prime Minister of India.
May 31: 5000 die in
Aug 8: Taliban capture
Mazar Sharif and massacre ethnic Hazaras in thousands.
Aug 20: US launch cruise
missile attack on Afghanistan.
Sept 1: India tests
Sept 2: 229 passengers
die when Swiss plane crashes in the sea.
Sept 19: 220 die in
Dec 11: 102 passengers
of Thai Air lines killed when plane crashes near Sura Thani airport.
Dec 12: US House body
votes to impeach president Clinton.
Dec 14: Clinton endorses
Dec 18: US bombs Iraqi
oil refinery, radio and television stations.
Feb 1 Supreme Court
orders release of newsprint to Jang group.
Feb 17: Supreme Court
declares military courts illegal.
Feb 29: Indian PM
Vajpayee arrives in Lahore by bus.
May 20: India and
Pakistan ex-change heavy fire in Kargil.
July 4: Prime Minister
Sharif agrees to pull out from Kargil during meeting with Clinton.
Oct 12: Musharraf
dismisses Nawaz Sharif government.
Dec: Javed Iqbal,
accused of sexually assaulting and killing 100 children, is arrested.
Jan 22: Hundreds killed
in ChristianMuslim clashes in Indonesia.
Feb 12: US Senate
acquits President Clinton in Monica case.
Aug 2: 500 die and over
1000 wounded as two trains collide in India.
Sept 21: Taiwan
earthquake claims over 1800 lives.
Sept 27: Hosni Mubarak
elected Egyptian president for fourth time.
Oct 20: Abdur Rehman
Wahid becomes Indonesian president.
Oct 30: Over 1000 die as
storm lashes India's coastal towns.
Dec 22: Chandarika
Kumaratunga becomes Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
Jan 19: Nawaz Sharif and
other accused indicted in plane case.
Feb 7: Pakistan test
fires Hatf-I missile.
April 6: ATC awards life
imprisonment to Nawaz Sharif in PIA hajacking case.
May 17: Nazir Sabir
becomes the first Pakistani to conquer Mount Everest.
Sept 20: Sherpao gets
3-year imprisonment by NAB reference.
Dec 13: Nawaz Sharif and
family exiled to Saudi Arabia.
Dec 20: Pakistan
announces pullout of a part of troops from line of control.
Jan 1: Y2K bug fails to
Jun 26: Scientists
unveil first draft of 'The Book of Life' after successfully mapping human
Aug 15: Russia's nuclear
submarine sinks, killing 118 onboard.
Aug 25: India test fires
Oct: US shuts down
embassies in Arab world.
Oct 13: South Korean
president Kim Dae Jung wins Nobel Peace Prize.
Dec 9: Isreali PM Ehud
Dec 14: Gore concedes
defeat; Bush promises to unite Americans.
Dec 22: Kashmiri
militants attack Red Fort, killing 3.
Dec 22: Madonna marries
British film director Guy Ritchie.
Jan 21: Pakistan and
India decide to extend bi-weekly Samjhota Express service for 3 years.
Jan 26: 5 killed and 108
inured in lower Sindh as aftershocks from Gujarat earthquake are felt in
Jan 18: UN sanctions on
Taliban-ruled Afghanistan begin.
Jan 20: George W bush
sworn in as 43rd US President.
Sep 11: World Trade
Centre (WTC), New York destroyed in a terrorist attack.
Jan 23: Armed militants
kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi, Pakistan.
May 8: A car bomb
exploded near a Pakistani navy shuttle bus in Karachi, killing 12 persons
and wounding 19 French nationals.
Jun 14: A car bomb
exploded near the U.S. Consulate and the Marriott Hotel in Karachi.
Jan 22: Armed militants
on motorcycles fired at the U S Consulate in Calcutta, India, killing 5
Indian security personnel and wounding 13 others.
Mar 27: A suicide
bombing in a noted restaurant in Netanya, Israel, killed 22 persons and
Apr 11: A suicide bomber
detonated a truck loaded with propane gas outside a historic synagogue in
Djerba, Tunisia, killing 16.
A remote-controlled bomb exploded near a May Day parade in Kaspiisk,
Dagestan, killing 42 persons and wounding 150.
July 17: Two suicide
bombers attacked the old bus station in Tel Aviv, Israel, killing 5
persons and wounding 38.
Aug 5: Gunmen attacked a
Christian school attended by children of missionaries from around the
Oct 12: A car bomb
exploded outside the Sari Club Discotheque in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia,
killing 202 persons and wounding 300 more.
Oct 23: Fifty Chechen
rebels led by Movsar Barayev seized the Palace of Culture Theater in
Moscow, Russia, to demand an end to the war in Chechnya.
Dec 27: A suicide bomb
attack destroyed the offices of the pro-Russian Chechen government in
Grozny and killed over 80 people and wounded 210.
Jan 8: Ghauri missile
handed over to Pak Army.
Jan 21: Gas pipeline
near Sui was blown up.
Jan 25: Pakistan's first
ever communication satellite Paksat-I was launched by the President.
Feb 20: Air Chief Mushaf
Ali Mir, his wife and 15 other were killed in an air crash.
Mar 1: Khalid Sheikh,
suspected mastermind behind the 9/11 attack in the USA, was arrested in
Mar 6: Shaheen-I missile
was handed over to Pak Army.
Mar 19: Air Marshal
Kaleem Saadat was appointed the new Chief of Air Staff.
Mar 26: Pakistan and
India test-fired Abdali and Prithvi missiles respectively
May 20: Commonwealth
kept Pakistan's membership suspended.
June 27: Shahbaz
Sharif's family put under house arrest.
July 21: Syed
Sharifuddin Pirzada disclosed that Fatima Jinnah was assassinated.
July 26: ARD boycotted
talks on LFO.
Aug 21: Heavy operation
spillage from Tasman Spirit.
Nov 18: A major
operation was initiated against tribes in South Waziristan, dozens
including 3 chiefs were arrested.
Dec 25: Two suicide
truck bombers killed 14 persons as President Musharraf's motorcade passed
through Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Jan 10: North Korea
withdrew from NPT.
Feb 1: Space shuttle
Columbia broke apart into flames over Texas, killing all seven astronauts.
Feb 13: Russia, India
signed $400 million nuclear fuel deal.
Feb 19: 302 killed in
Iran plane crash.
Feb 21: 85 died, 150
injured in US night-club fire.
Feb 25: North Korea
fired missile into Sea of Japan.
Mar 16: Bush set 17th
March deadline for diplomacy over Iraq.
Mar 20: US-led forces
entered Iraq, cruise missile attack on Iraq.
Apr 3: US forces seized
Apr 24: US detained
Tareq Aziz, former deputy PM in Saddam Hussein's toppled Iraqi regime.
May 8: Vajpayee rejected
Pakistan's nuclear disarmament call.
May 11: US dissolved
Iraq's Baath Party. India conducted second test of Astra missile.
May 13: 29 killed in
Riyadh suicide bombings.
May 22: 1,092 people
killed in Algerian quake.
May 29: India test-fired
multi-target Aakash missile.
June 24: US President
announced a 3-billion dollar aid package for Pakistan.
Jun 25: India test-fired
July 8: Iranian twin
sisters died as surgery ended in tragedy and 116 perished in Sudanese
July 22: Saddam's sons
Uday, Qusay were killed in Mosul raid.
Bush accepted responsibility for flawed intelligence in Iraq's
Sep 3: JF-17 was
successfully tested in China.
First post-Saddam Iraqi
cabinet sworn in.
Sep 4: France and
Germany rejected new US resolution on Iraq.
Dec 3: USA warned Iran,
Syria, Libya, North Korea and Cuba of their corrupt activities.
Dec 14: Saddam Hussein
captured in Tikrit.
Dec 26: More than 20,000
people were killed in earthquake in Iranian city Bam.
Jan 1: PIA operates
first flight to Delhi.
Jan 4: SAARC summit
starts in Islamabad.
Jan 8: Army launches
operation against Al-Qaeda in Wana.
Feb 2: Dr Qadeer admits
Feb 21: Hatf-III missile
handed over to Army.
24 rocket fired at Sui gas field.
Mar 9: Pakistan tests
Shaheen-II successfully. Geo TV website launched.
Mar 10: India begins
historic cricket tour to Pakistan.
Mar 11: Geo TV
transmission begins in USA.
May 4: Pakistan-China
deal for Chashma-2 signed.
June 16: Bob Woolmer
replaces Miandad as Pak Team coach.
June 19: Pak India kick
off nuclear talks, sign agreement to improve border situation.
June 22: Imran, Jemima
end nine-year marriage.
June 23: Schoolgirl set
to become first Pakistani Olympic pool.
June 30: Shujaat sworn
in as prime minister.
PIA celebrates 50th
July 6: Gas pipeline
explodes at Ouch Sharif.
Aug 18: Shaukat Aziz
wins Tharparkar, Attock NA seats.
Sep 5: Mahathir visits
Sep 16: CNN launches
Young Journalists Award in Pakistan.
Oct 4: Sohail equals
world record for international goals in hockey.
Oct 12: Pakistan tests
Oct 26: NA approves
death for Karo-Kari.
Nov 29: N-capable
Ghaznavi missile test-fried.
Nov 30: Tasman oil spill
affected 300,00 Karachiites.
Jan 3: 148 perish in
Egyptian plane crash.
Jan 6: Australian
captain Steve Waugh retires from International cricket.
Jan 13: Asia confronts
bird flu crisis, three dead confirmed in Vietnam.
Jan 25: NASA's second
rover lands on Mars.
Feb 1: 244 pilgrims die
in Mina Stampede.
Feb 11: Scientist clones
30 human embryos.
Feb 16: Distant galaxy
observed through Hubble.
Feb 17: New form of mad
cow disease discovered.
Feb 23: 64-year-old
Indian woman delivers test tube baby.
Feb 24: 447 killed in
Feb 26: Fastest
stopwatch developed by Austro-Hungarian physicists.
Mar 13: Iran freezes
inspections of its N-facilities.
Mar 15: Astronomers
discover new (10th) planet in the solar system.
Mar 19: New Delhi tests
Mar 27: UN Inspectors
arrive in Iran to inspect N-Sites.
Mar 29: SAF games get
off to a colourful start. India test-fires two anti-aircraft Akash
Apr 1: German state
outlaws headscarves for Muslim teachers.
Apr 7: Lara breaks world
record and becomes the first batsman to make 400 test runs.
Apr 19: US ends Fallujah
Apr 23: US lifts
economic sanctions on Libya.
May 13: Vajpayee quits
as Congress routs BJP in Indian elections.
May 21: Venus-Moon
encounter dazzles people on Earth.
May 22: Manmohan Singh
sworn in as PM of India.
May 24: Over 500 dead in
May 31: Death toll in
Caribbean floods soars past 1700.
June 8: Venus passes
between the Earth and the sun after 121.5 years.
June 21: First private
space flight returns to Earth.
July 6: Fresh outbreak
of bird flu in China. Blair accepts Iraqi WMDs may never be found.
Aug 4: Gibraltar marks
300 years of British rule. South Asia floods claim 1600 lives.
Sri Lankan president
steps down as coalition leader.
Aug 29: India tests
nuclear capable Agni-II missile.
Sep 3: Over 200 dead as
Russian Commander storms school.
Sep 6: 90 dead in China
Sep 9: Top G-8 official
discuses nuke tensions with Iran.
Sep 11: Blasts in Jeddah
mar 9/11 anniversary.
Sep 19: 650,000 homeless
in west Bengal floods.
Sep 20: Afghan
vice-president survive bomb attack
Sep 24: Bill Gates
remains atop list of richest.
Sep 25: Hurricane Jeanne
forced more than 800,000 in Florida to evacuate.
Sep 26: India celebrates
350th anniversary of the Taj Mahal.
Sep 29: Private rocket
ship 'Spaceship One' reaches edge of space.
Sep 30: Typhoon Meari
lashes Japan, 20 dead, seven missing.
Oct 1: Japan's bullet
train marks 40th anniversary.
Oct 2: Anthrax kills 120
hippos in Uganda.
Oct 8: 43 dead, million
flee as rain lashes Bangladesh, North-east India.
Oct 9: Strongest typhoon
of the decade hits Tokyo.
Oct 10: Indian floods
claim 150 lives.
Oct 13: EU gives Sudan
two-month deadline over Darfur.
Oct 18: US offers sale
of Patriot missile system to India.
Oct 20: Iran conducts
new test of Shahab-3 missile.
Oct 31: Iran parliament
approves uranium enrichment. 100 Somalis killed in factional fighting.
Nov 3: Bush wins second
term. Karzai proclaimed Afghanistan's first elected President.
Nov 6: 37 killed in
Samarra car bombings. Eight French soldiers killed by Ivory Coast troops.
Nov 16: Rice new
secretary of state as Powell quits.
Nov 30: Philippines
storm leaves 306 dead, 150 missing.
Dec 26: Asian tsunami
Jan 5: Karo-kari law
signed by president.
Jan 7: Baglihar talks
collapse: Reservations not addressed: Pakistan.
Jan 10: Deletion of sect
column in all forms proposed.
Jan 12: FC takes over
Sui gas plant- supply across country partially shut: four killed in gun
battles- Karachi to remain unaffected.
Jan 28: Underworld don
Shoaib dies of heart attack in jail.
Feb 4: KSE crosses 7000
Feb 5: KESC sold to
Saudi group 'Kanooz-al-Watan'.
Feb 12: Common Wealth
urges Musharraf to quit one post by 2007.
Feb 18: Provincial
Minister Imtiaz Sheikh sacked.
Feb 24: KSE crosses 8000
Mar 9: Two bills on
honour killing tabled in NA.
Mar 14: Benazir, Shahbaz
meet in London.
Mar 18: Fierce clashes
in Dera Bugti.
Mar 20: Hatf VI missile
Apr 1: Ballistic missile
'Abdali' Hatf II, test fired.
Apr 6: New jet JF-17
Thunder aircraft unveiled.
Apr 9: Pakistan to build
more N-plants-Ground-breaking of Chashma-2.
Apr 16: Pakistan-India
summit - Musharraf arrives in India.
May 5: Al Qaeda's one of
the top 3 men Abu Faraj Al Libbi arrested.
May 17: NA adopts PEMRA
May 23: US copter attack
in Waziristan kills five.
May 24: Market suffers
$1.4bn loss: SECP, KSE in a state of tussle.
May 28: Suicide blast at
Bari Imam shrine; 20 killed.
May 31: BJP chief Advani
arrives in Pakistan.
June 1: Rs 16.3bn
released for Gwadar port project.
June 3: APHC leaders
arrive in AJK.
June 17: US invites
July 15: NWFP PA passes
July 16: Army, FBI
launch probe in tribal area.
July 19: Taliban leader
Maulvi Abdul Kabir held in Peshawar.
July 25: Experts from
Pakistan visit Baglihar.
July 28: Accused in
Daniel Pearl murder case Mohammad Hashim Qadeer arrested.
July 31: US allows
shipment of F-16s to Pakistan.
Aug 13: State Bank
issues Rs 20 note.
Aug 14: Pakistan
test-fires Babur missile.
Aug 17: President issues
Madressah Registration Ordinance.
Aug 21: Army man hanged
for murderous attempt on Musharraf.
Sep 5: 350 fighter
planes take part in PAF's largest ever exercise.
Sep 20: Benazir appears
before Swiss court.
Oct 8: Devastating quake
kills thousands in AJK and NWFP.
Oct 30: $2.6bn PTCL deal
Nov 1: Pakistan receives
first of six C-130s from US.
Nov 4: Mukhtaran
receives award in US.
Nov 30: Gorbachev
confers Tolerance award on Benazir.
Dec 4: Dr Shamshad named
first SBP woman governor.
Dec 12: Accord on ferry
service finalised between India and Pakistan.
Dec 21: US vice
president Dick Cheney visits Pakistan.
Dec 21: Deal reached
with Etisalat on PTCL.
Jan 6: Makgatho Mandela,
the only surviving son of former South African president Nelson Mandela,
dies of Aids in Johannesburg.
Jan 9: PLO Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas wins the Palestinian presidential election.
Feb 10: Prince Charles
announces his impending marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles.
Feb 19: Egypt and Jordan
announce return of their ambassadors to Israel.
Feb 22: A powerful
earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hits Iran.
Mar 18: Dr Amina Wadood
becomes the first Muslim woman to lead prayer.
Mar 28: A massive 8.7
magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia's Sumatra island killing 1300 people.
Apr 2: Dozens of
insurgents mount a sustained attack on Abu Gharaib prison outside Baghdad.
Apr 14: Amitabh Bachchan
appointed UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador.
Apr 24: Pope Benedict
XVI is installed as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Jun 13: Michael Jackson
acquitted in sex-abuse trial.
Jun 16: Donald Tsang is
declared Hong Kong's new leader.
July 29: 36,000 Rwandan
prisoners are released, the majority of whom have confessed to taking part
in the country's 1994 genocide.
Aug 17: Over 350 small
bombs go off simultaneously in Bangladesh at different places.
Aug 30: Hundreds of
people are killed as
Hurricane Katrina lashes
the US Gulf coast.
Aug 31: More than 950
Iraqi Shias die in a stampede over a Baghdad bridge
Sep 5: Over 140 people
are killed in airliner crash in Indonesia.
Sep 7: Hosni Mubarak
wins a fifth six-year term in the Egyptian presidential elections
Sep 11: Japanese Prime
Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Liberal Democratic Party wins a landslide
victory in parliamentary elections.
Sep 12: After 38 years
of occupation, Israel completes its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
Sep 12: Disney
Corporation inaugurates its first theme park in Asia, Hong Kong.
Oct 1: Three bomb blasts
rip through Bali, Indonesia, killing more than 26 people and wounding 122
Oct 3: India
successfully test fires 700km range surface-to-air missile Akash in Orissa.
Oct 7: The 2005 Nobel
Peace Prize awarded to Mohammad El Baradei of IAEA.
Oct 11: Irish writer
John Banville wins the Man Booker Prize 2005, one of the literary world's
most prestigious awards.
Oct 19: Former Iraqi
president Saddam Hussain goes on trial for the murder of 148 Shia men in
Dujali in 1982.
Oct 21: Hurricane Wilma,
a category four storm, strikes the Gulf of Mexico.
Oct 25: The number of US
soldiers killed in the Iraq war hits 2000 mark.
Oct 26: Iranian
president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad causes uproar among the international
community by calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map".
Oct 29: Three bombs
detonate in New Delhi, killing at least 61 people and injuring 188 others.
Nov 9: At least 51
people are killed and 130 others injured when three hotels are bombed in
Nov 16: US admits to
using white phosphorous as an incendiary weapon in Fallujah.
Nov 19: Sri Lanka's
fifth president Mahinda Rajapakse sworn in after securing 50.29 per cent
of the vote.
Nov 21: Jalal Talabani
arrives in Iran, becoming the first Iraqi president to visit the country
since the late 1960s.
Nov 22: Angela Merkel
becomes Germany's youngest and first female post-war chancellor.
Nov 22: Japan announces
to have a military nearly six decades after the US stripped the nation of
the right to maintain armed forces.
Nov 24: For the first
time in history, government decides to evacuate people due to climate
change in Papua New Guinea.
Nov 26: Brian Lara
creates a new record for scoring the highest number of runs in Test
Nov 26: A shallow
earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale hits the tourist area of
Jiujiang, China, killing at least 14 people.
Nov 27: Myanmar's
military junta extends the detention period of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Nov 30: French doctors
perform the world's first partial face transplant.
Jan 1: Pakistan and
India exchange lists of their nuclear facilities.
Jan 2: APHC Chairman
Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, along with other members, arrives in Pakistan for a
Jan 20: Lahore and
Amritsar bus service launched.
Feb 13: Khalida Zia
arrives in Islamabad for a 3-day visit.
Feb 18: Thar Express is
Feb 19: Pakistan test
fires Abdali missile.
Mar 3: Bush arrives in
Islamabad. Country wide strike against the blasphemous cartoons.
Jan 5: Ariel Sharon
suffers a massive brain haemorrhage.
Jan 26: Hamas scores
stunning victory in the Palestine elections.
Feb 3: Muslims protest
worldwide over the blasphemous caricatures.
Feb 6: India pulls 5000
troops out of held
Mar 12: South Africa
scores the highest score, of 438 runs, in the history of ODIs.