NATIONAL: Highlights 2012

Published Jan 01, 2013 12:22pm

January

03 Supreme Court warned the government of action if its verdict on NRO was not implemented by January 10. 05 Taliban kill 15 FC personnel in North Waziristan. 05 ICRC official Dr. Diale kidnapped in Quetta. 09 Militants hand over bodies of 10 missing soldiers in North Waziristan. ** Three girls killed in a stampede during a musical concert at Al-Hamra in Lahore. 10 SC issues short order in NRO case. ** Bomb blast in Khyber Agency kills 30. 11 Armed men ambush FC troops in Turbat, killing 14. 13 Militants attack checkpost near Peshawar, killing 10. 14 NAB reopens all cases terminated under the NRO 15 TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud believed killed by a US drone attack on January 12. 16 SC issues show cause notice to PM Gilani for contempt of court. 17 SC suspends licenses of Babar Awan. 18 Ambassador Sherry Rehman presents credentials to President Obama. 19 National Assembly passes Women’s Commission Bill. ** SC postpones by-election until verified voter lists are complete. 21 Retired officers of armed forces announce establishment of non-political pressure group, The Pakistan First Group. 24 Mansoor Ijaz refuses to come to Pakistan over security issue. 26 Gunmen attack checkpost in Dera Bugti, killing six. ** Iranian forces kill six Pakistanis on their side of border. 27 Unknown miscreants fire rockets on Pakistan Military Academy Kakul. ** SC seeks ISI and MI reports on Balochistan killings. 30 SC gives two-month extension to memo commission; lifts Haqqani travel restriction. 31 Clash with militants kills 43.

February

01 Military kills 38 in Orakzai and Kurram agencies. 02 Senate adopts bill to set up Women’s Rights Commission. 03 Militants attack Kurram checkpost, killing eight. 06 SC suspends 28 legislators elected in post-18th Amendment by-elections. 08 Military contacts with Nato and Isaf resume. 09 US drone kills five in Miramshah. 10 SC rejects PM Gilani’s appeal in contempt case. 13 PM Gilani charged with contempt of court. 14 NA unanimously passes the 20th Amendment bill. 20 Senate adopts 20th Amendment bill. 22 Mansoor Ijaz gives testimony in Memo case through video link. 25 Law enforcement agencies raze Osama’s compound. 26 Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy wins Oscar Award. 29 FIA sends a formal request to Interpol to issue red warrants for Pervez Musharraf.

March

05 SC issues judgment in contempt of court case. 08 SC takes up Asghar Khan’s petition. ** SC gives March 21 deadline to Prime Minister Gilani for writing Swiss letter. 09 Lt-Gen Zahir ul Islam appointed ISI chief. ** US drone kills 19 in South Waziristan. 10 Nayyar Hussain Bukhari named Senate chairman. ** Government bans three more religious groups. 11 Suicide attack on Peshawar funeral kills 16. 13 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China stops providing financial advisory services for gas pipeline project. ** US drones kill 14 in northern and southern Waziristan. 15 Suicide attack kills SP and his guard in Peshawar. 16 Balochistan decides to withdraw 28 cases against Brahaamdagh Bugti. 17 Military planes in Orakzai Agency kill 23. ** President addresses joint session of parliament. 19 Parliament begins to review ties with US. 24 Violence kills seven in Balochistan. 25 Clashes in South Waziristan kill 35. 27 SC orders against anti-women jirgas. 27 Karachi violence kill 10; 40 vehicles torched. 29 Sectarian violence kills eight in Quetta. 30 US-based Pakistani Ghulam Nabi Fai sentenced to two years over Kashmir lobbying charge. ** SC scrapes deals on rental power plants. ** US drone kills four in North Waziristan.

April

03 Riots erupt in Gilgit and Chilas; 14 dead. 07 Siachen avalanche traps 124 soldiers and civilians. ** President Zardari visits India. 12 Parliament agrees for resumption of non-lethal Nato supplies to Afghanistan. 14 Violence kills eight Hazaras in Quetta. 15 Dangerous militants among 384 who escaped after Bannu jailbreak. 20 Bhoja Air flight crashes; all 127 on board dead. 25 Ballistic missile Hatf IV test-fired. 26 PM Gilani convicted for contempt of court. 27 Body of kidnapped ICRC official found in Quetta

May

08 SC issues judgment in contempt of court case. ** PM Gilani visits United Kingdom. 09 Sindh National Front decides to merge with PML-N. 10 US Congress proposes sanctions on Pakistan unless Islamabad re-opened Nato supply routes. 13 Pakistan, Afghanistan and Isaf commanders meet in Islamabad. ** Lightning strikes technical department of Kahuta installations. 15 Pakistan scientist Dr Chishti arrives in Islamabad after 20 years in Indian jail. 17 The SC indicts Babar Awan in contempt case. ** Two PAF jets collide, killing four. 21 Three Navy officers penalized in Mehran base attack case. 23 Assistant political agent in Bara sentences Dr. Shahid Afridi for 33 years in treason case. 24 NA Speaker Fehmida Mirza’s ruling saves PM Gilani from disqualification. 25 Pakistan, India agree on liberal visa regime. ** SC suspends Farahnaz Ispahani’s assembly membership. 26 US drone kills four in North Waziristan. 28 PML-N and PTI file petitions in SC, challenging the ruling of NA speaker. 29 Government gives power to Balochistan’s chief minister to deploy FC. 30 Special court in Islamabad indicts Hamid Saeed Kazmi in Haj corruption case.

June

04 SC suspends Rahman Malik’s Senate membership on dual nationality issue. 06 SC starts hearing of Arsalan Chaudhry case. 08 Bomb rin Peshawar kills 19. 11 Siachen talks begin in Islamabad. 12 Siachen talks fail. 14 SC issues order in Arsalan-Riaz case. 16 Bomb in Landi Kotal kills 23. 18 Power riots erupt In Punjab. 19 Supreme Court disqualifies PM Gilani. 22 Raja Pervez Ashraf elected new PM. 25 PM designates Chaudhry Pervez Ilahi as Deputy PM. 28 Indian spy Surjeet Singh released after 30 years.

July

01 US drone kills six in North Waziristan. 03 Pakistan re-opens Nato supply routes. 04 Pakistan, India foreign secretaries hold talks. 05 Cabinet approves draft of new Contempt Law. 08 Bill seeking ISI’s accountability submitted to Senate. 09 Parliamentary Committee approves Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim as CEC. 09 NA passes Contempt of Court bill. 10 Government introduces Dual Nationality bill in Senate. 12 Terrorists kill nine in Lahore. ** Cross-border attack by Afghan militants kill 12. 13 Fakhruddin appointed new CEC. 20 Doctor associated with anti-polio campaign shot dead in Karachi. 21 Terrorists attack Pakistan Coast Guard near Gwadar, killing seven.

August

03 SC declares Contempt of Court Act unconstitutional. ** Military sentences five officers for links with militants. 05 PML-N unveils parts of election manifesto. 16 Terrorists attack Kamara air base, killing nine. ** Sectarian attack in Mansehra leaves 19 dead.. 18 Suicide blast kills five FC men in Quetta. 22 Drone kills six in North Waziristan. 24 Drone attack kills 18 in North Waziristan. 25 Taliban Bajaur chief Mullah Dadullah killed in a Nato strike in Afghanistan. 26 Twenty militants and a soldier killed in fighting between Afghan militants and Pakistan forces. 29 Indian SC confirms death penalty for Ajmal Kasab. 30 SC appoints Shoaib Suddle as a one-man commission to investigate Arsalan-Riaz deal.

September

01 Sectarian violence kills seven Hazaras in Quetta. 05 Cabinet approves Fair Trial Bill 2012. 07 Indian foreign minister arrives. 08 Pakistan, India agree on liberalised visa regime. 11 Service extension to Gen. Kyani is challenged in IHC. ** Factory fire kills 21 in Lahore. ** Fire erupts in a Karachi factory, killing 22. 12 Karachi factory fire toll hits 298. 15 Floods leave 600,000 marooned in Balochistan. ** SC annuls COCA 2012. 20 SC verdict on dual nationality issue disqualifies 11. 21 Pakistan, India sign three trade pacts. ** Violent protest in Karachi against anti-Islam film. 27 Akhtar Mengal submits Six-Point plan on Balochistan. 29 Sindh government issues SPLGO 2012 notification.

October

09 Malala Yousufzai shot and injured. 10 SC approves the draft of Swiss letter. 12 SC issues interim order on Balaochistan situation. 13 Car bomb in Darra Adam Khel kills 16. 17 Senate passes Drug Regulatory Authority bill. 18 Five religious parties revive MMA. 19 SC issues short order in Asghar Khan case. 23 SC begins hearing case on Karachi killings. 25 SC orders reduction of CNG price by Rs30 per kg.

November

01 PPP suspends basic membership of Aslam Raisani. ** PML-N files a petition in SC against Altaf Hussain, who, the petition says, is a foreign national. 06 US court upholds conviction of Dr. Afia Siddiqui. 08 SC issues detailed verdict in Asghar Khan case. ** Federal government files review petition in Balochistan case. 09 Government launches primary literacy programme. 13 Aslam Raisani wins vote of confidence in Balochistan Assembly. 14 Foreign Office and Afghan High Peace Council agree on CBMs to invite Taliban for reconciliation. ** Federal cabinet approve tax amnesty scheme. 16 International Center for Settlements of Investment Disputes issues verdict on Reko Diq mine case. 17 Government files review petitionin Asghar Khan case.

December

03 President signs act for extending LG system to Provincially Administrated Tribal Areas ** Maulana Ismail among seven killed in Karachi. 05 Commission submits report in Arsalan-Riaz case. 07 SC dissolves Suddle Commission, closing the case. 10 Embassy closed in Damascus. ** Unicef launches Malala Fund for Girls’ Education. 14 Pakistan, India sign visa accord in New Delhi. ** SC issues contempt notice to MQM chief. 15 Terrorists attack PAF base inside Peshawar airport. 17 Tax amnesty bill introduced in NA. 18 Five women polio workers killed in Karachi. 19 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa attack kills three polio workers. 20 NA passes Fair Trial Bill. ** Makhdoom Ahmed Makhdoom nominated new Punjab governor. 22 ANP leader Bashir Bilour, seven others die in Peshawar suicide blast. 27 Benazir’s fifth death anniversary observed.

Compiled by Sabahat Kalim


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