2007 in Pakistan

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Events from the year 2007 in Pakistan.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • January 26
    • United States legislation seeks ban on assistance to Pakistan after it reviewed inconsistencies in the Pakistan’s nuclear and missile programmes.[1]
    • Suicide bombing at a Marriott Hotel in Islamabad leaves two dead including the bomber. The bombing happened hours before a Republic Day celebrations were to be hosted at the hotel by the Indian High Commission.[2]
  • January 27 – Police chief and 12 others are killed in suicide attack in Peshawar.[3]

March[edit]

May[edit]

Streets throughout Karachi were left deserted on 12 May 2007 just before the riots broke out resulting in several deaths.

June[edit]

  • June 23 – Torrential rainstorms hit the southern province of Sindh and brings floods and destruction to the provincial capital of Karachi; over 200 dead were recovered and several people injured by downed trees and power lines.[6]

July[edit]

  • July 3Siege of Lal Masjid begins with gunfights erupting between Lal Masjid supporters and Pakistani security forces after 18 months of constant conflict amongst the two parties.[7] Around 125 seminary scholars attack and set fire to government offices near the mosque and take over government positions.[8]
  • July 14 – A suicide attack in Miranshah results in the deaths of 24 security personnel with at least 29 people injured.[citation needed]
  • July 23Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal president Qazi Hussain Ahmed resigns from his seat in the National Assembly quoting that "the parliament [was] being neglected and the whims of an individual [were] being imposed over the country".[9]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

  • October 1 – The Supreme Court suspends DIG and the deputy commissioner of Islamabad after a suo motu hearing of recent police violence that injured over 50 lawyers and journalists.
  • October 2 – More than 80 opposition MPs resign from the parliament in protest of the upcoming presidential election. They challenge Musharraf's eligibility to contest.[19]
  • October 6 – Musharraf is re-elected as Pakistan's president, even though his candidacy was heavily criticised.[20]
  • October 9 – Pakistani warplanes bombarded suspected pro-Taleban militant positions on Tuesday, as fierce fighting raged near the Afghan border for a fourth day. The army says 45 troops and 150 rebels have died in battles around the town of Mir Ali. Tuesday's air strikes left 50 rebels dead, unconfirmed reports say.[21]
  • October 11 – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) bans controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar from playing 13 international matches and fines him 3.4 million (US$ 56,000) for hitting his teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat.[22]
  • October 17 – Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan after eight years of self-exile thronged by a crowd of a million in Karachi to welcome her back.[23]
  • October 19 – At least 124 people are killed and 320 injured in the Karachi bombings near the convoy carrying Bhutto.[24]
  • October 20Karachi police releases a photograph of the suicide bomber who killed at least 130 people in the Karachi bombings.[25]
  • October 25 – The Election Commission asks political parties to desist from criticising the army or the judiciary ahead of general elections in 2008.[26]
  • October 28 – The Radio Pakistan building on the M. A. Jinnah Road in Karachi is badly damaged in a blaze and the transmissions were suspended for several hours.[27]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Burned-out buildings in the aftermath of riots in Karachi after Bhutto's assassination.
  • December 1 – Benazir Bhutto begins her election campaign for the 2008 general election.
  • December 3 – The Election Commission rejects Nawaz Sharif's nomination papers for the upcoming general elections.[50]
  • December 7 – Dr Reginald Zahiruddin, secretary of the Church of Pakistan and medical director at a hospital in Bannu, is kidnapped by Taliban militants along with his driver.[51][52]
  • December 8 – Gunmen attack Bhutto's PPP party office in Naseerabad, Karachi, killing three supporters.
  • December 27 – Benazir Bhutto is assassinated during an election rally.[53]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  49. ^ Pakistan rivals enter poll fray (BBC)
  50. ^ EC rejects Nawaz’s nomination papers (Daily Times)
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