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Pakistan: state of turmoil

world Updated: Dec 28, 2007 02:02 IST

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Aug 14, 1947: Pakistan gets independence.

Sept 11, 1948: Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, known as Qaid-e-Azam, dies.

Oct 17, 1951: Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan is shot dead at a rally in Rawalpindi.

March 23, 1956: Constituent Assembly adopts the name of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and first Constitution.

Oct 7, 1958: Governor-general Iskander Mirza abrogates constitution, enforces martial law with General Ayub Khan as Chief Martial Law Administrator and bans political parties.

Oct 24, 1958: Ayub Khan becomes Prime Minister.

Feb 17, 1960: Ayub Khan (right) becomes first elected President.

April 28, 1962: Elections for new national assembly are held under so-called "basic democracy" system.

March 26, 1969: General Yayha Khan imposes martial law, dissolving national and provincial assemblies.

Dec 3-17, 1971: India and Pakistan fight war over East Pakistan, which ends in surrender of 90,000 Pakistani troops and leads to the creation of Bangladesh.

Dec 20, 1971: Yahya hands power to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who becomes chief martial law administrator of West Pakistan.

April 20, 1972: Martial law is lifted and an interim Constitution enforced.

April 10, 1973: Parliament approves new Constitution.

July 4, 1977: Army chief General Mohammad Zia-ul Haq seizes power, arrests Bhutto and declares martial law.

April 4, 1979: Bhutto is hanged on disputed conviction for conspiring to commit a political murder.

Feb 25, 1985: Zia holds non-party elections and names Mohammad Khan Junejo the Prime Minister.

Dec 30, 1985: Martial law lifted.

Aug 17, 1988: Zia and many senior military officers die in plane crash near Bahawalpur.

Nov 16, 1988: Benazir and her Pakistan People's Party win 39 per cent of vote in elections.

Aug 6, 1990: President Ghulam Ishaq Khan sacks her government. Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi is named caretaker prime minister until general elections in October 1990.

Nov 6, 1990: Nawaz Sharif is elected Prime Minister.

April 18, 1993: President Ishaq Khan dismisses Sharif government.

Oct 19, 1993: Benazir becomes Prime Minister for the second time after winning general elections.

Nov 5, 1996: President Farooq Leghari sacks Benazir, dissolves Parliament and calls elections for February 3.

Feb 3, 1997: Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party wins general elections by a landslide margin.

Feb 17, 1997: Sharif becomes Prime Minister for second time.

Dec 2, 1997: President Farooq Leghari resigns after a six-month legal battle to have Sharif investigated for misuse of power.

May 28, 1998: Pakistan conducts five nuclear tests in response to India's tests.

Oct 18, 1998: Pakistan and India end their first peace talks in a year agreeing to meet next February in New Delhi.

April 15, 1999: Benazir and her husband are sentenced in absentia to five-year jail terms on charges of corruption.

Oct 12, 1999: Chief of Army Staff and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Gen. Pervez Musharraf stages a coup, suspends Constitution and assumes the additional title of Chief Executive of Pakistan. PM Sharif imprisoned.

June 20, 2001: Gen Pervez Musharraf names himself President.

April 30, 2002: Musharraf wins another five years in office in a referendum criticised as unconstitutional.

Aug 24, 2002: President Musharraf grants himself sweeping new powers, including the right to dismiss an elected parliament.

Nov 23, 2002: Mir Zafarullah Jamali sworn in as Prime Minister.

Aug 23, 2004: Shaukat Aziz is sworn in as prime minister.

March 9, 2007: President Musharraf suspends the Chief Justice Ifthikar Mohammed Chaudhry, triggering a wave of anger across the country.

July 20, 2007: Supreme Court reinstates Chief Justice Chaudhry (left).

Sept 10: Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif arrested and deported to Saudi Arabia hours after his arrival in Islamabad.

Oct 18: Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan after self-imposed exile.

Oct 18: A suicide bombing in a crowd welcoming Benazir Bhutto kills 143 people and injured approximately 550 others in Karachi.

Nov 3: General Musharraf declares Emergency and suspends the Constitution.

Nov 28: Musharraf hands over control of military.

Nov 25: Former premier Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan after eight years of exile.

Dec 15: Musharraf lifts Emergency, exactly six weeks after imposing it.