Chronology: Pakistan

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Chronology: Pakistan

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Oct. 16: In Islamabad, Indian Foreign Secretary K. Raghunath and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shamshad Ahmad met to discuss Kashmir. [10/17 NYT, WP]

Oct. 17: In Karachi, unknown gunmen killed Hakim Sa`id, former governor of Sindh Province. Police accused the Muttahida Qawmi Movement (MQM) of the murder. [10/20 FBIS]

Oct. 18: In Islamabad, Indian and Pakistani representatives agreed to continue talks over Kashmir in New Delhi in February 1999. [10/19 NYT]

Oct. 19: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) suspended loan talks with Pakistan until the government resolved its conflicts with independent power producers. Pakistani officials had accused the private producers of overcharging and obtaining contracts through corrupt means. [10/20 NYT]

Oct. 28: Pakistan announced it would create a committee of top businessmen to renegotiate tariffs with private power producers. [10/29 FT]

Oct. 29: The MQM ended its alliance with Prime Minister Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (PML) over accusations that the MQM was responsible for the death of Hakim Sa`id. [10/31, 11/1 FT]

Oct. 30: The federal government put Karachi under its direct rule, dissolving the Assembly of Sindh Province. [10/31, 11/1 FT, 11/2 FBIS]

Oct. 31: A bomb exploded near a mosque in Sialkot, in Punjab Province, killing four people and injuring 40. [11/3 FBIS]

Nov. 1: In Karachi, security forces fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting the arrests of MQM members. [11/2 WP, 11/3 FBIS]

The MQM approached the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) to discuss restoration of the Sindh Assembly. [11/2 FT]

Nov. 2: Pakistan barred all MQM legislators from traveling abroad. [11/3 FBIS]

Nov. 6: US President Bill Clinton decided to lift most of the economic sanctions imposed on Pakistan for its May 1998 nuclear testing. Clinton also authorized US officials to approve international bank loans and a debt restructuring agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Pakistan. [11/7 NYT, WP]

Nov. 8: Prime Minister Sharif ordered a reshuffle of the economic portfolios in the cabinet, including the appointment of Commerce Minister Ishaq Dar as the new finance minister. [11/9 FT, 11/10 FBIS]

Nov. 12: Finance Minister Dar announced that five of the 19 private power producers had agreed to cut their prices by up to ten percent. In response, the government agreed to drop its investigations into charges that the companies had bribed officials under former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's government, when the contracts were originally signed. [11/13 FT]

Nov. 13: The US Department of Commerce imposed trade restrictions on more than 300 Indian and Pakistani government agencies and companies involved in nuclear, missile, and military programs as a result of the countries' nuclear tests in May 1998. [ll/14 NYT]

In New Delhi, after six days of talks on easing tensions between India and Pakistan, Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Tariq Altaf announced an agreement between the two countries to allow passenger buses to run between Delhi and Lahore. [11/14 WP]

Nov. 16: In Karachi, hundreds of police prevented lawmakers from holding a session of the Sindh Assembly.

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