Chronology: Pakistan

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Chronology: Pakistan


See also, Petroleum Affairs, Regional Affairs, Afghanistan

2000

Apr. 18: Chief Prosecutor Raja Qureshi appealed the 6 April life sentence handed to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his alleged hijacking of a Karachi-bound commercial plane, and asked for the death penalty. Qureshi claimed that Judge Rehmat Jaffri had not given "an appropriate explanation for his decision." [4/19 NYT]

Apr. 19: Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that in clashes between Indian and Pakistani forces across disputed Kashmir, three Indian civilians had been injured. [4/20 FBIS]

Apr. 21: At a human rights conference, military leader General Pervez Musharraf condemned "honor killings"-cases in which men kill female relatives who request divorce or are suspected of being unfaithful-as murders. [4/22 NYT, Fr, WP]

Apr. 24: In Quetta, in southwestern Pakistan, three bombs exploded, injuring three. No one claimed responsibility for the blasts. [4/25 FBIS] Apr. 26: In Khanewal, in Punjab Province, unidentified gunmen killed Farruleh Tahir Barjees, the Shi'i leader of Tehreek Jafria Pakistan (TJP), and his clerk. [4/27 FBIS]

Apr. 29: In an interview with the Cable News Network (CNN), military leader General Musharraf said that he "would certainly like to talk" with Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and offered to meet him in a neutral country in the region. [4/30 NYT, WP]

May 5: AFP reported that in Karachi, a bomb explosion at a police station and three other blasts had injured seven. [5/8 FBIS]

May 11: In Bahawalpur, in central Pakistan, gunmen killed Sunni Muslim scholar Qari Muhammad Hanif as he walked home from dawn prayers. No one claimed responsibility. [5/12 FBIS]

May 12: The Supreme Court endorsed as necessary the 12 October 1999 military coup that overthrew former Prime Minister Sharif's government, but set an October 2002 deadline for the return to civilian rule, claiming that "democracy should be restored within the shortest time possible." [5/13 NYT, 5/18 FBIS, 5/19 FT, 5/26 MEED]

May 16: The Rawalpindi daily Nawa-i-Waqt reported that on 15 May, Pakistani police had arrested Wilayat Husayn, leader of the Lashkar-iJhangvi group, for his alleged involvement in recent murders. [5/17 FBIS]

May 19: Small businesses called a strike in protest against government plans for a new General Sales Tax (GST). …

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