Pakistan, 1997

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Chronology (September 1994-April 1997)
Ata Khan
1994
September 1. Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto decides against visiting Gaza to celebrate the Palestinian Authority's newfound autonomy. Her attempt to visit Gaza without permission from Israeli authorities leads to an embarrassing diplomatic incident.
September 5. A breach in Manchar Lake causes flooding in almost 300 villages and renders 200,000 homeless in Sindh. Over 65 percent of Sindh's agricultural crop is reportedly destroyed due to flooding in the July to September monsoon season.
September 5-6. Amid opposition from the Vatican, the UN population conference in Cairo fails to agree on a compromise proposed by Pakistan on the issue of abortion. Benazir Bhutto declares that Pakistan's response to the agenda will be shaped by "our belief in the eternal teachings of Islam and our cultural values."
September 8. While visiting Pakistan, UN chief Boutros Boutros Ghali offers to mediate the Kashmir issue. The offer is immediately turned down by India.
September 11. Opposition launches "oust Bhutto" campaign with train march from Karachi to Peshawar.
September 16. The murder of Qazi Abdul Hakeem, the pesh imam of a Sunni mosque leads to sectarian killings in Karachi.
September 20. A strike call by Nawaz Sharif, leader of the opposition, results in widespread violence and disruption of business activity throughout the country.
September 21. Pakistan signs a contract to purchase three diesel-powered Agosta 90-B submarines from France for $964 million. Each submarine is to be equipped with four torpedo launchers. One submarine is to be built in France while the remaining ones are to be assembled in renovated dockyards in Karachi. France also agrees not to sell similar submarines and technology to India.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • 1 - Pakistan Elections 1997: One Step Forward 1
  • Conclusion 14
  • Notes 15
  • 2 - Is Pakistan's Past Relevant for Its Economic Future? 17
  • Notes 33
  • 3 - Pakistan and the Post-Cold War Environment 37
  • Notes 57
  • 4 - Judiciary in Pakistan: A Quest for Independence 61
  • Conclusions 73
  • Notes 75
  • 5 - Liberalization of the Economy Through Privatization 79
  • Conclusions 89
  • Notes 97
  • 6 - Revivalism, Islamization, Sectarianism, and Violence in Pakistan 101
  • Notes 118
  • 7 - Challenging the State: 1990s Religious Movements in the Northwest Frontier Province 123
  • Notes 138
  • 8 - Pakistan's Environment: Pressures, Status, Impact, and Responses 143
  • Notes 159
  • Chronology (september 1994-April 1997) 163
  • About the Contributors 181
  • Index 183
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