Timeline of Key Events | Pakistan Parliamentary Election | World News

Feb 7, 2024

ISLAMABAD: List of some major events that took place in the last few years ahead of the parliamentary elections in Pakistan on Thursday:
July 25, 2018 – Pakistanis vote for a new government in an election marred by violence and allegations of fraud.
July 26, 2018 – Former cricket star Imran Khan Wins the election but has to find allies to form a coalition. A few weeks later, lawmakers elect him as the country's Prime Minister.
February 26, 2019 – Tensions in the region escalated sharply after India launched airstrikes inside Pakistan, which New Delhi said targeted a terrorist training camp. Pakistan retaliated by shooting down two Indian warplanes and capturing one pilot.
August 15, 2021 – The Taliban seize the power of afghanistan During the final weeks of the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from the country after a costly two-decade war. Afghans, fearing the future, rush to the airport, one of the last routes out of Afghanistan, and also to cross the border into Pakistan.
April 9, 2022 – Pakistan's political opposition ousts Imran Khan in a no-confidence vote in parliament. The opposition formed a new government, with Shehbaz Sharif, brother of disgraced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, sworn in a few days later.
July 5, 2022 – Heavy rains lashed Pakistan for several weeks, destroying homes, schools and other buildings and infrastructure. The summer becomes a time of unprecedented deluges and flash floods that kill more than 1,700 people and cause billions of dollars in damage.
November 3, 2022 – Imran Khan was injured in firing at a rally in the eastern city of Lahore, an attack his party described as an assassination attempt. One supporter of Khan was killed and nine people were injured. The gunman was immediately arrested, and police later said that he had carried out the incident alone.
November 28, 2022 – The Pakistani Taliban broke a ceasefire with the government, and their fighters resumed attacks across the country, mainly targeting the country's security forces.
November 29, 2022 – New army chief and former spy General Asim Munir takes command of the army, replacing General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who retired from the post after a six-year tenure.
January 30, 2023 – A suicide bomber disguised in police uniform kills at least 100 people at a mosque inside a high-security government and police compound in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
May 9, 2023 – Imran Khan is arrested and dragged from the court, where he had arrived to face charges in multiple corruption cases. Violent demonstrations have been taking place for several days by his supporters angry over his detention.
July 12, 2023 – The International Monetary Fund approved the much-awaited $3 billion bailout deal, a move that protects Pakistan from defaulting on its debt payments.
August 5, 2023 – Imran Khan was sentenced to three years in jail after a court convicted him of corruption, his first sentence in more than 150 legal cases against him. He has been taken to the high-security Attock prison in eastern Punjab province, notorious for its harsh conditions.
August 9, 2023 – The President of Pakistan dissolved the National Assembly, or the lower house of parliament, in the first step in the countdown to the upcoming general election.
September 26, 2023 – Imran Khan was shifted from Attock jail to Adiala jail in the garrison town of Rawalpindi near Islamabad.
October 4, 2023 – Pakistan announced a major crackdown on foreigners living illegally in the country, including about 1.7 million Afghans. The policy angered Afghanistan's Taliban-led government and drew widespread condemnation from aid agencies, rights groups and the United Nations.
October 21, 2023 – Three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan after four years of self-exile abroad to avoid jail sentence on corruption charges. Following his return his conviction and sentence are overturned on appeal.
November 2, 2023 – Pakistan's election observation body postponed parliamentary elections for the second time, saying that the vote, originally expected to take place in November and then scheduled for the last week of January, would instead take place on February 8. Will happen.
January 8, 2024 – The Supreme Court lifts the lifetime ban on politicians with criminal convictions from contesting elections, clearing the way for Nawaz Sharif to seek a fourth term. The ruling states that convicted politicians will only be barred from running for office for five years.
January 16 – Iran carried out airstrikes targeting Sunni terrorist group positions in Pakistan. Pakistan called the attack an “unprovoked violation” of its airspace and retaliated two days later, significantly increasing tensions in relations between the neighbours.
30 January – Imran Khan was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of leaking state secrets by waving a confidential document during a political rally after being ousted from power.
January 31 – Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi are sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption for possessing and selling state gifts in violation of government rules while in power.
February 3 – Khan and his wife were sentenced to seven years in prison on charges that they violated the country's marriage law by marrying in 2018. This is the fourth sentence so far for Khan and the second for his wife.
7 February – At least 24 people were killed and more than two dozen others were injured in two powerful bomb blasts at election offices in Balochistan on the eve of elections.

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