Pakistan has a history of political coups and unrest. Here are some details.
- 2007 – Two-time PM Benazir
Bhuttois killed in a gun and bomb blast after holding an election rally in Rawalpindi. A few months before her death, she survives a suicide attack in Karachi that killed at least 139 people in one of the deadliest attacks in the country.
- 1999 – Former army chief Pervez Musharraf seizes power in a bloodless coup d’état. He is sworn in as president and head of state in June 2001. He resigns in 2008 and Asif Ali Zardari,
benazirBhutto’s husband, takes over as president.
- 1988 – Military ruler President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq is killed when the Hercules C-130 plane carrying him crashes under mysterious circumstances. Conspiracy theorists have suggested that a suitcase of mangoes placed aboard the plane shortly before takeoff contained a timer device that released gas that knocked out the flight crew.
- 1979 Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, father of Benazir, who was elected prime minister in 1970, is hanged over a controversial conviction for conspiracy to commit political murder, by Zia ul-Haq.
- 1977 – Zia ul-Haq takes power after a coup d’état against the Bhutto government. He puts Bhutto under house arrest, imposes martial law, suspends constitution and bans political parties
- 1973 – Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto is elected Prime Minister and takes over from General
- 1958 – In Pakistan’s first military coup, Governor-General Iskander Mirza maintains martial law with General Ayub Khan as chief executive of martial law. Ayub Khan later takes over the presidency and fires Mirza, who has been exiled.
- 1951 – First Prime Minister of Pakistan
Liaquat Ali Khanafter the partition of India in 1947, is shot dead during a political rally in Rawalpindi.