Timeline Pakistan (D) 2021-Present

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Pakistan A to 2005
Pakistan B 2006-2010
Pakistan C 2011-2020

2021        Jan 2, Pakistan arrested Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi, a man accused of being a leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), an Islamist militant group blamed by the US and India for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
    (Reuters, 1/2/21)

2021        Jan 3, In Pakistan gunmen opened fire on a group of minority Shiite Hazara coal miners after abducting them in southwestern Baluchistan province. 11 miners were killed. The Islamic state claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 1/4/21, p.A6)

2021        Jan 4, A court in Lahore, Pakistan, abolished so-called virginity tests for women in sexual assault cases, saying the practice is humiliating and casts suspicion on victims rather than the accused.
    (NY Times, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 4, In Pakistan hundreds of Shiites blocked a key highway on the outskirts of Quetta for a 2nd straight day to protest the killing of 11 coal miners by the Islamic State group.
    (SFC, 1/5/21, p.A3)

2021        Jan 5, In Pakistan dozens of Kashmiri activists rallied in Islamabad to urge the UN to ensure Kashmir's right to self-determination under a decades-old resolution on the disputed region.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, Ukrainian officials said they have seized about 1 metric ton (1.1 tons) of heroin that smugglers intended to take into European Union countries and that four Turkish citizens have been detained in the case. The heroin originated in Pakistan and came into the country via the Black Sea port of Odesa.
    (AP, 1/6/21)

2021        Jan 7, Pakistan's counter-terrorism police and intelligence agency raided hideouts of an outlawed Shiite militant group in the eastern Punjab province and arrested seven suspects over the last 24 hours who allegedly wanted to attack leaders of rival Sunni Muslims' groups. Shiites continued their protest for the straight fifth day in Quetta over the Jan. 3 killing of coal miners.
    (AP, 1/7/21)

2021        Jan 9, A major technical fault in Pakistan's power generation and distribution system caused a massive power outage late today that plunged the country into darkness. The Ministry of Energy said restoration of power to all areas of the country would take some time.
    (AP, 1/10/21)

2021        Jan 11, Pakistan announced a new government-run instant digital payment system in a bid to boost financial inclusion and government revenue in the country where only a fraction of economic transactions occur on the books. The new system, called "Raast" or "direct way", will be rolled out in three phases culminating in early 2022.
    (Reuters, 1/11/20)

2021        Jan 15, It was reported that Pakistani authorities have sacked a local police chief and 11 other policemen for failing to protect a Hindu temple that was set on fire and demolished last Dec. 30 by a mob led by hundreds of supporters of a radical Islamist party.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Pakistan reported a total of 514,338 coronavirus infections and 10,863 confirmed deaths.
    (SFC, 1/16/21, p.A4)

2021        Jan 16, Pakistan said AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for emergency use, making it the first coronavirus vaccine to get the green light for use in the South Asian country.
    (Reuters, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, In Pakistan a team of Nepalese climbers made history by scaling K2, the world's 2nd highest peak, in the winter season.
    (SSFC, 1/17/21, p.A7)

2021        Jan 21, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that China has agreed to provide half a million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 free of cost to Pakistan by January 31.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)

2021        Jan 28, Pakistan's supreme ordered the immediate release of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (47) after dismissing appeals to reinstate his conviction for killing Daniel Pearl in 2002.
    (Reuters, 1/28/21)

2021        Jan 29, An Afghan official said Manghal Bagh, a fugitive militant leader from Pakistan, was killed by a roadside bomb along with two associates in Afghanistan. Bagh led the outlawed Lashkar-e-Islam (Army of Islam) and carried a $3 million US bounty.
    (SFC, 1/30/21, p.A3)

2021        Feb 5, In Pakistan three climbers were declared missing while attempting to climb K2, the world's second highest mountain. On Feb. 18 officials said Ali Sadpara, Jon Snorri and Juan Pablo Morh should now be considered dead.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Sadpara)(SFC, 2/19/21, p.A5)

2021        Feb 8, Pakistan's health minister said CanSino Biologics Inc's (CanSinoBIO) COVID-19 vaccine showed 65.7% efficacy in preventing symptomatic cases and a 90.98% success rate in stopping severe disease in an interim analysis of global trials.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)

2021        Feb 9, Pakistan said it has approved Russia's Sputnik-V making it the third COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for emergency use after China's Sinopharm and the ones developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.
    (Reuters, 2/9/21)

2021        Feb 11, It was reported that Pakistan is to allow private companies to import coronavirus vaccines and has agreed to exempt such imports from price caps, even as the nation scrambles to secure supplies.
    (Reuters, 2/11/21)

2021        Feb 12, Pakistan approved China's CanSino Biologics Inc's (CanSinoBIO) COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)

2021        Feb 22, In Pakistan suspected militants ambushed a vehicle in Mir Ali carrying women aid workers from a non-governmental organization in the North Waziristan district, killing four of them and wounding the driver.
    (AP, 2/22/21)(SFC, 2/23/21, p.A3)

2021        Feb 25, India and Pakistan reaffirmed their commitment to a ceasefire along their troubled border.
    (SFC, 2/26/21, p.A2)

2021        Feb 26, Pakistan signed a landmark deal with Qatar for liquefied natural gas. The lower rates will save Islamabad a total of about $3 billion over the next 10 years.
    (AP, 3/1/21)

2021        Mar 8, Pakistani security forces, acting on intelligence, raided a suspected hideout of a separatist group in Baluchistan province, triggering a shootout that killed five insurgents. The raid came hours after insurgents killed a sailor and wounded two others in an attack on a Pakistani Navy vehicle in Baluchistan.
    (AP, 3/8/21)

2021        Mar 11, A spokesman for Pakistan's telecoms regulator said it will block the popular social media app TikTok after a court order over a complaint that it runs "indecent" content.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)

2021        Mar 13, Pakistan's Punjab province announced the closure of 15 famous shrines amid a third wave of the coronavirus.
    (SSFC, 3/14/21, p.A13)

2021        Mar 20, Pakistani PM Imran Khan (68) tested positive for COVID-19, two days after receiving his first vaccine dose. Government officials urged people not to be deterred from getting vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, In Pakistan two men were sentenced to death for gang-raping a woman on the side of a highway in Punjab last September, an attack that triggered nationwide protests and calls for tougher laws.
    (Reuters, 3/20/21)

2021        Mar 29, Pakistan launched a five-day vaccination campaign against polio despite facing another surge of coronavirus cases, the second anti-polio drive in 2021 as the country struggles to eradicate the crippling childrens disease.
    (AP, 3/29/21)

2021        Mar 30, Pakistan said it will import Chinese Cansino Biologics COVID-19 vaccines in bulk to package 3 million doses locally. Coronavirus cases have soared with PM Imran Khan, Pres. Arif Alvi and Defense Minister Pervez Khattak all testing positive. The country has recorded 14,356 deaths and 663,200 infections since the start of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)(SFC, 3/31/21, p.A4)

2021        Apr 6, Pakistan reported 103 deaths from COVID-19, one of the highest single-day fatalities since January.
    (AP, 4/6/21)

2021        Apr 7, Russias foreign minister said Moscow and Islamabad will boost ties in the fight against terrorism, with Russia providing unspecified military equipment to Pakistan and the two holding joint exercises at sea and in the mountains.
    (AP, 4/7/21)

2021        Apr 9, Pakistani police said they found a mass grave containing the bodies of 16 coal miners who went missing in the country's northwest in 2011 and were believed abducted by militants.
    (AP, 4/9/21)

2021        Apr 16, Pakistan briefly blocked access to all social media after days of violent anti-French protests across the country by radical Islamists opposed to cartoons they consider blasphemous.
    (AP, 4/16/21)

2021        Apr 21, In Pakistan five people were killed and about a dozen wounded in a suicide bombing in the parking lot of the Serena hotel, in the southwestern city of Quetta. The Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, said it targeted a meeting of Pakistani and foreign officials. The Chinese ambassador was in Quetta at the time of the attack.
    (AP, 4/22/21)

2021        Apr 23, Pakistan reported 144 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours. Total cases reached 784,108 and 16,842 deaths. PM Imran Khan summoned troops to help police implement social distancing rules.
    (SFC, 4/24/21, p.A4)

2021        Apr 24, Pakistan reported 157 coronavirus deaths, its highest toll in a single day. Overall fatalities rose to 16,999 and total cases to 790,016.
    (SSFC, 4/25/21, p.A11)

2021        Apr 29, Pakistan said it has purchased 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from three Chinese companies. Total deaths crossed 17,680 with over 150 deaths today and 5,480 coronavirus cases adding to a total of 815,711.
    (Reuters, 4/29/21)

2021        May 1, Pakistan reported 146 more daily coronavirus deaths. The number reported brings the country's overall death toll in the pandemic to 17,957.
    (AP, 5/1/21)

2021        May 8, Pakistan received its first supply of COVID-19 vaccines through the UN-backed COVAX initiative, over 1.2 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Researchers said a coronavirus variant first discovered in the UK now accounts for up to 70% of COVID-19 infections across Pakistan.
    (AP, 5/8/21)(Reuters, 5/8/21)

2021        May 9, Pakistan reported 118 more deaths and 3,785 new cases of COVID-19. Total deaths now totaled nearly 19,000.
    (SFC, 5/10/21, p.A7)
2021        May 9, In southwest Pakistan gunmen in two separate attacks ambushed vehicles carrying paramilitary troops, killing at least three soldiers and wounding five others before fleeing.
    (AP, 5/10/21)

2021        May 21, In southwestern Pakistan a roadside bomb went off in Chaman near a vehicle carrying a local leader of an Islamist political party killing seven people.
    (SFC, 5/22/21, p.A4)

2021        May 23, Pakistan's federal authorities reported a decrease in COVID-19 deaths and new cases and decided to reopen tourist resorts and schools but only for thse who have either tested negative or got vaccinated. Sindh province has opted to keep schools closed for another two weeks.
    (SFC, 5/24/21, p.A4)

2021        May 26, Pakistan opened up its coronavirus vaccination campaign to everyone aged 19 or older as it scrambles to protect more of its 220 million people.
    (Reuters, 5/26/21)

2021        Jun 4, Pakistan has started producing the single dose Chinese CanSinoBio COVID-19 vaccine to be able to deliver 3 million doses a month. An initial batch of 118,000 doses of the vaccine was ready to be delivered to the government.
    (Reuters, 6/4/21)

2021        Jun 7, In Pakistan two express trains collided early today, killing at least 51 passengers and injuring 100 others in the southern province of Sindh.
    (NY Times, 6/7/21)(SFC, 6/8/21, p.A4)

2021        Jun 9, Pakistani police arrested Mufti Sardar Ali Haqqani, after a video of him went viral on social media, in which he threatens Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai over her recent comments about marriage.
    (AP, 6/10/21)

2021        Jun 11, In southwestern Pakistan a bus carrying pilgrims overturned killing at least 20 people.
    (SFC, 6/12/21, p.A3)

2021        Jun 13, In Pakistan nine police officers were suspended in Lahore after they jailed employees of a restaurant that had refused to give them free burgers.

2021        Jun 15, Pakistan reported that roughly 3 million pople have been vaccinated, less than 2% of the population. New measures to encourage vaccination included blocking people's cell phone services in two provinces and suspending the salaries of some government employees who have not been vaccinated.
    (SFC, 6/16/21, p.A4)

2021        Jun 23, In Pakistan a car bombing in Lahore killed three people and wounded 25. Days later police had five suspects in custody in connection with the blast. Investigators found evidence of involvement of the Indian secret service in the attack.
    (AP, 6/26/21)

2021        Jun 27, Pakistans foreign minister said that violence and lawlessness could reign in Afghanistan after the United States' withdrawal, and that Pakistan would shut its border to the country if the Taliban takes control of it.
    (AP, 6/27/21)

2021        Jul 2, Pakistan said it has received 2.5 million doses of Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine from the United States.
    (Reuters, 7/2/21)

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