October 14, 1999 |
Amid growing uncertainty about the plans of military coup leaders in Pakistan, the United States carefully distanced itself Wednesday from its former ally, deposed civilian Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The move appeared to signal a willingness to work with the nation's new military rulers, who are developing nuclear weapons, as long as they commit themselves to returning the government quickly to civilian control.
August 10, 1997 |
Gunmen killed at least 15 people, most of them Shiite Muslims, in the central province of Punjab, police and witnesses said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but police said they appeared to be part of a bloody feud between rival militant groups from the majority Sunni and the minority Shiite sects of Islam. In the first attack, gunmen struck before dawn, killing six Shiites as they slept in a village.
July 10, 1995 |
At least 14 people were killed and 20 wounded in violence during a three-day strike in the southern port of Karachi, police said. But the city of 12 million people was eerily quiet on the third day of the anti-government strike called by the ethnic Mohajir National Movement to protest the death of a former city councilor while in police custody.
October 15, 1999 |
The army chief of Pakistan declared a state of emergency early today and appointed himself the nation's leader, just three days after the military ousted and locked up the elected prime minister. Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who led Tuesday's bloodless coup against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, suspended the constitution, abolished national and provincial parliaments, fired scores of high officials nationwide and declared the country to be under military rule.
November 11, 1999 |
Nearly one month after throwing out the civilian government, Pakistan's military rulers today accused deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and eight others of treason and kidnapping--charges that carry the death penalty. A formal complaint was filed in connection with an incident Oct. 12 in which Sharif refused landing rights to a passenger aircraft carrying army chief Gen. Pervez Musharraf. The general responded that day by ousting Sharif in a bloodless coup.
December 20, 1994 |
In this throbbing metropolis on the Arabian Sea, the grass used to grow lush and green on the cricket pitches in Jinnah Garden, and a mother didn't worry particularly if her daughter stayed out past 2:30 a.m. Those were the good times in Pakistan's biggest city. But they are now fading memories in this seething tandoori oven of humanity whose high-rises and fetid squatter colonies have become the uneasy home to more people than New York and Chicago combined.
March 23, 1995 |
The day two employees of the U.S. Consulate were ambushed and murdered, the Karachi Stock Exchange's KSE-100 index dropped 29 points, or 1.5%. But the average rebounded the next day, after traders had time to reflect. The slaying of the Americans, they concluded, might not be all bad. "Finally we may get some honest people here," said broker Yasin Lakhani, the exchange's immediate past president. "Finally, something may be done."
October 23, 1990 |
They are historic figures, two Western-educated Asian women who rode peaceful "people power" revolutions to lead their impoverished nations from brutal dictatorship to struggling democracy. Both, propelled to prominence by martyred men, freed a boisterous press, restored civil liberties and were held up as champions of the poor. Both won standing ovations from an adoring U.S. Congress in the capital of their closest ally.