2006 in Pakistan

Events from the year 2006 in Pakistan.

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The Indian cricket team began its tour of Pakistan.[1]


March 1, 2006
Nationwide poultry tests planned: The federal health minister said here on Tuesday that health and agriculture ministries had formed special teams to check poultry stock throughout the country to counter potential bird flu threat.[2]
March 2, 2006
Bush to help resolve Kashmir dispute, hopes Musharraf: President General Pervez Musharraf said on Wednesday he expected US President George W. Bush to use his influence to help settle the Kashmir dispute.[3]
March 3, 2006
India, Pakistan got nukes legitimately: The US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said on Wednesday the way India and Pakistan had obtained nuclear arms was legitimate, in contrast to Iran.[4]
March 4, 2006
Govt urged to promote sheep farming: The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) has reiterated its call for setting up sheep breeding farms all over the country to meet protein requirements of the country.[5]
President Bush and President Musharraf of Pakistan Discuss Strengthened Relationship: US President George W. Bush arrived in Islamabad on Friday night for his first visit to Pakistan.[6]
March 5, 2006
Agreement on trade security signed: Pakistan has become the first country to receive American equipment for trans-ocean clearance of goods for blocking terror-related shipments from Pakistani export outlets to the United States.[7]
March 6, 2006
PM Shaukat Aziz arrives in the UK: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Sunday his three-day official visit to Britain was aimed at promoting economic, political and defence relations between the two countries.[8]
March 7, 2006
Focus on reducing poverty, creating jobs: Musharraf: ‘Pakistan not in arms race’: President Gen Pervez Musharraf has said Pakistan is focused on improving its economy and alleviating poverty and eradicating terrorism from its soil and is not interested in joining a "numerical arms race" with India.[9]
March 8, 2006
Kabul told to bolster border control: President Gen Pervez Musharraf held talks on Wednesday with a senior US military general on escalating tension with neighbouring Afghanistan and demanded intelligence sharing by Kabul on militants in ‘real time’’ to help improve security along their border, officials said.[10]
March 9, 2006
Pakistan, India to discuss expansion of civil aviation links: India and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to continue discussions for the enhancement of capacities, frequencies and gateways for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries.[11]
March 11, 2006
Leaders want to forget past, think of future: A dinner hosted by Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri for participants of the Pugwash-sponsored International Conference on Kashmir here on Friday ended on a frenzied note.
March 12, 2006
Senators elect chairman, deputy today: Fifty newly elected senators will take oath today (Sunday) following which the House will elect a new chairman and his deputy. With their oath, the newly elected senators will replace half of the senators who got retired on Saturday after completing three-year term in the Upper House of parliament.
March 16, 2006
First bus from Jalalabad arrives in Peshawar: The first bus with about 25 passengers aboard arrived here on Wednesday from the Afghan city of Jalalabad after a gap of 27 years.
March 21, 2006
Blasphemous Pakistani internet sites blocked: The Supreme Court was told on Monday that all 12 websites displaying sacrilegious cartoons of Muhammad on the internet had been blocked.
S.H. Hashmi passes away: S. H. Hashmi, one of the pioneers of the advertising industry in Pakistan and managing director of Orient McCan Ericson, died after suffering from chronic respiratory disorder. He was 71.[12]
  • March 23 – Pakistan Day being observed today: Pakistan Day is being observed today (Thursday) with determination to strive harder for the country's prosperity, stability and security. The day will dawn with 21-gun salute in the federal capital and 19- gun salute in provincial capitals. Prayers will be offered for the country's progress and stability. It is a public holiday today. National flag will be hoisted on major government buildings. According to a decision taken after last year's earthquake, the day will be observed with simplicity and the usual armed forces’ parade will not be held. The major ceremony of the day will be held in President House where President Pervez Musharraf will confer awards upon top-ranking army and civil officials. Wreaths will be laid on the graves of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal.[13]
  • March 23 – The United States and the United Kingdom are identified as the top portfolio investors in Pakistan sparking fears and concern that any disturbance in political relations with the two could cause instability in Pakistan.[14]


April 11, 2006
The 2011 Cricket World Cup will be the tenth time this tournament has been held, and will be held in the four Asian Test cricket playing countries India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.


June 26, 2006
Suicide car bomber kills nine Pakistani soldiers. Officials say that the explosives-laden vehicle detonated about six kilometres (four miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in the North Waziristan region.[15]


August 26, 2006
Baloch rebel chief Akbar Bugti killed. The Pakistan Air Force bombed his mountain hideout.[16]


September 24, 2006
National Blackout: A technical fault in Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) triggered a nationwide blackout in Pakistan on Sunday. It was not sabotage.
Bird Show organized by Budgerigar Society of Pakistan (BSP) in Lahore: BSP changed bird fancying in Pakistan after organizing the first ever Bird Show in Pakistan where they invited an international judge for a Budgerigar Competition in Pakistan. The judge was invited from London. It was the first ever bird show which was organized under WBO standards. Spokesman Naveed Ijaz confirmed that BSP will continue organizing such events, he also shared that the next event of this level by BSP will be organized on October 21, 2007 at Avari Hotel Lahore.[17]


October 16, 2006
Asif and Shoib fail doping test: Pakistan have withdrawn fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif from the Champions Trophy in India after testing positive for nandrolone. The tests were carried out by the Pakistan Cricket Board three weeks ago and showed positive results for the performance-enhancing steroid. They are Pakistan's best new-ball bowlers but face bans of up to two years if the second test is confirmed.[18]


See also


  1. ^ India in Pakistan 2006 - BBC Sport
  2. ^ Dawn Newspapers
  3. ^ Dawn
  4. ^ Dawn
  5. ^ JANG, Business Section
  6. ^ DAWN Newspapers (PK), March 2006
  7. ^ JANG The News
  8. ^ Dawn Newspapers
  9. ^ Dawn
  10. ^ Dawn News
  11. ^ Jang News
  12. ^ "S.H. Hashmi passes away". Dawn News. 21 March 2006.
  13. ^ "Pakistan Day being observed today". Dawn. 23 March 2006.
  14. ^ Iqbal, Shahid (23 March 2006). "US, UK top portfolio investors in Pakistan". Dawn. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  15. ^ "'Suicide attack' on Pakistan army". BBC News. 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2006-08-07.
  16. ^ Rebel killing raises stakes in Pakistan - BBC News
  17. ^ http://www.GrandBirdShow.com
  18. ^ BBC Sports
2005 in Pakistan

Events from the year 2005 in Pakistan.

2005–06 Women's Asia Cup

The Women's Asia Cup in Pakistan in 2005–06 is the Asian Cricket Council Women's One Day International cricket tournament. The three teams which took part in the tournament were India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It was held between 28 December 2005 and 4 January 2006, in Pakistan. The matches were played at the National Stadium, Karachi and Karachi Gymkhana Ground. India won the final against Sri Lanka by 97 runs.

2006 Pakistan landmine blast

The 2006 Pakistan landmine blast occurred on March 10, 2006, in the Pakistani city of Dera Bugti in Balochistan province. 26 people were killed and seven were injured when their car, on the way to a wedding, hit at least one anti-tank landmine. Raziq Bugti, a spokesman for the Baluchistan provincial government, said the mine was planted by rebels working for the tribal chief Nawab Akbar Bugti and that most of the victims were "women and children. Seven people were injured... there could have been more than one land mine but we have not confirmed that at this stage".

2006 Pakistani Senate election

Senate elections were held in Pakistan on 6-10 March 2006. Half of the 100 seats in the Senate were up for election with the winning candidates serving six-year terms.

2006 dengue outbreak in Pakistan

The 2006 dengue outbreak in Pakistan was at the time the worst on record. There were 1931 lab-confirmed cases, and 41 confirmed deaths, according to the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. Other sources report a death toll of 52.Since 2006, studies indicate that dengue fever is on the rise in Pakistan. It is noted throughout the year, peaking at post-monsoon season. Many factors have been cited, including a surge in the principal mosquito vectors Aedes aegypti. and Aedes albopictus However, in 2006, an additional factor may have been the lack of patient management standards, since dengue was a relatively new public health challenge for the country.

Chenagai airstrike

The Chenagai airstrike took place on October 30, 2006, around 5:00 am local time. Missiles were fired at a madrassa in Chenagai village in Bajaur region of Pakistan. An eyewitness has stated that the madrassa was filled with local students who had resumed studies after the Eid ul-Fitr holiday. 82 people died in the attack. The United States was accused of the attacks. The U.S. government denied involvement in the attack. Long War Journal blamed U.S. for the air strike as only U.S. was able to conduct precision night strikes in the region. Later on it was found that United States was indeed responsible for the airstrike.

Damadola airstrike

On 13 January 2006 the Central Intelligence Agency fired missiles into the Pakistani village of Damadola (Urdu: ڈمہ ڈولا‎) in the Bajaur (Urdu: باجوڑ ) tribal area, about seven kilometres (4.5 miles) from the Afghan border, killing at least 18 people. Originally the Bajaur tribal area government claimed that at least four foreign members of al-Qaeda were among the dead. United States and Pakistani officials later admitted that no al-Qaeda leaders perished in the strike and that only local villagers were killed. The attack purportedly targeted Ayman al-Zawahiri, second-in-command of al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden, who was thought to be in the village.

Hum Masala

Hum Masala (Urdu: مصالحہ‎, formerly known as Masala TV) is a 24-hour Urdu language food television food channel launched on 22 November 2006 in Pakistan as part of the Hum Network Limited. In the United Kingdom, it soon will start airing some dramas too.

Index of Pakistan-related articles

This is a list of topics related to Pakistan. Names of people are alphabetized by first name.

Krishna Mandir, Lahore

Krishna Mandir Kali Das is a Hindu temple (mandir) dedicated to the Hindu deity Krishna located in Ravi Road, opposite Timber Market (Lahore), Lahore, Pakistan. In 2006, the temple became a centre of controversy due to media reports on its demolition which later turned out incorrect.

Lava Temple

Lava Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Lava, the son of Rama. It is in Lahore Fort, Lahore, Pakistan. The city itself is named after him.

List of Pakistani films of 2006

This is a list of films produced in Pakistan in 2006 (see 2006 in film) and in the Urdu language.

Pakistan International Airlines Flight 688

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Flight 688 (PK688, PIA688) was operated by Pakistan's flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines as a domestic passenger flight from Multan to Lahore and Islamabad. At 12:05 pm on 10 July 2006, the Fokker F27 deployed on the route crashed into a field when one of its two engines failed shortly after takeoff from Multan International Airport. All 41 passengers and four crewmembers on board were killed. It was the deadliest plane crash in Pakistan until 2010 when an Airbus A321 flew into Margalla Hills in Islamabad while on approach to Benazir Bhutto International Airport.

The final report of Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority revealed that one of the Fokker F27's 48-year-old engines developed a problem shortly after take-off and, due to engine mismanagement by the pilots, the crash ensued.

Pakistan women's national cricket team

The Pakistan women's national cricket team represents Pakistan in international women's cricket. One of eight teams competing in the ICC Women's Championship (the highest level of international women's cricket), the team is organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Pakistan made its One Day International (ODI) debut in early 1997, against New Zealand, and later in the year played in the 1997 World Cup in India. The team's inaugural Test match came against Sri Lanka in April 1998. In its early years, Pakistan was one of the least competitive of the top-level women's teams, and after its inaugural appearance in 1997, did not qualify for another World Cup until the 2009 event in Australia. However, the team has played in all four editions of the Women's World Twenty20 to date, and also participated in the Women's Asia Cup and the Asian Games cricket tournament.

Terrorist incidents in Pakistan in 2006

In 2006, 30 terrorist attacks, including 10 of a sectarian nature, took place, leaving 100 people dead and 230 others injured.

Valmiki Mandir

Valmiki Temple (Urdu: والمیکی مندر‎) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Valmiki in Lahore, Pakistan. The temple is managed and maintained by the Pakistan Hindu Council and Evacuee Trust Property Board. The Krishna Temple and the Valmiki Temple are the only two functional Hindu temples in Lahore.

Violence in Pakistan 2006–09

This is a list of violent incidents in Pakistan from 2006 to 2009. Violence increased in 2006, in part because the US/NATO strategy from 2005 of attacking the Taliban in their stronghold in South Afghanistan (including Helmand), lead to incidents on the Pakistani side of the border.

Women's Protection Bill

The Women's Protection Bill (Urdu: تحفظِ نسواں بل) which was passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on 15 November 2006 is an attempt to amend the heavily criticised 1979 Hudood Ordinance laws which govern the punishment for rape and adultery in Pakistan. Critics of the Hudood Ordinance alleged that it made it exceptionally difficult and dangerous to prove an allegation of rape, and thousands of women had been imprisoned as a result of the bill. The bill returned a number of offences from the Zina Ordinance to the Pakistan Penal Code, where they had been before 1979, and created an entirely new set of procedures governing the prosecution of the offences of adultery and fornication, whipping and amputation were removed as punishments. The law meant women would not be jailed if they were unable to prove rape, and allows rape to be proved on grounds other than witnesses, such as forensics and DNA evidence.The Bill remains controversial amongst many liberals and moderates in Pakistan who argue it does not go far enough as stoning to death is still theoretically on a punishment, though not implemented by the courts, the liberals argue it should be removed entirely. However, some religious parties have called the bill Un-Islamic and by extension unconstitutional, however the Supreme Court of Pakistan has not overturned the Bill on the grounds that it violates the Islamic provisions in Pakistan's constitution, hence stands to the present day. Pakistan's largest province, Punjab passed another women's bill which instituted further reforms this is pending before the courts on grounds of unconstitutionality.

Yak polo

Yak polo (or sarlagan polo) is a Mongolian variant of the sport polo. It is played on yaks instead of on horseback.

Originally invented in the early 2000s as a tourist attraction, the sport is as of 2006 reported to have attracted a modest following in Mongolia. The Mongolian Association of Sarlagan Polo claims that the sport is booming, with four games a week being played in the summer of 2006.

In Pakistan, Yak polo is played in the Himalayas and Hindukush at Boroghil in District Chitral. The event is held in July every year and is sponsored by the Sarhad Tourism Corporation, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

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