Review Year 2018 – Pakistan

Jan 05: Rawalpindi : Former Pak Air Chief Asghar Khan passes away.

Jan 05: Renowned Chef Zubaida Tariq passes away in Karachi.

Jan 09: Six, including four security personnel, martyred in Quetta suicide bombing

Jan 10: (Kasur  Punjab) : Rape, murder of 8-year-old little girl Zainab shocks Pakistan. Little Zainab, who went missing on 5 Jan 2018.

Jan 18: Pakistan Nuclear physicist & former head of The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad passes away .

Jan 27 Bomb in an ambulance kills over 100 people in Kabul, Taliban claim responsibility

Feb 11: Veteran TV actor Qazi Wajid passes away.

Feb 19: Renowned columnist and poet Munir Ahmed Qureshi, more commonly known as Munnu Bhai, passed away in Lahore.


Apr 14: Pakistan successfully test launches enhanced version of Babur cruise missile.

Apr 17: Pakistan gave a final go-ahead to the construction of Diamer-Bhasha dam at an estimated cost of Rs474 billion aimed at increasing the country’s depleting water storage capacity. Headed by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved five mega projects at the total cost of Rs. 504 billion. The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) had cleared the Diamer-Bhasha dam at a cost of Rs. 625 billion.

Apr 30: Pakistani city of Nawabshah sets global record for an April temperature, recording high of 50.2C

May 14: ‘Historic’ Fata-KP merger bill passed with national consensus.

May 18: Pakistani girl (Sabika Shaikh ) among 10 killed in Santa Fe High School in the US state of Texas.

Texas shooting.

May 23: 32 ton (BP) Tugboat handed over to Pakistan Navy built in Karachi Shipyard.

May 29: Heatwave in Karachi, Pakistan, kills 65 as temperatures soar above 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

May 12: Pakistan’s world renowned field hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed passed away after a prolonged illness in Karachi.

Jul 10: Peshawar Suicide Blast: ANP Leader Haroon Bilour Among 22 Others Martyred.

Jul 12: Quetta;  Mastung massacre: 149 martyred, over 200 injured in suicide blast .

Jul 12: Attack on JUI-F leader  Akram Khan Durrani’s convoy in Bannu 4 people  killed.

Jul 15: France Won World Cup Football 2018 Beat Croatia by 4-2.

Jul 25: Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI)  tipped for victory as majority election results announced.

Jul 25: 32 killed from blast near polling station in Quetta on Election Day.

Aug 14: Pakistan celebrates 72nd Independence Day .

Aug 18: Imran Khan sworn-in as 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Sep 11: Pakistan observes 70th death anniversary of Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinah.

Oct 16: Pakistan Navy commissioned an indigenously built 17,000-tonne fleet tanker named PNS Moawin to its fleet during a ceremony held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi.

Nov 02: Maulana Samiul Haq : Influential religious scholar and former senator  has been assassinated at his residence in Rawalpindi. He was stabbed to death while he was resting in his room.

Nov 14: The abduction and murder of police (SP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tahir Dawar.

Tahir Dawar missing from his Islamabad residence on October 26 and after long wait his tortured body found in Afghanistan.

Nov 23: (KP) 32 killed, 31 injured in explosion in lower Orakzai district.

Nov 28: Pakistan and India break ground on visa-free Kartarpur corridor. Amid tense bilateral ties, South Asian neighbours agree to provide a visa-free corridor for Sikh pilgrims. The development comes ahead of Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary next year.

Dec 18: Veteran actor Ali Ejaz dies of heart attack.

Dec 25: Former (MQM) MNA Ali Raza Abidi shot dead in Karachi.

Review Year 2018 – International

Feb 11: Russian airliner crashes south-east of Moscow, killing all 71 on board.

Feb 26: 7.5 magnitude earthquake in central Papa New Guinea kills at least 100

Mar 05: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets South Korean officials for the first time.

Mar 07: First Commercial shipment from Gwadar leaves for UAE.

Mar 11: China’s National People’s Congress approves removal of term limits for a leader, will allow Xi Jinping presidency for life.

Mar 14: World Second  scientist and cultural icon, Professor Stephen Hawking dead.

Mar 15: Syria’s War Seven years : more than 465,000 Syrians and left over a million injured. More than half of the country’s prewar population, some 12 million people, have fled Syria or been internally displaced, prompting a refugee crisis.

Mar 17: Xi Jinping unanimously re-elected Chinese president.

Mar 18:  Vladimir Putin Overwhelmingly Wins Another Six Years as Russia’s Leader.

Mar 21: At least 33 dead in Kabul suicide bombing in Shiite shrine; claimed by Daesh.

Mar 21: Suicide bomber kills 31 in crowd celebrating Persian New Year in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Mar 25: Fire in a shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Russia, kills at least 64.

Mar 30: Israeli army kills 17 Palestinians in Gaza protests. More than 1,400 others wounded by Israeli forces during march calling for return of Palestinian refugees to their lands. 30,000 people attended the event, during which tires were burnt and molotov cocktails and stones were thrown in the direction of the border.

Apr 01: Indian forces martyr 13 youths & 100+ injured in occupied Kashmir. Anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir after deadly fighting.

Apr 11:  Algerian military plane crashes :  killing 257 in nation’s worst aviation disaster.

Apr 14: US, UK and France Targeted  on Syrian so called  ‘Chemical Weapons Sites’

Syria intercepted 77 of 100+ missiles launched at its civilian, military objects

Apr 18: “Black Panther” is the first film shown at a commercial cinema in 35 years in Saudi Arabia as cinemas are reopened.

Apr 22: KABUL  : ISIS suicide bomber kills 60 at Afghanistan voter registration site.

Apr 26: Serial killer “Golden State Killer” identified after 40 years as a former police officer, responsible for 12 killings, 50 rapes in California.

Apr 27: More than 40 Tuareg killed over two days by suspected jihadists in Menaka region, Mali.

Apr 27: Peace At Hand? Both Korean Leaders Meet For Historic Border Handshake.

Apr 30: Coordinated double suicide attack kills 36 in Kabul, Afghanistan, including nine journalists.

May 07: 50 casualties from blast at mosque in east Afghanistan.

May 07: 30 police in western Afghan province  in an  explosion at a mosque used as a voter centre in the eastern Afghan province of Khost.

May 09: Series of blasts hit Kabul as suicide bombers and gunmen attack Afghanistan’s capital.

May 10: Mahathir Mohamad is sworn in as the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia, the world’s oldest leader at 92.

May 13: China Launches Its First Domestically Made Aircraft Carrier.

May 14 : Taliban fighters attacked a police headquarters in the western Farah province, killing at least 20 members of the security forces.

May 14: More than +100 dead in clashes as U.S. opens Jerusalem Embassy. Ceremonies marking the embassy’s move from the official capital in Tel Aviv were intended to be festive and celebratory, but authorities are preparing for demonstrations that could turn into fighting.

May 15: 58 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and 1700 hospitalized on the Gaza border protesting opening of US embassy in Jerusalem and 70 year founding of Israel.

May 15: Taliban forces attack and claim to has seized control of the western city of Farah, Afghanistan.

May 18: Santa Fe High School shooting; 17 year-old shooter kills 10 and injures 10 in Santa Fe, Texas.

May 18: Mexican Damojh airlines flight crashes near Havana airport, Cuba, killing 110 with just 3 survivors

May 29: Death toll on Puerto Rico 70 times higher than official figure, likely 4,600 died from Hurricane Maria according to Harvard University study.

Jun 01:  An Israeli sniper shot and martyred 22 year-old (Rouzan al-Najjar)  Palestinian medic in Gaza

Khan Younis, Gaza Strip.

Jun 3: Boat capsizes off eastern Tunisia drowning at least 48 migrants.

Jun 09: 19 Afghan police officals killed in Taliban attack on base in Kunduz.

Jun 10: 20 pro-gov’t military personnel dead in Taliban attacks  in N. Afghanistan.

Jun 13: 120 countries at UN condemn Israel over Gaza violence.

Jun 15 : Announce of  : TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah killed in US strike in  Afghanistan – Kunar province.

Jun 16: At least 26 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during Eid ceasefire.

Jun 18: Ferry sinks on Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia, with 193 suspected dead.

Jun 24: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins second term with president’s AK Party winning 42% parliamentary votes.

Jul 13: Suicide bombing in Baluchistan, Pakistan, targeting election campaign event kills 128, Islamic State claims responsibility.

Jul 01: Suicide bombing targeting Sikh community kills at least 19 people in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Jul 02: 270,000 people now displaced by fighting in south-western Syria says UN since assault on rebel-held area two weeks ago.

Jul 14: Civilians killed in Afghan war reaches record high with 1,692 killed in first six months of 2018 says UN.

Aug 05: 6.9 magnitude earthquake on island of Lombok, Indonesia, kills at least 460 people and displaces 350,000.

Aug 06: Lombok Earthquake Kills 100, Strands Tourists on Indonesian Islands.

Aug 09: Saudi coalition air strike in Yemen kills 50, including 29 school children.

Aug 12: More than 200 Afghan soldiers reported killed after 3 days of attacks by taliban insurgents over multiple fronts including Ghazni city.

Aug 14: Italy bridge collapse ‘leaves 35 dead’.

Aug 14: Italy’s Morandi Bridge collapses in Genoa, taking 30 vehicles with it and killing 43.

Aug 15: Suicide bomber attacks tuition centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 48 and injuring 67.

Aug 16: British Columbia, Canada, declares State of Emergency with 566 wildfires burning, prompting evacuation of 3,000 people.

Aug 18: Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan Passed away.

Aug 19: Two more earthquakes hit Lombok in Indonesia killing 14 two weeks after previous earthquakes.

Aug 25: Rohingya Muslims mark ‘black day’ ;  A year after fleeing Myanmar, Rohingya demand justice.

Aug 28: Puerto Rico raises official death toll of 2017 Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975.

Sep 10: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for urgent climate change conference saying “climate change moving faster than we are”

Sep 11: Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annanlies in state in Accra, Ghana, ahead of a state funeral.

Sep 11: Suicide bombing in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, kills 68 and injures 165.

Sep 18: Amnesty International says 400 civilians have been killed in conflicts between Cameroon soldiers and Anglophone separatists in 2018.

Sep 20: Tanzania ferry disaster : 136+ dead after MV Nyerere sinks in lake victoria.

Sep 20: India  Successful Flight Test short-range tactical ballistic missile ‘Prahaar’.

Sep 21: The PRC was founded;  69th National Day of the People’s Republic of China.

Sep 22: A rare brazen terrorist attack on an Iranian military parade; 29 dead.

Sep 22: Indonesia tsunami : At least 832 die in Indonesia tsunami and earthquake.

Sep 22: Four gunmen open fire on Revolutionary Guard soldiers at a parade in Ahvaz, Iran, killing 25 including civilians.

Sep 28: Canada strips Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship.

Sep 28: 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits just off island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, setting off a tsunami that hits cities of Donggala and Palu, at least 1649 people killed.

Oct 1: More than 80,000 American died of the flu during 2017-2018 winter, highest in ten years, according to US heath officials.

Oct 02:  Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist for The Washington Post, author, and a former general manager and editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel, killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Oct 06: Israel pounds Gaza in ‘retaliation’ as 3 Palestinians killed, 370+ injured in border clashes.

Oct 17:  Top Afghan Police General Abdul Raziq killed in Kandahar attack.

Oct 17: Crimea attack: Gun attack at Kerch college kills 19 wounds 40.

Oct 18: Russia surpassed rivals with precise hypersonic weapons  & will deploy more within months.

Oct 23: Saudi Arabia pledges $6bn package to Pakistan.

Oct 29: Indonesian plane carrying 188 passengers crashes into the sea.

Nov 08: Relentless  California wildfires death toll climbs to 87, almost 500 still unaccounted for

The Camp Fire is the deadliest, and most destructive in California’s history.

Nov 09: Deadly attack in Somalia 39 Killed Wounded 40 ‘Bodies were everywhere’.

Nov 9: Three car bombs explode in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing 52 people and injuring 100.

Nov 14: Attempt to move 720,000 Rohingya back to Myanmar from Bangladesh refugee camps amid international criticism. They refuse to go.

Nov 16: CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Nov 17: Protests across France against rising fuel prices leave 400+ injured

Nov 21: At least 50 killed in Kabul suicide blast targeting clerics at Eid-i-Miladun Nabi gathering.

Nov 23: Suicide blast at Afghanistan mosque kills at least 26 gathered to pray.

Nov 26: NASA’s InSight lander has touched down safely on Mars.

Dec 16: Belgium become new men’s world cup hockey champion 2018. Belgium beat Netherlands in shootout by 3-2.

Dec 20 : U.S. President Trump announces to pullout its Troops From Afghanistan and Syria.

Dec 26: Russia announce  ‘invulnerable’ nuclear missile ready to deploy.

Dec 30: Shaikh Hasina ruling party winds third term in Bangladesh election.

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