Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was shot in the shin on Thursday when his anti-government protest convoy was attacked in the east of the country, in what aides said was an overt assassination attempt.
Pakistan has a history of political coups and unrest. Here are some details.

  • 2007 – Prime Minister Benazir twice Bhutto is murdered in a gun and bomb attack after he organized a campaign rally in Rawalpindi. Months before her death, she survived a suicide bomb assassination attempt in Karachi, where at least 139 people were killed in one of the country’s deadliest attacks.
  • 1999 – Former army chief Pervez Musharraf seizes power in a bloodless coup. He was sworn in as president and head of state in June 2001. He resigned in 2008 and Asif Ali Zardari, Benazir Bhutto’s husband takes the presidency.
  • 1988 – Military President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq is killed when the C-130 Hercules plane carrying him crashes under mysterious circumstances. Conspiracy theorists have suggested that a crate of mangoes placed on board the plane shortly before takeoff contained a timer device that released gas that knocked the crew out of the cockpit.
  • 1979 – Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Benazir’s father, who was elected Prime Minister in 1970, is hanged on a disputed conviction for conspiracy to commit political murder, by Zia ul-Haq.
  • 1977 – Zia ul-Haq seizes power after a coup against the Bhutto government. He puts Bhutto under house arrest, imposes martial law, suspends the constitution and bans political parties
  • 1973 – Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto is elected Prime Minister, succeeding General yahya khan.
  • 1958 – In Pakistan’s first military coup, Governor General Iskander Mirza enforces martial law with General Ayub Khan as Chief Martial Law Administrator. Ayub Khan later assumes the presidency and sacks Mirza, who is exiled.
  • 1951 – First Prime Minister of Pakistan Liaquat Ali Khanafter the partition of India in 1947, was shot dead during a political rally in Rawalpindi.



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