The year 1993 saw political unrest within Pakistan as president Ghulam Ishaq Khan and prime minister Nawaz Sharif duelled for supremacy. Khan dissolved Sharif's government, only for it to be restored by a Supreme Court verdict.
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List of years in Pakistan
While Pakistan moved closer to peaceful negotiations with Afghanistan, its relationships continued to worsen with India over the Kashmir issue and the 1993 Bombay bombings. Meanwhile, the United States imposes stricter sanctions on Pakistan and any country that traded with Pakistan.
- Prime Minister
- Chief Justice: Muhammad Afzal Zullah (until 18 April), Nasim Hasan Shah
- Governor of Balochistan – Gul Mohammad Khan Jogezai (until 19 July); Abdur Rahim Durrani (starting 19 July)
- Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Amir Gulistan Janjua (until 19 July); Khurshid Ali Khan (starting 19 July)
- Governor of Punjab –
- Governor of Sindh – Hakeem Saeed (until 19 July); Mahmoud Haroon (starting 19 July)
- 8 January – The United States decides against branding Pakistan a terrorist nation.
- 9 January – The US president-elect Bill Clinton gives Pakistan six months to refute Indian charges that it is sponsoring international terrorism.
- 5 February – Kashmir Solidarity Day is observed for the very first time in Pakistan.
- 7 March – Political groups from Afghanistan sign the Islamabad Accord in Pakistan, forming a coalition until elections can be held.
- 17 March – Mian Zahid Sarfaraz demands an early dissolution of the National Assembly.
- 27 March – Hamid Nasir Chattha and three other ministers resign from the federal cabinet.
- 2 April – The Pakistan government vows to crack down on Arab militants.
- 4 April
- 8 April
- After a crack down on illegal immigrants, hundreds of Arab nationals are arrested on suspected links to Islamic militants.
- 92 MNAs tender their resignation from the house.
- 13 April – Crack down continues against illegal Arab immigrants to prevent any extremists among them from using Pakistan to foment violence in other countries.
- 18 April
- 19 April – Federal ministers in the Mazari caretaker ministry are sworn into office and handed ministerial portfolios.
- 23 May – In record busts against drug smugglers in southeastern Balochistan, navy officers seize 132,000 pounds of hashish and 440 pounds of heroin.
- 26 May – The Supreme Court restores the National Assembly and prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
- 5–24 June Pakistani soldiers are massacred in Somalia while serving with a UN peacekeeping mission.
- 16 June – Bosnian Muslim refugees leave Croatia for Pakistan.
- 18 July
- 20 July – The US threatens to impose sanctions on China if it continues to ship missiles to Pakistan in defiance of an international agreement.
- 18 August – Moeenuddin Ahmad Qureshi becomes the caretaker prime minister.
- 6 October – General elections are held. PPP wins 86; PML-N secures 72 seats.
- 19 October – Benazir Bhutto becomes the prime minister by 121 votes for a second time.
- 4 November – Police arrest Murtaza Bhutto, the brother of PM Bhutto, moments after his plane landed in Pakistan ending his 16 years in exile.
- 9 November – Fire rages through the National Assembly building, destroying the main chamber. According to PTV, the cause is believed to be an electric short circuit.
- 13 November – Farooq Laghari is sworn in as the eighth elected president of Pakistan.
- 24 November – India and Pakistan agree to resume talks on the Kashmir issue.
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- "Afghanistan Human Rights Practices, 1993 – U.S. Department of State". Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
- Afghan Peace Accord (Islamabad Accords)
- "Nawaz Sharif (1990–1993); Perspective on Current Debate". Pakistani Spectator. 9 September 2009. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
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- Joshi, Vijay (4 April 1993). "Newspapers: Evidence implicates Pakistan in Bombay blasts". New Delhi: Associated Press. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- Gannon, Kathy (7 April 1993). "Pakistan cracks down on illegal Arabs". Islamabad: Associated Press. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- Gannon, Kathy (13 April 1993). "Pakistan cracks down on illegal Arab immigrants". Peshawar: Associated Press. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- Associated Press (23 May 1993). "Pakistan sets new record for drug busts". Islamabad: Associated Press. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- Kuzmanovic, Jasmina (16 June 1993). "Bosnian Muslim refugees to leave Croatia for Pakistan". Promajna, Croatia: Associated Press. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- Schweid, Barry (20 July 1993). "Sanctions threatened over sales to Pakistan". Washington: Associated Press. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- Timeline: Pakistan's political rivals – BBC News
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- Joshi, Vijay (24 November 1993). "India, Pakistan agree to resume talks on Kashmir". New Delhi: Associated Press. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- Altaf, Musfirah (16 December 1993). "Pakistan accuses India of killing Kashmiri civilians". Islamabad: Associated Press. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- Pakistan aims to eradicate Polio – BBC News Online: Despatches
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