2010 in Pakistan

Events from the year 2010 in Pakistan.

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See also:Other events of 2010
List of years in Pakistan


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  • 1 January – A suicide bombing occurs at a volleyball game in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 95, and injuring over 100.[1]
  • 13 January – A train hit a school bus at an ungated railway crossing in Pakistan's Punjab Province near to the town of Mian Channu, killing 8 children and injuring several others.[2]
  • 30 January – A suicide bombing occurs at a military checkpoint within the town of Khar, in the Bajaur Agency, killing at least 16 people and injuring around 25 others.



  • 12 March – Three separate suicide bombings targeting Pakistani security forces occurred from 8 March till 12 March. It is known that more than 72 people were killed in these three-related suicide attacks and more than 190 others were injured.




  • 6 June – Cyclone Phet makes landfall near Karachi before wreaking havoc in coastal Balochistan province.
  • 28 June – An accidental truck blast caused by an exploding gas cylinder, kills at least 18 people and injured around 42 others within the southern Pakistani city of Hyderabad.[6]


  • Extensive flooding after monsoon rains. At least 1,600 people were killed.
  • 1 July – Twin suicide bombings targeted a Sufi shrine at the Data Durbar Complex, in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore. At least 50 people are killed in these twin suicide attacks and more than 200 are injured.
  • 9 July – A suicide bomb attack occurs at a market within the Mohmand Agency of north-western Pakistan. At least 104 people are killed in this suicide attack and more than 120 others are injured.
  • 28 July – Crash of Airblue Flight 202, killing all 152 people aboard.


  • 3–6 August – Riots in Karachi after the assassination of MP Raza Haider.[7]
  • 13 August – President Asif Ali Zardari a curb on the traditional Independence Day in favour a more sombre response to the floods. Zardari will instead spend the day visiting the regions worst affected by flooding.[8]
  • 14 August – 12 suspected militants in North Waziristan are killed by a suspected American drone attack.[9]
  • 14 August – At least 16 people are killed following an outbreak of violence in Balochistan.[10]
  • 14 August – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani announces that as many as 20 million Pakistanis have been hit by the floods, contradicting earlier United Nations estimates of 14 million.[11]
  • 15 August – Condemnations and the promise of a government inquiry follow the lynching of two teenaged brothers, Mughees and Muneeb Butt, by a mob in Sialkot. The killings, believed to have been sparked by a mistaken belief that the brothers were robbers, was caught on film by a Dunya TV reporter and aired on all private media channels.[12]
  • 24 August – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani raises fears of disease epidemic in flood-hit areas of the country, following reports from doctors in the areas that diarrhoea and cholera were spreading.[13]


  • 1 September – At least 35 people are killed and more than 250 others injured, following a series of bomb attacks on a Shia Islamic procession in Lahore. The attacks, two of which were said to be from suicide bombers took place at a commemoration of the death of Ali ibn Abi Talib.[14]
  • 3 September – In a similar attack on Shia Muslims at least 50 people are killed in Quetta by a suicide bomber at a Shia rally. Responsibility is claimed by the Taliban who state that the killings were a revenge attack for the killing of a Sunni leader in 2009.[15]
  • 7 September – American actress Angelina Jolie visits flood-hit areas of the country as the UN launches a renewed appeal for aid.[16]
  • 10 September – Former leader General Pervez Musharraf announces his intention to return to Pakistan from self-imposed exile in London. He claims that he plans to establish a new political party in order to contest the 2013 elections.[17]
  • 16 September – Exiled politician Imran Farooq is found murdered near his home in exile in north London having been stabbed several times.[18][19] Violence erupted in his hometown Karachi following his murder. Several shops and vehicles were set on fire however no casualties were reported. MQM called for a 10-day strike to mourn Farooq's death.[20]
  • 25 September – Four people are killed in Miranshah in a suspected American drone attack.[21] Seven more die in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan in a similar attack the following day.[22]
  • 25 September – The three men accused of the 2008 Danish embassy bombing in Islamabad are acquitted by a Pakistani court because of insufficient evidence. The decision is to be challenged by the prosecution in the high courts.[23]
  • 26 September – Abdul Qayum Jatoi quits as Minister of Defence Production after claiming that the Pakistan Army was involved in political assassinations, including that of Benazir Bhutto.[24]
  • 27 September – Geo TV reveals that more than one third of cabinet ministers pay no taxes whatsoever and that Prime Minister Gillani had not paid taxes for any of the three years covered by the disclosure.[25]


  • 1 October – Pervez Musharraf launches his new political party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, at a club in London. At the launch Musharraf apologises for the "negative actions" he took whilst in power.[26]
  • 2 October – Nine more people are killed in the North-West in the latest in a series of American drone attacks on the bases of suspected militants.[27]
  • 20 October – Political and ethnic violence erupts in Karachi resulting in 35 deaths.[28]
  • 22 October – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces that the American government is to give US$2 billion in military aid.[29]


  • 1 November – An American drone attack kills six people in the northwest.[30]
  • 1 November – A suicide bomber kills two policemen and wounds 10 others as security forces tried to stop him from walking into their local headquarters in Swabi, 100 kilometres northwest of Islamabad.[31]
  • 3 November – Two government schools are destroyed by Taliban militants in an attack in the Mohmand area.[32]
  • 5 November – A bomb explodes in a mosque in Darra Adam Khel in North-West Pakistan, killing at least 55 people and injuring over 100. Later that same day a grenade attack on another mosque in the village of Sulemankhel near Peshawar claimed at least two lives. Both attacks occurred during daily prayer sessions.[33]
  • 5 November – 2010 Karachi Beechcraft 1900 crash
  • 9 November – The headquarters of the Pakistan police's Criminal Investigation Department in Karachi is attacked by militants. After the attack is repulsed in a gun battle a lorry load of explosives are detonated, destroying a perimeter wall. 200 deaths and over 100 injuries are reported.[34]
  • 28 November – Sun Way Flight 4412 crashes.


  • Car bombing of the Al-Zuhra mosque and maternity center.
  • 24 December – Taliban militants clash with troops in the north-west. 11 soldiers and 24 militants are estimated dead.[35]
  • 25 December – Bajaur bombing a female suicide bomber kills at least 43 people in Khar near the border with Afghanistan.[36]
  • 29 December – President Asif Zardari requests crisis talks after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement opts to withdraw two of its members from the cabinet in protest at government corruption. However, the MQM insists that it does not intend to bring down the government by going into opposition.[37]




See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Marwat, Ghulam Mursalin (2 January 2010). "Bomber rams car into volleyball venue". The Nation. Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  2. ^ "School children die in Pakistan crash" BBC News, 13 January 2010
  3. ^ Gunmen attack U.S. consulate in Pakistan
  4. ^ Pakistani assembly OKs measure to curb presidential powers
  5. ^ 'Scores dead' in Pakistan air raids
  6. ^ "'Accidental truck blast' kills 18 in Pakistani city" BBC News, 28 June 2010
  7. ^ Karachi death toll rises after Raza Haider killing
  8. ^ Flood-hit Pakistan cancels Independence Day events
  9. ^ Suspected US missile strike 'kills 12 in NW Pakistan'
  10. ^ At least 16 people killed in Pakistan violence
  11. ^ Floods affect 20m people - Pakistan PM Gilani
  12. ^ Pakistan investigates brutal mob killing of brothers
  13. ^ Pakistan facing 'serious' threat of epidemic disease
  14. ^ Triple bomb blasts hit Lahore Shia procession
  15. ^ Quetta rally suicide bomb kills dozens
  16. ^ UN in fresh appeal for Pakistan flood victims
  17. ^ Musharraf plans to return to Pakistan with new party
  18. ^ a b Pakistani politician Imran Farooq murdered in London, BBC News, 17 September 2010, retrieved 18 September 2010
  19. ^ Batty, David; Dodd, Vikram (17 September 2010), "Imran Farooq murdered outside London home", The Guardian, retrieved 18 September 2010
  20. ^ "Violence erupts in Pakistan after politician's death". CNN. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  21. ^ Suspected US drone attack kills four in Pakistan
  22. ^ US drone attack 'kills seven in north-western Pakistan'
  23. ^ Trio cleared of bombing Danish embassy in Islamabad
  24. ^ Pakistan minister quits after accusing army of killings
  25. ^ Raho, Jeetay (27 September 2010). "PM, his 25 ministers do not pay taxes". Geo TV. Archived from the original on 30 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  26. ^ 'Sorry' Pervez Musharraf launches new Pakistan party
  27. ^ Pakistan drone attacks kill nine suspected militants
  28. ^ Karachi mayhem continues with 10 more dead
  29. ^ US announces $2bn military aid package for Pakistan
  30. ^ "Four Killed in US Drone Strike in North Waziristsn". Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  31. ^ "14 Militants Attack Police in Swabi". Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  32. ^ Pakistan Taliban destroy two schools in north-west
  33. ^ Attack on mosque in north-west Pakistan 'kills 55'
  34. ^ Karachi CID building hit by bomb and gun attack
  35. ^ Taliban launch attacks along north Pakistan border
  36. ^ US President Obama condemns Pakistan suicide bombing
  37. ^ Pakistan president holds 'crisis talks' with MQM
  38. ^ FIS-Ski results
  39. ^ Marks, Vic (29 August 2010). "Pakistan embroiled in no-ball betting scandal against England". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  40. ^ "Arrest over Pakistan-England Test cricket 'betting scam'". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  41. ^ Pakistan bags first medal at Commonwealth Games Archived 8 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine Dawn 6 October 2010
  42. ^ Azhar ends Pakistan's 40 year wait with CWG gold Archived 12 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine Dawn Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  43. ^ Inam gives Pakistan second wrestling title Archived 14 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine Dawn Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  44. ^ Boxing results Archived 8 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  45. ^ Schedule Archived 8 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  46. ^ Pakistan suspend Butt, Amir and Asif's contracts
  47. ^ Pakistan cricketer Haider 'may seek UK asylum'
  48. ^ Zulqarnain Haider mulls U-turn over Pakistan retirement
  49. ^ Medal Archived 23 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Official website 15 November 2010
  50. ^ "Wushu results". Archived from the original on 23 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  51. ^ Scorecard for final
  52. ^ "Squash results". Archived from the original on 22 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  53. ^ Fans mourn singer Kamal Mahsud's death[permanent dead link]
  54. ^ Artist commits suicide
  55. ^ Tribute to a Pakistan hockey legend
  56. ^ Bhatti: Pakistan's 'Encyclopaedia of cricket'
  57. ^ "Dr. Israr Ahmed". Archived from the original on 23 April 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  58. ^ Former ISI Official's Body Found in Fata
  59. ^ Theatre Actress Uzra Butt Sister of Zohra Sehgal Dies at 93
  60. ^ Former AIBA president Anwar Chowdhry dies at 87
  61. ^ "MQM MPA shot dead in Karachi". Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  62. ^ Gilgit-Baltistan governor Shama Khalid passes away
  63. ^ "Former Defence Minister Rao Sikandar dies". Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  64. ^ Former President Farooq Leghari passes away
  65. ^ First-class stalwart Aamer Bashir dies