Wrap-up 2019: 50 Political Developments That Made Headlines In Pakistan

2019 political developments pakistan

As the year 2019 comes to an end, let’s take a look at the political developments that kept Pakistan talking this year. In no particular order, here they are!

1. India claimed a damaging surgical strike against “terrorist training camps” inside Pakistani territory and Pakistanis had the most savage comebacks.


2. Pakistan captured Indian pilot, Abhinandan who was released after two days of captivity as a peace gesture to deescalate tensions between the nuclear rivals.

Captured Indian pilot Abhinandan


3. In August India revoked Article 370 of its Constitution which guaranteed special status to the region of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and the entire valley has since been in a state of complete lock-down.

What You Need To Know About The Current Kashmir Issue
Source: Bar & Bench

4. The Prime Minister called upon Pakistanis to observe Kashmir Hour in solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

Kashmir Hour

5. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s UNGA speech had the world talking.

Imran Khan's UNGA Speech
Image Source: Khaleej Times

6. Imran Khan stole the thunder from Indian PM Narendra Modi at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit 2019.

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit 2019
Source: Gandhara RFE/RL

7. PM Imran Khan’s US jalsa was a roaring success & there were many images to prove it.

Pm Imran Khan's US Jalsa
Source: PTI Twitter

8. Imran Khan met US President Donald Trump and highlighted the plight of Kashmiris and discussed situations in Afghanistan and Iran.

imran Khan meeting with Trump
Source: Voice of America

9. UK paper alleged Sharifs to have stolen foreign aid sent for earthquake victims.

Sharifs Might Have Stolen Foreign Aid
Source: The News

10. Twitterati lashed out at PTI government for Nawaz Sharif ‘s deteriorating health.


11. Nawaz Sharif left for London and Pakistanis were dearly divided.

Nawaz Sharif
Source: Asian Telegraph London

Altaf Hussain

12. Pakistanis rejoiced at the news of Altaf Hussain’s arrest even though it was short-lived.

13. Bedeviled by the terrorism offence charged against him by UK’s Crown Prosecution Services, Altaf Hussain, reached out to Indian Premier Narendra Modi requesting asylum.

altaf hussain modi
Source: The News

14. The inflation rate in Pakistan rose to 11.4% in September 2019 versus 10.49% in October.

inflation Pakistan
Source: Daily Pakistan

15. Tomatoes hit a record price of Rs. 300/kg.

tomatoes pakistan
Source: Pakistan Today

16. PM Imran Khan introduced some major changes in the federal cabinet.

Image Source: www.thenews.com.pk

Read: Changes In The Federal Cabinet: Here Is Everything You Need To Know

17. Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Khadija Siddiqui’s stabber, Shah Hussain.

Khadija Siddqui
Source: Daily Times

18. After a decade behind bars for a crime that she did not commit, Aasia Bibi and her family were finally free to live their life in peace.

Aasia Bibi

19. Supreme Court’s verdict in Judge Arshad Malik’s leaked video scandal sent the country in frenzy.

Judge Arshad Malik's Leaked Video Scandal

20. After 19 years in prison, Wajihul Hassan, a blasphemy convict, was finally acquitted by SC.

After 19 Years In Prison, Wajihul Hassan, A Blasphemy Convict, Is Finally Acquitted By SC
Source: IHRC

21. Nimrita Kumari murder case left Pakistanis demanding blood. The final postmortem report confirmed rape.

Nimrita Kumari Murder

22. Anti-terrorism court (ATC) acquitted six police officials of Punjab Police’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) who were the prime suspects in the Sahiwal tragedy.

Sahiwal Incident

23. Sindh Assembly approved the Amal Umer Medical Bill, Sindh Injured Persons Compulsory Medical Treatment Act 2019.

Who was Amal Umer?
Source: Dawn

24. Pakistanis had all sorts of reactions to General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s extension as COAS.

How Twitterati Reacted on The Extension of General Qamar Javed Bajwa

25. Historic opening of the Kartarpur Corridor finally gave safe access to Sikh pilgrims from India into Pakistan.

Pakistan Opening Kartarpur Border

26. Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s Azadi March was among the most talked about political developments in Pakistan in 2019.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman azadi march

27. CJP Asif Saeed Khosa clapped back at PM Imran Khan & of course it was awkward!

28. Heat turned up on Punjab Government after images of Salahuddin’s tortured body went viral.

Salahuddin's tortured body
Sources: Salahuddin’s image – Twitter Usman Buzdar’s Image – The Nation

29. PTI government replaced Maleeha Lodhi with Munir Akram who was involved in an alleged domestic violence incident in 2002 in New York.

Maleeha Lodhi Munir Akram Maleeha Lodhi Munir Akram

30. Farogh Naseem hinting at invoking Article 149 in Karachi generated a colossal amount of debate.

farogh Naseem Article 149
Image Source: Pakistan Today

31. Mob violence targeting the Hindu community consumed Ghotki, Sindh following blasphemy accusations against the principal of a local school.

blasphemy ghotki sindh

32. Pakistanis were enraged over Fayaz Chohan’s derogatory remarks against the Hindu Community!

Fayaz Chohan's Derogatory Remarks

33. Tezgam Tragedy: More than 70 people were confirmed dead and over 40 were injured.

tezgam train accident sheikh rasheed

34. But Pakistan moved past the Tezgam tragedy in less than 24 hours after private videos of Rabi Pirzada and Shaheen Afridi were leaked online the next day.

shaheen afridi rabi pirzada

35. The National Crime Agency secured the largest settlement of its kind after business tycoon, Malik Riaz, decided to hand over 190m held in the UK.

Malik Riaz
Via Twitter

36. Lawyers and doctors clashed at Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) causing national shame.

PIC lawyers doctors
Source: DailyMail

37. KP government hired a famous paedophile, Sohail Ayaz, who was imprisoned by the UK police, on a hefty salary.

Paedophile sohail ayaz

38. PTI Minister Zartaj Gul was under fire for getting her sister appointed as Director NACTA & Pakistanis were calling out nepotism!

Zartaj Gul
Image Source: The News

39. Taliban in North Waziristan warned against vaccinating children enraging Pakistanis.

Taliban in North Waziristan
Source: Dawn

40. Mustafa Kamal accepted Wasim Akhtar’s challenge to clean Karachi; got appointed & suspended in less than a day.

Mustafa Kamal Wasim Akhtar
Image Source: The News

41. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Sindhu Desh speech had Pakistanis royally upset.

bilawal sindhu desh speech
HYDERABAD: Sep12- Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhuto addressing to a press conference at Press Club. ONLINE PHOTO by Nadeem Khawer

42. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari lamented his party’s loss on social media after the victory of Moazzam Abbasi of Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) and blamed “other forces” for the humiliating defeat.

Moazzam Abbasi GDA

43. PM’s Focal Representative on Polio Eradication, Babar Bin Atta, allegedly hid the emergence of new polio cases and the re-emergence of the most damaging, P2 strand of the virus both from the government and international donors.

Source: Daily Times

44. Dengue virus created a havoc with 12,986  cases reported in Islamabad alone.

dengue Pakistan
Image Source: Daily Pakistan

45. Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) was dissolved by President Arif Alvi to pave way for Pakistan Medial Commission (PMC) and the backlash was hasn’t died down.


46. PM Imran Khan launched Kamyab Jawan Program to provide self employment opportunities to Pakistani youth.

Kamyab Jawan Program

47. PM Imran Khan launched Ehsaas-Saylani Langar Scheme to combat hunger.

Imran Khan Langar scheme
Source: Global Village Space

48. Tania Aidrus, former Google executive, came to Pakistan after 20 years to lead Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Digital Pakistan initiative.

Tania Aidrus Digital pakistan

49. Smog: Lahore’s Air Quality Index had Pakistanis enraged!

Lahore smog brain cancer
Source: www.samaa.tv

50. Pakistan became the first country in the world to introduce Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine (TCV) into its routine immunization program.

Typhoid conjugate vaccine pakistan
Source: Brandsynario

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