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2012 Year of Subtle Transformation

As we usher in 2013, some of the key events of 2012 will be remembered, in all probability, not exactly because of what happened, but because of the subtle transforming events that sowed the seeds for some of the more significant transformations of our times.

The most important events were not those that will find place in record books, but those which have a potential to lead to such significant events in future.

Whether it was a rising sectarian violence in Syria or the US exit from Afghanistan, it put the world on crucial crossroads from where unforeseen directions can open up. The most important developments were in the most developed world as economic vows seem to have no end, and politics repeatedly threatened to take over.

January

Suicide bomber kills 53 and injures 130 in Basra, Iraq
Notices issued to President Asif Zardari, Gen Kayani, Gen Pasha and former PM Nawaz Sharif in the Memo scandal
Former army chief arrested in ouster bid of Islamic government in Turkey
Double Shah sentenced to 14 years’ in jail, confiscation of property and fine
Supreme Court rejects PM’s intra court appeal
Pir Pagaro died in London
Defence Secretary removed by prime minister
Arfa Karim, the youngest IT wizard, died
Supreme Court issues notice to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani
Babar Awan’s law practice licence suspended
Pakistan beat England in first test
Substandard PIC medicines kill 108
Senate’s consensus (resolution) on registration of a case against Gen Musharraf
173 killed, 1,000 injured in stampede during football match in Egypt
260 die of government bombing in Syria: China and Russia veto resolution
Arbab Ghulam Rahim elected PML-Like-minded president Charge-sheet against PM Gilani, denies charges
National Assembly consensus on 20th Amend
Pakistan agrees to reopen NATO supply
Pakistani movie ‘Saving Face’ wins Oscar Award

February

6.9 magnitude quake hits near the central Philippines with 43 confirmed deaths
At least 73 people killed in the Egyptian football riots in Port Said
Tens of thousands stranded by floods in New South Wales and Queensland (Australia)
Queen Elizabeth II marks her 60th anniversary of becoming Britain’s monarch. She turned 86 on April 21, but on February 6 marked the 60th anniversary since her ascension to the throne.
The UK unemployment rate reaches 17 year high of 8.4%
Syrian army kills 100 civilians in artillery shelling of Homs and Hama
A series of bomb attacks across 12 Iraqi cities kill 60 and injures 200
World Health Organization removes India from the list of polio endemic countries

March

Tropical Storm Irina kills 65 in Madagascar
Toyota recalls 700,000 vehicles over safety concerns
110 people were killed and 63 missing after a ferry collided with an oil-tanker near Dhaka, Bangladesh
Indian batsman Siachen Tendulkar became first cricketer to score 100 international centuries
African Union suspends Mali’s membership following a coup
Russian President Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud
Marvi Memon joined Muslim League-N
PML-N and the Like-minded consensus on election alliance
Pakistan tests Hatf-2 successfully
PPP’s Waheeda Shah disqualified for beating a polling staff female member
Punjab Government announced reforms package for women rights
Nayyer Bokhari and Sabir Baloch elected Chairman, Deputy of Senate
TV artiste Tahira Bokhari died
Ishaq Dar took charge as Opposition Leader in Senate
Bangladesh beat India in Asia Cup
Javed Hashmi joined Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI)
Pakistan beat BD and becomes Asian Champion
Liaqat Jatoi joins PML-N
Pakistani student Musa Feroze wins World Competition of Mathematics

April

America charge-sheets Khalid Sheikh, four others, fixes head-money for Hafiz Saeed
124, including three officers of the Pakistan Army and 11 civilians, buried under iceberg at Siachen
Pakistani scientist Khalil Qureshi released
Five federal ministers and six ministers of state took oath
Accounts of Raja Pervez Ashraf, Liaqat Jatoi and Shaukat Tareen frozen
Parliament suspends Lord Nazir’s Labour Party membership
Bhoja Airlines plane crashes in Islamabad, killing 27 on board
Supreme Court convicted PM Yousaf Raza Gilani in contempt of court case; the sentence lasted just 30 seconds.
Joyce Banda became President of Malawi
Prime Minister of Greece Lucas Papademos resigned and called an election for May 6
The unfinished World Trade Center overtook the Empire State building to become the tallest building in New York
An overloaded ferry capsized in the Brahmaputra River (India), killing 103 people

May

The Socialist Party member elected president of France
Pakistan tests Hatf-9 successfully
Asamul Haq wins Escorial Open Tennis title
China and Russia sign $15 billion dollar trade deal

June

Pakistan tests Cruise missile Raad
Increase in the federal budget, salaries and 20% raise in pensions announced
Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s Senate membership suspended for dual citizenship
Legendary singer Mehdi Hasan died
Riaz Malik’s scandal surfaced on a private TV channel
Country-wide demos against load-shedding claim many lives
Saudi Prince Naif died
PPP leader Fozia Wahab expired
Supreme Court disqualified PM Gilani, NA membership also cancelled
Arrest warrants for Riaz Malik, son, 5 others for illegal land occupation
Cricketer Salman Butt released from British jail
Raja Pervez Ashraf became Prime Min ister of Pakistan
Muhammad Morsi elected Egypt’s prime minister
Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi became Pakistan’s first vice prime minister

July

US apologises to Pakistan over the Salala incident
NA, Senate pass contempt-of-court bill
Parliamentary Committee nominates Fakhruddin G Ibrahim as Pakistan’s Chief Election Commissioner
PML-N suspends Captain Safdar’s party membership

August

Pakistan signs NATO supply agreement with US till 2015
New voter lists released
US President Obama imposes new economic sanctions on Iran
SC declares new contempt-of-court law as null and void
Mongolia jails former president for four years for corruption
Fiji’s former prime minister jailed for one year for bungling
Coup bid against government in Turkey; forced retirement of 40 general admirals
Blackwater fined $500 million
Riaz Malik charge-sheeted in land scam, denies charges
US wins 104 medals in Olympics, China remains number 2
Attack on PAF’s Kamra Airbase; nine terrorists were killed
OIC suspended Syria’s membership
100 dams for Balochistan approved

September

ANP, Functional, NPP desert Sindh government on Local Bodies Ordinance issue
Rains, floods killed 194 in Pakistan
Fire at factories; 30 killed in Lahore; burnt 289 alive in Karachi
43 dead in countrywide demos against blasphemous sketches
Remote-control bomb killed a PAF van in Peshawar

October

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf peace march to South Waziristan
West Indies won Twenty Cup for the first time
Prime minister removed in Libya
Australia wins Women’s T-Twenty World Cup
Former president of Maldives Nasheed arrested
Teenage schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai wounded in attack by Taliban, shifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in England
Dr Sher Afgan Niazi expired
Indian film stars Saifullah Khan and Kareena Kapoor got married
Pakistanis set world record of making a (national) flag
Sandy (hurricane) devastation claimed 101 lives in America, causing $50b loss

November

Pakistan won Asian Kabaddi Tournament
US court rejected Dr Afia’s appeal, jailed her for 86 years
Barack Obama won US election with 303 electoral votes
Malala Day observed under auspices of the UN
20 killed in Rawalpindi suicide bomb attack on Muharram procession
Ajmal Kasab hanged in India
D8 countries ink $500b accord for mutual trade till 2018
The grave of veteran Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat exhumed

December

The threat of the world’s end at the conclusion of a significant period (21st) in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar
15 killed in Taliban’s suicide bombing attack at US military post in Jalalabad
Muhammad Asif of Pakistan became World Champion of snooker
Lahore High Court ordered building of Kala Dam
Pakistan beat India, after eight long years, winning Kansi medal
Indian court ordered release of Pakistani scientist Dr Khalil Chishti
Billions of rupees embezzled in Pakistan’s mega projects, , according to NAB chief
SC summoned MQM leader Altaf Hussain in contempt-of-court case for January 7
27, including 20 schoolchildren, shot dead in US state of Connecticut

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