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{{History of Pakistan}} {{stack begin}} {{stack end}} [[File:Historic pakistan rel96b.JPG|300px|right|A map outlining Pakistan's historical sites]] The 1st known inhabitants of the modern-day [[Pakistan]] region are believed to have been the [[Soanian]] (Homo erectus), who settled in the [[Soan Valley]] and [[Riwat]] almost 2 million years ago. Over the next several thousand years, the region would develop into various civilizations like [[Mehrgarh]] and the [[Indus Valley Civilization]]. Prior to the independence as a modern state in 1947, the country was both independent and under various colonial empires throughout different time periods. The region's ancient history also includes some of the oldest empires from the [[Indian Subcontinent|subcontinent]] and some of its major civilizations. Thus, Pakistan is in fact a multi-regional state and not a South Asian state actor only; its history if analyzed in depth would prove the point. By the 18th century the land was incorporated into [[British India]]. The political history of the nation began with the birth of the [[All India Muslim League]] in 1906 to protect Muslim interests, amid neglect and under-representation, in case the [[British Raj]] decided to grant local self-rule. On the 29 December 1930, [[Sir Muhammad Iqbal]] called for an autonomous state in "northwestern India for Indian Muslims". The League rose to popularity in the late 1930s. [[Muhammad Ali Jinnah]] espoused the [[Two Nation Theory]] and led the League to adopt the [[Lahore Resolution]] of 1940, demanding the formation of independent states in the East and the West of [[British India]]. Eventually, a united Pakistan with its wings – [[West Pakistan]] and [[East Pakistan]] – gained independence from the [[British India|British]], on [[Independence Day (Pakistan)|14 August 1947]]. After a civil war, the Bengal region of [[East Pakistan]], separated at a considerable distance from the rest of Pakistan, became the independent state of [[Bangladesh]] in 1971. Pakistan declared itself an [[Islamic republic]] on adoption of a constitution in 1956, but the civilian rule was stalled by the 1958 military [[coup d'etat]] by [[Ayub Khan (Field Marshal)|Ayub Khan]], who ruled during a period of internal instability and a [[Indo-Pakistani War of 1965|second war]] with India in 1965. Economic grievances and political disenfranchisement in [[East Pakistan]] led to violent political tensions and army repression, escalating into [[Bangladesh War of Independence|civil war]] followed by the [[Indo-Pakistani War of 1971|third war]] with India. Pakistan's defeat in the war ultimately led to the secession of East Pakistan and the birth of [[Bangladesh]]. Civilian rule resumed from 1972 to 1977 under [[Zulfikar Ali Bhutto]], until he was deposed by General [[Zia-ul-Haq]], who became the country's third military president. Pakistan's [[secular]] policies were replaced by the Islamic [[Sharia]]h legal code, which increased religious influences on the civil service and the military. With the death of Zia-ul-Haq in 1988, [[Benazir Bhutto]], daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was elected as the first female [[Prime Minister of Pakistan]]. Over the next decade, she alternated power with [[Nawaz Sharif]], as the country's political and economic situation worsened. Military tensions in the [[Kargil War|Kargil conflict]] with India were followed by a [[1999 Pakistani coup d'état|1999 coup d'état]] in which General [[Pervez Musharraf]] assumed executive powers. In 2001, Musharraf named himself [[President of Pakistan|President]] after the resignation of [[Rafiq Tarar]]. In the 2002 Parliamentary Elections, Musharraf transferred executive powers to newly elected Prime Minister [[Zafarullah Khan Jamali]], who was succeeded in the 2004 by [[Shaukat Aziz]]. On 15 November 2007 the [[National Assembly of Pakistan|National Assembly]] completed its term and a caretaker government was appointed with the former Chairman of The Senate, [[Muhammad Mian Soomro]] as Prime Minister. Following the [[assassination of Benazir Bhutto]], that resulted in a series of important political developments, her husband [[Asif Ali Zardari]] was eventually elected as the new President in 2008.

Soanian Culture

{{Main|Soanian}} [[File:Neolithic mehrgarh.jpg|thumb|An early farming village in Mehrgarh, c. 7000 [[BCE]], with houses built with mud bricks. ([[Musée Guimet]], Paris).]] The [[Soanian]] is an archaeological culture of the [[Lower Paleolithic]] (ca. 500,000 to 1,250,000 BC), contemporary to the [[Acheulean]]. It is named after the [[Soan Valley]] in the Sivalik Hills, near modern-day [[Islamabad]]/[[Rawalpindi]], Pakistan. The bearers of this culture were [[Homo erectus]]. In [[Adiyala]] and [[Khasala]]{{disambiguation needed|date=August 2011}}, about {{convert|16|km|mi}} from Rawalpindi, on the bend of the [[Soan River]] hundreds of edged pebble tools were discovered. No human skeletons of this age have yet been found. In the Soan River Gorge many fossil bearing rocks are exposed on the surface. The 14 million year old fossils of gazelle, rhinoceros, crocodile, giraffe and rodents have been found there. Some of these fossils are on display at the Natural History Museum in Islamabad.


{{Main|Mehrgarh}} [[Mehrgarh]], (7000–5500 [[Common Era|BCE]]), on the Kachi Plain of [[Balochistan (region)|Balochistan]], is an important [[Neolithic]] site discovered in 1974, with early evidence of farming and herding, and dentistry. Early residents lived in mud brick houses, stored grain in granaries, fashioned tools with [[Copper Age|copper ore]], cultivated barley, wheat, [[jujube]]s and dates, and herded sheep, goats and cattle. As the civilization progressed (5500–2600 BCE) residents began to engage in crafts, including [[Flintknapper|flint knapping]], [[tanning]], bead production, and [[metalworking]]. The site was occupied continuously until 2600 BCE, when climatic changes began to occur. Between 2600 and 2000 BCE, region became more arid and Mehrgarh was abandoned in favour of the Indus Valley, where a [[Indus Valley Civilization|new civilization]] was in the early stages of development.

Indus Valley Civilization

{{Main|Indus Valley Civilization}} The Indus Valley Civilization developed between 3300–1700 BCE on the banks of the [[Indus River]]. At its peak, the civilisation hosted a population of approximately 5 million in hundreds of settlements extending as far as the [[Arabian Sea]], present-day southern and eastern [[Afghanistan]], southeastern [[Iran]] and the [[Himalayas]]. Major urban centers were at [[Dholavira]], [[Kalibangan]], [[Harappa]], [[Lothal]], [[Mohenjo-daro]], and [[Rakhigarhi]], as well as an offshoot called the [[Kulli culture]] (2500–2000 BCE) in southern Balochistan, which had similar settlements, pottery and other artifacts. The civilization collapsed abruptly around 1700 BCE. In the early part of the second millennium BCE, the Rigvedic civilization existed, between the [[Sapta Sindhu]] and [[Ganges]]-[[Yamuna]] rivers. The city of [[Taxila]] in northern Pakistan, became important to Vedic religion (and later in [[Buddhism]]).

Vedic period

{{Main|Vedic Civilization}} {{See also|Vedas|Indo-Aryans}} [[File:Map of Vedic India.png|thumb|left|Map of India during the Vedic period, including the modern day Pakistan.]] The [[Vedic period]] is characterized by [[Indo-Aryan peoples|Indo-Aryan]] culture associated with the texts of [[Vedas]], sacred to Hindus, which were orally composed in [[Vedic Sanskrit]]. The Vedas are some of the oldest extant texts, next to those of Egypt and Mesopotamia. The Vedic period lasted from about 1500 to 500 BCE, laying the foundations of [[Hinduism]] and other cultural aspects of early Indian society. Early Vedic society consisted of largely pastoral groups, with late Harappan urbanization having been abandoned. After the time of the [[Rigveda]], Aryan society became increasingly agricultural and was socially organized around the four [[Varna (Hinduism)|varnas]], or social classes. In addition to the Vedas, the principal texts of Hinduism, the core themes of the Sanskrit epics [[Ramayana]] and [[Mahabharata]] are said to have their ultimate origins during this period. The early Indo-Aryan presence probably corresponds, in part, to the [[Ochre Coloured Pottery culture]] in archaeological contexts. The [[Kuru (kingdom)|Kuru kingdom]] corresponds to the [[Black and red ware culture|Black and Red Ware]] and [[Painted Grey Ware culture|Painted Grey Ware]] cultures and to the beginning of the Iron Age in India, around 1000 BCE, as well as with the composition of the [[Atharvaveda]], the first Indian text to mention iron, as {{IAST|śyāma ayas}}, literally "black metal." The Painted Grey Ware culture spanned much of northern India from about 1100 to 600 BCE. The Vedic Period also established republics such as [[Vaishali (ancient city)|Vaishali]], which existed as early as the 6th century BCE and persisted in some areas until the 4th century CE. The later part of this period corresponds with an increasing movement away from the previous tribal system towards the establishment of kingdoms, called [[mahajanapadas]].

Achaemenid Empire

[[File:Map achaemenid empire en.png|thumb|Much of modern-day Pakistan was under the Achaemenid Empire. Taxila became a [[satrapy]] during the reign of [[Darius the Great]].]] {{Main|Achaemenid Empire|Taxila (satrapy)}} The Indus plains formed the most populous and richest [[satrapy]] of the Persian [[Achaemenid Empire]] for almost two centuries, starting from the reign of [[Darius the Great]] (522–485 BCE). Its heritage influenced the region, e.g., adoption of [[Aramaic language|Aramaic]] script, which the Achaemenids used for the Persian language; but after the end of Achaemenid rule, other scripts became more popular, such as [[Kharoṣṭhī]] (derived from Aramaic) and [[Greek alphabet|Greek]].

Greek Invasion

[[File:Gedrosia-Map-Route-of-Alexander-1823-Lucas.png|thumb|left|200px|Map showing the route of Alexander the Great]] {{Main|Alexander the Great}} Crushing the Persian Achaemenid empire, [[Alexander the Great]], the Greek king from [[Republic of Macedonia|Macedonia]], eventually invaded the region of modern Pakistan and conquered much of the [[Punjab region]]. After defeating [[King Porus]] in the fierce [[Battle of the Hydaspes]] (modern day [[Jhelum]]), his battle weary troops refused to advance further into India to engage the formidable army of [[Nanda Dynasty]] and its vanguard of trampling elephants, new monstorities to the invaders. Therefore, Alexander proceeded southwest along the Indus valley. Along the way, he engaged in several battles with smaller kingdoms before marching his army westward across the inhospitable Makran desert towards modern Iran. Alexander founded several new Macedonian and Greek settlements in [[Gandhara]], [[Punjab (Pakistan)|Punjab]] and [[Sindh]]. During that time, many Greeks settled all over in Pakistan, initiating interaction between the culture of [[Hellenistic Greece]] and the region's prevalent [[Hinduism|Hindu]], [[Zoroastrianism|Zoroastrian]] and [[Buddhism|Buddhist]] cultures. {{Main|Greco-Bactrian Kingdom}} After Alexander's untimely death in 323 BC, his [[Diadochi]] (generals) divided the empire among themselves, with the Macedonian warlord [[Seleucus I Nicator|Seleucus]] setting up the [[Seleucid Kingdom]], which included the Indus plain. Around 250 BCE, the eastern part of the Seleucid Kingdom broke away to form the [[Greco-Bactrian Kingdom]].

Maurya Empire

[[File:Maurya Dynasty in 265 BCE.jpg|thumb|Mauryan Empire under [[Ashoka the Great]]]] {{Main|Maurya Empire}} Modern day Pakistan was conquered by the [[Maurya Empire]], which was led by [[Chandragupta Maurya]] of [[Magadha]] (modern day [[Bihar]] in India), who overthrew the powerful [[Nanda Dynasty]] of Magadha. They were Indians who were focusing on taking over Central Asia. Seleucus is said to have reach a [[peace treaty]] with Chandragupta by giving control of the territory south of the Hindu Kush to him upon intermarriage and 500 elephants. {{quote|Alexander took these away from the [[Indo-Aryans]] and established settlements of his own, but [[Seleucus I Nicator|Seleucus Nicator]] gave them to [[Chandragupta Maurya|Sandrocottus]] ([[Chandragupta Maurya|Chandragupta]]), upon terms of intermarriage and of receiving in exchange 500 elephants.|[[Strabo]]|64 BC–24 AD}} Mauryans were followers of [[Hinduism]] and [[Buddhism]]. With an area of 5,000,000 km2, it was one of the world's [[List of largest empires|largest empires]] in its time, and the largest ever in the Indian subcontinent. At its greatest extent, the empire stretched to the north along the natural boundaries of the [[Himalayas]], and to the east stretching into what is now [[Assam]] province in India. To the west, it conquered beyond modern [[Pakistan]], annexing [[Balochistan (region)|Balochistan]], south eastern parts of [[Iran]] and much of what is now [[Afghanistan]], including the modern [[Herat Province|Herat]] and [[Kandahar Province|Kandahar]] provinces. The Empire was expanded into India's central and southern regions by the emperors Chandragupta and [[Bindusara]], but it excluded a small portion of unexplored tribal and forested regions near [[Kalinga (India)|Kalinga]] (modern [[Orissa]]), till it was conquered by [[Ashoka]]. Its decline began 60 years after Ashoka's rule ended, and it dissolved in 185 BC with the foundation of the [[Sunga Dynasty]] in Magadha. Under [[Chandragupta Maurya|Chandragupta]], the Mauryan Empire conquered the trans-[[Indus]] region, which was under Macedonian rule. Chandragupta then defeated the invasion led by [[Seleucus I Nicator|Seleucus I]], a Greek general from Alexander's army. Under Chandragupta and his successors, internal and external trade, agriculture and economic activities, all thrived and expanded across India thanks to the creation of a single and efficient system of finance, administration, and security. After the [[Kalinga War]], the Empire experienced half a century of peace and security under Ashoka. Mauryan India also enjoyed an era of social harmony, religious transformation, and expansion of the sciences and of knowledge. Chandragupta Maurya's embrace of [[Jainism]] increased social and religious renewal and reform across his society, while Ashoka's embrace of [[Buddhism]] has been said to have been the foundation of the reign of social and political peace and non-violence across all of India. Ashoka sponsored the spreading of Buddhist ideals into [[Sri Lanka]], Southeast Asia, West Asia and Mediterranean Europe.

Indo-Greek Kingdoms

Greco-Buddhism (or Græco-Buddhism) was the [[syncretism]] between the culture of [[History of Hellenistic Greece|Classical Greece]] and [[Buddhism]] in the then [[Gandhara]] region of modern [[Afghanistan]] and Pakistan, between the 4th century BCE and the 5th century CE. It influenced the artistic development of Buddhism, and in particular [[Mahayana Buddhism]], before it spread to central and eastern Asia, from the 1st century CE onward. [[Demetrius I of Bactria|Demetrius]] (son of the [[Greco-Bactrian]] king [[Euthydemus I|Euthydemus]]) invaded northern India in 180 BCE as far as [[Pataliputra]] and established an [[Indo-Greek kingdom]]. To the south, the Greeks captured [[Sindh]] and nearby coastal areas, completing the invasion by 175 BCE and confining the borders of [[Sungas|Sunga's]] ([[Magadha Empire]]) to the east. Meanwhile, in Bactria, the usurper [[Eucratides]] killed Demetrius in a battle. Although the Indo-Greeks lost part of the Gangetic plain, their kingdom lasted nearly two centuries. [[File:MenandrosCoin.jpg|thumb|left|A coin of [[Menander I]], who ruled the eastern dominions of the divided Greek empire of [[Bactria]] and the modern Pakistani provinces of the [[Khyber Pakhtunkhwa|Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa]], [[Punjab (Pakistan)|Punjab]] and [[Sindh]].]] The Indo-Greek [[Menander I]] (reigned 155–130 BCE) drove the Greco-Bactrians out of [[Gandhara]] and beyond the [[Hindu Kush]], becoming a king shortly after his victory. His territories covered [[Panjshir province|Panjshir]] and [[Kapisa]] in modern Afghanistan and extended to the [[Punjab region]], with many tributaries to the south and east, possibly as far as [[Mathura, Uttar Pradesh|Mathura]]. The capital [[Sagala]] (modern [[Sialkot]]) prospered greatly under Menander's rule and Menander is one of the few Bactrian kings mentioned by Greek authors. The classical [[Buddhist texts|Buddhist text]] [[Milinda Pañha]] praises Menander, saying there was "none equal to Milinda in all India". His empire survived him in a fragmented manner until the last independent Greek king, [[Strato II]], disappeared around 10 CE. Around 125 BCE, the Greco-Bactrian king [[Heliocles]], son of Eucratides, fled from the [[Yuezhi]] invasion of Bactria and relocated to Gandhara, pushing the Indo-Greeks east of the [[Jhelum River]]. Various petty kings ruled into the early 1st century CE, until the conquests by the [[Indo-Scythians|Scythians]], [[Indo-Parthians|Parthians]] and the Yuezhi, who founded the Kushan dynasty. The last known Indo-Greek ruler was [[Theodamas]], from the [[Bajaur]] area of Gandhara, mentioned on a 1st century CE signet ring, bearing the Kharoṣṭhī inscription "Su Theodamasa" ("Su" was the Greek transliteration of the [[Kushan]] royal title "Shau" ("[[Shah]]" or "King")). [[File:Scythia-Parthia 100 BC.png|250px|right]] The [[Indo-Scythians]] were descended from the [[Sakas]] (Scythians) who migrated from southern [[Siberia]] to [[pakistan]] and [[Arachosia]] from the middle of the 2nd century BCE to the 1st century BCE. They displaced the Indo-Greeks and ruled a kingdom that stretched from Gandhara to [[Mathura, Uttar Pradesh|Mathura]]. Scythian tribes spread into the present-day Pakistan region and the Iranian plateau. The [[Parni]], a nomadic Central Asian tribe, invaded [[Parthia]] in the middle of the 3rd century BCE, drove away its Greek satraps — who had just then proclaimed independence from the Seleucids — and annexed much of the Indus region, thus founding an [[Arsacid Empire|Arsacids]] dynasty of Sythian or Bactrian origin. Following the decline of the central [[Parthian Empire|Parthian]] authority after clashes with the [[Roman Empire]], a local Parthian leader, [[Gondophares]] established the [[Indo-Parthian Kingdom]] in the 1st century CE. The kingdom was ruled from [[Taxila]] and covered much of modern southeast Afghanistan and Pakistan. Christian writings claim that the Apostle [[Thomas the Apostle|Saint Thomas]] – an architect and skilled carpenter – had a long sojourn in the court of king [[Gondophares]], had built a palace for the king at [[Taxila]] and had also ordained leaders for the Church before leaving for [[Indus Valley]] in a chariot, for sailing out to eventually reach [[Malabar Coast]].

Kushan Empire

{{Main|Kushan Empire}} The Kushan kingdom was founded by King [[Heraios]], and greatly expanded by his successor, [[Kujula Kadphises]]. Kadphises' son, [[Vima Takto]] conquered territory now in India, but lost much of the west of the kingdom to the Parthians. The fourth Kushan emperor, [[Kanishka]] I, (c. 127 CE) had a winter capital at Purushapura ([[Peshawar]]) and a summer capital at Kapisa ([[Bagram]]). The kingdom linked the [[Indian Ocean]] maritime trade with the commerce of the [[Silk Road]] through the Indus valley. At its height, the empire extended from the [[Aral Sea]] to northern India, encouraging long-distance trade, particularly between [[China]] and [[Roman empire|Rome]]. Kanishka convened a great Buddhist council in Taxila, marking the start of the pantheistic [[Mahayana]] Buddhism and its scission with [[Nikaya Buddhism]]. The art and culture of Gandhara — the best known expressions of the interaction of Greek and Buddhist cultures — also continued over several centuries, until the 5th century CE [[Huna (people)|White Hun]] invasions of [[Scythia]]. The travelogues of Chinese pilgrims [[Fa Xian]] (337 – ca.422 CE) and [[Huen Tsang]] (602/603–664 CE) describe the famed [[Buddhist]] seminary at [[Taxila]] and the status of [[Buddhism]] in the region of Pakistan in this period.

Gupta Empire

[[File:Gupta Empire 320 - 600 ad.PNG|thumb|The [[Gupta Empire]] at its maximum extent.]] {{Main|Gupta Empire}} The Gupta Empire existed approximately from 320 to 600 CE and covered much of the [[Indian Subcontinent]], including Pakistan. Founded by [[Maharaja Sri-Gupta]], the dynasty was the model of a classical civilization and was marked by extensive inventions and discoveries. The high points of this cultural creativity are magnificent architectures, sculptures and paintings.{{huh?|date=October 2011}} Science and political administration reached new heights during the Gupta era.{{huh?|date=October 2011}} Strong trade ties also made the region an important cultural center and set the region up as a base that would influence nearby kingdoms and regions in [[Burma]], [[Sri Lanka]], [[Maritime Southeast Asia]] and [[Indochina]]. The empire gradually declined due in part to loss of territory and imperial authority caused by their own erstwhile feudatories, and from the invasion by the [[Huna people|Huna]]s from Central Asia. After the collapse of the Gupta Empire in the 6th century, India was again ruled by numerous regional kingdoms. A minor line of the Gupta clan continued to rule Magadha after the disintegration of the empire. These Guptas were ultimately ousted by the Vardhana king [[Harsha]], who established an empire in the first half of the 7th century.{{Citation needed|date=October 2011}}

Sassanid Empire

{{Main|Sassanid Empire}} Over the next few centuries, while the Indo-Parthians and Kushans shared control of the Indus plain until the arrival of the White Huns, the Persian [[Sassanid Empire]] dominated the south and southwest. The mingling of [[Indian culture|Indian]] and [[Persian culture]]s in the region gave rise to the [[Indo-Sassanid]] culture, which flourished in Balochistan and western Punjab. The [[White Huns]], who seem to have been part of the predominantly [[Buddhism|Buddhist]] [[Hephthalites|Hephthalite]] group, established themselves in Afghanistan by the first half of the 5th century, with their capital at [[Bamyan City|Bamiyan]]. Led by the Hun military leader [[Toramana]], they over-ran the northern region of Pakistan and made their capital at the city of Sakala, modern [[Sialkot]] in [[Pakistan]], under Toramana's son, Emperor [[Mihirakula]], who was a [[Saivite]] [[Hindu]]. According to [[Chach Nama|Arab chroniclers]], the [[Rai Dynasty]] of [[Sindh]] (c. 489–632) arose after the end of [[Ror Dynasty]]. They were practitioners of [[Hinduism]] and [[Buddhism]]; they established a huge temple of [[Shiva]] in present-day [[Sukkur]] – derived from original [[Shankar (disambiguation)|Shankar]] – close to their capital in [[Alor (Sukkur)|Al-ror]]. At the time of Rai Diwaji (Devaditya), influence of the Rai-state exdended from [[Kashmir]] in the east, [[Makran]] and Debal ([[Karachi]]) port in the south, [[Kandahar]], [[Sistan]], Suleyman, Ferdan and Kikanan hills in the north.

Pāla Empire

[[Devapala]]}} {{Main|Palas}} The Pāla's were a multifaith [[Bengal]]i [[Hindu]] and [[Buddhist]] dynasty, which lasted for four centuries (750–1120 CE). The empire reached its peak under [[Dharmapala of Bengal|Dharmapala]] and [[Devapala]] to cover much of [[South Asia]] and beyond up to [[Kamboja Kingdom|Kamboja]] (modern day [[Afghanistan]].{{Citation needed|date=September 2010}} Followers of the [[Mahayana]] and [[Tantric Buddhism|Tantric]] schools of Buddhism, they were responsible for the introduction of [[Mahayana Buddhism]] in [[Nepal]], [[Bhutan]], [[Tibet]], [[Myanmar]] and Maritime Southeast Asia, creation of temples and works of art and patronage of great universities formerly patronised by the Hindu king [[Harsha|Harsha Vardhana]]. The Palas had extensive trade as well as influence in [[Southeast Asia]]. The Pala Empire eventually disintegrated in the 12th century under the attack of the [[Hindu]] [[Sena dynasty]].{{Citation needed|date=October 2011}}

Later Medieval Age

[[File:Age-of-caliphs.png|thumb|left|200px|The expansion of the [[Arab]] [[Caliphate]]. {{legend|#a1584e|Expansion under Muhammad, 622–632}} {{legend|#ef9070|Expansion during the Rashidun Caliphate, 632–661}} {{legend|#fad07d|Expansion during the Umayyad Caliphate, 661–750}}]]

Arab Invasion

{{Main|Rashidun Caliphate|Umayyad Empire}} {{See|Battle of Rajasthan}} Although soon after conquering the [[Middle East]] from the long-established [[Byzantine empire]] Arab forces had reached the present western regions of Pakistan, during the period of [[Rashidun Caliphate|Rashidun caliphacy]], it was in 712 CE that a young Arab general called [[Muhammad bin Qasim]] conquered most of the Indus region for the [[Umayyad]] empire, to be made the "As-Sindh" province with its capital at Al-Mansurah, {{convert|72|km|0|abbr=on}} north of modern [[Hyderabad, Sindh|Hyderabad]] in [[Sindh]]. But the instability of the empire and the defeat in various wars with north Indian rulers including the [[Battle of Rajasthan]], where the [[Hindu]] [[Rajput]] clans defeated the [[Umayyad]] Arabs, they were contained till only [[Sindh]] and southern [[Punjab region|Punjab]]. There was gradual conversion to [[Islam]] in the south, especially amongst the native Hindu and Buddhist majority, but in areas north of [[Multan]], Hindus and Buddhists remained numerous. By the end of 10th century CE, the region was ruled by several [[Hindu Shahi]] kings who would be subdued by the [[Ghaznavids]].

Ghaznavid Dynasty

{{Main|Ghaznavid Empire}} In 997 CE, [[Mahmud of Ghazni]], took over the [[Ghaznavid Empire|Ghaznavid dynasty]] empire established by his father, Sebuktegin, a Turkic origin ruler. Starting from the city of [[Ghazni]] (now in [[Afghanistan]]), Mehmood conquered the bulk of [[Greater Khorasan|Khorasan]], marched on [[Peshawar#Arrival of Islam|Peshawar]] against the [[Hindu]] [[Shahi]]s in [[Kabul]] in 1005, and followed it by the conquests of [[History of the Punjab#The Shahi Kingdoms and the Muslim invasions|Punjab]] (1007), deposed the [[Shia]] [[Ismaili]] rulers of [[Multan]], (1011), Kashmir (1015) and Qanoch (1017). By the end of his reign in 1030, Mahmud's empire extended from [[Kurdistan]] in the west to the [[Yamuna]] river in the east, and the Ghaznavid dynasty lasted until 1187. Contemporary historians such as [[Abolfazl Beyhaqi]] and [[Ferdowsi]] described extensive building work in [[Lahore]], as well as Mahmud's support and patronage of learning, literature and the arts.

Delhi Sultanate

{{Main|Muhammad Ghori|Delhi Sultanate|Timurid Dynasty}} In 1160, [[Muhammad Ghori]], a [[Turkic peoples|Turkic]] ruler, conquered Ghazni from the Ghaznavids and became its governor in 1173. He for the first time named Sindh Tambade Gatar roughly translated as the red passage. He marched eastwards into the remaining Ghaznavid territory and Gujarat in the 1180s, but was rebuffed by Gujarat's [[Hindu]] [[Solanki]] rulers. In 1186–87, he conquered Lahore, bringing the last of Ghaznevid territory under his control and ending the Ghaznavid empire. Muhammad Ghori's successors established the [[Delhi Sultanate]]. The Turkic origin [[Mamluk Sultanate (Delhi)|Mamluk Dynasty]], (mamluk means "owned" and referred to the Turkic youths bought and trained as soldiers who became rulers throughout the Islamic world), seized the throne of the Sultanate in 1211. Several Central Asian Turkic dynasties ruled their empires from Delhi: the Mamluk (1211–90), the [[Khalji]] (1290–1320), the [[Tughlaq dynasty|Tughlaq]] (1320–1413), the [[Sayyid]] (1414–51) and the [[Lodhi]] (1451–1526). Although some kingdoms remained independent of Delhi – in Gujarat, [[Malwa]] (central India), Bengal and [[Deccan]] – almost all of the Indus plain came under the rule of these large sultanates. The sultans (emperors) of Delhi enjoyed cordial relations with rulers in the [[Near East]] but owed them no allegiance. While the sultans ruled from urban centers, their military camps and trading posts provided the nuclei for many towns that sprang up in the countryside. Close interaction with local populations led to cultural exchange and the resulting "Indo-Islamic" fusion has left a lasting imprint and legacy in South Asian architecture, music, literature, life style and religious customs. In addition, the language of [[Urdu]] (literally meaning "horde" or "camp" in various Turkic dialects) was born during the Delhi Sultanate period, as a result of the mingling of speakers of native [[Prakrit]]s, [[Persian language|Persian]], [[Turkish language|Turkish]] and [[Arabic language|Arabic]] languages. Perhaps the greatest contribution of the Sultanate was its temporary success in insulating South Asia from the [[Chagatai Khanate|Mongol invasion from Central Asia]] in the 13th century; nonetheless the sultans eventually lost [[Afghanistan]] and western Pakistan to the [[Mongol Empire|Mongols]] (see the [[Ilkhanate]] Dynasty). The Sultanate declined after the invasion of Emperor [[Timur]], who founded the [[Timurid Dynasty]], and was eventually conquered in 1526 by the [[Mughal Empire|Mughal]] king [[Babur|Babar]]. [[Guru Nanak]] (1469–1539), was born in the village of Rāi Bhōi dī Talwandī, now called [[Nankana]], near [[Sial]] in modern-day Pakistan into a [[Hindu]] [[Khatri]] family. He was an influential religious and social reformer of north India and the saintly founder of a modern monothiestic order and first of the ten divine [[Gurus]] of [[Sikhism|Sikh Religion]]. At the age of 70, he had a miraculous death in [[Kartarpur, India|Cartarpur]], [[Punjab region|Punjab]] of modern-day [[Pakistan]]. Sikhism was created and would continue to grow; its followers, the [[Sikhs]], would politicalise and militarise to play a historic role later.

Mughal Empire

{{Main|Mughal Empire}} [[File:MughalEmpire1700.svg|thumb|right|Mughal Empire at its peak]] In 1526, [[Babur]], a [[Timurid Dynasty|Timurid]] descendant of [[Timur]] and [[Descent from Genghis Khan|Genghis Khan]] from [[Fergana Valley]] (modern day [[Uzbekistan]]), swept across the [[Khyber Pass]] and founded the [[Mughal Empire]], covering modern day [[Afghanistan]], [[Pakistan]], [[India]] and [[Bangladesh]]. The Mughals were descended from Central Asian [[Turkic people|Turks]] (with significant [[Mongol]] admixture). However, his son [[Humayun]] was defeated by the Afghan warrior [[Sher Shah Suri]] who was from Bihar state of India, in the year 1540, and Humayun was forced to retreat to [[Kabul]]. After Sher Shah died, his son [[Islam Shah Suri]] became the ruler, on whose death his prime minister, Hemu ascended the throne and ruled North India from [[Delhi]] for one month. He was defeated by Emperor [[Akbar]]'s forces in the [[Battle of Panipat (1556)|Second Battle of Panipat]] on 6 November 1556. [[Akbar the Great]], was both a capable ruler and an early proponent of religious and ethnic [[Toleration|tolerance]] and favored an early form of [[multiculturalism]]. He declared "Amari" or non-killing of animals in the holy days of Jainism and rolled back the [[jizya]] tax imposed upon non-Islamic mainly Hindu people. The Mughal dynasty ruled most of the Indian subcontinent by 1600. The Mughal emperors married local royalty and allied themselves with local [[maharajas]]. For a short time in the late 16th century, [[Lahore]] was the capital of the empire. The architectural legacy of the Mughals in Lahore includes the [[Shalimar Gardens (Lahore)|Shalimar Gardens]] built by the fifth Emperor [[Shahjahan]], and the [[Badshahi Mosque]] built by the sixth Emperor, [[Aurangzeb]], who is regarded as the last Great Mughal Emperor as he expanded the domain to its zenith of {{convert|1|e9|acre|km2}}. After his demise, different regions of modern Pakistan began asserting independence. The empire went into a slow decline after 1707 and its last sovereign, ruling around [[Delhi]] region.

Post Mughal era

{{Main|Durrani Empire|Maratha Empire}} In 1739, [[Nader Shah]], the Turkic emperor of [[Afsharid dynasty]] in Persia, invaded South Asia, defeated the Mughal Emperor [[Muhammad Shah|Mohammed Shah]] at the huge [[Battle of Karnal]], and occupied most of Balochistan and the Indus plain. After Nadir Shah's death, the Durrani kingdom was established in 1747 by one of his [[Afghanistan|Afghan]] generals, [[Ahmad Shah Abdali]], and included Balochistan, Peshawar, Daman, Multan, Sind and Punjab. In the south, a succession of autonomous dynasties (the [[Daudpota]]s, [[Kalhora Dynasty|Kalhoras]] and [[Talpur dynasty|Talpurs]]) had asserted the independence of Sind, from the end of Aurangzeb's reign. Most of Balochistan came under the influence of the Khan of [[Kalat (princely state)|Kalat]], apart from some coastal areas such as [[Gwadar]], which were controlled by mutually competing and armed [[Portugal|Portuguese]], [[France|French]] and [[Netherlands|Dutch]] trading companies. In 1758 the [[Maratha Empire]]'s general [[Raghunathrao]] marched onwards, attacked and conquered [[Lahore]] and [[Attock]] and drove out [[Timur Shah Durrani]], the son and viceroy of Ahmad Shah Abdali. [[Lahore]], [[Multan]], [[Kashmir]] and other subahs on the south eastern side of [[Attock]] were under the Maratha rule for the most part. In Punjab and Kashmir, the Marathas were now major players. In 1761, following the victory at the [[Third battle of Panipat]] between the [[Durrani Empire|Durrani]] and the [[Maratha Empire]], Ahmad Shah Abdali captured remnants of the Maratha Empire in [[Punjab region|Punjab]] and [[Kashmir]] regions and had consolidated control over them. [[File:MaharajaRanjitSIngh - L Massard.gif|thumb|125px|[[Ranjit Singh|Maharaja Ranjit Singh]], born in [[Gujranwala]], [[Punjab, Pakistan|Punjab]]. He was referred to as the "Maharaja of Lahore".]]

Sikh Empire

The Sikh Empire (1799–1849) was formed on the foundations of the [[Punjab Army|Punjabi Army]] by [[Maharaja Ranjit Singh (Punjab)|Maharaja Ranjit Singh]] who was proclaimed "Sarkar-i-Khalsa", and was referred to as the "Maharaja of Lahore". It consisted of a collection of autonomous [[Punjabi people|Punjabi]] [[Misls]], which were governed by Misldars, mainly in the [[Punjab region]]. The empire extended from the [[Khyber Pass]] in the west, to [[Jammu & Kashmir|Kashmir]] in the north, to [[Multan]] in the south and [[Kapurthala]] in the east. The main geographical footprint of the empire was the [[Punjab region]]. The formation of the empire was a watershed and represented the resurgence of the local culture and power which had been subdued for hundreds of years by Afghan and Mughal rule. The foundations of the Sikh Empire, during the time of the Punjabi Army, could be defined as early as 1707, starting from the death of [[Aurangzeb]]. The fall of the Mughal Empire provided opportunities for the Punjabi army to lead expeditions against the [[Mughals]] and [[Pashtuns]]. This led to a growth of the army, which was split into different Punjabi armies and then semi-independent "misls". Each of these component armies were known as a [[misl]], each controlling different areas and cities. However, in the period from 1762–1799, [[Sikh]] rulers of their misls appeared to be coming into their own. The formal start of the Sikh Empire began with the disbandment of the [[Punjab Army]] by the time of coronation of [[Maharaja Ranjit Singh (Punjab)|Ranjit Singh]] in 1801, creating a unified political state. All the misl leaders who were affiliated with the Army were nobility with usually long and prestigious family histories in Punjab's history.

British colony

The entire territory of modern Pakistan was occupied by the [[British East India Company]], then the [[British Empire]], through a series of wars, the main ones being the [[Battle of Miani]] (1843) in [[Sindh]], the gruelling [[Anglo-Sikh wars (disambiguation)|Anglo-Sikh Wars]] (1845–1849) and the [[First Anglo-Afghan War|First]], [[Second Anglo-Afghan War|Second]], and [[Third Anglo-Afghan War|Third]] Anglo-Afghan Wars (1839–1919), to remain a part of [[British Indian Empire]] until the freedom in 1947. The physical presence of the British was not very significant; they employed "[[Divide and Rule]]" [[political psychology|political]] [[strategy]] to rule. In his historical survey [[Constantine's Sword]], [[James P. Carroll]] writes: "Certainly that was the story of the [[British Empire]]'s success, and its legacy of nurtured local hatreds can be seen wherever the [[Union Flag]] flew." . The administrative units of [[British India]] under the [[tenancy]] or the [[sovereignty]] of either the [[East India Company]] or the [[The Crown|British Crown]] lasted between 1612 and 1947.

Early nationalism period

In 1877, [[Syed Ameer Ali]] had formed the Central National Muhammadan Association to work towards the political advancement of the Muslims, who had suffered grievously in 1857, in the aftermath of the failed [[Sepoy Mutiny]] against the [[British East India Company]]; the British were seen as foreign invaders. But the organization declined towards the end of the 19th century. In 1885, the [[Indian National Congress]] was founded as a forum, which later became a party, to promote a nationalist cause. Although the Congress attempted to include the Muslim community in the struggle for independence from the [[British Raj|British rule]] - and some Muslims were very active in the Congress - the majority of Muslim leaders did not trust the party, viewing it as a "[[Hinduism|Hindu]]-dominated" organization.{{Citation needed|date=September 2010}} Some Muslims felt that an independent united India would inevitably be "ruled by Hindus",{{Citation needed|date=January 2009}} and that there was a need to address the issue of the Muslim identity within India.{{Citation needed|date=January 2009}} A turning point in national amity came in 1900, when the British administration in the [[United Provinces of Agra and Oudh]] acceded to Hindu demands and made [[Hindi]], written in the [[Devanagari]] script, the official language. The [[Shuddhi|proslytisation]] conducted in the region by the [[Swami Shraddhanand|activists]] of a new Hindu [[Arya Samaj|reformist movement]] also stirred Muslim's concerns about their faith. Eventually, the Muslims feared that the Hindu majority would seek to suppress Muslim culture and religion in the region of an independent [[Hindustan]].

The Muslim League

The [[All-India Muslim League]] was founded on 30 December 1906, in the aftermath of [[Partition of Bengal (1905)|partition of Bengal]], on the sidelines of the annual [[All India Muhammadan Educational Conference]] in [[Shahbagh]], [[Dhaka]]. The meeting was attended by three thousand delegates and presided over by [[Nawab Viqar-ul-Mulk]]. It addressed the issue of safeguarding interests of Muslims and finalised a programme. A resolution, moved by [[Khwaja Salimullah|Nawab Salimullah]] and seconded by [[Hakim Ajmal Khan]]. Nawab Viqar-ul-Milk, declared: {{quotation|The Musalmans are only a fifth in number as compared with the total population of the country, and it is manifest that if at any remote period the British government ceases to exist in India, then the rule of India would pass into the hands of that community which is nearly four times as large as ourselves ...our life, our property, our honour, and our faith will all be in great danger, when even now that a powerful British administration is protecting its subjects, we the Musalmans have to face most serious difficulties in safe-guarding our interests from the grasping hands of our neighbors.}} The constitution and principles of the League were contained in the Green Book, written by [[Maulana Mohammad Ali]]. Its goals at this stage did not include establishing an independent Muslim state, but rather concentrated on protecting Muslim liberties and rights, promoting understanding between the Muslim community and other Indians, educating the Muslim and Indian community at large on the actions of the government, and discouraging violence. However, several factors over the next thirty years, including sectarian violence, led to a re-evaluation of the League's aims. Among those Muslims in the Congress who did not initially join the League was [[Muhammed Ali Jinnah]], a prominent statesman and barrister in Bombay. This was because the first article of the League's platform was "To promote among the Mussalmans (Muslims) of India, feelings of loyalty to the British Government". In 1907, a vocal group of Hindu hard-liners within the [[Indian National Congress]] movement separated from it and started to pursue a pro-Hindu movement openly. This group was spearheaded by the famous trio of [[Lal-Bal-Pal]] - [[Lala Lajpat Rai]], [[Bal Gangadhar Tilak]] and [[Bipin Chandra Pal]] of Punjab, Bombay and Bengal provinces respectively. Their influence spread rapidly among other like minded Hindus - they called it [[Hindu nationalism]] - and it became a cause of serious concern for Muslims. However, Jinnah did not join the League until 1913, when the party changed its platform to one of Indian independence, as a reaction against the British decision to reverse the [[1905 Partition of Bengal]], which the League regarded it as a betrayal of the Bengali Muslims. After vociferous protests of the Hindu population and violence engineered by secret groups, such as [[Anushilan Samiti]] and its offshoot [[Jugantar]] of [[Aurobindo]] and his brother etc., the British had decided to reunite Bengal again. Till this stage, Jinnah believed in Mutual co-operation to achieve an independent, united 'India', although he argued that Muslims should be guaranteed one-third of the seats in any Indian Parliament. [[File:Iqbal.jpg|thumb|left|Allama Sir Muhammad Iqbal]] The League gradually became the leading representative body of Indian Muslims. Jinnah became its president in 1916, and negotiated the [[Lucknow Pact]] with the Congress leader, [[Bal Gangadhar Tilak]], by which Congress conceded the principle of [[Indian Councils Act 1909|separate electorates]] and weighted representation for the Muslim community. However, Jinnah broke with the Congress in 1920 when the Congress leader, [[Mohandas Gandhi]], launched a law violating [[Non-Cooperation Movement]] against the British, which a temperamentally law abiding barrister Jinnah disapproved of. Jinnah also became convinced that the Congress would renounce its support for separate electorates for Muslims, which indeed it did in 1928. In 1927, the British proposed a constitution for India as recommended by the [[Simon Commission]], but they failed to reconcile all parties. The British then turned the matter over to the League and the Congress, and in 1928 an All-Parties Congress was convened in Delhi. The attempt failed, but two more conferences were held, and at the Bombay conference in May, it was agreed that a small committee should work on the constitution. The prominent Congress leader [[Motilal Nehru]] headed the committee, which included two Muslims, [[Syed Ali Imam]] and [[Shoaib Quereshi]]; Motilal's son, Pt [[Jawaharlal Nehru]], was its secretary. The League, however, rejected the committee's report, the so called [[Nehru Report]], arguing that its proposals gave too little representation (one quarter) to Muslims – the League had demanded at least one-third representation in the legislature. Jinnah announced a "parting of the ways" after reading the report, and relations between the Congress and the League began to sour.

Muslim homeland - "Now or Never"

The election of [[Ramsay MacDonald]]'s [[Labour Party (UK)|Labour]] government in 1929 in Britain, already weakened by [[World War I]], fuelled new hopes for progress towards self-government in British-India. Gandhi travelled to London, claiming to represent all Indians and criticising the League as sectarian and divisive. [[Round Table Conference|Round-table talks]] were held, but these achieved little, since Gandhi and the League were unable to reach a compromise. The fall of the Labour government in 1931 ended this period of optimism. By 1930 Jinnah had despaired of Indian politics and particularly of getting mainstream parties like the Congress to be sensitive to minority priorities. A fresh call for a separate state was then made by the famous writer, poet and philosopher Allama [[Muhammad Iqbal]], who in his presidential address to the 1930 convention of the Muslim League said that he felt that a separate Muslim state was essential in an otherwise Hindu-dominated South Asia. The name was coined by [[University of Cambridge|Cambridge]] student and Muslim [[nationalism|nationalist]] [[Choudhary Rahmat Ali]], and was published on 28 January 1933 in the pamphlet Now or Never. After naming the country, he noticed that there is an acronym formed from the names of the "homelands" of Muslims in northwest India — "P" for [[Punjab (Pakistan)|Punjab]], "A" for the [[Pashtun people|Afghan]] areas of the region, "K" for [[Kashmir]], "S" for [[Sindh]] and "tan" for [[Baluchistan (region)|Balochistan]], thus forming "Pakstan".{{Citation needed|date=September 2010}} An "i" was later added to the English rendition of the name to ease pronunciation, producing "Pakistan". In [[Urdu]] and [[Persian language|Persian]] the name encapsulates the concept of pak ("pure") and stan ("land") and hence a "Pure Land". In the 1935, the British administration proposed to hand over [[Government of India Act 1935|substantial power]] to elected Indian provincial legislatures, with elections to be held in 1937. After the elections the League took office in Bengal and Punjab, but the Congress won office in most of the other provinces, and refused to devolve power with the League in provinces with large Muslim minorities citing technical difficulties. Meanwhile, Muslim ideologues for independence also felt vindicated by the presidential address of [[V.D. Savarkar]] at the 19th session of the famous Hindu nationalist party [[Hindu Mahasabha]] in 1937. In it, this legendary revolutionary - popularly called [[Veer Savarkar]] and known as the iconic father of the Hindu fundamentalist ideology - propounded the seminal ideas of his [[Two Nation Theory]] or ethnic exclusivism, which influenced Jinnah profoundly. [[File:Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman.jpg|thumb|Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman seconding the Resolution with Jinnah presiding the session]] In 1940, Jinnah called a general session of the Muslim League in [[Lahore]] to discuss the situation that had arisen due to the outbreak of the [[World War II|Second World War]] and the Government of India joining the war without consulting Indian leaders. The meeting was also aimed at analyzing the reasons that led to the defeat of the Muslim League in the general election of 1937 in the Muslim majority provinces. In his speech, Jinnah criticized the [[Indian National Congress]] and the nationalists, and espoused the [[Two-Nation Theory]] and the reasons for the demand for separate homelands. [[Sikandar Hayat Khan (Punjabi politician)|Sikandar Hayat Khan]], the Chief Minister of [[Punjab region|Punjab]], drafted the original resolution, but disavowed the final version, that had emerged after protracted redrafting by the Subject Committee of the Muslim League. The final text unambiguously rejected the concept of a United India because of increasing inter-religious violence and recommended the creation of independent states. The resolution was moved in the general session by Shere-Bangla [[A. K. Fazlul Huq]], the Chief Minister of [[Bengal]], supported by [[Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman]] and other leaders and was adopted on 23 March 1940. The Resolution read as follows: {{quotation|No constitutional plan would be workable or acceptable to the Muslims unless geographical contiguous units are demarcated into regions which should be so constituted with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary. That the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in majority as in the North-Western and Eastern zones of India should be grouped to constitute independent states in which the constituent units shall be autonomous and sovereign.... That adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards shall be specifically provided in the constitution for minorities in the units and in the regions for the protection of their religious, cultural, economic, political, administrative and other rights of the minorities, with their consultation. Arrangements thus should be made for the security of Muslims where they were in a minority.}} [[File:Working Committee.jpg|thumb|left|The Working Committee of the Muslim League in Lahore (1940)]] In 1941 it became part of the Muslim League's constitution. However, in early 1941, Sikandar explained to the Punjab Assembly that he did not support the final version of the resolution. The sudden death of Sikandar in 1942 paved the way over the next few years for Jinnah to emerge as the recognised leader of the Muslims of South Asia. In 1943, the [[Provincial Assembly of the Sindh|Sind Assembly]] passed a resolution demanding the establishment of a homeland. Talks between Jinnah and Gandhi in 1944 in Bombay failed to achieve agreement and there were no more attempts to reach a single-state solution. [[World War II]] had broken the back of both [[United Kingdom|Britain]] and [[France]] and disintegration of their colonial empires was expected soon.{{Citation needed|date=September 2010}} Rebellions and protest against the British had increased. With the election of another sympathetic [[Labour Party (UK)|Labour government]] in Britain in 1945, Indians were seeing independence within reach. But, Gandhi and Nehru were not receptive to Jinnah's proposal and were also adamantly opposed to dividing India, since they knew that the Hindus, who saw India as one indivisible entity, would never agree to such a thing. In the [[Constituent Assembly]] elections of 1946, the League won 425 out of 496 seats reserved for Muslims (polling 89.2% of total votes) on a policy of creating an independent state of Pakistan, and with an implied threat of secession if this was not granted. By 1946 the British had neither the will, nor the financial resources or military power, to hold India any longer. Political deadlock ensued in the Constituent Assembly, and the British Prime Minister, [[Clement Attlee]], sent a [[1946 Cabinet Mission to India|cabinet mission]] to India to mediate the situation. When the talks broke down, Attlee appointed [[Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma|Louis Mountbatten]] as India's last viceroy, to negotiate the independence of Pakistan and India and immediate British withdrawal. Mountbatten, of imperial blood and a world war admiral, handled the problem as a campaign. Ignorant of the complex ground realities in British India,{{Citation needed|date=September 2010}} he brought forward the date of transfer of power and told Gandhi and Nehru that if they did not accept division there would be civil war in his opinion and he would rather consider handing over power to individual provinces and the rulers of princely states. This forced the hands of Congress leaders and the "Independence of India Act 1947" provided for the two dominions of Pakistan and India to become independent on the 14 and 15 August 1947 respectively. This result was despite the calls for a third [[Osmanistan]] in the early 1940s.

{{anchor|Independence}} Independence of Pakistan

[[File:Jinnah oath ceremony.jpg|thumb|upright|Muhammad Ali Jinnah (right) taking oath from Justice Sir Mian Abdul Rashid (left) as Governor-General of Pakistan on 14 August 1947]] {{Main|Partition of India}} On the 14th and 15 August 1947, [[British India]] gave way to two new independent states, the [[Dominion of Pakistan]] and the [[Union of India]], both [[dominion]]s which joined the [[Commonwealth of Nations|British Commonwealth]]. However, the decision to divide [[Punjab region|Punjab]] and [[Bengal]], two of the biggest provinces, between India and Pakistan had disastrous consequences. This division created inter-religious violence of such magnitude that exchange of population along religious lines became a necessity in these provinces. More than two million people migrated across the new borders and more than one hundred thousand died in the spate of communal violence, that spread even beyond these provinces. The independence also resulted in tensions over [[Kashmir]] leading to the [[Indo-Pakistani War of 1947]], which culminated in an armistice, brokered by the [[United Nations]], and a hitherto unresolved [[Kashmir dispute]]. The post-independence political history of Pakistan has been characterised by several periods of authoritarian military rule and continuing territorial disputes with India over the status of Kashmir.

First democratic era (1947–1958)

{{Main|Political history of Pakistan}} {{See also|Indo-Pakistani War of 1947|1958 Pakistani coup d'état|Assassination of liaqat ali khan|Bengali Language Movement|1953 Lahore riots}} Between 1947 and 1971, Pakistan consisted of two geographically separate regions, [[West Pakistan]] and [[East Pakistan]]. Within one year of democratic rule, differences between the two wings of Pakistan surfaced: When Jinnah declared in 1948 that Urdu would be the only state language of Pakistan, it sparked protests in East Bengal (later East Pakistan), where [[Bengali language|Bengali]] was spoken by most of the population. The [[Bengali Language Movement]] reached its peak on 21 February 1952, when the police and soldiers opened fire on students near the [[Dhaka Medical College]] protesting for Bengali to receive equal status with Urdu. Several protesters were killed, and the movement gained further support throughout East Pakistan. Later, the Government agreed to provide equal status to Bengali as a state language of Pakistan, a right later codified in the 1956 constitution. In 1953 at the instigation of religious parties, anti-[[Ahmadiyya]] riots erupted, killing scores of non-Ahmadis and destroying their properties. The riots were investigated by a two-member court of inquiry in 1954, which was criticised by the Jamaat-e-Islami, one of the parties accused of inciting the riots. This event led to the first instance of martial law in the country and began the inroad of military intervention in the politics and civilian affairs of the country, something that remains to this day.

First military era (1958–1971)

{{Main|Ayub Khan (Field Marshal)|Yahya Khan|Bangladesh Liberation War|Indo-Pakistani War of 1965|Indo-Pakistani War of 1971|Cold war|East Pakistan|West Pakistan}} [[File:Muhammad Ayub Khan.JPG|thumb|upright|[[Muhammad Ayub Khan]].]] The Dominion was dissolved on 23 March 1956 and replaced by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, with the last [[Governor-General of Pakistan|Governor-General]], [[Iskandar Mirza]], as the first president. Just two years later the military took control of the nation. Field Marshal [[Ayub Khan (Field Marshal)|Ayub Khan]] became president and began a new system of government called Basic Democracy with a new constitution, by which an electoral college of 80,000 would select the President. Ayub Khan almost lost the controversial [[Pakistani presidential election, 1965|1965 presidential elections]] to [[Fatima Jinnah]]. During Ayub's rule, relations with the [[United States]] and the West grew stronger. Pakistan joined two formal military alliances — the Baghdad Pact (later known as the [[Central Treaty Organization]] or CENTO) which included Iran, Iraq, and Turkey to defend the Middle East and Persian Gulf against the Soviet Union; and the [[Southeast Asia Treaty Organization]] (SEATO) which covered South-East Asia. However, the United States dismayed Pakistan by adopting a policy of denying military aid to both India and Pakistan during the [[Indo-Pakistani War of 1965]] over Kashmir and the [[Rann of Kutch]]. A positive gain of the treaties was the re-srengthening of Pakistan's close historical bonds with its western neighbours. During the 1960s, amidst the allegations that economic development and hiring for government jobs favoured West Pakistan, there was a rise in Bengali nationalism and an independence movement in East Pakistan began to gather ground. After a nationwide uprising in 1969, General [[Ayub Khan (Field Marshal)|Ayub Khan]] stepped down from office, handing power to General [[Yahya Khan]], who promised to hold general elections at the end of 1970. On the eve of the elections, a [[1970 Bhola cyclone|cyclone]] struck East Pakistan killing approximately 500,000 people. Despite the tragedy and the additional difficulty experienced by affected citizens in reaching the voting sites, the elections were held and the results showed a clear division between East and West Pakistan. The [[Awami League]], led by [[Sheikh Mujibur Rahman]], won a majority with 167 of the 169 East Pakistani seats, but with no seats in West Pakistan, where the [[Pakistan Peoples Party]] (PPP) led by [[Zulfikar Ali Bhutto]], won 85 seats, none in East Pakistan. However, Yahya Khan and Bhutto refused to hand over power to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Meanwhile, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman initiated a [[civil disobedience]] movement, which was strongly supported by the general population of East Pakistan, including most government workers. A round-table conference between Yahya, Bhutto, and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was convened in [[Dhaka]], which, however, ended without a solution. Soon thereafter, the West Pakistani Army commenced [[Operation Searchlight]], an organized crackdown on the East Pakistani army, police, politicians, civilians, and students in Dhaka. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and many other Awami League leaders were arrested, while others fled to neighbouring India. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was taken to West Pakistan. The crackdown widened and escalated into a [[Bangladesh Liberation War|guerrilla warfare]] between the Pakistani Army and the [[Mukti Bahini]] (Bengali "freedom fighters"). In March 1971, India's [[Indira Gandhi|Prime Minister]] announced support for the Liberation War, providing military assistance. Ultimately 300,000 to 3,000,000 died in the war and millions Hindus and Bengali fled to India. On 27 March 1971, Major [[Ziaur Rahman]], a Bengali war-veteran of the [[East Bengal Regiment]] of the [[Pakistan Army]], declared the independence of East Pakistan as the new nation of [[Bangladesh]] on behalf of Mujib. Following a period of [[Research and Analysis Wing|covert]] and overt intervention by [[Indian Armed Forces|Indian forces]] in the conflict, [[Indo-Pakistani War of 1971|open hostilities]] broke out between India and Pakistan on 3 December 1971. In Bangladesh, the Pakistani Army led by General [[A. A. K. Niazi]], had already been weakened and exhausted by the Mukti Bahini's guerrilla warfare. Outflanked and overwhelmed, the Pakistani army in the eastern theatre surrendered on 16 December 1971, with nearly 90,000 soldiers taken as prisoners of war. The result was the defacto emergence of the new nation of Bangladesh, thus ending 24 years of turbulent union of the two wings. The figures of the Bengali civilian death toll from the entire civil war vary greatly, depending on the sources. Although the killing of Bengalis was unsupported by the people of West Pakistan, it continued for 9 months. Pakistan's official report, by the [[Hamood-ur-Rahman Commission]], placed the figure at only 26,000, while estimates range up to 3 million. Discredited by the defeat, General Yahya Khan resigned and Bhutto was inaugurated as president and chief martial law administrator on 20 December 1971.

Second democratic era (1971–1977)

{{Main|Zulfikar Ali Bhutto|1970s Operation in Balochistan|Project-706|Pakistan and its Nuclear Detterent Program|Hamoodur Rahman Commission|Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Pakistan|Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission}} Civilian rule returned after the war, when General Yahya Khan handed over power to [[Zulfikar Ali Bhutto]]. In 1972, Pakistan's [[Inter-Services Intelligence|ISI]] and [[Military Intelligence of Pakistan|MI]] learned that India was close to developing a nuclear weapon under its [[Indian nuclear programme|nuclear programme]]. In response, Bhutto called secret meeting, which came to known as Multan meeting, and rallied academic scientists to build the atomic bomb for national survival. Bhutto was the main architect of the programme as he planned the entire programme loosely based on [[Manhattan Project]] of 1940s. This programme was headed by large groups of prominent academic scientists and engineers, directly reported and headed by nuclear scientist [[Abdus Salam]] — who later won the [[Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize for Physics]] — to develop nuclear devices. In 1973, Parliament approved a [[Constitution of Pakistan|new constitution]], and Pakistan, for the first time, was declared Parliamentary democracy. In 1974, Pakistan was alarmed by the Indian nuclear test, and Bhutto promised to his nation that Pakistan would also have a nuclear device "even if we have to eat grass and leaves." During Bhutto's rule, a serious rebellion also took place in Balochistan province and led to harsh suppression of Baloch rebels with the [[Mohammad Reza Pahlavi|Shah of Iran]] purportedly assisting with air support in order to prevent the conflict from spilling over into [[Sistan and Baluchestan Province|Iranian Balochistan]]. The conflict ended later after an amnesty and subsequent stabilization by the provincial military ruler [[Rahimuddin Khan]]. In 1974, Bhutto succumbed to increasing pressure from religious parties and helped Parliament to declare the [[Ahmadiyya]] adherents as non-Muslims. Elections were held in 1977, with the Peoples Party won but this was challenged by the opposition, which accused Bhutto of rigging the election process. General [[Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq]] took power in a bloodless coup and Bhutto was later executed, after being convicted of authorizing the murder of a political opponent, in a controversial 4-3 split decision by the [[Supreme Court of Pakistan|Supreme Court]].

Second military era (1977–1988)

{{Main|Operation Fair Play|Baghdad Pact|Zia-ul-Haq's Islamization|Baloch Insurgency and Rahimuddin's Stabilization|Siachen conflict|Operation Brasstacks|Soviet war in Afghanistan|Operation Cyclone|Death of Zia-ul-Haq|Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir}} {{See also|Ordinance XX|Hudood Ordinance}} Pakistan had been a US ally for much of the [[Cold War]], from the 1950s and as a member of CENTO and SEATO. The [[Soviet invasion of Afghanistan]] renewed and deepened the US-Pakistan alliance. The [[Ronald Reagan|Reagan]] administration in the [[United States]] helped supply and finance an anti-Soviet insurgency in Afghanistan, using Pakistan as a conduit. In retaliation, the Afghan secret police, [[KHAD]], carried out a large number of terrorist operations against Pakistan, which also suffered from an influx of illegal weapons and drugs from Afghanistan. In the 1980s, as the front-line state in the anti-Soviet struggle, Pakistan received substantial aid from the United States as it took in millions of [[Afghan people|Afghan]] (mostly Pashtun) [[refugee]]s fleeing the Soviet occupation. The influx of so many refugees - the largest refugee population in the world - had a heavy impact on Pakistan and its effects continue to this day. Zia's martial-law administration gradually reversed the socialist policies of the previous government, and also introduced strict [[Sharia|Islamic law]] in 1978, often cited as the contributing factor in the present climate of [[sectarianism]] and [[religious fundamentalism]] in Pakistan. [[Ordinance XX]] was introduced to limit the idolatrous Ahmadis from misrepresenting themselves as Muslims. Further, in his time, independence uprisings in Balochistan were put down successfully by the provincial governor, General [[Rahimuddin Khan]]. Zia lifted martial law in 1985, holding non-partisan elections and handpicking [[Muhammad Khan Junejo]] to be the new Prime Minister, who readily extended Zia's term as Chief of Army Staff until 1990. Junejo however gradually fell out with Zia as his administrative independence grew; for example, Junejo signed the Geneva Accord, which Zia greatly frowned upon. After a large-scale blast at a munitions dump in Ojhri, Junejo vowed to bring to justice those responsible for the significant damage caused, implicating several senior generals. Zia dismissed the Junejo government on several charges in May 1988 and called for elections in November 1988. However, Zia died in a plane crash on 17 August 1988. [[File:Benazir Bhutto.jpg|thumb|left|upright|Benazir Bhutto, late leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party]]

Third democratic era (1988–1999)

{{Main|Benazir Bhutto|Nawaz Sharif|Indo-Pakistani War of 1999|Chagai-I|Chagai-II|Atlantique Incident|Civil war in Afghanistan (1996–2001)}} From 1988 to 1999, Pakistan through constitutional amendments was reverted back to Parliamentary democracy system, and Pakistan was ruled by elected civilian governments, alternately headed by [[Benazir Bhutto]] and [[Nawaz Sharif]], who were each elected twice and removed from office on charges of corruption. During the late 1990s, Pakistan was one of three countries which recognized the [[Taliban]] government and Mullah [[Mohammed Omar]] as the legitimate ruler of [[Afghanistan]]. Allegations have been made of Pakistan and other countries providing economic and military aid to the group from 1994 as a part of supporting the anti-Soviet alliance. It is alleged that some post-invasion Taliban fighters were recruits drawn from Pakistan's [[madrassahs]]. Economic growth declined towards the end of this period, hurt by the Asian financial crisis, and [[economic sanctions]] imposed on Pakistan after its first tests of nuclear devices in 1998. The Pakistani testing came shortly after India tested nuclear devices and increased fears of a nuclear arms race in South Asia. The next year, Kargil attack by Pakistan backed Kashmiri militants threatened to escalate to a full-scale war. In the [[Pakistani general election, 1997|1997 election]] that returned Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister, his party received a heavy majority of the vote, obtaining enough seats in [[Parliament of Pakistan|parliament]] to change the [[Constitution of Pakistan|constitution]], which Sharif [[Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan|amended]] to eliminate the formal [[checks and balances]] that restrained the Prime Minister's power. Institutional challenges to his authority led by the civilian [[President of Pakistan|President]] [[Farooq Leghari]], military chief [[Jehangir Karamat]] and [[Chief Justice of Pakistan|Chief Justice]] [[Sajjad Ali Shah]] were put down and all three were forced to resign - Shah doing so after the Supreme Court was stormed by Sharif partisans.

Third military era (1999–2007)

{{Main|1999 Pakistani coup d'état|Pervez Musharraf|2001–2002 India-Pakistan standoff|War in North-West Pakistan|Assassination of Benazir Bhutto|Pakistan's role in the War on Terror|War on Terror|Lawyers' Movement}} [[File:Nawaz Sharif profile.jpg|thumb|Former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif]] On 12 October 1999, Sharif attempted to dismiss army chief [[Pervez Musharraf]] and install [[Inter-Services Intelligence]] (ISI) director Ziauddin Butt in his place, but senior generals refused to accept the decision. Musharraf, who was out of the country, boarded a commercial airliner to return to Pakistan. Sharif ordered the [[Jinnah International Airport]] to prevent the landing of the airliner, which then circled the skies over Karachi. In a [[coup d'état|coup]], the generals ousted Sharif's administration and took over the airport. The plane landed with only a few minutes of fuel to spare, and General Musharraf assumed control of the government. He arrested Sharif and those members of his cabinet who took part in this conspiracy. American President [[Bill Clinton]] had felt that his pressure to force Sharif to withdraw Pakistani forces from Kargil, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, was one of the main reasons for disagreements between Sharif and the Pakistani army. Clinton and [[King Fahd]] then pressured Musharraf to spare Sharif and, instead, exile him to Saudi Arabia, guaranteeing that he would not be involved in politics for ten years. Sharif lived in Saudi Arabia for more than six years before moving to London in 2005. [[File:PervezMusharraf.jpg|thumb|left|General Pervez Musharraf.]] On 12 May 2000 the [[Supreme Court of Pakistan]] ordered the Government to hold general elections by 12 October 2002. In an attempt to legitimize his presidency and assure its continuance after the impending elections, Musharraf held a controversial national referendum on 30 April 2002, which extended his presidential term to a period ending five years after the October elections. Musharraf strengthened his position by issuing a [[Legal Framework Order, 2002|Legal Framework Order]] in August 2001 which established the constitutional basis for his continuance in office. The general elections were held in October 2002 and the centrist, pro-Musharraf [[Pakistan Muslim League (Q)]] (PML-Q) won a majority of the seats in [[Parliament of Pakistan|Parliament]]. However, parties opposed to the Legal Framework Order effectively paralysed the [[National Assembly of Pakistan|National Assembly]] for over a year. The deadlock ended in December 2003, when Musharraf and some of his parliamentary opponents agreed upon a compromise, and pro-Musharraf legislators were able to muster the two-thirds majority required to pass the [[Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan|Seventeenth Amendment]], which retroactively legitimized Musharraf's 1999 coup and many of his subsequent decrees. In a [[vote of confidence]] on 1 January 2004, Musharraf won 658 out of 1,170 votes in the [[Electoral College of Pakistan]], and according to Article 41(8) of the [[Constitution of Pakistan]], was elected to the office of President.linked from {{cite web|url=http://www.infopak.gov.pk/constitution_pakistan.aspx|title=Text of the Constitution of Pakistan|publisher=Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of Pakistan|accessdate=2007-12-02 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20071109103454/http://www.infopak.gov.pk/constitution_pakistan.aspx |archivedate = November 9, 2007}} While economic reforms undertaken during his regime yielded positive results, proposed social reforms were met with resistance. Musharraf faced opposition from religious groups who were angered by his post-[[9/11]] political alliance with the United States and his military support to the American led [[War in Afghanistan (2001–present)|2001 invasion of Afghanistan]]. He survived several assassination attempts by groups believed to be part of Al-Qaeda, including at least two instances where they had inside information from a member of his military security. {{Citation needed|date=May 2011}} Pakistan continues to be involved in a dispute over [[Kashmir]], with allegations of support of separatist Kashmiri militants being leveled against Pakistan by [[India]] - which treats them as terror-groups - while Pakistan charges that the Indian government abuses human rights in its excessive use of military force in the disputed region. What makes this dispute a source of special concern for the world community is that both India and Pakistan possess [[nuclear weapon]]s. It had led to a nuclear [[2001-2002 India-Pakistan standoff|standoff in 2002]], when Kashmiri-militants, allegedly backed by the ISI, attacked the Indian parliament. In reaction to this, serious diplomatic tensions developed and India and Pakistan deployed 500,000 and 120,000 troops to the border respectively. While the Indo-Pakistani peace process has since made progress, it is sometimes stalled by infrequent insurgent activity in India, such as the [[26/11 Mumbai|26/11 Mumbai attacks]]. Pakistan also has been accused of contributing to [[nuclear proliferation]]; its leading nuclear scientist, [[Abdul Qadeer Khan]], admitted to selling nuclear secrets, though he denied government knowledge of his activities. After the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, the Pakistani government, as an ally, sent thousands of troops into the mountainous region of [[Waziristan]] in 2002, in search of bin-Laden (the master-mind behind the [[11 September attacks]] in 2001) and other heavily armed [[al-Qaeda]] members, who had taken refuge there. In March 2004, heavy fighting broke out at Azam Warsak (near the South Waziristan town of Wana), between Pakistani troops and these militants (estimated to be 400 in number), who were entrenched in several fortified settlements. It was speculated that bin Laden's deputy [[Ayman al-Zawahiri]] was among those trapped by the Pakistani Army. On 5 September 2006 a truce was signed with the militants and their local rebel supporters, (who called themselves the [[Islamic Emirate of Waziristan]]), in which the rebels were to cease supporting the militants in cross-border attacks on Afghanistan in return for a ceasefire and general amnesty and a hand-over of border-patrolling and check-point responsibilities, till then handled by the [[Pakistan Army]]. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif attempted to return from exile on 10 September 2007 but was arrested on corruption charges after landing at Islamabad International Airport. Sharif was then put on a plane bound for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, whilst outside the airport there were violent confrontations between Sharif's supporters and the police. This did not deter another former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, from returning on 18 October 2007 after an eight year exile in [[Dubai]] and [[London]], to prepare for the [[Pakistani general election, 2008|parliamentary elections]] to be held in 2008. However, on the same day, [[2007 Karachi bombing|two suicide bombers]] attempted to kill Bhutto as she travelled towards a rally in Karachi. Bhutto escaped unharmed but there were 136 casualties and at least 450 people were injured. On 3 November 2007, General Musharraf proclaimed a [[2007 Pakistani state of emergency|state of emergency]] and sacked the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Choudhry along with other 14 judges of the Supreme Court. Lawyers launched a protest against this action but they were arrested. All private media channels were banned including foreign channels. Musharraf declared that the state of emergency would end on 16 December 2007. On 28 November 2007, General Musharraf retired from the Army and the following day was sworn in for a second presidential term. On 25 November 2007, Nawaz Sharif made a second attempt to return from exile, this time accompanied by his brother, the former Punjab chief minister, Shahbaz Sharif. Hundreds of their supporters, including a few leaders of the party were detained before the pair arrived at Lahore International Airport. The following day, Nawaz Sharif filed his nomination papers for two seats in the forthcoming elections whilst Benazir Bhutto filed for three seats including one of the reserved seats for women. On 27 December 2007, Benazir Bhutto was leaving an election rally in [[Rawalpindi]] when she was [[Assassination of Benazir Bhutto|assassinated]] by a gunman who shot her in the neck and set off a bomb, killing 20 other people and injuring several more. The exact sequence of the events and cause of death became points of political debate and controversy, because, although early reports indicated that Bhutto was hit by [[Fragmentation (weaponry)|shrapnel]] or the gunshots, the Pakistani Interior Ministry stated that she died from a skull fracture sustained when the explosion threw Bhutto against the sunroof of her vehicle. Bhutto's aides rejected this claim and insisted that she suffered two gunshots prior to the bomb detonation. The Interior Ministry subsequently backtracked from its previous claim. However, a subsequent investigation, aided by the [[Scotland Yard]] of [[U.K.]], supported the "hitting the sun-roof"" as the cause of her death. The Election Commission, after a meeting in Islamabad, announced that, due to the [[assassination of Benazir Bhutto]], the elections, which had been scheduled for 8 January 2008, would take place on 18 February. A general election was held in Pakistan, according to the revised schedule, on 18 February 2008,). Pakistan's two big and main opposition parties, the [[Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians|Pakistan Peoples Party]] (PPP) and the [[Pakistan Muslim League (N)]] (PML (N)), won majority of seats in the election and formed a government. Although, the [[Pakistan Muslim League (Q)]] (PML (Q)) actually was second in the popular vote, the PPP and PML (N) have formed the new coalition-government. On 7 August, a deadlock between ruling parties ended when the coalition government of Pakistan decided to move for the impeachment of the President before heading for the restoration of the deposed judiciary. Moreover, they decided that Pervez Musharraf should face charges of weakening Pakistan's federal structure, violating its constitution and creating economic impasse. After that, President Pervez Musharraf began consultations with his allies, and with his legal team, on the implications of the impeachment; he said that he was ready to reply to the charges levied upon him and seek the vote of confidence from the senate and the parliament, as required by the coalition parties. However, on 18 August 2008, President [[Pervez Musharraf]] announced in a televised address to the nation that he had decided to resign after nine years in office.

Fourth democratic era (2008–present)

{{Main|Pakistani general election, 2008|Operation Black Thunderstorm|Operation Rah-e-Haq|Operation Rah-e-Nijat|Suspension of Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry}} In the presidential election that followed President Pervez Musharraf's resignation, [[Asif Ali Zardari]] of the PPP was elected President of Pakistan. Zardari's government is facing the formidable challenges of a [[War on terror|war]] next door, a never-ending [[Kashmir dispute|territorial dispute]], and ever-present internal political bickering. Pakistan, under Zardari and Gillani's administration, is heading back toward a major transition from the existing [[semi-presidential system]] to [[Parliamentary democracy|parliamentary democracy rule]]: The [[Parliament of Pakistan|Parliament]] of Pakistan has passed the [[Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan|18th amendment]] to the [[Constitution of Pakistan|Constitution]] of Pakistan —- a bill which, inter alia, is to remove the power of the [[President of Pakistan]] to dissolve the parliament unilaterally. This constitutional amendment is considered a major step toward the parliamentary democracy in the country; it reverses many amendments to the [[Constitution of Pakistan|constitution]] carried out since 1973, turns the [[President of Pakistan|President]] into a ceremonial [[head of state]] and transfers the authoritarian and executive powers to the [[Prime Minister of Pakistan|Prime Minister]] . A major event of international importance occurred on the soil of Pakistan on 2 May 2011: The Al-Qaeda supremo [[Osama bin Laden]] was claimed to have been assassinated in his elusive secret hideout in [[Abbottabad]], Pakistan by the crack [[Navy Seal]] commandos of [[USA]], through a daring air born attack, without the knowledge of Pakistan Government. This secret mission was personally authorised by US-president [[Barack Obama]].

See also

{{div col|3}} * [[History of Afghanistan]] * [[History of Asia]] * [[History of Bangladesh]] * [[History of India]] * [[History of South Asia]] * [[Islam in Pakistan]] * [[List of Presidents of Pakistan]] * [[List of Prime Ministers of Pakistan]] * [[Meluhha]] * [[Muslim conquest in the Indian subcontinent]] * [[Politics of Pakistan]] {{div col end}} {{Portal box|History|Pakistan}}

Further reading

{{Refbegin|2}} * Ahmed, Akbar S. (1976). [http://books.google.com/books?id=1oo9AAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Ahmed,+Akbar+S.+%27Millennium+and+Charisma+Among+Pathans&sig=TY7W3MZ8_BK6qwWm8umOqvgHYb0 Millennium and charisma among Pathans : a critical essay in social anthropology]. London; Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul. ISBN 978-0-7100-8348-7. * [[Bridget Allchin|Allchin, Bridget]]; [[F. Raymond Allchin|Allchin, F. Raymond]] (1982). The rise of civilization in India and Pakistan. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-24244-8. * Baluch, Muhammad Sardar Khan (1977). History of the Baluch race and Baluchistan. Quetta: Gosha-e-Adab. * Buchsteiner, Jochen, Ein Land im freien Fall, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung October 10, 2010, Page 2 and 3 * Weiner, Myron; Ali Banuazizi (1994). The Politics of social transformation in Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-2608-4. * [[Benazir Bhutto|Bhutto, Benazir]] (1988). Daughter of the East. London: Hamilton. ISBN 978-0-241-12398-0. * [[Clifford Edmund Bosworth|Bosworth, Clifford Edmund]] (1963). The Ghaznavids; their empire in Afghanistan and eastern Iran, 994 : 1040. Edinburgh: University Press. * Bosworth, Clifford Edmund (1977). The later Ghaznavids: splendour and decay. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-04428-8. * [[Edwin Bryant (author)|Bryant, Edwin F]]. (2001). The quest for the origins of Vedic culture : the Indo-Aryan migration debate. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-513777-4. * [[Stephen P. Cohen|Cohen, Stephen P]]. (2004). The idea of Pakistan. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution. ISBN 978-0-8157-1502-3. * Davoodi, Schoresch & Sow, Adama (2007): [http://www.aspr.ac.at/epu/research/rp_0807.pdf The Political Crisis of Pakistan in 2007] - [[European University Center for Peace Studies|EPU]] Research Papers: Issue 08/07, Stadtschlaining * Dupree, Louis (1973). Afghanistan. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-03006-7. * Elliot, Henry Miers; John Dowson (1867–77).[http://persian.packhum.org/persian/main?url=pf%3Ffile%3D80201010%26ct%3D0 The History of India, as Told by Its Own Historians. The Muhammadan Period]. London: Trübner and Co. * [[Mountstuart Elphinstone|Elphinstone, Mountstuart]] (1815). An account of the kingdom of Caubul and its dependencies in Persia, Tartary, and India. London: Unknown. * Esposito, John L. (1999). The Oxford history of Islam. New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-510799-9. * [[Bamber Gascoigne|Gascoigne, Bamber]] (2002). A Brief History of the Great Moguls. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7867-1040-9. * [[Altaf Gauhar|Gauhar, Altaf]] (1996). Ayub Khan, Pakistan's first military ruler. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-577647-8. * Hardy, Peter (1972). The Muslims of British India. London: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-08488-8. * [[Peter Hopkirk|Hopkirk, Peter]] (1992). The Great Game : the struggle for empire in Central Asia. New York: Kodansha International. ISBN 978-4-7700-1703-1. * [[Muhammad Iqbal|Iqbal, Muhammad]] (1934). The reconstruction of religious thought in Islam. London: Oxford University Press. * Jaffrelot, Christophe (2004). A history of Pakistan and its origins. London: Anthem Press. ISBN 978-1-84331-149-2. * [[Jonathan Mark Kenoyer|Kenoyer, Jonathan Mark]] (1998). Ancient cities of the Indus valley civilization. Karachi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-577940-0. * Mallory, James Patrick (1989). In search of the Indo-Europeans : language, archaeology, and myth. New York, N.Y.: Thames and Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500-05052-1. * [[Geoffrey Moorhouse|Moorhouse, Geoffrey]] (1992). To the frontier : a journey to the Khyber Pass. New York: H. Holt. ISBN 978-0-8050-2109-7. * Olmstead, A. T. (1948). History of the Persian Empire : Achaemenid period. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press. * Qureshi, Ishtiaq Husain (1967). [[A Short history of Pakistan]]. Karachi: University of Karachi. * [[Masood Ashraf Raja|Raja, Masood Ashraf]]. Constructing Pakistan: Foundational Texts and the Rise of Muslim National Identity, 1857–1947, Oxford 2010, ISBN 978-0-19547811-2 * Reat, N. Ross (1994). Buddhism : a history. Berkeley, California: Asian Humanities Press. ISBN 978-0-87573-001-1. * Sidky, H. (2000). The Greek kingdom of Bactria : from Alexander to Eucratides the Great. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America. ISBN 978-0-7618-1695-9. * Smith, Vincent Arthur (1958). The Oxford history of India. Oxford: Clarendon Press. * [[William Woodthorpe Tarn|Tarn, William Woodthorpe]] (1951). The Greeks in Bactria and India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. * [[Wheeler Thackston|Thackston, Wheeler M]].; Robert Irwin (1996). The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-509671-2. * [[Romila Thapar|Thapar, Romila]]; Thomas George Percival Spear (1990, 1965). A history of India. New York: Penguin. ISBN 978-0-14-013836-8. * Welch, Stuart Cary (1978). Imperial Mughal painting. New York: George Braziller. ISBN 978-0-8076-0870-8. * [[Mortimer Wheeler|Wheeler, Robert Eric Mortimer]] (1950). Five thousand years of Pakistan : an archaeological outline. London: C. Johnson. * Wheeler, Robert Eric Mortimer (1959). Early India and Pakistan: to Ashoka. New York: Praeger. * [[Stanley Wolpert|Wolpert, Stanley A]]. (1984). Jinnah of Pakistan. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-503412-7. * Ziring, Lawrence (1997). Pakistan in the twentieth century : a political history. Karachi; New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-577816-8. * [[File:Pakistan Smart Book v1.pdf|100px]]

External links

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