2013 was a landmark year in the history of Pakistan. For the first time an elected parliament completed its term and handed over the power to new elected representatives. Though faces in the power corridors changed, economic instability featured in the same way as it has for more than past 6 decades of country's history.

Here are some of the prominent happenings of the year which changed the socio-political landscape of Pakistan

Jan 1: Four persons were killed and more than 50 were injured as a result of a bomb explosion in Karachi after a joint public gathering of MQM and Tehreek-e- Minhaj-ul-Quran concluded.

Jan 2: Drone Strike killed 10 in South Waziristan including  Taliban commander Maulvi Nazir

Jan 4: Judicial Commission appointed 18 months ago to probe Osama bin Laden’ s stay and killing submitted its report.

Jan 6: Pakistan and India exchanged accusations of violating the cease-fire in the disputed northern region of Kashmir.

l American drones fired several missiles into three militant hideouts in the South Waziristan tribal region, killing 17 Taliban fighters.

Jan 9: In northwest Pakistan truckers who carry supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan went on strike to protest lower pay, inadequate security and corrupt officials who demanded bribes from the truckers.

Jan 10: A bomb targeting paramilitary soldiers killed 12 people in Quetta. Another 86 people, mostly Shia Muslims, were killed in twin bombings at a billiards hall in Quetta.

Jan 13: A roadside bomb hit an army convoy in North Waziristan, killing 14 soldiers.

l The Federal Government of Pakistan accepted the demands of Quetta bombing victims and protesters across the country; announcing imposition of Governor’s rule in Balochistan, effective from January 14.

Jan 14: Thousands of supporters of a Tahir-ul-Qadri descended onto Islamabad, demanding electoral refgorms.

Jan 15:  Pakistan’s top court ordered the arrest of PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf along with 16 other people in a corruption case involving private power stations.

Jan 17: The Pakistani government and Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri struck a deal to end four days of protests by thousands in the capital.

l Pakistan’s anti-corruption chief refused a Supreme Court order to arrest PM Raja Pervaiz, citing a lack of evidence in a graft case that sparked the latest clash between the government and the country’s apex court.

Jan 26: In Pakistan two Islamic militant groups clashed over control of a prized Tirah valley, killing at least 24 people and wounding dozens more. The conflict lasted for various days, death toll rose to 81 and several families in the area were displaced.

Jan 29: In Pakistan gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a police officer protecting polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in a village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Feb 1: A suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a Shiite mosque as worshippers were leaving, killing 28 people and wounding over 50 in Hangu.

Feb 2: Taliban militants wearing suicide vests fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at an army post in a pre-dawn raid, killing 23 people, including 10 civilians in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. 12 attackers were also killed in the assault.

Feb 8: In northwestern Pakistan a bomb planted near a market killed 16 people and wounded 17 others in the Orakzai tribal area.

Feb 10: Eng. Shaukatullah Khan took charge as Governor of KPK .

Feb 11: The US began its withdrawal from Afghanistan, sending the first of what will be tens of thousands of containers home through a once-blocked land route in Pakistan.

Feb 16: A bomb explosion in Quetta killed 89. Most of the dead and wounded were Hazaras.

Feb 22: Pakistani authorities arrested Malik Ishaq, a founder of a banned Sunni extremist group in Rahim Yar Khan, less than a week after the organisation claimed responsibility for a market bombing that killed 89 Shiites.

Feb 26: A gunmen shot and killed a police officer who was protecting a team of polio workers during vaccination campaign in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Feb 27: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari visited Tehran where he worked to finalized a gas pipeline deal with Iran.

Mar 3: In Pakistan a bomb blast killed 48 people, including many women and children outside a Shia mosque in Karachi.

Mar 9: In eastern Pakistan hundreds of people in Lahore ransacked a Christian neighbourhood and torched dozens of homes after hearing reports that a Christian man had committed blasphemy.

Mar 12: A bomb disposal expert  died while defusing a roadside bomb in Peshawar.

l Gunmen shot and killed a senior official of the Election Commission of Pakistan in the southwestern city of Quetta.

Mar 13:  In Karachi activist Perween Rahman (54), was shot dead.

l Gunmen abducted two female Czech tourists and their police guard as they were traveling through troubled Balochistan province.

Mar 16: Pakistan’s government passed a major milestone, with the parliament becoming the first democratically chosen body to finish its five-year term.

Mar 18: The Pakistani Taliban withdrew their offer of holding peace talks with the government, saying that the authorities were not serious about following through with negotiations.

Mar 21: A car packed with explosives blew up inside the Jalozai refugee camp as hundreds of people lined up to get food, killing 13 and wounding 25.

Mar 23: A car packed with explosives exploded next to a pair of fuel tankers at an army check post, killing 17 soldiers and wounding dozens in North Waziristan.

Mar 24 : Pakistan’s election commission chose Mir Hazar Khan Khoso to serve as caretaker prime minister.

l A car bomb attack against a military check post in the country’s northwest tribal region, killed 17 soldiers.

l Former President Pervez Musharraf returned home after more than four years in exile.

Mar 29: In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a convoy carrying paramilitary police commander Abdul Majeed Marwat, killing at least 10 people.

Mar 30: A man armed with a gun and grenades attacked a school in Karachi during a prize distribution ceremony, killing its principal and wounding six children before fleeing.

Apr 2: In Peshawer several dozen militants armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades attacked a power grid station, killing 7 people.

Apr 10: Gunmen shot to death a policeman protecting a team of female polio workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Apr 11 : Taliban assailants on a motorcycle gunned down Fakhurl Islam, a candidate running in upcoming elections in Hyderabad.

April 12: In an interview with CNN, Musharraf acknowledged his government secretly signed off on U.S. drone strikes, the first time a top past or present Pakistani official had admitted publicly to such a deal.

Apr 13: A bomb planted in a bus killed at least eight passengers as it passed a crowded bazar in Peshawar.

Apr 14: In northwest Pakistan the Taliban targeted two leaders of the Awami National Party, killing one and wounding another in bomb blasts.

Apr 16 : Pakistani judges disqualified Pervez Musharraf from running in the upcoming parliamentary election. 

l A bomber blew himself up when Ghulam Ahmed Bilour got out of his car. Bilour’s driver and two police officials were killed.

Apr 19 : Pervez Musharraf was arrested overnight in Islamabad in a case involving his decision to fire senior judges while in power.

Apr 21: A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a meeting of the ANP in Peshawar, killing 16 people.

Apr 25:  In Karachi a bomb exploded outside an election office of the MQM killing 5 people.

Apr 26 : A bomb planted on a motorbike near the Awami National Party office in Karachi killed 9 people.

Apr 28: Pakistani Taliban detonated bombs at the campaign offices of two politicians in the country’s northwest, killing at least nine people.

Apr 29: A suicide bomber targeting a police van killed at least 8 people in Peshawar, including the son and nephew of an Afghan official involved in peace negotiations with the Taliban.

Apr 30: Pervez Musharraf is barred from running for public office for the rest of his life.

l Gunmen killed an independent political candidate Fateh Muhammad Magsi and three other people in Balochistan province..

May 2: Convicted India spy Sarabjit Singh died at Jinnah Hospital in Lahore. He was was attacked by fellow inmates in April.

May 3: A gunmen killed prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali. He was leading investigations into the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto and a brutal attack on civilians in the Indian city of Mumbai.

l Gunmen on a motorcycle in Karachi shot to death a parliamentary candidate from the Awami National Party, and his 4 year old son.

May 5: Three people were killed in back-to-back explosions near the headquarters of MQM in Karachi.

May 6: An explosion ripped through a rally of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam, killing 25 people and wounding about 70 in Kurram region.

May 7:In Lahore, former cricket star Imran Khan, running for prime minister, was injured when he fell off a stage during a political rally .

l At least 16 people were killed in two attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

May 9: Gunmen attacked an election rally in the southern Punjab province and abducted Ali Haider Gilani, the son of ex-premier Yousuf Raza Gilani.

May 10 : Unknown assailants threw a grenade at the main office of the Pakistan People’s Party in Quetta.

May 11: Pakistanis streamed to the polls for a historic vote. Militant attacked and killed 22 people underlining the risks many people took just casting their ballots.

May 13: Governor Punjab Makhdoom Syed Ahmed Mahmood resigned from his office.

May 16: The Election Commission announced that it will conduct a recount or re-do the vote for eight national assembly seats following allegations of vote rigging.s

May 17: Bombs exploded outside two mosques in a village killing at least 15 people in Baz Darrah village,KPK.

May 19: Pakistan held a repeat election in an upscale area of Karachi that was plagued with allegations of vote-rigging.

May 22: China’s Premier Li Keqiang began a two-day visit to Pakistan.

May 23: 11 policemen and two civilians were killed as a result of bomb attack on a police vehicle in Quetta.

May 24 : 13 policemen were killed in two attacks in KPK.

May 30 : Qaim Ali Shah took charge as CM Sindh.

May 31: Pervaiz Khatak was sworn in as CM KPK

June 1 : Newly elected members of the National Assembly took oath during the first session of the 14th National Assembly.

June 05:– Nawaz is Sharif was sworn in as PM of Pakistan.

June 7: Abdul Malik Baloch takes charge as CM Balochistan.

June 8: Mian Shahbaz Sharif assumed responsiblity as CM Punjab.

June 11: Muhammad Khan Achakzai of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party was appointed as new Governor of Balochistan

June 18:  35 persons including a newly-elected MPA were killed in Mardan as a result of suicide bomb blast in a funeral in Mradan.

June 21: 15 Shia were killed in an attack on an Imamabaragah in Peshawer.

June 23: 10 foreign tourists and a Pakistani woman guide among 11 killed in an attack which was carried out by the militants wearing paramilitary uniforms.

June 26: A bomb attack targetting a Sindh High Court judge claimed 10 lives. The justice was unharmed.

June 29:– Militants blew up two schools in Lakki Marwat.

June 30: 28 people killed in an attack near Imambargah in Quetta.

l 4 volunteers of Aman Lashkar killed in an attack on Miranshah while 12 soldiers and 15 volunteers were injured.

July 02: An American drone strike killed atleast 17 suspected militants in Miranshah.

July 04: A girls’ school in South Waziristan was blown up by unidentified militants.

l 5 security personnel were killed in a suicide attack on Security Forces in North Waziristan.

July 06: A bomb blast in Old Anarkali Lahore claimed 4 lives.

July 08: 08 people killed in a suicide bomb blast in Hangu.

l A convoy of three NATO containers was set ablaze in Western Bypass area of Quetta.

July 10 : The chief security officer of President Asif Ali Zardari, Bilal Sheikh and two others died in a suicide attack.

July 12: Malala Yousafzai delivered a speech in UNO.

July 17 : 3 members of peace committee killed in a bomb explosion in Bajur.

July 24: Suicide bombers and armed militants mounted an attack on the local office of ISI in Sukkur.

July 26 : At least 48 persons were killed and 100 others were injured in a coordinated twin suicide attacks at Parachinar in the Kurram Agency of FATA.

July 27 : At least seven Pakistan Coast Guards personnel were killed  in an attack by unidentified armed militants, in a checkpost located in Gwadar District.

July 29 : At least 11 persons, including five policemen and four prisoners were killed and nine others were injured when the TTP militants, disguised as policemen, stormed the Central Prison at Dera Ismail Khan in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

July 30 – Mamnoon Hussain was elected as the  12th President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Aug 5 :  Chauhdary Muhammad Sarwar was sworn in as 35th Governor of Punjab.

l 3 passengers, including a child, were killed in a bomb blast in the Karachi-bound Shalimar Express near Toba Tek Singh District.

l 8 passengers were abducted from a moving bus in the Mach area of Bolan District.

Aug 6 : 14 persons, including three security personnel, were killed in an attack by BLA militants on five passenger buses in Machh area of Bolan District in Balochistan.

Aug 07 : At least 11 persons were killed when a bomb went off outside a packed football ground in the Lyari area of Karachi.

Aug 08 : Thirty eight persons, including 21 police officials, were killed and 40 others were injured in a suicide blast at a funeral in the police Lines of Quetta.

Aug10 : 10 persons were killed and many others were injured during the Eid ul Fitr prayers on Eastern bypass area of Quetta.

Aug 15 : Holding Islamabad in terror for six hours an armed man, identified as Muhammad Sikandar, along with his wife and two children, opened fire in the high-security Red Zone of Islamabad, demanding the imposition of Shia in Pakistan. He was later shot, wounded and arrested by police during a standoff in the capital city.

Aug  16 : Unidentified militants attacked Rawalpindi-bound passenger train, Jaffar Express, with rockets in Bolan District of Balochistan, killing at least two persons.

Sept 01 : At least nine soldiers were killed in a bomb attack on a military convoy in the Boya area of North Waziristan.

Sept  08 : Asif Ali Zardari left the Presidency after receiving a farewell guard of honour at the completion of his constitutional term in the President House.

Sept  09 : Mamnoon Hussain was sworn in as the President of Pakistan.

l Militants beheaded three members of a peace committee and abducted four other members in the Landi Kotal area of Khyber Agency.

September 12 : Unidentified assailants abducted and killed three labourers who hailed from Punjab in Gawadar district of Balochistan.

Sept 19 : 3 Shia were killed and 12 others were injured when unidentified militants hurled hand grenades at an Imambargah in Karachi.

Sept 20 : At least seven Army personnel were killed and four others were injured in a remote-controlled explosion in Bolan.

Sept 22 : As many as 81 persons were killed and 145 others injured when two suicide attackers blew themselves up at the end of a service at All Saints Church near Qissa Khawani bazaar in Peshawar.

Sept 27 : At least 19 persons were killed and 42 others injured when a bomb exploded on a bus carrying Government employees in Peshawar.

Sept 29 : A car bomb blast killed at least 42 persons and injured 100 others in Kissa Khawani Bazaar of Peshawar.

Oct10 : At least seven people, including children, were killed and 35 others were injured in a blast in Quetta.

Oct 16 : At least 10 people, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Law Minister Israrullah Gandapur, were killed and over 30 others were injured when a suicide bomber struck a festive gathering in Dera Ismail Khan.

Nov 01 : Hakimullah Mehsud, the chief of the TTP, was killed in a US drone strike near Miranshah, the main town of NWA in FATA.

Nov 03 : At least two people were injured in an explosion inside a seminary in Eastern Bypass area of Quetta.

Nov 04 : The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly set November 20 deadline for the Federal Government to come up with a decision on halting NATO supplies.

Nov 10 – Malala Yousafzai’ s book was banned in private schools by All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF).

Nov 15 : At least eight persons were killed and over 80 injured after sectarian clashes erupted at a 10th of Muharram procession near Fawara Chowk in Rawalpindi of Punjab.

Nov 23: PTI startede sit-ins to block Nato supply and protest against drone strikes.

Nov 29: General Raheel Sharif took charge as new army chief.

Dec 03: Amid escalating PTI led protests Washington suspends  ground shipments of Nato through Pakistan.

Dec 10: US warned Nato blockade could block aid flow.

Dec 11: CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chahudary retired after completing his term.

Dec 12: Justice Tasadduq Jilani took oath as new CJ of Pakistan.

Pakistan secured GSP+ status in EU.

Shahbaz Sharif mets Indian PM Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.

Dec 19: UN passed resolutions against drone strikes.

Troops killed 33 militants in North Waziristan.

Dec 22: PTI Chairman Imran Khan led a protest against inflation in Lahore.

Dec  23: Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Lahore on two days visit.