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OCTOBER 22, 1999 VOL. 25 NO. 42

Back to the Future
When strongman Gen. Zia ul-Haq was killed in a still-mysterious air crash in August 1988, it seemed the era of military rule was over in Pakistan. That November, elections took place and were won by Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP). But as the following rundown of key events shows, democracy has proved rocky for Pakistan, a country deserving better than the poor and narrow selection of leaders who claim to serve it
By KELVIN FUNG

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Coalitions, caucuses, even a coup - democracy in Asia is getting more complicated and messy. Are the people's demands still getting through?

Pakistan: Here We Go Again After grabbing power for the fifth time in 52 years, Pakistan's generals may put in place a civilian government sooner rather than later

Timeline The ups and downs of Pakistan's recent history

Indonesia Win or lose, B.J. Habibie stands in the shadows

Malaysia Speculation continues over the election date

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India Will the new government survive?

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1990
AUGUST
President Ghulam Ishaq Khan dismisses the Bhutto government, accusing it of graft.

OCTOBER
Elections are called, and won by Nawaz Sharif's Islamic Democratic Alliance, which acquires a majority in the National Assembly. Bhutto says the polls were rigged.

1993
APRIL
Sharif's turn to get the boot - again for alleged corruption.

MAY
The Supreme Court reinstates Sharif as prime minister.

JULY
President Khan and Sharif both resign, ending months of political stalemate caused by their power struggle. A caretaker government takes over.

OCTOBER
Bhutto is back as her PPP is elected the single-largest party in the Assembly. She forms a coalition government.

NOVEMBER
Farooq Leghari, a PPP stalwart, is named president.

1995
MAY
Bhutto's government charges Sharif with obtaining illegal funds to finance two private businesses. He is later charged with treason for having conspired to unseat the Punjab provincial administration two years earlier. This is the 145th case filed against Sharif since Bhutto's return.

SEPTEMBER
The treason charge is withdrawn without reason. Army officers are arrested and later tried for plotting a pro-Islamic military coup.

DECEMBER
The IMF approves credit for the government's 1995-96 economic program.

1996
APRIL
Former cricket star Imran Khan forms his Movement for Justice party.

NOVEMBER
The musical chairs continue. Though from her party, Leghari ousts Bhutto over - no prizes for guessing - allegations of corruption and financial incompetence. The day after Bhutto's removal, her husband, wily businessman Asif Ali Zardari, is arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Bhutto's firebrand-politician brother Murtaza. Once again, a caretaker government takes charge.

1997
JANUARY
Leghari announces the formation of a National Defense and Security Council, which brings the military formally back into the power structure for the first time since Zia's death. Later in the month the Supreme Court rules that Bhutto's dismissal is legal.

main pakistan indonesia india malaysia FEBRUARY
Elections are called and Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League and its allies win 190 of 217 seats in the Assembly, securing the two-thirds majority needed to change the Constitution. Sharif eventually moves to replace the president (Leghari) and chief justice, and shuffles the army top brass around. Sharif is widely regarded to be the most powerful civilian prime minister since Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir's father.

1998
MAY
Pakistan responds in kind to India's nuclear tests.

1999
MAY
New Delhi detects an infiltration by hundreds of Islamic guerrillas over Kargil at the Line of Control dividing Indian- and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. It later becomes evident that the Pakistan military is behind the guerrillas.

JULY
Islamabad is forced to withdraw from Kargil in the face of international condemnation, especially from the U.S.

SEPTEMBER
In an alliance of strange bedfellows, Bhutto, Imran Khan and various fundamentalist Islamic political groups join forces against Sharif.

OCTOBER
Sharif is ousted by the military in a coup that takes much of the world by surprise.

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