The Flashback

Published: December 31, 2018
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The 10 most unforgettable moments that took Pakistan by storm in 2018!

May

The National Assembly passes the controversial Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018 which aims at helping the marginalised community to get their rights.

September

A countrywide tree plantation drive commences in September, the Green Pakistan Programme (GPP) which is to be integrated into the Billion Tree Tsunami. The campaign aims to motivate people to plant more trees to help the environment and make economic gains.

October

Former captain of Pakistan cricket team Shoaib Malik and wife Sania Mirza welcome their first child together. The power couple made the announcement in a tweet and name their baby boy Izhaan Mirza Malik.

November

Pop singer Fakhr-e-Alam becomes the first Pakistani to circumnavigate across the globe. He set out on his mission on October 1, completing his journey on November 4; putting Pakistan in the history books of aviation.

November

Close to Rs8 billion has been collected in the Prime Minister and Chief Justice’s Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dam funds.

August

Imran Khan becomes the prime minister of Pakistan this year in a landmark victory against the ruling party. After the inception of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf in 1996, Khan struggled for 22 years and contested the general elections four times.

October

The Supreme Court overturns the conviction of 50-year-old Aasia Bibi, who was facing the death penalty for blasphemy. She had been in jail since June 2009 and was awarded death sentence by two judicial forums.

October

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy wins the prestigious 2018 Eliasson Global Leadership Prize. The Saving Face director was recognised for her unique story-telling by The Tällberg Foundation in New York.

November

Designer duo Sana Hashwani and Safinaz Muneer were chosen among the top 100 CEO’s of Pakistan. With a business acumen as strong as their creativity, this was a well-deserved accolade for the premier lifestyle brand.

December

British Airways is resuming its flight operations in Pakistan from June next year; 10 years after suspending them in the wake of an attack on Marriott Hotel, Islamabad.

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