Alas 2014 comes to an end and with it we bury everything we’ve been through in the past year, under the rug. As 2015 begins we look forward to new beginnings, new opportunities, possibilities and some of us, to more disappointments.
Every year we look forward to New Year as a second chance at life but why is it so? Why do we wait for a “New Year” for a new beginning and why is it that we push last year’s mess under the rug, out of sight? 2014 may have ended but its ramifications remain. 2015 may have begun but we’re still the same.
Let’s take a look back at what 2014 had in store for Pakistan.
- January 1
A bomb blasted on the Qambrani road in Akhtarabad, Quetta near a bus, which was carrying at least 50 pilgrims from Iran to Pakistan. Police confirmed that three of the passengers were killed and at least twenty-four injured.
- January 6
A bomb detonated in a tribal elder’s home in Khyber Agency, killing 10 people and injuring another 9.
- January 9
14-year-old Aitizaz Hassan in northern Pakistan was killed stopping a suicide bomber at the main gate of his school but saved the lives of all of his schoolmates gathered for their morning assembly. The Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attack
Chaudhry Aslam Khan, police chief and SSP of the Crime Investigation Department in Sindh Police, was killed in a bomb blast
- March 31
Musharraf was charged in treason case
- April 8
Blast struck Pakistan market
- April 19
Hamid Mir was wounded in a gun attack
- May 7
Joel Cox (FBI agent) was arrested with 15 9mm bullets, three small knives and a wrench after he attempted to board a domestic flight between Karachi and Islamabad
Malala pled over Nigerian schoolgirls
- May 27
30-year old Farzana Bibi was been stoned to death by her relatives outside Lahore High Court for marrying against their wishes
- June 3
MQM leader Altaf Hussain was held in London
- June 6
Altaf Hussain was released by police
- June 8
Gunmen attacked Karachi international Airport, killing at least 10 people
- June 9
Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility behind the airport attack
Karachi airport reopens after raid
- June 13
6.0 earthquake hit northwest Pakistan
- June 14
Airstrikes killed as many as 100 militants in Pakistan
- June 15
Operation Zarb-e-Azb is launched by PAF against various militant groups, including the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jundallah, al-Qaeda, the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the Haqqani network.
- June 17
The Model Town clash ensued between the Punjab Police and Pakistan Awami Tehreek activists
- June 29
Muafia Bibi and her husband Sajjad Ahmed were killed by family for marrying without its consent
- July 23
Haris Suleman died in a plane crash along with his father, Baber Suleman (missing), in an attempt to fly across the globe in 30 days
- July 26
Pakistan climbers scale K2 summit
- August 04
Kulachi, Dera Ismail Khan Bomb Blast, Faqir Jamshed Ahmed Khan, the crown-prince of Noori Darbar Kulachi, fell prey to a remote controlled IED
- August 14
Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri lead a protest march to Islamabad
- August 17
Imran Khan calls for civil disobedience
- August 26
An Abuse scandal emerged in which 1,400 children were exploited by Pakistani men
- September 1
Pakistani protesters armed with sticks and stones clash with police in the center of Islamabad after protests calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif turn violent.
The Pakistan Television Corporation goes off air after protesters storm its headquarters.
- September 5
Death toll climbs in Asian monsoons
- September 7
Nearly 300 dead due to flooding in India and Pakistan
- October 4
Smoke in cabin of plane forces emergency exit at Karachi airport
Polio hits record high in Pakistan
- September 11
A ban is imposed on Saeed Ajmal by ICC
- September 16
The Cricket World Cup trophy was welcomed by Misbah ul Haq and Pakistan team manager Moin Khan in Lahore on a global tour
- October 10
Malala and Kailash Satyarthi win the Nobel Peace Prize
- November 2
A suicide blast killed 50 at Wagah border with India and more than 70 were injured
Misbah-ul-Haq scored the quickest half-century in Test cricket
- November 5
Shyman Bibi Urf Shamar, and her husband as Sajjad Nasir Zurjah Nazir Nasir, a Christian couple, were beaten and burned to death for allegedly desecrating the Quran
- November 6
Pakistan policeman kills ‘blasphemer’
- November 10
At least 50 killed in head-on collision between a bus and a truck
- November 21
Pakistan air force jet crashes, killing pilot
- December 6
Al-Qaeda chief, Adnan el Shukrijumah, accused of planning to bomb trains in New York and London, was killed in Pakistan
- December 16
Peshawar school attack
Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run Army Public School in Peshawar, killing at least 141, including 132 children and nine employees, with most of five hundred students evacuated. The shooting ended with all seven gunmen dead
All Parties Conference (APC) was held at Peshawar
- December 17
Pakistan lifts the moratorium on the death penalty for terror-related cases following the Taliban’s assault on the school in Peshawar.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ended their sit-in after 126 days, after Peshawar school attack
- December 19
Pakistani Christians decided not to celebrate Christmas this year to express solidarity with the families of the victims of the deadly Peshawar school terror attack
- December 22
An FIR was been registered against Lal Masjid’s chief cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz at Aabpara Police Station upon unremitting pressure exerted from protesting civil society
2014 is a lot to take in right? I thought so too. So how do we move on from 2014? How do we so easily forget last year when we’re sure that this monotony will follow us through 2015 as well?
We must all remember that change comes when we ourselves change for the better. The goal is not to dwell in past disappointments but to remember them, learn from them and resolve to improving oneself and to pledge to stand tall against tyranny and oppression.
A blackout on facebook is not enough, we must protest with every bit of our soul against injustice. We don’t need a new year for new beginnings when every day is a chance to redeem oneself. We can’t undo the past. What we must do is to relish it in our memories, learn from it and make sure that Pakistan doesn’t go through the same heinous events ever again. This year your resolution must be to HEAL PAKISTAN.
Here’s to a better and hopefully a Happy New Year.