Jan 1 Pakistan proposes UNO Security Council session on Kashmir issue
Jan 19 Foundation stone of new campus of Karachi University (at Country Club Rd) laid down by President Iskander Mirza
Feb 2 Foundation stone of Guddoo Barrage laid by President Mirza
Feb 9-27 National Assembly sessions (17 sittings)
Mar 19 Dr Khan Sahib is elected to the National Assembly from West Pakistan
Apr 8-25 National Assembly sessions (15 sittings)
Jul 15. Parliamentary rule restored in WP
Jul 17 Sirdar Abdur Rasheed new CM of WP
Aug 22-31 National Assembly sessions (10 sittings)
Aug 27. M.A. Gurmani resigns as the Governor of West Pakistan
Sep 30 Sugar Commission appointed
Oct 8 President promises to consider the restoration of the state of Qalat in a meeting with 45 Balochi tribal cheifs
Nov28-30 National Assembly sessions (3 sittings)
Dec 28-30 National Assembly sessions (3 sittings)
Presidential rule in West Pakistan
March 22. Governor Gurmani declares presidential rule in West Pakistan (WP), preempting move by 40 Republican Party dissidents to oust CM Khan Sahib
Native air marshal
July 22. Air Vice Marshal Asghar Khan who takes over from outgoing A.W.B. McDonald is the first native chief of PAF
National Awami Party
July 25. The All Pakistan Democratic Convention in Dacca culminates in Abdul Hameed Bhashani of the Awami League joining the Pakistan National Party, whose name is changed to the National Awami Party.
Suhrawardy supports One Unit
October 6. In a remarkable about-turn from his criticism of the One Unit Scheme when it was introduced while he was a leader of the Opposition, the now Prime Minister Mr. Suhrawardy has taken a firm stand against the Republican demand to restore the former provinces. Addressing a public gathering at Mochi Gate (Lahore) today he stated that the benefits of this arrangement require decades before taking effect, but the power of the feudal lords in the West Pakistan can be weakened only if the limited jurisdictions of the provinces are expanded into a wide context of a big unit. "With the disintegration of One Unit," he declared, "the problem of inter-provincial discord would be revived and might assume dangerous proportions if fully autonomous provinces refused to listen to the central authority."
New Prime Minister
October 18. I.I. Chundrigar is sworn in as the new PM. In his radio broadcast today he has emphasized the need for lowering the price level, checking inflation, rehabilitating the refugees, introducing land reforms and eliminating corruption from the administration.
Disposable Prime Ministers?
December 16. PM Chundrigar has resigned. He, too, was unable to keep a majority in the house. It is now becoming increasingly evident that the compromise between the parliamentary and prediential principles worked out in the Constitution of 1956 is unworkable.
Architects invited to submit designs for Jinnah's mausoleum
International Union of Architects has launched competition for designing Quaids Mausoleum in coordination with Quaid-e-Azam Memorial Committee.
March 26. Squash Champion Hashim Khan was defeated at British Open but Pakistan retains claim to squash championship as the new champion is Roshan Khan, Hashim scousin and, obviously, a son of the same soil
The news about the marriage of arguably the two most popular stars of Pakistani screen, Sabiha Khanum and Santosh Kumar, has been received by their common fans with much pleasure.
Khuda ki Basti
Khuda ki Basti, the new novel by Shaukat Siddiqui has recieved critical acclaim
Jinnah's photograph annoys religious leaders
December 24. State Banks new 100 rupee note, carrying picture of the founder of the state, has raised protests from religious scholars who consider it un-Islamic.
Yaro mujhe muaaf rakho
The song from Saat Lakh, sung by Salim Raza with music from Rasheed Attre has set new records in gramophone sales. The lyrics consist of a ghazal from the classical Urdu poet Mir Taqi Mir
Baidari, released Dec 6, is publicised as a film with patriotic message. How long will it take the public to recognise that it is a shameless carbon copy of the Indian Jagrati. Even the national songs are copied with Pakistan inserted in place of Hindustan!