Pakistan: Timeline of a nation
Muhammed Ali Jinnah in a meeting with youth members of the Muslim League (1941)
1906 - Muslim League founded to moot the idea of a separate Muslim state carved out of India.
1940 - Muslim League endorses idea of a separate nation.
1947 - East and West Pakistan created by partition. Thousands killed in communal violence that followed.
1948 - Muhammed Ali Jinnah, Pakistan's 'Father of the nation', dies.
1948 - First war with India over Kashmir dispute.
1951 - Jinnah's successor Liaquat Ali Khan assassinated.
1956 - Constitution proclaims Pakistan an Islamic republic.
1958 - Martial law declared, General Ayyub Khan usurps power.
1960 - General Ayyub Khan becomes Pakistan's president.
1965 - Second war with India over Kashmir.
1969 - General Ayyub Khan resigns due to economic problems and disputes between East and West Pakistan. General Yahya Khan takes over.
1970 - Rising tension between East and West Pakistan. Breakaway party, the Awami League, wins general elections in the East
1971 - Civil war after East Pakistan attempts to secede, India assists East Pakistan which becomes Bangladesh
1972 - India and Pakistan sign the Simla peace agreement which draws new frontline in Kashmir.