Population: 196,174,380 (July 2014 est.)
Ethnic groups: Punjabi 44.68%, Pashtun (Pathan) 15.42%, Sindhi 14.1%, Sariaki 8.38%, Muhajirs 7.57%, Balochi 3.57%,
Religions: Muslim (official) 96.4% (Sunni 85-90%, Shia 10-15%), other (includes Christian and Hindu) 3.6% (2010 est.)
On August 5, 2004 at 1010 hrs., Rev. Hansen received this prophecy:
Pakistan, Pakistan a land of blood, death and fear. Fear has ruled in this land since your beginning and fear will continue till I return to rule and reign. My name is Jesus who you fight against. The Living God who you do not understand or accept.
Yes, Pakistan, you will eventually be defeated as a nation and you will start to look to Me as your source of strength and life. Terrible dark bloody days are ahead of you, such as been prophesied in the past. But, there is hope in Me for I will give all who turn to Me strength and protection against the plagues that I am about to unlock upon your nation -- plagues of famine, starvation, disease and death; war, blood and death such as can only be imagined in your worst dreams.
The Death Angel is coming swinging the sickle of death, and death will rain down from the sky as well as from the ground. Suddenly, without warning, flashes of death. Also earthquakes and death are in your future as your past haunts you.
I see also a major accident causing much death and this accident is the cause of your plotting war. What you plan to do to others will backfire on you and you will regret your intense hatred for your neighbor.
May you learn that II Chr. 7:14 is your salvation.
History of Pakistan:
The Indus Valley civilization (c. 2500-1700 BC) spread over much of what is presently Pakistan. The area underwent successive invasions from the Persians, Greeks, Scythians, Arabs (who brought Islam), Afghans, and Turks. Islam, the principal religion, was introduced in 711. In 1526, the land became part of the Mogul Empire. By 1857, the British became the dominant power in the region.
With Hindus holding most of the economic, social, and political advantages, the Muslim minority's dissatisfaction grew, leading to the formation of the nationalist Muslim League in 1906 by Mohammed Ali Jinnah. Pakistan was one of the two original successor states to British India, which was partitioned along religious lines in 1947. The partition of Pakistan and India resulted in the largest migration in human history, with 17 million people fleeing across the borders in both directions to escape the accompanying sectarian violence.
India and Pakistan fought two wars in 1947-1948 and 1965 over the disputed Kashmir territory. Pakistan became a republic on March 23, 1956, with Maj. Gen. Iskander Mirza as the first president.
In 1970, East Pakistan's Awami League, led by Sheik Mujibur Rahman, secured a majority of the seats in the national assembly. Pakistani President Yahya Khan postponed the opening of the national assembly attempting to circumvent East Pakistan's demand for greater autonomy.
East Pakistan seceded and the state of Bangladesh was proclaimed on March 26, 1971. Indian troops entered the war, fighting on the side of the new state. Pakistan was defeated on December 16, 1971, and President Yahya Khan stepped down. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto took over in February 1974 and Pakistan agreed to recognize the independent state of Bangladesh. In 1976, formal relations between India and Pakistan resumed.
Pakistan's first elections under civilian rule took place in March 1977, and the victory of Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) was denounced as fraudulent. Violent protests and political deadlock led to a military takeover by Gen. Mohammed Zia ul-Haq. Bhutto was tried and convicted for the murder of a political opponent, and despite worldwide protests, he was executed on April 4, 1979, touching off riots by supporters. Zia declared himself president on September 16, 1978, and ruled by martial law until December 30, 1985, when a measure of representative government was restored.
On August 19, 1988, Zia was killed in a midair explosion of a Pakistani Air Force plane. Elections at the end of 1988 brought Benazir Bhutto, daughter of Zulfikar Bhutto, into office as prime minister. In the 1990s, Benazir Bhutto was prime minister twice and deposed twice and Nawaz Sharif three times, until he was deposed in a coup by Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
In May 1998, India set off five nuclear tests. Despite international urging for restraint, Pakistan responded by conducting several nuclear tests of its own. In April 1999, both India and Pakistan tested nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. The Indian Air Force launched air strikes on May 26, 1999, and sent in ground troops against Islamic guerrilla forces in Kashmir. India blamed Pakistan for orchestrating violence in Kashmir. In August 1999, Pakistan was forced to withdraw.
Close ties with Afghanistan's Taliban government thrust Pakistan into a difficult position following the U.S. terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Under U.S. pressure, Pakistan broke with Afghanistan to become the United States' chief ally in the region. In return, U.S. President George W. Bush ended sanctions, rescheduled its debt, and helped to bolster the legitimacy of the rule of Pervez Musharraf, who appointed himself president in 2001.
In October 2001, violence broke out again when a suicide bombing by a Pakistan-based militant organization killed 38 in India-controlled Kashmir. India retaliated with heavy shelling.
On December 13, 2001, suicide bombers attacked the Indian parliament. Indian officials blamed the attack on Islamic militants supported by Pakistan. Hundreds of thousands of troops were assembled along the border, bringing the two nations to the brink of war.
In 2002, voters approved a referendum to extend Musharraf's presidency another five years. The vote outraged opposing political parties and human rights groups who said the process was rigged. In August 2002, Musharraf unveiled 29 constitutional amendments that strengthened his grip.
In November 2002, hope for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Kashmir was raised when a newly elected coalition government vowed to reach out to separatists. Hopes were dashed in March 2003, following the slaughter of 24 Hindus in Kashmir. Officials blamed the massacre on Islamic militants. Days after the violence, both India and Pakistan test-fired short-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
Two bombs exploded in Mumbai, killing more than 50 people in August 2003. Indian officials blamed Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based militant Islamic group. In November 2003, India and Pakistan declared a formal cease-fire.
Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, was exposed in February 2004 for having sold nuclear secrets to North Korea, Iran, and Libya. Musharraf had him apologize publicly, and then pardoned him.
In September 2006, President Musharraf signed a controversial peace agreement with seven militant groups, who call themselves the "Pakistan Taliban." Pakistan's army agreed to withdraw from the area and allow the Taliban to govern themselves, as long as they promise no incursions into Afghanistan or against Pakistani troops.
In March 2007, President Musharraf suspended Chief Justice Iftakar Mohammed Chaudhry, accusing him of abuse of power and nepotism. Supporters of Chaudhry took to the streets in protest, claiming the move was politically motivated. Justice Chaudhry had agreed to hear cases involving disappearances of people believed to have been detained by intelligence agencies and constitutional challenges involving Musharraf's continued rule as president and head of the military. Chaudhry challenged his suspension in court, and Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled that President Musharraf acted illegally when he suspended Chaudhry. The court reinstated him.
Musharraf was re-elected on October 6, 2007, to a third term by the country's national and provincial assemblies. The opposition boycotted the vote and only representatives from the governing party participated in the election. In addition, the Supreme Court said the results would not be formalized until it ruled whether Musharraf was constitutionally eligible to run for president while still head of the military.
In November 2007, Musharraf declared a state of emergency, suspended Pakistan's constitution, and fired Chief Justice Iftakar Mohammed Chaudhry and the other judges on the Supreme Court. In addition, police arrested at least 500 opposition figures. Political opponents said Musharraf had, in effect, declared martial law. Musharraf said he acted to stem a rising Islamist insurgency and to "preserve the democratic transition."
Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a suicide attack on December 27, 2007, at a campaign rally in Rawalpindi. President Musharraf blamed al-Qaeda for the attack, which killed 23 other people. Rioting throughout the country followed the attack, and the government shut down nearly all services to thwart further violence. Bhutto had criticized the government for failing to control militants who have been unleashing terrorist attacks throughout Pakistan. In the wake of the assassination, Musharraf postponed parliamentary elections.
The Pakistani military launched a three-week-long cross-border air assault into Afghanistan's Bajaur region throughout August 2008, which resulted in more than 400 Taliban casualties. The Pakistani government declared a cease-fire in the Bajaur region for September in observance of Ramadan.
In September 2008, Asif Ali Zardari was elected to the presidency in after the resignation of Musharraf. Also in September, a truck bomb exploded outside the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad killing more than 50 people and wounding hundreds. The bomb went off as government leaders, including the president and prime minister, were dining a few hundred yards away at the prime minister's residence.
On November 26, 2008, terrorists originating from Pakistan conducted a series of coordinated attacks in Mumbai, India's financial capital. About 170 people were killed and about 300 wounded. Indian officials said ten gunmen carried out the attack. It took Indian forces three days to end the siege.
Indian and U.S. officials said they had evidence that Lashkar-e-Taiba was involved in the attack. Lashkar-e-Taiba, which translates to Army of the Pure, was established in the late 1980s with the assistance of Pakistan's spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), to fight Indian control of the Muslim section of Kashmir. In December, Pakistan officials raided a camp run by Lashkar-e-Taiba in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, and arrested several militants.
The Supreme Court ruled in July 2009 that Musharraf's declaration of a state of emergency was unconstitutional. Zardari followed the ruling with an order to suspend the judges who were appointed during the state of emergency. Zardari turned over control of the Pakistan's nuclear weapons to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in November 2009.
Muhammad Ajmal Qasab, a Pakistani and the only attacker who survived the Mumbai attack, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death by an Indian court in May 2010.
In July 2010, WikiLeaks released classified U.S. military documents that showed that the Inter Services Intelligence was playing both sides in the war against the Taliban.
Much of Pakistan was devastated in July and August 2010 by the worst flooding in 80 years. The floods started in northwest province of Baluchistan, spread to Punjab, and reached as far as the southern province of Sindh. Much of the country's infrastructure was destroyed, along with farmland, livestock, homes and supplies of food and clean water. The floods displaced 20 million people and killed more than 1,600.
Leading members of the Taliban, President Karzai, and his advisors met in October 2010 to negotiate an end to war. The Taliban leaders, whose identities were kept secret, were led to the meetings from their safe havens in Pakistan by NATO troops.
In January 2011, CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, gunned down two Pakistan civilians who he said were trying to rob him on a crowded Lahore street. He was arrested and held in a Pakistani jail. The U.S. insisted he be granted immunity under the Vienna convention and released into U.S. custody. In March, the U.S. agreed to pay "blood money" to the families of the victims in exchange for the release of Davis.
On May 2, 2011, U.S. troops and CIA operatives shot and killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. The fact that bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan further strained the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan. Pakistan denied that bin Laden was hiding within its borders, and the U.S. has provided Pakistan with about $1 billion each year to fight terrorism and track down bin Laden.
In September 2011, members of the Haqqani network, a group allied with the Taliban, launched at attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, firing on the U.S. embassy, the headquarters of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, and other diplomatic outposts. Nearly 30 people were killed, including 11 militants. The U.S. accused Pakistan's spy agency, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, of helping the Haqqani network plan the attack.
Pakistan's Supreme Court requested that the government allow the Swiss to pursue money-laundering charges against President Zardari in January 2012. The government refused, citing presidential immunity.
In February 2012, the Supreme Court indicted Prime Minister Gilani on charges of contempt of court. He was convicted and the opposition called for his resignation. In June, Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ordered that Gilani step down. President Zardari chose Makhdoom Shahabuddin as Gilani's successor. The following day, the military ordered the arrest of Shahabuddin on drug charges. Parliament then elected Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime minister.
In April 2012, Pakistan tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile that can carry a nuclear warhead.
In January 2013, Supreme Court Chief Justice Chaudhry issued an order for Ashraf's arrest and investigation into corruption charges.
Pervez Musharraf returned to Pakistan in March 2013 from self-imposed exile in London announcing plans to contest elections. In April, election officials banned Pervez Musharraf from running in general elections.
In May 2013, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif won parliamentary elections. The historic election marked the first time that a civilian government served out its full five-year term and transferred power after a democratic election. Sharif formed alliances with smaller parties to establish a majority, and Parliament elected him prime minister in June. Sharif called on the U.S. to halt drone strikes on Pakistani soil just days after a U.S. drone strike killed Wali-ur-Rehman, the Pakistan Taliban's second highest-ranking leader.
In July 2013, Mamnoon Hussain won the presidential election. Hussain, of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League, defeated Wajihuddin Ahmad, a former Supreme Court justice.
In September 2013, two suicide bombers attacked the All Saints Church in Peshawar, killing more than 80 people and destroying the historic church. It was the deadliest attack against Christians in years.
On September 23, 2013, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit Baluchistan causing hundreds of mud houses to collapse on residents. Hundreds of soldiers from Pakistan's army were airlifted to help in the rescue effort.
In November 2013, Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Taliban in Pakistan was killed in a U.S. drone strike. The government expressed outrage that the U.S. overstepped its boundaries. The Taliban selected Mullah Fazlullah as its new leader.
Also in November, Prime Minister Sharif named Lt. Gen. Raheel Sharif as the head of the military.
In February 2014, peace talks between the government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) began, but quickly fell apart. The military began a bombing campaign of militant hideouts in North Waziristan. In March, the TTP announced a cease-fire and the resumption of talks with the government.
In early June 2014, the Pakistan Taliban launched an overnight attack at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. Ten militants infiltrated the airport and engaged in a gun battle with airport security and police.
© 2004 World Ministries International
The following are some Scriptures that deal with end-time events. All prophecies concerning the nations are leading up to fulfillment of end-time judgments (events).
Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39
Zechariah 13: 8-9
Zechariah 14: 1-16
Daniel chapters 2, 4, 7-12
Matthew 24: 1-51
Mark 13: 1-37
Luke 21: 6-38
The book of Revelation
The book of Joel
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