News in reverse gear, July 5

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Here are five notable events that happened on this day:

1967 – Israel annexed Gaza.

During the June 1967 War, Israel occupied all of historic Palestine and expelled a further 300,000 Palestinians from their homes. Israel also captured the Syrian Golan Heights in the north and the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula in the south. In 1978, Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty which led to Israel withdrawing from the Egyptian territory.

1977 – Pakistan’s army seized power in a bloodless coup that unseated Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

Operation Fair Play was the code name for the July 5, 1977, coup by Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, overthrowing the government of Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The coup itself was bloodless and was preceded by social unrest and political conflict between the ruling leftist Pakistan Peoples Party government of Bhutto, and the right-wing Islamist opposition Pakistan National Alliance which accused Bhutto of rigging the 1977 general elections.

1984 – Indian Airlines airbus hijacked, landed in Lahore.

An Indian Airlines jet carrying 255 passengers and a crew of nine on a flight from Srinagar to New Delhi was hijacked and forced to land in Lahore, Pakistan. The hijackers were reported to be armed with pistols, daggers and explosives. The hijackers’ surrender to Pakistani authorities ended a 17-hour ordeal for the plane’s passengers and crew, who remained aboard the A-300 Airbus in suffocating heat, with little food and water.

1996 – In Dhaka, Bangladesh, rising floodwaters forced more than 70,000 people from their homes and killed at least six children.

Hundreds of families took shelter on a dike as floodwaters triggered by monsoon rains continued to rise. The floods forced more than 70,000 people from their homes and killed at least six children according to Bangladesh’s Flood Control Center. Currents in the Jamuna River wiped out 48 villages and destroyed thousands of homes.

2000- Indian Prime Minister ruled out restoring pre-1953 status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Ruling out the possibility of restoring the pre- 1953 status for Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister Late Atal Behari Vajpayee, indicated that the Centre was prepared to consider more ”political and financial powers to the States”. Mr Vajpayee said he had discussed the autonomy proposal with the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah. He explained that there was no question of going back to the pre-1953 status. 

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