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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Zia ul-Haq, Mohammad 1924-1988. Pakistani politician. An army general, he led the military coup d'état that overthrew President Ali Bhutto (1977). As president (1978-1988) he postponed general elections, had Bhutto executed, and introduced strict Islamic law. He was killed in an airplane explosion.

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