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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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  • What killed Salman Taseer was the primary and overwhelming disparity in Pakistan -- the one that has steadily fundamentalized that country since the days of the U.S.-imposed religious dictator Zia ul-Haq, through the first Afghan war and now the new Afghan war that is also blatantly being fought in Pakistan.

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  • And so many liberals are increasingly nostalgic for the past, before the 1980s rule of army Gen. Zia ul-Haq.

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  • We were largely responsible for propping up the likes of Zia ul-Haq.

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  • Another in a long list is Zia ul-Haq, the most brutal of Pakistan's dictators and President Reagan's favorite, who carried out a program of radical Islamization with Saudi funding.'

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  • Only in the 1980s, under the fundamentalist Sunni dictatorship of Gen. Zia ul-Haq, did the compact between Sunnis and Shiites begin to fray.

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  • Only in the 1980s, under the fundamentalist Sunni dictatorship of Gen. Zia ul-Haq, did the compact between Sunni and Shia begin to fray.

    The Plight of Pakistan's Shia

  • Taseer's assassination prompted a debate: Was the blasphemy law, introduced by Gen. Zia ul-Haq in the 1980s in his bid to "Islamize" Pakistan, being exploited for mundane interests?

    Pakistan's Army Is the Real Obstacle to Peace

  • The push by radical groups to indoctrinate members of the armed forces with Islamist teachings, begun in earnest in the 1980s during the military rule of Gen. Zia ul-Haq, was centered largely on the army.

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  • After the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, western countries including Britain connived with General Zia ul-Haq, who had led a military coup against the elected prime minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, in 1977 and subsequently hanged him.

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  • Ten years later, among a slew of anti-blasphemy laws one of them famously known as "Ordinance XX" the military dictator Zia ul-Haq made it a crime for Ahmadis to call themselves Muslims.

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