Pakistan's President Zia outflanks opponents – archive, 1985

General Zia-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s army chief of staff, seized power in July 1977 and became president in 1978. (Reuters)
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Updated 27 February 2020

Pakistan's President Zia outflanks opponents – archive, 1985

Feb 26: President Zia ul-Haq has outflanked the opposition. Voters in Pakistan’s first parliamentary election since the army seized power eight years ago turned out in generous numbers yesterday, ignoring a call by the 11-party Movement for the Restoration of Democracy to boycott the non-party contest.

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20,000 worshippers quarantined in Pakistan after major search

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20,000 worshippers quarantined in Pakistan after major search

April 6: Pulse Live Kenya states that Pakistan has quarantined 20,000 worshippers and is still searching for tens of thousands more who attended an Islamic gathering in Lahore last month despite the worsening coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday.

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