NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
6th July, 1977 : Zulifikar Ali Bhutto, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, was overthrown and arrested by General Zia ul-Haq, the man Mr Bhutto had appointed Chief of Staff of the Army. The coup is the result of four month of unrest, in which hundreds have died and Mr Bhutto was forced to declare martial law in major cities. The trouble stemmed from the overwhelming victory which his People’s Party won in March. The elections, it was said, had been rigged.
[ Zia ruled for eleven years]