With Soviet troops on the ground in Afghanistan, Pakistan assumes geo-strategic importance ... but at what cost?
All else having failed, could militancy threaten the Zia regime?
It was all about controlling perception: Gen Zia’s new wave of censorship stifles any and all criticism of government.
As the process of Islamisation takes root, JI begins providing legitimacy to Gen Zia’s government
While putting on a show for the public, Gen Zia finds himself presiding over a major crisis
Political parties banned; leaders jailed; elections put off; newspapers face closure
Despite extending assurances to Mufti Mahmood to the contrary, Gen Zia presses ahead with the PR system and parties’
An old dilemma for political parties once again: to participate in elections and legitimise a dictator, or to boycott
General Zia unveils a new ploy intended to deny a majority to elected representatives
With Gen Zia insistent on holding local bodies’ polls before general elections, the PNA says no dice
Junejo’s takeover of the Afghan issue displeases Zia and confuses Noorani
The might of the state is used against a dissenting voice
Gen Zia introduces laws which changed Pakistan society
Some believed that the deposed prime minister was not hanged, but was in fact killed.
Sporadic riots reported in urban centres as world leaders lament Bhutto’s execution
After months of litigation and appeals for clemency, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is finally silenced.
With the execution now imminent, the hangman arrives from Bahawalpur
Bhutto’s elder sister lodges clemency plea but four former judges explain that the Supreme Court verdict was definitive.
General Zia pushes for an early execution as Bhutto prepares his farewells.
Inside the Bhutto camp, no attempt was made to secure an out-of-court settlement.