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General Zia threatened judiciary to hang Bhutto: Javed Hashmi

ISLAMABAD: Veteran Politician Javed Hashmi has said that former president and military ruler General Zia-ul-Haq had threatened the judiciary to hang prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto or else he would set up a military court and sentence him. Speaking to ARY News program 'Off the Record', Hashmi said he was present when General Zia-ul-Haq said he would up set up a military court to sentence Bhutto if the judiciary does not award the death sentence. "I was present when General Zia said he would eventually punish Bhutto.…

Veteran lawyer Sharifuddin Pirzada passes away

KARACHI: Veteran lawyer and former attorney general Sharifuddin Pirzada passed away after protracted illness on Friday in Karachi at the age of 94.  Sharifuddin Pirzada was born in Burhanpur in present day India in 1923. Pirzada is said to have remained secretary to founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah in 1940s. Pirzada graduated from the University of Bombay in 1945 and obtained his Barrister-at-Law degree from Lincoln’s Inn in the United Kingdom. He served as foreign minister during military ruler General Ayub…

Zia promised, Pakistan would not build nuclear bomb: CIA papers

WASHINGTON: Secret documents of America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) revealed that Pakistan former military ruler general Zia-ul-Haq had promised United States that he will not build a nuclear bomb. It should be noted that CIA has declassified its secret documents, based on 13 million pages, after completion of 20 years. Former US President Ronald Reagan, in the letter, had expressed his concerns over Pakistan's nuclear programme. CIA documents stated that Zia -- in his letter to Reagan -- assured him that…

Remembering Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on his 89th birth anniversary

The 89th birth anniversary of the founder of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is being observed on Thursday (today), ARY News reported.  One of the most charismatic and renowned politicians in the history of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was born on January 5th, 1928. He received his early education from Bombay's Cathedral High School. He was admitted in the prestigious University of Southern California in 1947 and went on to join University of California at Berkeley in June 1949. He was conferred an…

5th July 1977: Doomsday for democracy in Pakistan

Thirty eight years have passed since former Army Chief General Zia-ul-Haq ousted a democratically elected government of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who is considered one of Pakistan's most able politician - while critics disagree to this notion.

PPP marks July 5 as Black Day

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is observing a Black Day against July 5, 1977 martial imposed by then Pakistan Army Chief, General Zia ul Haq. Former President and PPP co-Chairperson, Asif Ali Zardari has said that dictators should be punished for violating the rights of the people - ARY News reports.