Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (12 August 1924 – 17 August 1988) was the ruler of Pakistan (1977–1988). He was born in Jalandhar of Indian Punjab and migrated to Pakistan after partition of sub-continent in 1947. He was well known for his work to contain Soviets in Afghanistan and Islamization of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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- What is a constitution? It is a booklet with twelve or ten pages. I can tear them away and say that tomorrow we shall live under a different system. Today, the people will follow wherever I lead. All the politicians including the once mighty Mr. Bhutto will follow me with tails wagging.
- I genuinely feel that the survival of this country lies in democracy and democracy alone.
- As quoted in "Mohammad Zia ul-Haq : Unbending Commander for Era of Atom and Islam", The New York Times (18 August 1988).