MUHAMMAD ZIA-ul-HAQ: Infamous Assassinations TV -
64,071. August 17th 1988 Bahawalpur Pakistan: a C-130 Hercules equipped as a transport takes off from a military airbase. A few minutes later the aircraft is seen porpoising up and down; its engines seem to be running OK. Suddenly it plunges into the desert. There are no survivors. The leader of a country at the hub of crucial superpower confrontations is dead. He has been assassinated in the most mysterious circumstances. (Assassinations & Pakistan) Infamous Assassinations: Zia-ul-Haq
64,072. July 5th 1977 Islamabad: Zia leads a coup against Bhuto’s government and declares martial law. (Assassinations & Pakistan) ibid.
64,073. From the outset democracy is never secure in Pakistan. (Assassinations & Pakistan) ibid.
64,074. In 1965 India and Pakistan go to war again over Kashmir. (Assassinations & Pakistan) ibid.
64,075. Zia mounts his coup ominously codenamed Fair Play. (Assassinations & Pakistan & Operation) ibid.
64,076. Zia immediately announces that he will help the Afghan opposition – the regional war lords who begin attacking Soviet communications within days. (Assassinations & Pakistan) ibid.
64,077. It begins to look as if the crew have somehow been incapacitated very suddenly after takeoff. (Assassinations & Pakistan) ibid.