I Am Still A Caretaker: Pakistan's Zia on the Soviets, the U.S. and Islam

Pakistan's Zia talks about the Soviets, the U.S. and Islam

Five and a half years ago, when the military seized power in Pakistan, Army Chief of Staff General Mohammed Zia ul-Haq lived in the modest bungalow in Rawalpindi where he still resides. As President, Zia might have moved into the official residence in Islamabad. But then, as now, the President seemed more content with the daily reminders of a soldier's life and duties. Last week, in his library, surrounded by the trophies, photographs and regimental emblems of a long military career, President Zia received TIME New Delhi Bureau Chief Dean Brelis. Excerpts...

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