PAKISTAN: Middleman

A mission for Zia

Pakistan's General Muhammed Zia ul-Haq has attracted controversy ever since he seized power in a 1977 coup. He has been criticized for his refusal to hold elections. His relationship with the U.S. has been testy, following his rejection last January of a $400 million U.S. military and economic aid package as "peanuts." However miffed, Washington can hardly ignore the strategic importance of a nation that borders on Iran and on a Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Moreover, Zia's role as chairman of the Islamic Conference has made him a peace-seeking go-between...

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