Pakistan a Green Light

"I feel lighthearted and happy," President Mohammed Zia ul-Haq told TIME New Delhi Bureau Chief Dean Brelis last week during a postelection interview at the general's modest bungalow in Rawalpindi. Excerpts:

On the election results. There were a few surprises. But by and large, this exercise was a huge success. Our prediction of a 40% to 50% turnout was surpassed. The enthusiasm was great. I think people were saying, "We endorse your policies." It was a green light.

On his efforts to bring the opposition into the elections. The secret talks took place on Jan. 18, a day before nominations closed....

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