Friday, August 21, 2009

The Elections of 1988

After the death of Zia-ul-Haq, Supreme Court declared the non-party elections illegal and unconstitutional. As such general elections on party basis were held in 1988, after an interlude of eleven years.
People’s Party took part in these elections under the leadership of Bhutto’s daughter Benazir Bhutto. During the Zia-ul-Haq rule, Benazir was compelled to leave the country and she returned to the country when Muhammad Khan Junejo was the Prime Minister of Pakistan. She came to Pakistan on April 10, 1986 and was accorded a tumultuous welcome at Lahore. People’s Party formed government at the Centre and in the provinces of Sindh and N. W. F. P whereas I. J. I (Islami Jamoori Itehad) which included Muslim League (Nawaz group), Jamat Islami and nine other smaller parties was successful in forming its government in the Punjab.

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