Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq

Longest reigning dictator of Pakistan (1924-1988)

Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (12 August 192417 August 1988) was 6th president of of Pakistan (1977–1988). He was born in Jalandhar of Indian Punjab and migrated to Pakistan after partition of sub-continent in 1947. He was well known for his work to contain Soviets in Afghanistan and Islamization of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

President Ronald Reagan and Bill Clark meeting with President Zia-ul-Haq, 1982.


  • What is a constitution? It is a booklet with twelve or ten pages. I can tear them away and say that tomorrow we shall live under a different system. Today, the people will follow wherever I lead. All the politicians including the once mighty Mr. Bhutto will follow me with tails wagging.
  • Cricket can be a bridge and a glue... Cricket for peace is my mission.
    • Quoted in Helen Exley Cricket Quotations (1992)[1]

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  1. Dictionary of Quotations, Chambers: Edinburgh, U.K, 2005, p. 937