ELECTIONS OF 1985 After having first promised and then postponed general elections a number of times, President Zia ul-Haq allowed the country to go to the polls in 1985 to elect a new National Assembly The elections were not quite what the democratic forces in the country had been campaigning for ever since the proclamation of martial law in July 1977 Zia did not permit the participation of political parties in the contest Participation was allowed only on an individual basis Zia adopted this approach to keep the late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party from coming back to power The PPP, now under the leadership of Benazir Bhutto, refused to put forward its candidates for the elections

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