Elections were held on March 7, 1977. ThePakistan Peoples Party won these elections, butwas accused by their opponents, PakistanNational Alliance, of rigging the elections. OnMarch 14, 1977, the Alliance started a series of nationwide protests. Talks between the Allianceand Bhutto government were held in June 1977and an agreement was reached, but it could notbe implemented.Fresh elections were announced for October 15,1977. But on July 5, 1977, the Chief of ArmyStaff, General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, imposedMartial Law and the elections were postponed.General Zia-ul-Haq announced holding of elections within 90 days.
Ouster of President Iskander Mirza
General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq