|Zulifikar Bhutto the Father of Pakistan|
Later that year Zia-ul-Haq, along with other opposition leaders, led a bloodless coup, and Zia declared martial law. This put all political activity to a halt, while also dissolving the National Assembly, and implementing a military council, but keeping the constitution already in use. Fazai Elahi Chaudhry was allowed to stay in office as Prime Minister, which he had secured earlier. Zia returned to a harsh form of Islamic principles of law, with major punishments for minor infringement. In 1979, Bhutto, the earlier socialist reforming president, was convicted of murder and was hung. Zia continued to hold his power until he announced free elections in 1985. Zia lifted martial law, but in 1988, Zia dismissed the elected bodies of the government and announced non-party elections. Despite his plans, in August of 1988, Zia was killed along with the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan when his airplane exploded midair above Pakistan.
Zia-ul-Haq boarding the plane that he would die on just hours later