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September 23, 1985

Pakistan's President Zia ul-Haq has confirmed that eight years of martial law will be lifted on Dec. 31. Zia, speaking at the 125th anniversary of the British-founded Lawrence College in mountains north of Islamabad, said he is honor-bound to fulfill the pledge made by Prime Minister Mohammed Khan Junejo last month to lift martial law. Zia said political parties, banned in Pakistan since 1979, will be restored both inside and outside the civilian assembly, once a new law governing them is passed.

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