Former Pakistan Prime Minister dies in U.S.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) _ Former Prime Minister Mohammed Khan Junejo died today while undergoing medical treatment for leukemia in the United States, the state-run news agency said. He was 61.
Junejo was being treated at a Baltimore, Md., hospital, according to Associated Press of Pakistan.
Junejo was president of the Pakistan Muslim League, the party whose demands for the creation of an independent homeland for Indian Muslims led to the 1947 partition of the subcontinent.
In 1985, Junejo was elected prime minister in a nationwide election. However, most political parties refused to participate, claiming the poll had been rigged by Pakistan’s military dictator, Gen. Mohammed Zia Ul-Haq.
Many thought the mild-mannered Junejo would obediently follow Zia’s orders.
But the two were at odds on many issues, especially the 1988 Geneva accords that led to the withdrawal of Soviet troops from neighboring Afghanistan. Zia opposed the agreement because it didn’t include transferring power from the communist rulers to the Muslim rebels his government had armed for a decade.
Zia abruptly dismissed Junejo’s government in May 1988, saying it was corrupt and had been sluggish in converting Pakistan into an Islamic society.