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Pakistani leader says he won't run for president

Pakistan's military ruler, Gen. Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, said Monday he will not run for the post of civilian president in elections he has promised by next March, the official Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

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Meanwhile, the production minister, Lt. Gen. Saeed Qadir, said the government was seeking Soviet help in building a $1.7 billion nuclear plant at Chashma, in Punjab Province, after Western suppliers failed to submit any bids on the project.

General Zia, who seized power in a 1977 coup, said in a speech here that he firmly believed those who sought authority were hypocrites, the APP reported.