President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq underwent a successful gall-bladder operation...

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan -- President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq underwent a successful gall-bladder operation at a military hospital today and was reported in satisfactory condition, hospital officials said.

Zia, 59, is scheduled to remain in the hospital for about a week and will rest for another week at his Rawalpindi home, the officials said.


The operation was performed by a team of civil and military doctors headed by Lt. Gen. Mahmood ul-Hassan, the Pakistani Army's Director of Surgery, hospital sources said.

Doctors at the Combined Military Hospital said Zia was in satisfactory condition following the operation Wednesday morning in Rawalpindi, the city adjoining Pakistan's capital of Islamabad.

Zia's admission to the hospital came on the advice of a team of doctors who examined him Saturday.

Zia, appointed army chief of staff on March 1, 1976, overthrew Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's government July 5, 1977, in a bloodless coup.

The general, who rules under martial law, later refused to commute Bhutto's sentence to death by hanging and the former prime minister was executed.

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