It was rumoured that President Zia ul-Haq of Pakistan was warned that he would die on 8/8/88. When nothing happened on that day, he seemed to be happy and triumphant. Nevertheless, nine days later Zia, along with other dignitaries, was killed in a mysterious air accident. This accident had consequences for the elections Zia had called for 17 November. Although Zia ul-Haq did not want political parties as such to participate in the elections, his prohibition was declared illegal, and parties were once again allowed to participate.