In Pakistan, mass processions took place throughout the country to mark the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, and the day was declared a national holiday.
GV Floats passing through crowd in streets of Rawalpindi (3 shots)
SV General Zia in uniform seated
GV Delegates in room
SV General Zia addressing delegates (5 shots)
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Background: In Pakistan, mass processions took place throughout the country to mark the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, and the day was declared a national holiday. Addressing a related conference, Pakistan's military leader, General Zia-ul-Haq, said every effort was being made to turn the country into a truly Islamic state -- and anyone opposing such a move would be punished.
SYNOPSIS: In Rawalpindi, thousands of people turned out for the colourful procession. Some of the floats portrayed replicas of Muslim holy places in Saudi Arabia. Many people carried banners with verses from the Koran written in gold.
Later General Zia inaugurated a conference on the life and work of the Prophet, which was attended by diplomats from Islamic countries and by Muslim scholars. The General said that Muhammad's life was a model for all mankind and his message contained guidance for the salvation of all.
General Zia took the opportunity of warning that people opposed to the introduction of Islamic order in Pakistan would be dealt with severely. His warning was directed, in particular, at politicians, educationalists and journalists. He said that he was aware that a minority who held a "materialistic outlook", were trying to impede his efforts to transform Pakistan into a truly Islamic nation.