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    Britain and China have now added their pleas to the growing campaign to avert the death penalty being carried out against former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

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    Bhutto's son walking in London

    CU Bhutto's son speaking in English (3 shots)

    MIR BHUTTO: "Well the problem is that the men we are dealing with, the military regime, comprises of men who are very desperate. They're extremely desperate, they're desperate to the point where they've become irrational. They are not really objective, they are not weighing costs, and they don't understand what forces they will unleash if they execute my father. They don't know that Pakistan will head headlong into a civil war. And nothing will be able to prevent this. So you're dealing with desperate men. And they believe that when my father is to be, if they release my father, he'll come back, there's nothing to stop him. He's the most popular man in the country now, the military government is hated by every individual. So they are afraid if they spare my father's life, he'll return one day in a time, like six months, one year, he'll come back, and they are afraid that he'll take revenge on..........then. We have a clause in our constitution which stipulates that if anybody subverts the constitution, the penalty is death. And they are afraid they themselves are biased, so they think by killing him they'll get rid of the problem. He has been subjected to nothing short of physical torture. He has a room slightly larger than this sofa. It's ten feet long, seven feet wide. There is no lavatory. There's a hole in the ground which constitutes a lavatory. It is never cleaned, it has not been cleaned since he was moved to the (indistinct). He has a metal bed, a steel bed to which he is chained both his hands are chained, chained twenty-three and-a-half hours a day. There's no windows except one small one through which his food is thrown in from outside. There are no lights, and mosquitoes, there are so many mosquitoes, he's being eaten alive as one reporter said, by mosquitoes. He's taken for half an hour outside, like an animal to walk in the garden. Pakistanis inside Pakistan are in a state of literal siege. It's worse than anything experienced, like Chile. Race courses, stadiums, sports stadiums are
    literally filled with people, with political workers, with anyone who has raised a slogan in the past, or who is suspected of raising a slogan in the past in favour of my father."

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    Background: Britain and China have now added their pleas to the growing campaign to avert the death penalty being carried out against former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Mr Bhutto has been sentenced to death by the country's military rulers after being convicted on a charge of conspiracy to murder. The former leader has lodges an appeal against the death sentence, and this is due to be heard in Rawalpindi on May the 6th. In the meantime, his allies and supporters are visiting several countries in an effort to build up international condemnation of the rule of General Zia ul_haq, Pakistan's current military leader.

    SYNOPSIS: In London, one of the former Prime Minister's two sons, Mir Murtaza Bhutto, has been campaigning for more pressure to be brought to bear on the Pakistani rulers. But 25-year-old Mir Bhutto, currently studying at Oxford University, says the death sentence could very well be carried out.

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