The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, has imposed martial law on three of the country's main cities in a fresh bid to check six weeks of violence in which more than 200 people have died.
GV ZOOM IN Demonstrators in street with burning debris.
GV Demonstrators being watched by police patrol.
GV and SV Troops and police driving away in near-deserted street. (3 shots)
GV Airforce jet overhead.
GV AND SVs Troops outside shops, with shopkeepers clearing street of debris,
GV PAN Demonstrators on roof of railway carriage.
SCU Malik Wazir Ali, acting opposition leader, speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 7: MALIK WAZIR ALI: "The victory has to be won at some cost. And the issue at stake today is the survival of democracy in this area."
REPORTER: "What is your attitude to the violence though?"
ALI: "Now it's the violence that have got to be stopped as soon as possible."
REPORTER: "What generally is your strategy to reach your objectives of fresh general elections?"
ALI: "our strategy os to bolster up such large numbers and show persistently hat Mr. Bhutto has no alternative left but to go before the electors."
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NOTE TO EDITORS: This film supplements Prod. No. 3273 PAKISTAN: ANTI-GOVERNMENT DEMONSTRATORS MARCH THROUGH KARACHI -- NIGHT CLUBS AND RACE COURSE CLOSED IN CONCESSION TO ORTHODOX MUSLIM OPPOSITION DEMANDS. This film was also serviced today.
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Background: The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, has imposed martial law on three of the country's main cities in a fresh bid to check six weeks of violence in which more than 200 people have died. Mr. Bhutto called on the army on Thursday night (21 April) to take over the two largest cities, Karachi and Lahore, and a third major troubleshoot Hyderabad. Meanwhile, the largest city of Karachi was much troubles on Wednesday (20 April) when troops moved in to impose a curfew.
SYNOPSIS: Normal city life was paralysed and the only people in the streets were those involved in the demonstrations. The people there are observing a general strike call by the Opposition Pakistan National Alliance (PNA) which is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Bhutto and fresh general elections. Roads were blocked with barricades and there was a round-the-clock curfew to keep people off the streets.
The government has said it imposed martial law because internal disturbance posed a grave danger to Pakistans security. On Wednesday two people were crushed to death when a suburban train ran into a crowd blocking a track. The infuriates crowd later set fire to the train, damaged its locomotive and tried to rip up the track. Meanwhile the acting opposition leader Malik Wazir Ali said in an interview in lahore that the survival of democracy is threatened in Pakistan.