Talks aimed at further improving relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh have been taking place in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.
GV EXTERIOR Foreign Office, Islamabad.
SV PAN INTERIOR (Left to right) Pakistan Ambassador Mr. Mohammed Khurshid; Bangladesh Ambassador Mr. Zahiruddin; Bangladesh Foreign Secretary General, Foreign Affairs Mr. Agha Shahi, seated talking (3 shots)
SV EXTERIOR People waiting outside Central Executive committee meeting of Pakistan Peoples Party, Islamabad.
LV AND CU INTERIOR Foremre Premier Zulfikar Bhutto seated presiding over committee meeting.
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Background: Talks aimed at further improving relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh have been taking place in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.
Five of Mr. Bhutto's supporters were arrested in Islamabad on Saturday (27 August) on charges of braking the restrictions on political activity. The arrests appeared to have arisen from demonstrations along the roadside when Mr. Bhutto arrived the day before. Ten Bhutto supporters were sentenced to jail terms and whipping by a military court in Lahore this month after pro-Bhutto disturbances on the eve of the former premier's arrival there.
SYNOPSIS: The formal talks, which were held at the Foreign Office, were designed to examine steps for promoting & friendly relationship between the two countries. Pakistan's Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Agha Shahi acted as host, assisted by the Pakistani Ambassador in Dacca, Mr. Mohammed Khurshid. The Bangladesh delegation was headed by Foreign Secretary Mr. Tabarak Hossain, assisted by Bangladesh's Ambassador in Pakistan, Mr. Zahiruddin. Formal diplomatic links were made only last year, marking a continued steady improvement in relations.
Elsewhere in Islamabad preparations were taking place for the general election scheduled for October the 18th. The Central Executive Committee of the Pakistan Peoples party of former Premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto met to discuss candidates and preliminary tactics. Mr. Bhutto is now fighting for political survival after being ousted in a military coup in July. The army took control after a violent four-month crisis over allegations that the general election in March had been rigged. The army has banned all political activity until campaigning starts in mid-September, although small indoor meetings like this one are allowed.