Sheikh Mujibur Rahman flew into London on Saturday (8 January) from West Pakistan, where he had been imprisoned before the Indo-Pakistani war as a leader of the people of East Pakistan.
GV INT Conference room with Sheikh Mujib surrounded by newsmen (2 shots)
SCU Sheikh Mujib
"SOF IN: Gentlemen of the press.... OTHER SHOTS OF NEWS MEN LISTENING AND FILM CAMERAMEN."
SOF OUT: "...of Bangladesh."
SCU No. 10 Downing Street PAN TO cameramen
MV Prime Minister Heath shakes hands with sheikh Mujib and Sheikh down steps and into car and car away.
SHEIKH MUJIB: "Gentlemen of the press, today I am free to share the unbounded joy of freedom with my fellow countrymen, who have earned their freedom in an epic liberation struggle. The ultimate achievement of the struggle was the creation of an independent sovereign People's Republic of Bangladesh, of which my people declare me as the President while I was a prisoner in the condemned call awaiting the execution of a sentence of hanging. No people has had to pay as high a price in human life and suffering for their freedom as has been exacted from the people of Bangladesh. I cannot wait a single moment to return to my people. I congratulate all heroic people both at home and abroad. In particular, all sections of the Mukti Bahini who have led their people to their cherished goal of freedom. I also mourn today the sacred memory of the million of martyrs who lost their lives in the struggle for liberation and pray to the Almighty for their departed souls. The independent sovereign of the People's Republic of Bangladesh--we have come into existence as a result of the struggle is now an unchallengeable reality. I would like to thank all those freedom-loving states who have supported our national liberation struggle. In particular, India, Soviet Union, Poland, other Eastern European countries, the United Kingdom, France, and also those freedom-loving people all over the world who supported our cause including the people of the United States of America. I now appeal to the all these states to exchange recognition to the People's Republic or Bangladesh."
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Background: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman flew into London on Saturday (8 January) from West Pakistan, where he had been imprisoned before the Indo-Pakistani war as a leader of the people of East Pakistan.
Sheikh Mujib was met by a British Foreign Office representative and a diplomat from the Pakistan High Commission in London, but no immediate explanation was given for his departure from Pakistan and his presence in London.
From the airport, the Sheikh and his party drove to a hotel in central London. Later he gave a press conference and Visnews cameraman Bob Turner was there to record the event. Sheikh Mujib later drove to Downing Street for short discussions with British Prime Minister Edward Heath.