Pakistani President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto told the press on Thursday ( 6 January) that he wasn't "pulling a fast one" when he pledged to restore democracy int eh country.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: PRESIDENT BHUTTO: "When I say we're going to restore democracy, believe me I mean it. I'm dead honest, in the restoration of democracy. And you will see, as time passes, that the steps I take, in the direction of the restoration of democracy, because if I'm pulling fast one, you'll soon realise that we're pulling a fast. When the former regime came into power and said they wanted to restore democracy we all believed them in the beginning because we felt they'd learned she lesson of the regime previous to them. Ant that they would have taken...drawn, the elementary conclusions. But soon, very soon, I think in a matter of three months, it was quite clear to us that they had no intention of restoring democracy. And the whole thing was, the legal framework and all that followed, was done with male fide intentions to make democracy fail."
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Background: Pakistani President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto told the press on Thursday ( 6 January) that he wasn't "pulling a fast one" when he pledged to restore democracy int eh country. He was speaking at his ancestral home of Larkana, in the rich farmlands of the Upper Sind. He was in Larkana to celebrate his birthday which fell on Wednesday (5 January).
He also told the press that he was prepared to travel to Dacca for further talks with Awami League leader Sheikh Mujibar Rahman who'll soon be free.