INTRODUCTION: The Chief Justice of Pakistan and up to eight other judges on Wednesday (25 March) lost their jobs in a dispute with the country's President Zia Ul-Haq.
SV President Zia decorates President Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea PAN as they walk across to army officers.
SV Zia pins medal around neck of officer.
GV & PAN Boy up to Zia and accepts award for late father.
SV Zia puts ribbon round neck of old man in civilian suit.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Chief Justice of Pakistan and up to eight other judges on Wednesday (25 March) lost their jobs in a dispute with the country's President Zia Ul-Haq. The judges refused to take a new oath of office giving President Zia unfettered freedom to change the country's constitution. Their action brought automatic dismissal. Earlier (24 March) in a crackdown which followed the hijacking of a Pakistani airliner this month (March) President Zia issued a decree limiting civilian powers and aimed at squeezing out his opponents. The President has used the hijacking to reassert his authority.
SYNOPSIS: Making full use of popular feeling in Pakistan against the hijacking President Zia had planned to decorate the airliner's passengers and crew. However the refusal of Syria to release the three men responsible for the hijacking led the President to postpone these plans. Instead, in a special ceremony on Monday (23 March) marking Pakistan's national Day he decorated citizens prominent in science, medicine and the arts. Receiving the top honour was the President of the Republic of Guinea, Ahmed Sekou Toure.
The work of the military crucial to the President, was also recognised. Under the new powers he has taken to strengthen his government, President Zia has effectively outlawed the Pakistan People's party of former Prime Minister Bhutto.
One recipient, a musician had died before being able to accept his award but he was not forgotten. The task is now ahead of President Zia to control the allegiances of his people. His adoption of new powers followed the arrest of many politicians.
Also as part of the National Day celebrations President Zia reviewed a parade of servicemen, military equipment and floats. A call by Opposition parties to boycott the parade was ignored.