Pakistan's deposed premier, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, has addressed the Supreme Court in an appeal against his arrest by the military government.
SV & CU General Mohammed Zia Ul-Haq, Chief Martial Law administrator at military ceremony in Pakistan (2 shots)
CU General Zia talking to newsmen (2 shots)
CU Miss Benazir Bhutto, daughter of deposed premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, talking to newsmen
CU General Zia talking to newsmen
CU Miss Bhutto listening to newsman's question and replying
ZIA: "I wanted to achieve only one thing, on the fifth of July, and that was to revive the political government -- that was my sole aim. It still is, but unfortunately I could not achieve it in the 90 days I had originally planned. Our aim is still the same -- to revive the....bring in the...civil political government as soon as possible...that is the sole aim."
REPORTER: "But even if Mr. Bhutto's convicted, under the circumstances in which he's been brought to trial, do you believe that in fact it will have any real effect on the level of his political support in the country?"
ZIA: "I'm very definite. If nothing else at least for the first time in 30 years, he would have established that the politicians like anybody else have to answer for their deeds, and this is the first time in the history of Pakistan that we are taking a politician to establish his credibility or to indicate his honesty in the normal course of law according to the law of the land."
MISS BHUTTO: "They are whipping people up...you say it's Islamic...but let me tell you Islam says where things should be done for shame, but the way they've whipped people up...two boys in (indistinct) were whipped to such an extent that for three days they were bleeding."
ZIA: "Nobody is going to give me any loyalty unless I demanded it by right. By establishing some of these feared punishments, one of the basic aims was to establish authority and to make them feel that if they do something wrong they will be punished and they will be punished severely. That goes for the flogging. And also it's an Islamic punishment."
REPORTER: "Obviously it's very difficult for you to exactly interpret your father's feelings now, but what do you think that he would look back on as his mistakes?"
MISS BHUTTO: "Perhaps to raise General Zia to Chief of Staff."
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Background: Pakistan's deposed premier, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, has addressed the Supreme Court in an appeal against his arrest by the military government. The court is hearing a petition challenging the army's authority to arrest Mr. Bhutto under martial law. Ever since the military coup in July, Mr. Bhutto's daughter Benazir has been rallying supporters to her father's cause.