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    MR. ZULFICAR ALI BHUTTO, FORMER POLITICAL OPPONENT OF PRESIDENT AYUB KHAN OF PAKISTAN, AND CHAIRMAN?

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    BHUTTO'S RESIDENCE; BHUTTO'S FAMILY; BHUTTO SPEAKING (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "HOW DOES ONE IN FACT TURN BACK, THOUGH, WHEN IT COMES TO THE PUNCH OF RETURNING TO DEMOCRACY FROM MARSHAL LAW? IS THERE NOT A GREAT DANGER THAT ONE DAY MAY ALSO RETURN TO POLITICAL CONFUSION AND SOCIAL CHAOS?"



    BHUTTO: "NO, NOT NECESSARILY, I THINK SOME ORDER CAN EMERGE OUT OF THE CONFUSION AND, IN ANY EVENT, THE BROADCAST OF GENERAL ??? IS AN IMPORTANT ONE. IT'S HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE HE HAS NOT ??? POLITICAL PARTIES. HE HASN'T SAID UNKIND THING ABOUT THE POLITICIANS, AS AYUB KHAN DID IN 1958. HE HAS GIVEN A STERN WARNING TO THE BUREAUCRATS AND HAVE MISBEHAVED; HE HAS GIVEN A COMMITMENT IN A PLEDGE FOR GENERAL ELECTIONS, AND ALSO HE HAS SAID THAT THE CHOSEN REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE WILL FRAME A CONSTITUTION. I THINK THAT THIS IS A SATISFACTORY FRAMEWORKS IN WHICH TO PROCEED. AND IF THE MILITARY AUTHORITIES, WHO I'M SURE ARE AWARE OF THE MAGNITUDE OF THE CRISIS, PROCEED ALONG THESE LINES, THEN I'M POSITIVE THAT WE CAN EFFECT A PEACEFUL TRANSFER TO DEMOCRACY AND TO THE RULE OF THE CIVILIAN AUTHORITIES."



    INTERVIEWER: "THIS NEW MOVEMENT STARTED AS A DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT, BUT IT ENDED AS A CONSIDERABLE EXTENT, AS AN ISSUE BETWEEN EAST AND WEST AND THE NEAR DEMAND FOR INDEPENDENCE ON THE PART OF THE EAST. DO YOU THINK THIS CAN IN FACT BE SATISFACTORILY RESOLVED?"



    BHUTTO: "I THINK THAT THIS QUESTION OF THE DICHOTOMY BETWEEN THE EAST AND THE WEST IS BEING EXAGGERATED. I DO ADMIT THAT PROBLEMS DO EXIST, SERIOUS PROBLEMS DO EXIST BETWEEN THE TWO WINGS, AND THE PEOPLE OF EAST PAKISTAN HAVE GRIEVANCES AGAINST THE FORMER REGIMES AND THESE GRIEVANCES, I BELIEVED, MUST BE REDRESSED."




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    Background: MR. ZULFICAR ALI BHUTTO, FORMER POLITICAL OPPONENT OF PRESIDENT AYUB KHAN OF PAKISTAN, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE PEOPLES PARTY, WAS INTERVIEWED IN KARACHI LAST SUNDAY (30 MARCH) ABOUT THE TRANSITION FROM MARTIAL LAW TO DEMOCRACY. MR. BHUTTO COMMENTED ABOUT THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT OF GENERAL YAHYA KHAN. WHO IS NOW PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN AFTER AYUB KHAN'S RECENT RESIGNATION.

    MR. BHUTTO'S FOUR CHILDREN WERE WITH HIM AT HIS KARACHI RESIDENCE DURING THE INTERVIEW.

    MR. BHUTTO SAID HE THOUGHT THAT ORDER COULD EMERGE FROM THE CONFUSION OF PAKISTAN'S POLITICAL SITUATION. HE WENT ON TO SAY THAT IF THE GOVERNMENT OF GENERAL YAHYA KHAN WERE TO PROCEED ALONG THE LINES STATED IN THE GENERAL' RECENT BROADCAST, A PEACEFUL TRANSFER TO CIVILIAN DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT WOULD BE POSSIBLE.

    HE AGREED THAT SERIOUS PROBLEMS EXIST BETWEEN EAST AND WEST PAKISTAN, SAYING THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT EAST PAKISTAN'S GRIEVANCES BE REDRESSED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACQJ0YNQF03R42JA36758PBOIQ
    Media URN:
    VLVACQJ0YNQF03R42JA36758PBOIQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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