INTRODUCTION: Pakistan's opposition Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) on Monday (27 April) accused the military regime led by President Zia ul-Haq of mistreating detainees, and demanded a full inquiry.
SV INT Mr. Ali Khan speaking
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
ALI KHAN: (SEQ. 1) "From the time the military overthrew the democratically elected government of Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, his supporters and members of the Pakistan People's Party have undergone untold miseries and tortures. I am one of those who has suffered the most at the hands of the military gang, although those who died under torture obviously had suffered more. I have been a member of the Pakistan People's Party from the time it came into being in 1967. I was a member of the Punjab, Punjab Provincial Assembly from Lahore at the time of the coup d'etat. I do not agree with the opinion that promulgation of martial law and takeover by the military was inevitable or had become a necessary evil. On the 4th of July, 1977, when the coup d'etat by Zia took place, an agreement to hold fresh elections had been reached between PPP and PNA. Zia's action sabotaged that agreement and he has been becoming increasingly depressive as reaction and confidence of resistance has been building up. You will recall that Zia promised to hold elections within three months, that was "Operation Fair Play" -- ninety days "Operation Fair Play" -- but when he found that PPP was going to win it, he postponed the polls indefinitely."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Pakistan's opposition Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) on Monday (27 April) accused the military regime led by President Zia ul-Haq of mistreating detainees, and demanded a full inquiry. A statement by the MRD, formed by the leader of nine political parties in February this year, also criticised the provisional constitution announced in March, and called for free elections. In London, on Wednesday (29 April) a former member of the Punjab Assembly, Mr. Sardar Muzhar Ali Khan, who is seeking political asylum in Britain, appealed to western nations not to be a party to the Zia administration. He said support for the military government was creating a region for Soviet penetration, rather than a barrier against it.