Pakistan's Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, arrived in Lahore on Thursday (31 January) to inspect the preparations for the second Islamic Summit Conference which is due to open in the capital of Punjab Province later this month.
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Background: Pakistan's Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, arrived in Lahore on Thursday (31 January) to inspect the preparations for the second Islamic Summit Conference which is due to open in the capital of Punjab Province later this month. He was met at the airport by the governor of the province and spoke to newsmen at the airport about the preparations for the Conference.
The meeting of Islamic leaders from over thirty countries will take place in the Punjab Assembly building around a huge horse-shoe-shaped table. Every hotel room in Lahore has been taken to accommodate delegates, and the post office has installed a machine to detect letter-bombs at a cost of thirty thousand pounds sterling (sixty-five thousand U.S. dollars).
Arabic, English and French will be the three working languages for the Summit, due to open on 19 February. It will be the largest such gathering ever held in Pakistan, and follows almost five years after the first Islamic Summit held in Rabat, Morocco in 1969. Pakistan played host to a meeting of Moslem Foreign Ministers in Karachi in 1970 at which 22 countries were represented.
The Summit was called at the request of Prime Minister Bhutto "With a view to finding constructive expressions to emancipate the Moslem world from alien political dominance and economic bandage."