As general election day gets closer in Pakistan, Mr Z.A. Bhutto, Chairman of the Pakistan?
As general election day gets closer in Pakistan, Mr Z.A. Bhutto, Chairman of the Pakistan People's Party, yesterday (Wednesday) addressed a major campaign meeting at Hala, West Pakistan.
The elections, due to take place on October 5, will end the 13-month military regime of caretaker President Yahya Khan. Competition is expected to be intense between Pakistan's various political parties. The P.P.P., led by Mr Bhutto, is a strong contender, and yesterday's conference was called primarily to draft the party's manifesto for the election.
Pakistanis are generally excited about the prospect of the one-man one-vote election, and rare confident that as a result the country will have a constituent assembly to draft its first workable of parliamentary procedure and government.
Officials are anxious that when the struggle for votes hots up later this summer, political disputes might spill over into street fighting, particularly when volatile students finish their exams and take part in the election build-up.