The tribal leaders of Pakistan at a tribal Jirga addressed by President Ziaul Haq asked the Pakistan Army Chief to permit the tribesmen to offer Jehad against Russia for their intervention in Afghanistan and uncalled use of force against an independent country.
President Ziaul Haq and his entourage coming out of the Peshawar Government House as the Frontier Forcemen blow the trumpets atop the building.
The President mobbed by a large number of foreign TV and newsmen.
/LT-Gen Fazle Haq. President Zia takes his seat on the dais, Next to him seated is the NWFP Governor.
:: Some of the many tribal leaders seated inside a pandal outside the Peshawar Government House.
:: Tribal leader Malik Shahzada Khan reading the welcome address demanding that that the tribesmen should be allowed to offer Jehad against the Russian aggressors in Afghanistan.
:: President Zia in his Urdu speech says that every soldier of the Armed Forces and every members of the nation will stand up to defend the country.
:: Zia said all the steps for the national security and stability have been taken.
:: He describes as absurd and baseless the Russian accusation that Pakistan was providing military training to the Afghan refugees. It was a part of a well-planned conspiracy against Pakistan.
:: Pakistan neither believed in interfering in other's internal affairs, nor would it allow others to interfere in their affairs.
:: Pakistan could not remain indifferent to what was happening at its doorsteps.
:: Gen Zia condemned the Russian intervention in Afghanistan and that the situation across the Durand Line was unfortunate and a flagrant violation of the international law. Such tendencies if allowed to go unchecked would endanger the existence of smaller countries.
:: Pakistan was no alone and could depend on sincere friends in an hour of need.
:: 420,000 Afghan refugees are now on Pakistan soil from the Russian attempt to force on them Communism.
:: The tribal people were Pakistan's first line of defence and no big Power was ever able to subjugate them. We hope for the best and prepared for the worst.
:: Exercise restraint, should not be provoked and hold fast to Islam and be vigilant.
FIRST HUNDRED & FIFTY FEET; President Ziaul Haq arriving in an Army aircraft from Swat.
PLEASE NOTE. BBC Panorama's Mr John Penycate is interested in the first 150 feet of the roll which ends with a scribbled note by him.
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Background: The tribal leaders of Pakistan at a tribal Jirga addressed by President Ziaul Haq asked the Pakistan Army Chief to permit the tribesmen to offer Jehad against Russia for their intervention in Afghanistan and uncalled use of force against an independent country. President Zia advised the tribal leaders not to do anything under the influence of sentiments and should not be swept away by the infuriating developments across the border.