The foundation stone for the world's biggest mosque was unveiled in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, on Tuesday (12 October) by King Khalid of Saudi Arabia.
SVs: children waving flags on roadside in Islamabad, Pakistan.
LV INTERIOR: King Khalid of Saudi Arabia (in arab robes) with Pakistani premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in marquee.
SVs: Khalid and Bhutto looking at bronz model of mosque. (2 shots)
SV: silver model of mosque in glass case.
SV: official removes cover of glass case while Khalid and Bhutto watch.
CU: inscription on mosque foundation stone.
SCU: Khalid and Bhutto looking at model.
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Background: The foundation stone for the world's biggest mosque was unveiled in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, on Tuesday (12 October) by King Khalid of Saudi Arabia.
SYNOPSIS: Saudi Arabia, where Mecca is the spiritual home of Muslims, is paying for the multi-million-pound (sterling) project in the foothills of Islamabad. The money was promised ten years ago by the late King Feisal of Saudi Arabia on an official visit to Pakistan. On Tuesday King Khalid and Pakistani prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto presided over the foundation stone unveiling. construction work on the building is expected to begin soon.
King Feisal was presented with a silver model of the mosque, which will cover five acres (2.02 hectares) and have space for more than 33,000 worshippers The four Turkish-style minarets will each be more than 300 feet (100 metres) high. The foundation stone is inscribed from the Koran.
Earlier, the two men held formal talks. but an official communique afterwards did not give precise details about negotiations for Saudi Arabia to finance a Pakistani purchase of 100 A-7 fighter bombers from the United States.