• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT AYUB KHAN'S DECISION TO LIFT THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN PAKISTAN YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) CAME TOO LATE TO PREVENT THE DAWN-TO-DUSK GENERAL STRIKE, AND THE MASS DEMONSTRATIONS IN MAJOR CITIES AGAINST HIS GOVERNMENT.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT AYUB KHAN'S DECISION TO LIFT THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN PAKISTAN YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) CAME TOO LATE TO PREVENT THE DAWN-TO-DUSK GENERAL STRIKE, AND THE MASS DEMONSTRATIONS IN MAJOR CITIES AGAINST HIS GOVERNMENT. IN KARACHI, MOBS BURNT THE PROPERTY OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORTERS AND AT LEAST FOUR PEOPLE DIED IN STREET CLASHES BETWEEN RIVAL FACTIONS.

    DEMONSTRATORS, UNOFFICIALLY ESTIMATED AT THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND, MARCHED THROUGH THE CENTRE OF KARACHI TO A MASS RALLY AT THE TOMB OF QAIB-I-AZAM JINNAH, THE FOUNDER OF PAKISTAN. THEY SWARMED OVER THE SCAFFOLDING ROUND THE MONUMENT TO HEAR SPEECHES FROM OPPOSITION LEADERS LIKE MR. BAZENGO.

    THE CLASHES OCCURRED WHEN CROWDS TRIED TO ENFORCE THE OPPOSITION PARTIES' STRIKE CALL.

    THE STRIKE WAS CALLED BY EIGHT OPPOSITION PARTIES GROUPED IN A COALITION CALLED THE DEMOCRATIC ACTION COMMITTEE. IT WAS ALSO SUPPORTED BY THE PEOPLE'S PARTY, WHOSE LEADER, FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER, ZULFICAR ALI BHUTTO, WAS RELEASED FROM HOUSE ARREST YESTERDAY.

    THE STRIKE'S MAIN AIM WAS TO DEMAND THE END OF THE STATE OF EMERGENCY, IMPOSED AFTER THE 1965 INDO-PAKISTAN WAR. BUT THE COMMITTEE IS ALSO PRESSING FOR A NUMBER OF REFORMS WHICH, IF FULLY IMPLEMENTED WOULD END THE EFFECTIVE RULE OF PRESIDENT AYUB.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2WIOHH4363XFMV2HTYVB26EPL
    Media URN:
    VLVA2WIOHH4363XFMV2HTYVB26EPL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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