• Short Summary

    Today (19 December) as the world heard the first news of President Yahya Khan's decision to hand over power tomorrow (Monday) to a civilian government, West Pakistan's leading politician, Mr Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was flying home from New York, where he had been putting Pakistan's case to the United Nations.

  • Description

    Today (19 December) as the world heard the first news of President Yahya Khan's decision to hand over power tomorrow (Monday) to a civilian government, West Pakistan's leading politician, Mr Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was flying home from New York, where he had been putting Pakistan's case to the United Nations.

    Mr Bhutto was already designated Pakistan's Foreign Minister in the country's proposed civilian government, a post he hold from 1963 to 1966 under President Ayub Khan. But in the crisis situation his country faces following the collapse of the administration in East Pakistan, there is intense speculation about the future of the fiery leader of the socialist Pakistan People's Party.

    Born in January 1928 the son of a wealthy landowner, Mr Bhutto was educated in Britain end became an expert in international law before devoting himself to politics. In 1965, as Foreign Minister, he signed Pakistan's trade agreement with the Soviet Union, and addressed the United Nations on the Kashmir dispute with India.

    Two years later, he founded the Pakistan People's Party, committed to Islamic socialism, democracy and an independent foreign policy, but conflict with the existing military regime culminated in three months detention in 1968-9.

    In the 1970 election called by President Yahya Khan, Mr Bhutto led his party to a sweeping Victory in West Pakistan. But the still more sweeping victory of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Awami League in East Pakistan was destined to lead, first to a political impasse, then to a state of emergency, and finally to the disasters of the war with India.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3RITPKMJ3EP6HTVVU26H2LVZH
    Media URN:
    VLVA3RITPKMJ3EP6HTVVU26H2LVZH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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