The Pakistan President, Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto has been trying to rally national morale by?
The Pakistan President, Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto has been trying to rally national morale by visiting forward positions of his army in the Lahore frontier area, some of them still on Indian territory.
This film was shot near the town of Ferozepore, in India, which was almost reached by the Pakistani army in one of their biggest thrusts of the war. They pushed the Indians back across the river Sutlej.
The President made a point of visiting a special parade of troops in the forward area, to speak to them about Pakistan's future following the military defeat. They cheered him when he said that though his aim was to build a just peace, peace with dishonour would not be tolerated by Pakistan. They would rather go down fighting.
SYNOPSIS: President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan's new civilian leader, has been trying to rally national morale by visiting forward positions of his army on the Pakistan border with India. President Bhutto visited one point 32 miles from Lahore, where Pakistan army commanders had made a big push to counteract any Indian advance on Lahore. The Pakistan army drove the Indians back past the frontier gates towards the Indian town of Ferozepore. The Pakistanis didn't reach the town, but the Indians were forced back across the river Sutlej using this bridge across the river.
President Bhutto went to this point because the Pakistan army showed especially effective fighting qualities here. The President congratulated troops on their tough performance in the infantry battle, in a terrain which offered plenty of cover for the defending Indians. About a hundred Pakistani soldiers were killed and 250 wounded here. At many other points along the eleven hundred mile West Pakistan frontier, it was the Indian army which advanced, taking much Pakistan territory. In this Lahore frontier area however, the Pakistan army went forward as much as five miles and they still hold these positions. President Bhutto made it clear that although he now seeks a just peace, his forces stood ready for all eventualities.
The President made a point of visiting a special parade of troops in the forward area, to re-assure them about Pakistan's future following the military defeat. He said it had come about because the people's interest had been kept in the background in pakistan, and he promise promised to remedy this in the future. His assurances that peace with dishonour could not be tolerated by Pakistan, and they would rather go down fighting, evoked the inevitable response from his troops. "ZINDABAD, victory for Pakistan!" they shouted.