Exactly a week after the execution of former-Premier Bhutto, pakistan's President General Zia-Ul-Haq inaugurated the country's new Academy of Letters on Wednesday (11 April).
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Background: Exactly a week after the execution of former-Premier Bhutto, pakistan's President General Zia-Ul-Haq inaugurated the country's new Academy of Letters on Wednesday (11 April). Pro-Bhutto newspapers have now been forbidden to use the once-familiar picture of the dead former premier and demonstrators against his hanging have been sentenced in their hundreds to public whippings and, in some cases, jail terms.
SYNOPSIS: President Zia addressed four hundred writers and poets and the opening of the new Academy. In this address he told the audience that the state and government were two different things and that while one was temporary, the other was permanent. He said that journalists, poets and writers had the right to indulge in fearless criticism of the government, but warned that they must not attack the integrity of the country.
In the week following the death of Mr. Bhutto the United States has suspended economic aid to Pakistan and protests have been received from leaders around the world. Even neighbouring Afghanistan protested about the execution, although Iran's new leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini, has sent a message saying it is imperative for Pakistan and Iran to maintain good relations.