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    The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, has imposed martial law on three of the country's main cities in a fresh bid to check six weeks of violence in which more than 200 people have died.

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    The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, has imposed martial law on three of the country's main cities in a fresh bid to check six weeks of violence in which more than 200 people have died. Mr. Bhutto called on the army on Thursday night (21 April) to take over the two largest cities, Karachi and Lahore, and a third major troubleshoot Hyderabad. Meanwhile, the largest city of Karachi was much troubles on Wednesday (20 April) when troops moved in to impose a curfew.

    SYNOPSIS: Normal city life was paralysed and the only people in the streets were those involved in the demonstrations. The people there are observing a general strike call by the Opposition Pakistan National Alliance (PNA) which is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Bhutto and fresh general elections. Roads were blocked with barricades and there was a round-the-clock curfew to keep people off the streets.

    The government has said it imposed martial law because internal disturbance posed a grave danger to Pakistans security. On Wednesday two people were crushed to death when a suburban train ran into a crowd blocking a track. The infuriates crowd later set fire to the train, damaged its locomotive and tried to rip up the track. Meanwhile the acting opposition leader Malik Wazir Ali said in an interview in lahore that the survival of democracy is threatened in Pakistan.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4ZNKLJYB0SFP3WKP7RD8B7BNH
    Media URN:
    VLVA4ZNKLJYB0SFP3WKP7RD8B7BNH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/04/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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