The Shah of Iran visited the world's largest dam on the Indus River on Monday (8 March) on the second day of his five-day official visit to Pakistan.
GV PAN FROM Police escort ACROSS Dam TO Shah's party viewing dam
SV Shah being given details of dam (2 shots)
Prime Minister Bhutto looking on
Chairman of Water and Power Development authority explaining dam to Shah
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Background: The Shah of Iran visited the world's largest dam on the Indus River on Monday (8 March) on the second day of his five-day official visit to Pakistan.
Officials told the Shah it was hoped to formally open the 1,300 million U.S. dollar (GBP650 million sterling) Tarbela Dam later this year. The dam is Pakistan's most important development project. It should bring a significant boost to Pakistan's economy by providing additional irrigation water for crops and by generating enough hydro-electricity to double the present national power output.
The dam was due to go into operation last year but had to be drained when nearly full because two hydro-electricity tunnels were badly damaged during testing.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto accompanied the shah and Empress Farah on the helicopter trip to the dam site, some 65 miles (104 kilometres) northwest of the federal capital, Islamabad.
Prime Minister Bhutto and the Shah were also expected to discuss Iran's continued economic assistance to Pakistan. And the Shah is keen to see Pakistan improve relations with its two neighbouring countries, India and Afghanistan.
SYNOPSIS: On the Indus River the Shah of Iran visited the site of the world's largest dam on Monday during his official visit to Pakistan. The 1,300 million dollar dam will boost Pakistan's economy by doubling the improving irrigation when it is officially opened later this year.
The Shah is in Pakistan for bilateral talks with Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He is particularly concerned with seeing improved relations between Pakistan and neighbouring India and Afghanistan. He was also expected to discuss Iran's continued economic assistance to Pakistan.
The Prime Minister accompanied the Shah and Empress Farah to the dam, which is 65 miles northwest of the federal capital, Islamabad.