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    Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, whose People's Party won an absolute majority in West Pakistan a year ago, arrived in Rawalpindi on Monday (20 December) from the United Nations to become Pakistan's first civilian President in 13 years.

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    Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, whose People's Party won an absolute majority in West Pakistan a year ago, arrived in Rawalpindi on Monday (20 December) from the United Nations to become Pakistan's first civilian President in 13 years.

    Huge crowds thronged Rawalpindi Airport to welcome the 43-year-old leader, who drove directly to the palace of ex-President Yahya Khan where he had discussions lasting nearly three hours.

    Mr. Bhutto was also appointed chief martial law administrator, indicating that the transfer to civilian rule would not take place immediately. The National Assembly is due to meet on 27 December.

    Mr. Bhutto begins the task of national reconstruction against the background of an economy seriously damaged by the months of emergency in East Pakistan and the disasters of the war with India. Pakistan's debts to other countries is put at over 3,000 million dollars (1,250 m. sterling), while industrial production is stagnant.

    SYNOPSIS: On Monday, huge crowds gathered at Rawalpindi Airport to welcome Pakistan's first civilian President in 13 years. The new President, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, had been putting Pakistan's case at the United Nations when he was dramatically called home by ex-president Yahya Khan, who'd already announced his intention to step down.

    Mr. Bhutto led his left-wing People's Party to a sweeping victory in West Pakistan at last year's national elections; but his triumph was marred by the still more sweeping victory of Sheikh Mujib's Awami League in the eastern wing.

    Mr. Bhutto went to Yahya Khan's palace for three hours of discussions, at which he formally took over the presidency. Afterwards he pledged himself to restore democracy and negotiate a settlement with the leaders of East Pakistan, provided this was done within the framework of one Pakistan, and without foreign interference.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6BCD9XHYPLCFG1QN1AKILD6BR
    Media URN:
    VLVA6BCD9XHYPLCFG1QN1AKILD6BR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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