In a colourful ceremony in Rawalpindi on Friday (21 April), Zulfiker Ali Bhutto was sworn in as Pakistan's first elected civilian President.
In a colourful ceremony in Rawalpindi on Friday (21 April), Zulfiker Ali Bhutto was sworn in as Pakistan's first elected civilian President. And in a speech to the crowd of thousands of people who'd come to watch, President bhutto offered to release all Indian troops held prisoner of war -- even if India doesn't reciprocate.
Pakistani Chief Justice Hamoodur Rehman administered the oath of office. And the Air Force chief led a fly-past of jet fighters over the scene.
The martial law government formed when President Bhutto too over from General Yahya Khan after the end of last December's war with India resigned on thursday (20 April). And on Friday, an interim constitution was introduced, having been approved by the National Assembly at the beginning of the week. It's under that constitution that Mr. Bhutto is President.
Last week, President Bhutto had won endorsement from the country's first directly-elected parliament, the National Assembly. He told that vast audience at his inauguration that he'd come with the confidence of the Assembly and also wanted the confidence of the crowd.
In his address, President Bhutto said he wanted peace with India and said he would take Indian prisoners of war to the border if Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Gandhi made the request.
Pakistan holds about 600 Indian prisoners. India, on the other hond, has some 92,000 Pakistani soldiers interned.