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    Pakistan pledged its support for the Arab cause during the Middle East conflict. Early in?

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    Pakistan pledged its support for the Arab cause during the Middle East conflict. Early in the fighting, Pakistani medical teams were sent to Egypt and Syria, and people throughout Pakistan held a day of prayer for the success of the Arab cause.

    On Saturday (20 October), Pakistan's Prime Minister, Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, gave a news conference where he said that the Middle East situation was a "struggle for justice and equity". He went on to note that "Pakistan was exercising full weight on behalf of the Arabs for permanent peace in the region, adding "I can say we are giving more than political support." Mr. Bhutto welcomed the Soviet Union's "positive" position in achieving peace, and wished it success.

    In Lahore, workers staged a demonstration in support of the Arab cause. Carrying banners with pro-Arab and anti-American slogans, men and women marched to the United States offices on Saturday evening. The offices were well guarded by police. One of the marchers carried a plastic doll. The doll was later burnt as a protest against the alleged use of napalm bombs by the Israelis in Syria.

    SYNOPSIS: On Saturday evening, Pakistani demonstrators marched through Lahore to show their support for Arab nations involved in the Middle East conflict.

    Carrying banners and placards, and shouting pro-Arab and anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans, the demonstrators marched down the Mall towards the United states offices.

    There were many woman in the demonstration, that mainly consisted of Railway Workers and other Trade Unionists. When the demonstrators arrived at the United States offices, they found the buildings closed, and heavily guarded by police.

    Pakistan's Prime Minister, Mr. Ali Bhutto, told newsmen earlier in the day that his country had given "more than political support" to the Arab nations.

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