INTRODUCTION Pakistan's ambassador to Spain, Air Marshal Abdur Rahim Khan resigned on Wednesday (13 April) in protest against what he called the oppressive and dictatorial regime in his country.
SV Ambassador Air Marshal Abdur Rahim Khan seated at desk
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SV Khan reading telegram
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 3: RAHIM KHAN: "Mr Prime Minister, you have made a mockery of democracy in Pakistan. You have failed to keep your promises made to me, you have not honoured your pledges made to the people of Pakistan. The previous regime held fair and free elections, but you have imperiously ignored that fine precedent and allowed them to be rigged instead. I cannot sit idly by and see the country being dragged into another civil war by power hungry men. I am therefore resigning in protest against your oppressive and dictatorial regime."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Air Marshal Rahim Khan, as Air Force Chief, said that in 1970 he acted as an intermediary between Mr. Bhutto, then an opposition party leader, and former President General Mohammed Yahya Khan. Mr Bhutto promised that if he came to power in free and fair elections, democracy would flourish. Mr Bhutto became president after General Khan resigned in 1971 following the Bangladesh revolt and war between Pakistan and India. He became Prime Minister under a new constitution in 1973. About 150 people have been killed in riots since the opposition Pakistan National Alliance charged Mr Bhutto with election rigging last month and launched a mass movement to unseat him.
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Background: INTRODUCTION Pakistan's ambassador to Spain, Air Marshal Abdur Rahim Khan resigned on Wednesday (13 April) in protest against what he called the oppressive and dictatorial regime in his country. In a telegram to Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the former Air Force chief said he could not sit by and see the country being dragged into civil war.
SYNOPSIS: The 51-year-old ambassador, who was chief of the Pakistani Air Force for three years until he was sent to Spain in 1972, also accused Mr Bhutto of rigging the general elections in his country last month.