Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto arrived in Taef, Saudi Arabia, on Monday (1 September) to begin an official visit.
SV Bhutto leaves aircraft and is greeted by Prince Fahd
SV Bhutto inspects guard (3 shots)
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Background: Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto arrived in Taef, Saudi Arabia, on Monday (1 September) to begin an official visit.
He was greeted at the airport by Crown Prince and First Deputy Premier Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz and some senior officials.
Pakistan has been turning increasingly to the Arab states for political and economic co-operation since the civil war which resulted in the dismemberment of Pakistan in 1971.
Prime Minister Bhutto has sought to strengthen the Islamic links between its co-religionist countries and has received millions of dollars in financial assistance.
Much of the aid has come from Saudi Arabia. The oil rich nation has provided at least 100 million U.S. dollars in aid (GBP45 million sterling). It also supplies 75 percent of Pakistan's crude oil.
In return Pakistan has provided technically trained people, military assistance and military officers.
Many Pakistanis, frustrated by conditions in their own country, have fled to the Arab nations to find work. Approximately 45,000 Pakistani heads of households are in Saudi Arabia alone.
Today, the Middle Eastern nations receive about 11 percent of Pakistan's exports.