Mobs of rioters calling for the resumption of the war against India and revenge against ex-President Yahya Khan roamed through Karachi on Monday (20 December), setting fire to buildings and smashing shops.
GTV Rioters standing around fires (2 shots)
SV PAN burning furniture and debris(2 shots)
SV & LV Rioters around fires (2 shots)
LV & SV PAN fire outside bar
SV Chair being thrown from balcony onto fire
STV Looters around window
GTV Crowd running from street
LV Rioters moving away
SV Police moving along pavement
GV & SV's smashed window and debris outside USSR machinery showroom(4 shots)
GV Smouldering debris with crowd and fire in distance
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Background: Mobs of rioters calling for the resumption of the war against India and revenge against ex-President Yahya Khan roamed through Karachi on Monday (20 December), setting fire to buildings and smashing shops.
It was the second day of rioting in Pakistan's largest city, and a demonstration of anger over the acceptance of ceasefire terms.
A machinery showrooms belonging to a trade delegation from the Soviet Union was badly damaged -- earlier a large procession had marched through city streets, shouting anti-Soviet slogans.
Similar riots were reported from Rawalpindi and Lahore.
SYNOPSIS: Rioting flared in Karachi on Monday for the second day running. Mobs prowled through the streets, setting fire to shops and wrecking bars and liquor stores. Traffic on Pakistan's largest city was brought to a halt.
It was the second time anger over Pakistan's acceptance of Indian cease-fire terms had boiled over into the streets. Similar rioting occurred in Lahore and Rawalpindi. Many of the rioters called for a resumption of the war with India and revenge against ex-President Yahya Khan.
Earlier in the day, a large demonstration had protested over the Moscow-New Delhi axis. Reports indicated that some had carried placards reading "We want one Pakistan" while others had called for power to be handed over to elected representatives of the people.
Among the shops damaged was a Soviet Union machinery showroom, Windows were smashed and vehicles inside were badly damaged. Eye-witnesses said that a mob had arrived shouting anti-Soviet slogans, and -- after they found no reaction -- proceeded to hurl rocks through the windows. The cost of Monday's rioting was not estimated, and feelings towards Yahya Khan and his regime were bitter.