INTRODUCTION Pakistan's opposition leaders held a crucial round of talks on Wednesday (27 April) to reconsider terms for ending their confrontation with the government.
INTRODUCTION Pakistan's opposition leaders held a crucial round of talks on Wednesday (27 April) to reconsider terms for ending their confrontation with the government. The confrontation, which followed Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's landslide election win last month (March), has caused some 250 deaths in riots and demonstrations. The country was plunged into political turmoil, and there is martial law in three main cities. The opposition Pakistan National Alliance, meanwhile, claimed that 40 of its leaders were arrested on Sunday (24 April) as Mr. Bhutto's government imposed even harsher controls over the situation. A hasty meeting of its remaining leaders in Lahore, the Punjab capital, set up a new opposition 'high command' the same day.
SYNOPSIS: On Saturday (23 April) supporters gathered defiantly outside their headquarters in the city. Tension was running high after the previous day had seen the most widespread political violence in Pakistan's 30-year history.
Leaders of the nine-party opposition alliance met as reports came in of at least 40 dead and more than 30 injured in clashes across the country. They later issued a statement declaring that martial law was illegal. Here's a report from Lahore on a pro-government demonstration.