President Fazal Elahi Chaudry of Pakistan and Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto took the salute at a large military parade in the Pakistan capital, Rawalpindi, on Saturday (23 March) to mark Pakistan day.
GV President's body-guards riding in state
GV Dignitaries watch
GV Bhutto and Chaudhry wave from coach (2 shots)
GV Crowds at Rawlapindi race-course
GV President and Premier out of coach
GV Outside Broadcast cameramen
GV Premier and President mount rostrum
GV Rostrum party salute troops (3)
GV Troops past at double
GV Mrs. Bhutto seated with Cabinet Ministers
SV Bhutto stands at attention on rostrum
GV Navy march past
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Background: President Fazal Elahi Chaudry of Pakistan and Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto took the salute at a large military parade in the Pakistan capital, Rawalpindi, on Saturday (23 March) to mark Pakistan day.
This day commemorates the anniversary of the 1940 Lahore Resolution which demanded self-determination for the Moslems of the Indian Sub-continent.
In a message to his people, Premier Bhutto said Pakistan was facing enormous economic problems. And he said, relations with neighboring states gave cause for some anxiety.
He said: "We are assailed with doubts whether these neighbors are prepared for co-existence with us on a basis of non-interference, respect for international agreement and renunciation of the use of force and attempts at subversion."
Later, in a nationwide broadcast, Mr. Bhutto said that Pakistan would press for the restoration of diplomatic relations with India as soon as possible.
Mr. Bhutto called for a reduction in defence expenditure by both India and Pakistan. He said Indian leaders did not appear to have taken into account the need for a balance between defence and economic requirements.
There was a flypast by 120 aircraft, including MIG and Mirage fighters, over Rawalpindi racecourse. And the hour-long military parade included banks and artillery.