President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, of Pakistan, reviewed a large joint services parade in Rawalpindi to mark Pakistan Day on Friday (March 23).
SV PAN Horse drawn carriage with Bhutto arrives at parade in Race Course Grounds.
SCU Bhutto being greeted.
SV Bhutto walks on to platform, TILT UP to flags. (3 shots)
GV PAN Crowds at parade watching.
LV PAN Aircraft fly past in formation. (2 shots)
LV Troops march past giving salute. (2 shots)
CU Girls watching. (2 shots)
GV White uniformed Naval troops march past.
GV Army commando's running past giving salute. (2 shots)
SV & CU Bhutto at attention on stand. (2 shots)
CU Senior officer
GV & SV Tanks roll past with commanders giving salute. (3 shots).
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Background: President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, of Pakistan, reviewed a large joint services parade in Rawalpindi to mark Pakistan Day on Friday (March 23).
The parade included infantry, sailors and mechanised armour columns and drew large crowds.
Only a few hours after it took place, a three-hour gun battle occurred at an opposition political meeting in the city in which at least nine people were killed and 65 wounded.
The Punjab - Pakistan's major province - was placed under a ban on public meetings and processions because of the shootings. Shortly after a declaration was made by the Opposition parties in the National Assembly that they would boycott constitution making proceedings because of the disruption of their rally, which they said was inspired by the Government.
Police reported the arrest of more than 60 people in Rawalpindi and recovered a number of weapons, including seven hand grenades, three sub-machine guns and four pistols.
Friday was a national holiday. The day had begun with special prayers in all mosques for the prosperity and integrity of the country. Nearly 2,500 members of the three services took part in the ??? and more than 100 combat aircraft flew overhead led by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Zafar Chaudhry.
SYNOPSIS: The crowds were out in Rawalpindi, the capital of Pakistan, on Friday. To mark Pakistan Day, President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was taking the salute at a military parade at the Race Course Grounds.
The day began with special prayers in all mosques for the prosperity and integrity of the country as constitution making proceedings continued. President Bhutto had set a deadline of April the twenty-first for the adoption of the constitution.
It was a public holiday - and flags were flying on all public buildings.
The parade opened with a flypast of more than one hundred combat aircraft, led by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Zafar Chaudhry.
During the ceremonial marchpast, there was little sign of the trouble to come only a few hours later. The peace of Pakistan Day was shattered in a three hour gunbattle at an opposition political rally in Rawalpindi. At least nine people were killed and sixty-five injured.
Now the whole of the Punjab - Pakistan's largest province - is under a ban on public meetings and processions until the new constitution is adopted. But the Opposition parties have decided to boycott the constitution-making process because of the disruption of their rally which they say was inspired by the Government.
The Provincial Governor said in a broadcast that the affair was an Opposition conspiracy. Armed men had been brought into the city from the North West frontier and had carried out a planned attack on members of the youth movement of the National Awami Party, an opposition party. And a day of national unity ended in tragic discord.