A special train, carrying Soviet-made arms seized in a raid on the Iraqi embassy in Islamabad earlier this month, is on a ten-day trip around Pakistan to enable a wider public to see the weapons.
GV People queue to see arms (3 shots)
CU Sign Pointing to train
GV & MV People entering train (3 shots)
MV INT Guns in racks
SV Iraqi diplomatic bag
MV People file past arms
MV High powered transmitter
MV People leaving train.
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Background: A special train, carrying Soviet-made arms seized in a raid on the Iraqi embassy in Islamabad earlier this month, is on a ten-day trip around Pakistan to enable a wider public to see the weapons.
There were long queues to see the arms when the train stopped at Karachi on Friday (23 Feb.).
The Iraqi Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Hikmat Suleman, was declared persons non grata following the police raid on 10 February.
The haul included 300 sub-machineguns, about 60,000 rounds of ammunition, incendiary grenades, guerrilla warfare training equipment and a long-range radio transmitter. The arms were packed in crates concealed in canvas diplomatic bags.
It is not known for whom the arms were intended, but there has been widespread speculation that they were going to Baluchistan, the province bordering Iran, where Pakistan troops have been operating against armed tribesmen.
SYNOPSIS: An unusual exhibition is proving to be a major attraction in Pakistan. This special train is carrying a massive cache of arms and ammunition seized in a raid on the Iraqi embassy in Islamabad.
The train, which is on a ten-day tour, arrived in Karachi on Friday. The embassy raid netted three hundred Soviet-made sub-machineguns, about sixty thousand rounds of ammunition and incendiary grenades. They were concealed in Iraqi diplomatic bags.
The Iraqi Ambassador in Islamabad was declared persons non grata and Iraq accused of aiding elements hostile to the Pakistan Government. A high-powered radio transmitter was also seized in the raid.