INTRODUCTION: Most of Pakistan's major cities were paralysed by a general by a strike on Saturday (26 March) called for by arrested opposition leaders to protest against the convening of a new National Assembly.
GVs AND LVs: semi-deserted streets in Lahore, Pakistan. (8 shots)
GV: Presidential Palace, Rawalpindi.
SV INTERIOR: aide-de-camp leading in Chinese military delegation.
SV: Chinese military delegation leader Yang Cheng-wu entering room.
SV AND SVs PAN: Chinese delegation awaiting arrival of Pakistan President (3 shots)
SV: Pakistani President Fazal Elahi Chaudry entering room.
SV: Chaudry and Yang seated talking and SV others watching PAN TO SVs Chaudry and Yang talking. (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Most of Pakistan's major cities were paralysed by a general by a strike on Saturday (26 March) called for by arrested opposition leaders to protest against the convening of a new National Assembly. Meanwhile, a Chinese delegation arrived in Rawalpindi, the capital, for the talks with Pakistani leaders.
SYNOPSIS: In Lahore, like other main canters, most of the shops were closed and little public transport was running. The nine -party opposition Pakistan National Alliance called for the strike after being heavily defeated in the recent elections, claiming the results were falsified. Its leaders were detained in restrictive measures introduced by Prime Minister Zulifikar Ali Bhutto after savage riots spread through the major town and cities.
A visiting Chinese delegation, meanwhile, was at the Presidential Palace in Rawalpindi. It was essentially a military groups, led by Yang Cheng-wu, deputy chairman of the Chinese Army General Staff.
The visit follows one by Mr Bhutto last May to Peking the Chinese capital. He met high ranking Chinese officials, and an agreement was signed covering scientific and technical co-operation between the two countries. China is Pakistans major international ally.
Pakistani President Fazal Elahi Chaudry met the Chinese delegation. Meanwhile, the following day the official opening of the new Parliament was boycotted by the opposition, which is demanding fresh elections. They've also called for Mr. Bhutto's resignation.