• Short Summary

    Pakistan's Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto laid the foundation stone of the country's first steel mill, at Pipri near Karachi, on Sunday (December 30).

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    SV TILT DOWN Steel Mill sign
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    2.
    GV Car arrives: Bhutto greeted
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    3.
    GV Band plays
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    4.
    MV PAN Bhutto walks to Mill project
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    CU Foundation stone PAN TO Bhutto and other officials applauding
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    GV Officials around foundation stone
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    SCU INTERIOR Photographs of steel mill.
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    SV Map of steel mill
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    SV TILT UP Photograph of steel mill
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    10.
    SV TILT DOWN Bhutto looks at small model of steel works (4 shots)
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    Background: Pakistan's Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto laid the foundation stone of the country's first steel mill, at Pipri near Karachi, on Sunday (December 30).

    The Soviet Union has given technical help and 2380 million Rupees (GBP 100 million Sterling) towards the cost of the Karachi Steel Mill. The mill will start making steel plate, pig iron and coke by 1978, but it will not reach full production until 1980.

    Mr. Peter Sergeev, Soviet Economic Counsellor in Pakistan, travelled from Islamabad to attend the ceremony. He said Pakistan had agreed to repay the loan in 12 years, and repayment would be in Pakistan goods - not cash.

    Mr. Bhutto said the ceremony was more than laying a foundation stone -- it was the beginning of an industry which would be the backbone for future development.

    Mr. Bhutto told the guests he was amazed that Muslims, who used to be known for their inventive ability and skill in exploiting steel, were today so far behind. He hoped the saying from the Holy Koran inscribed on the foundation stone - "And we sent down iron wherein is great might and diverse uses for mankind" - would remind and inspire those who worked at the Mills.

    While the mill is being completed, the Soviet Union will train more than a thousand Pakistani technicians in Pakistan and Russia.

    Pakistan has signed a preliminary agreement with Australia for the supply of iron ore to the mill. Mr. Sergeev said Soviet experts had examined samples of Australian iron ore and found it entirely suitable.

    SYNOPSIS: Pakistan's first steel mill, at Pipri near Karachi, is expected to be completed by March. Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto laid the foundation stone on Sunday. The Soviet Union has given technical help and hundreds of millions of rupees towards the mill's cost.

    The mill will start making steel plate, pig iron and coke in nineteen seventy eight, but it will not reach full production until nineteen eighty.

    A saying from the Holy Koran was inscribed on the foundation stone - 'And we sent down iron wherein is great might and diverse uses for mankind.' Mr. Bhutto said he was amazed that Muslims, who used to be known for their inventive ability and skill at exploiting steel, had slipped so far behind in its production.

    While the mill is being completed, the Soviet Union will train more than a thousand Pakistan technicians in Pakistan and Russia.

    Mr. Bhutto said the ceremony was more than laying a foundation stone -- the mill would be the backbone of industrial development. Pakistan has signed a preliminary agreement with Australia for the supply of iron ore, and the Russian loan will be repaid over the next twelve years with Pakistan goods - not cash.

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    Film ID:
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    Media URN:
    VLVARTGYE5YDV6HVIJ5OBI1VK3GD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
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    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1974
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    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
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