October 16, 1971
YAHYA CUT A SHORT VISIT TO IRAN
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Pakistani President Yahya Khan returned from Tehran today after shortening his stay for the Iranian birthday celebration.
It was reported that the Pakistani president had held talks with Soviet Premier Nikolai Podgorny in Iran. Radio Pakistan said Podgorny expressed concern about the situation in the subcontinent. He also claimed that the Soviet Premier “expressed the Soviet Union’s keen interest in the unity and integrity of Pakistan”. The Pakistani president, according to Pakistani Radio, told Podgorny that he was ready to withdraw from “defensive positions” on the border if India withdrew its forces and stopped helping the guerrillas in Bangladesh.
‘DESPERATE’ SITUATION IN EASTERN PAKISTAN
The Washington Post reported that there had been some progress in humanitarian aid in East Pakistan, but none on the political and military side. Citing UN sources, the newspaper said the situation remained “desperate”.
He further noted that 47 speakers at the annual UN general debate called for political reconciliation, but none proposed placing the issue on the agenda of the General Assembly or the Council of Europe. security. UN officials, according to the Washington Post, suggested two causes: “One was collective fatigue due to involvement in Chinese representation and the conflict in the Middle East and the other was fear of be involved in a great power conflict.
The newspaper commented that the private consultations showed Soviet support for India and American leanings towards Pakistan, and the Security Council therefore refused to even endorse UN Secretary-General U Thant’s expression of concern. concerning the situation in East Pakistan.
“FULLY PREPARED INDIA”
Indian Union Defense Minister Jagjivan Ram has said India is fully prepared to firmly face any possible Pakistan military adventure on the border. He gave this assurance at the Congress Central Parliamentary Council meeting attended by Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and his senior colleagues. The meeting reviewed the evolution of the border situation in view of the massive troop movements and Pakistan’s warlike posture against India.
ON THE FRONT OF WAR
In the Rangpur-Dinajpur-Rajshahi sector, Mukti Bahini today carried out a raid against Pakistani troops in Bhurungamari. In this action, three enemy soldiers were killed and 18 wounded. Another group of Mukti Bahini launched a mortar attack on Pakistani soldiers near Bhowalganj and claimed 17 enemy lives. On the same day, Mukti Bahini exchanged fire with Pakistani soldiers near Karia and killed 10 enemy soldiers. Mukti Bahini also blew up the railway line between Hili and Panchbibi. In another operation, Mukti Bahini ambushed a mixed Pakistani patrol near Muradpur. Five Pakistani soldiers including a captain were killed in this action.
In the Dhaka-Cumilla-Chattogram sector, Mukti Bahini today launched a mortar attack against occupying troops in the Saldhar region. In this action, eight enemy soldiers were killed and two enemy bunkers were destroyed.
In the Kushtia-Jashore-Khulna sector, Mukti Bahini today killed 3 enemy soldiers and 7 Razakars during an exchange of fire with the occupying troops in the Shejalu region.
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