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Politics-All Honourable Men

December 2, 1978 Pakistan and India have tried to score points, is whether the region should be declared a 'Zone of Peace', as India with Bhutan demands, or a 'Nuclear Weapon Free Zone', as Pakistan and other countries in South Asia want it to be. Since 1974, Pakistan has been presenting every year before the UN General Assembly its resolution calling upon the countries of the region to agree that a nuclear weapon free zone be established in South Asia; and equally regularly, India has been countering with a lot of high-minded talk of how such a proposal would not merely not lead to any reduction in tensions, but actually render the countries in the area vulnerable to the pressure of nuclear powers. In India's view, it is necessary for the nuclear powers first to dismantle their own clear capabilities before urging coutries or regions to declare their area as 'nuclear weapon free'. That both the Pakistani proposal and India's reservations thereon, voiced with unfailing regularity before the UN General Assembly, were merely intended to secure to each country a propaganda advantage has always been evident, though strictly in terms of credibility, the Pakistani proposal has always appeared more reasonable than Indian protestations about its commitment to peace and disarmament.

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