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From 50 Years Ago: Pakistan's Propaganda Gambit.

Weekly Note from Volume XIV, No 18, May 5 1962.

The objective of all Pakistani diplomatic manoeuvres on the Kashmir issue has been two-fold: first, to keep the issue alive and pre-vent a situation from arising where a stale-mate might leave her with no alternative but to accept, in fact if not in law, some solution based on the existing position, and second, to make the maximum propaganda capital out of India’s well known stand against third party intervention in the dispute. This is apparent from the two “alternative” proposals made by Mr Zafrulla Khan. If any doubt existed that Pakistan’s real purpose in raising the Kashmir issue in the UN Security Council once again was to try and score off India in propaganda rather than to sincerely seek a solution of the long-standing dispute, it dis-appeared with the speech of Pakistan’s chief delegate at the UN.

...A settlement of the Kashmir question along the lines of the U N C I P Resolutions is not, therefore, a practical proposition in the condi-tions of today. The Indian stand in this respect is supported by the official observations... In the first place, the insistence on the presence of a third party is an attempt to bring in mediation, to which India is opposed, by the back door. Secondly, the talks are to be directed at ulti-mately clearing the way for a plebiscite to which Pakistan clings as the only acceptable solution. The outcome of the present discussions in the Security Council is therefore, readily predictable…

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