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Maharashtra-An Agreement at Stake

Maharashtra-An Agreement at Stake

Indo-Pakistan Relations INDIRA GANDHI's decision to des- , patch a special envoy to Pakistan with a message from her to President Zia was an important diplomatic initiative. The move has to be judged against the background of the government of India's earlier decision to postpone the next round of Indo-Pak talks as an expression of its displeasure at the raising of the Kashmir issue in the UN by Pakistan. Through her special message to President Zia, Indira Gandhi has indicated her government's readiness to reactivate the talks between the two countries. She has perhaps done something more. When the then, Foreign Minister of Pakistan had visited India in January, the Government of India had proposed the establishment of a joint commission to work towards closer co-operation between the two countries in areas like trade, travel, etc. While Pakistan did not reject the proposal, it did imply that this was a rather tardy response from India to its own proposal of a no-war pact. To remove this impres- sion, it would appear, Indira Gandhi has, in her letter to Zia, put forward the idea of a treaty of peace and friendship between the two countries.

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