The Asian Age

Indo- Pak re­la­tions will im­prove, hopes Ayub

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KARACHI: Pres­i­dent Ayub Khan to­day voiced the hope that re­la­tions be­tween In­dia and pak­istan would im­prove and “things will start mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

In his first- of- the- month broad­cast, Pres­i­dent Ayub said, “the Kashmir prob­lem awaits a fair and hon­ourable set­tle­ment. Once this has been re­solved, it should be pos­si­ble to usher in an era of mu­tual col­lab­o­ra­tion, as­sis­tance and friend­ship.”

He added, “this will prove of im­mense ben­e­fit to the peo­ple on both sides, par­tic­u­larly to our neigh­bours in In­dia, who are be­ing un­nec­es­sar­ily sub­jected to the con­se­quences of an ex­pen­sive and waste­ful con­fronta- tion.”

In a ref­er­ence to the con­trol of floods in East Pak­istan, the Pres­i­dent said Pak­istan might have to seek the co- op­er­a­tion of In­dia in this task.

He said, “the In­dian Union has the same prob­lems and an ex­change of tech­ni­cal data and plans would help the ad­min­is­tra­tions on both sides to con­trol floods. I hope it will be pos­si­ble to come to some rea­son­able ar­range­ment with In­dia.”

The Pres­i­dent de­voted a ma­jor part of his broad­cast to the forth­com­ing Pak­istani elec­tions to the Na­tional and Provin­cial as­sem­blies and to the of­fice of Pres­i­dent. He said th­ese elec­tions sym­bol­ised a “great op­por­tu­nity and a great chal­lenge.”

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