The sale of arms to Pakistan is becoming a major political topic in India and the cause of a number of demonstrations.
The sale of arms to Pakistan is becoming a major political topic in India and the cause of a number of demonstrations. Supporters of Bangladesh have demonstrated outside the American and Soviet Consulates and presented petitions calling on both nations to give an undertaking not to supply armaments....lethal or otherwise to Pakistan. Most of the demonstrators are East Pakistanis who say they left their country because of the action of West Pakistani soldiers.
SYNOPSIS: A group of Cine Technicians and artists marched on the United States Consul in Calcutta yesterday to demand that America sells no more arms to the Pakistan Government. The demonstrators, claiming to be supporters of Bangladesh who left their country because of the action of the West Pakistani troops, presented a petition at the Consulate. They asked for a reassurance that no arms...either lethal or otherwise...would be supplied to the Pakistan armed forces. The United States has supplied some 2,000 million dollars (832 million sterling) worth of armaments since 1954.
Police stood by in case of trouble, but the demonstration went without incident.
In another part of Calcutta, a group of student members of the Congress Party staged a march on the Soviet Consulate. The supply of arms was one of the issues, but the demonstrators wanted the Soviet Government to pledge its support for the people of Bangladesh. Again there were no incidents.
In yet another demonstration, some one thousand women marched through the streets shouting anti-American slogans...this too was aimed at showing their feelings over arms sales. Police cordoned off the Consulate and after discussions with the leaders allowed a small group to enter the grounds and present a petition. The question of arms sales to Pakistan is becoming a major issue in India. America has said it hasn't supplied weapons to Pakistan since the outbreak of fighting.