President Yahya Khan of Pakistan says his country's relations with India are heading for the "point of no return", as the death toll from border fighting mounts into hundreds.
AERIAL V...border country in Jessore area
SV Troops and jeep moving up
SV Troops digging emplacement
SV Gun being loaded and fired (3 shots)
SV Newsmen boarding train, while troops look on (2 shots)
SV ZOOM IN Soldier on train
SV TRACKING SHOT..gun emplacements along railway (3 shots)
CU Damaged platform at railway station Akhaura junction Tilt to newsmen with troops (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT..Captured arms and troops looking on
SV Newsmen and troops by railway wagon containing dead Indian troops (2 shots)
SV TRACKING SHOT..from train ZOOM TO spiked barrier
SV Damaged trucks
SV Newsmen and troops in boats crossing river, past villagers fishing (3 shots)
SV PAN..Blown-up bridge (2 shots)
SV Troops by gun emplacement
SV Machine gun post PAN to railway track
TV past camouflaged gun and army lorry
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Background: President Yahya Khan of Pakistan says his country's relations with India are heading for the "point of no return", as the death toll from border fighting mounts into hundreds. This compilation covers activity in two of the areas which have suffered some of the heaviest fighting in the last couple of days -- Jessore and Comilla.
Pool film from Jessore shows troops moving up to the battle area, digging in and firing artillery. Pakistan claimed that Indian shelling of Jessore claimed the lives of at least 100 civilians.
From VISNEWS cameraman Sepp Riff comes a report of the situation in the Comilla district, filmed when newsmen were allowed to tour the area by rail -- except when a blown-up bridge made is necessary for the party to cross a river by boat.
During the trip, the newsman were shown bodies said to be Indian Army Ghurkas, killed in the fighting. They also saw large quantities of arms which the Pakistanis claimed had been captured during the previous two days.
SYNOPSIS: Flying in the Jessore area of East Pakistan was a hazardous undertaking on Wednesday. This was the scene of some of the heaviest border fighting between Pakistan and India. Jessore airport was under attack and the authorities claimed a hundred civilian in the town had been killed by shelling
Meantime, newsmen joined troops boarding a train to travel through another of the areas worst affected by the mid-week fighting -- the Comilla district, eighty miles east of Dacca. Pakistan accused India of opening a new front in the Comilla district on Tuesday, adding that the initial attack had been thrown back with heavy losses. But two days later, there were still reports of border posts in the area being under heavy pressure. There was plenty of evidence of a heavy Pakistan military build-up.
Here, a few miles from the border with India, newsmen saw damage to a railway station.
Weapons, which the Pakistanis claims to have captured from the Indians during the fighting, were also displayed. They said an entire battalion of the regular Indian army had been wiped out.
Five corpses were produced. The Pakistanis said they were Ghurkas -- five of the hundred and ninety-seven killed in the Comilla battle. The five corpses, however, wore civilian clothes, apart from their army shirts.In breaking up attacks along the border, Pakistan said its troops had killed a total of three-hundred and thirty Indian soldiers. Barriers of spiked bamboos have been hastily thrown up to prevent further incursions But this close to the border, most of the damage was caused by shelling.
A broken bridge up ahead forced the newsmen and troops to take to boats in order to cross a river near the border. The bridge was blown up during the Bangla Desh fighting Last March. President Yahya Khan of Pakistan says his country's relations with India are now close to the point of no return. Pakistan wanted to avoid war, he said, but Indian aggression made this Increasingly difficult. Meantime, India Radio was claiming that what it called Bangla Desh freedom fighters had made notable gains against the Pakistani army. But there have been official admissions that Indian troops were crossing the border to support the Bangla Desh guerrillas. On the international front, the Pakistan High Commissioner in London appealed to British Prime Minister Edward Heath to use his influence to help end the fighting.