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    Indian and Pakistani troops have completed withdrawals to their own sides of the International border conforming with last July's Simla peace agreement.

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    Indian and Pakistani troops have completed withdrawals to their own sides of the International border conforming with last July's Simla peace agreement.

    The pull out of troops from occupied lands began on Wednesday, December 13, just four days short of the anniversary of the war that changed the map of the sub-continent.

    India had occupied about 5,000 square miles (12,900 square kilometres) of Pakistani territory by the end of last December's war, while Pakistani troops were encamped on about 50 square miles (129 square kilometres) of Indian territory.

    Observers say the way is now open for more talks on further implementation of the Simla agreement. India is expected to press for talks on possible resumption of overflights of each other's territory, communications, travel facilities and trade relations as well as scientific and cultural exchanges.

    Indian officials, however, expect Pakistan President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to press for talks with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on more difficult subjects such as the repatriation of nearly 90,000 Pakistani prisoners of war. Pakistan has repatriated all Indian prisoners of war.

    SYNOPSIS: Pakistani troops returned to the Punjab and Sind areas occupied by Indian forces for the past year, following completion of mutual military withdrawals across the international frontier. The withdrawals conformed with last July's peace agreement in the Indian hill resort of Silma, which followed the fourteen-day war between the two countries last December.

    The Pakistani troops immediately began locating land mines that had been strategically placed during the Indian occupation. The Indian Army had occupied about 5,000 square miles of territory in two Pakistani provinces. Pakistan claims its army captured 120 square miles of the Indian Punjab during the war.

    As the Indian troops withdrew from the town of Khokrapar, they took most of the railway tracks with them.

    The rest of the town had been left in ruins, a scar from last December's fighting. However, the way is now open for more talks on further implementation of the Simla agreement. India is expected to press for talks on possible resumption of communications, travel facilities, trade relations and scientific and cultural exchanges. Pakistan's President Bhutto is also expected to press for talks with Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on more difficult subjects, such as the repatriation of 90,000 Pakistani prisoners of war.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3DVP60GBJM7PKSSND2PJ7MPSN
    Media URN:
    VLVA3DVP60GBJM7PKSSND2PJ7MPSN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
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    N/A

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