The Soviet Union is helping the United Nations repatriate Pakistanis and Bengalis stranded since the Indo-Pakistan war.
SV Sign "Pakistani Repatriate Reception Centre - Dacca Airport"
LV & SV Pakistanis having luggage weighed (2 shots)
SV Repatriates awaiting arrival of Russian aircraft (2 shots)
LV Two men at evening prayer
LV Soviet aircraft taxis in
SV Repatriates watch
CU Sign aircraft "United Nations"
LV & CU Bengalis leaving aircraft (4 shots)
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Background: The Soviet Union is helping the United Nations repatriate Pakistanis and Bengalis stranded since the Indo-Pakistan war. On Monday (8 October), a Soviet Ilyushin-18 aircraft arrived in Dacca, the capital of Bangladesh, carrying returning Bangalis from Karachi.
Waiting at Tejgaon Airport in Dacca were groups of Pakistani refugees and prisoners of war. They filled the aircraft vacated by the Bengalis, and flew off to Karachi. The Soviet airline, Aeroflot, has provided several Ilyushins for the airlift. With a passenger capacity of 100, the planes are making two trips a day between Karachi and Dacca.
Britain, Australia and Sweden have also pledged their air power to the repatriation exercise. About 200,000 Bengalis and Pakistanis will be returned their homes in the next few months. The programme also takes in India, where 12,600 Pakistanis are waiting to go home.
SYNOPSIS: At the Tejgaon Airport in Dacca, a long wait comes to an end. These Pakistanis will soon leave Bangladesh for their homes. The United Nations is supervising the repatriation programme to return Bengalis and Pakistanis to their homes... a sequel to the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war.
The Soviet Union joined the repatriation programme on Monday, when several Ilyushins went into service between Karachi and Dacca. The first arrived at Dacca carrying Bengali repatriates. The Soviet airline, Aeroflot, provided the planes, which carry a hundred passengers on each trip.
Each Soviet plane will be making two trips a day between Karachi and Dacca. Britain, Australia and Sweden have also pledged their air support for the repatriation programme. About two hundred thousand Bengalis and Pakistanis will be returned to their homes by the aeroplane shuttle service in the next few months. The United Nations programme also takes in India, where more than twelve thousand Pakistanis are waiting to go home.