Some 24 hours after the cease-fire which ended the fighting on the Western Front between India and Pakistan, Indian troops were relaxing in territory in Kashmir they had captured in Fierce fighting.
Some 24 hours after the cease-fire which ended the fighting on the Western Front between India and Pakistan, Indian troops were relaxing in territory in Kashmir they had captured in Fierce fighting. This film was taken at a point about 19 miles (30 kms) inside the border of West Pakistan on Saturday (18 December). Two days before, a hard-fought tank battle had taken place in the same area in which it was reported Pakistan had lost 45 tanks and 300 dead.
But by Saturday some degree of cooperation had been achieved between the former enemies as Indians helped the Pakistanis to recover the bodies of their men killed in action.
SYNOPSIS: This area, in West Pakistan in Kashmir, was captured by Indian troops during the 14-day conflict between the two countries. By Saturday, 24 hours after the ceasefire which ended the conflict, Indian troops were in the area in force. Indian vehicles moved freely there - some 19 miles inside the border of West Pakistan.
Two days before this was the scene of a fierce tank battle -- one of the biggest of the war. Pakistan reportedly lost 45 tanks and 300 dead.
But it was quiet on Saturday and the Indians could move without hinderance -- even though they kept their guard up.
Signs of battle were everywhere. Burned-out equipment from both sides littered the battlefield.
Pakistani prisoners were moved out of the former battle zone. When the ceasefire was announced, there was no mention by India of troop withdrawals -- so the Indians stayed put.....
And they managed to relax -- for some it was the first chance they'd had since they entered the area as combat forces. The Indians seemed to welcome the ceasefire on the Western Front as a gesture towards Pakistan in view of the East's capture by Indian forces.
As they relaxed, they were able to look at some of the results of battle. Here, the troops examined the wreckage of a Pakistani Mig-19 fighter which had been brought down by the Indians during the fighting.
Some semblance of cooperation between the former enemies was beginning to take place along the lines by Saturday. The Indians took the bodies of fallen Pakistani troops to the forward positions so the Pakistani forces could recover them.
The dead were then given to the Pakistanis who took the bodies inside their lines.
Pakistani and Indian officers were beginning to meet under slightly happier conditions than they had earlier. It's expected that there will ultimately be hard bargaining with India over the eventual terms of the ceasefire -- India holds many cards which they can use in talks with Pakistan.
One of those cards will be the more than 80,000 Pakistani troops who've surrendered in the East. But on the West on Saturday the fighting was over -- and the talks were yet to begin.