India's Premier Nehru received a warm welcome, Sept 19, from President Ayub of Pakistan, in his arrival in Karachi for the signing of the Indus Water agreement.
India's Premier Nehru received a warm welcome, Sept 19, from President Ayub of Pakistan, in his arrival in Karachi for the signing of the Indus Water agreement. On the drive from the airport large crowds cheered the leaders and there was a festival spirit in the air.
Soon after his arrival the Indian Prime Minister laid wreaths on the tombs of Pakistan's first Governor General, Mohommad Ali Jinnah, and first Premier, Liaquat Ali Khan. Later he addressed a civic reception and spoke of the Indus Waters agreement with satisfaction. Also present at the reception was President Ayub and W. A. B. Iliff of the World Bank. It is mainly due to a great deal of patient work on the part of World Bank officials that the agreement has come into being.
At the President's residence the short ceremony of the signing took place. Both leaders and the World Bank official also signed the related financial agreement with representatives of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States Germany and Britain.
The Indus treaty means that the cooperation between India and Pakistan will provide a new way of life to about 50 million people. It also means a new standard of prosperity for both nations. Vast areas of land which at present are unable to support crops will be developed into rich farms areas.