Indian and Pakistani officials preparing for substantive direst talks between Prime Minster Indira Gandhi and President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto began a third conference eat Simla, in northern India, on Thursday (29 June).
MV PAN..AND TRAVEL SHOT..Mrs. Gahdhi walking along Simla Mall with Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh (3 shots)
SCU PAN..Mr. Dhar arriving for talks (2 shots)
CU PAN..Other Indian delegates arrive
SCU INTERIOR.. Pakistani delegation leader Aziz Ahmed at table
GV ZOOM IN TO Mr Dhar at table
CU ZOOM OUT..Aziz Ahmed to delegates seated table.
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Background: Indian and Pakistani officials preparing for substantive direst talks between Prime Minster Indira Gandhi and President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto began a third conference eat Simla, in northern India, on Thursday (29 June). The day before, on Wednesday (28 June), Mrs. took time off from the business at hand to walk along the Mall of Simla.
With Mrs. Gandhi on her walk along the Mall was Mr. Y.S. Parmar, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.
By late Thursday, the second day of talks in Simla, a Dakistani Government official said that the talks were making slow but satisfactory progress and had reached a crucial stage.
But there was still no time set for a formal meeting between Mrs. Gandhi and President Bhutto, though the two leaders were meeting socially later at a dinner being given by the Indian Prime Minister for Mr. Bhutto.
The Indian delegation was led on Thursday by Mr. D.P. Dhar, Chairman of the Police Planning Cell in the Indian Foreign Affairs Ministry. The Pakistani representatives were led by Mr. Aziz Ahmed.
A Pakistani spokesman said that the delegations had gone into substance in the agenda items of primary importance. The agenda was drawn up at primacy talks in Pakistan last April. It has never been made public but it's reportedly assumed to include the long-standing dispute over Kashmir and the 93,000 Pakistani prisoners held i India since last December's war.