Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, was in India this week as part of his tour of the South Asian sub-continent.
Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, was in India this week as part of his tour of the South Asian sub-continent. The purpose of his tour is to examine at first hand the way in which the Repatriation Operation between Pakistan and Bangladesh, is working. Price Sadruddin's United Nations department is co-ordinating the Operation.
More than two-hundred thousand people are having to be repatriated Bengalis from Pakistan to Bangladesh, and non-Bengalis from Bangladesh to Pakistan. The airlift was the result of an agreement signed in New Delhi in August, and by November 14, more than 60,000 people had been ???oved. The U.N. officials hope that the operation will be completed by the end of March next year.
It is the largest operation of its kind ever attempted, and six planes are being used to ferry the refugees between Pakistan and Bangladesh. The planes often fly two return flights between Dacca and Karachi a day. It is a 24 hour operation and the planes receive weather reports from Indian stations, though there are no official contacts between India and Pakistan.
Prince Sadruddin's visit to India is his first since 1969, when he married his present wife who was born in Delhi. The Princess accompanied him on Wednesday (21 November), when he met the Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, in her office. Late that day, the couple visited the Indian President, Mr. V.V. Giri, at his home.
In the morning the prince and his wife had laid a wreath at the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.