Radio Pakistan reported today (Saturday) that at least five Indian attacks across the border had been repulsed.
Radio Pakistan reported today (Saturday) that at least five Indian attacks across the border had been repulsed. The previous day in Dacca, the commander of the Pakistani Eastern Command, General Niazi, gave a press conference and declared that he was confident that his troops could contain the border fighting.
He was asked whether he was worried by the likely numerical superiority of the forces opposing him:
Visnews cameraman Sepp Riff, who covered the news conference, was also was out filming the men who have taken over from the Army in imposing martial law in Dacca -- the so-called Razakars. These are specially-trained civilians who undertake patrol and security duty in place of the Army.
SYNOPSIS: Since the sudden escalation of Indo-Pakistan border fighting last week, relatively few soldiers are to be seen in Dacca, capital of East Pakistan. But martial law still has to be imposed and a special civilian force is taking over the necessary operations.
These duties are in the hands of the so-called Razakars -- civilians specially trained by the Army to control checkpoints and carry out security work. Their efforts free more men for the border, where weekend fighting was reported to be heavy. Pakistan Radio claimed on Saturday that at least five Indian attacks, supported by tanks and artillery, had been thrown back.
The previous day, the Commander of Eastern Command, General Niazi, was asked by newsmen whether his troops could withstand superior Indian numbers: