• Short Summary

    THE WESTERN FRONT BETWEEN INDIA AND WEST PAKISTAN WAS REMAINED UNDISTURBED SINCE THE CEASEFIRE CAME INTO EFFECT AT 20.00 HOURS LOCAL TIMES ON FRIDAY (17 DECEMBER).

  • Description

    THE WESTERN FRONT BETWEEN INDIA AND WEST PAKISTAN WAS REMAINED UNDISTURBED SINCE THE CEASEFIRE CAME INTO EFFECT AT 20.00 HOURS LOCAL TIMES ON FRIDAY (17 DECEMBER). BOTH SIDES ARE STILL OCCUPYING TERRITORIES GAINED DURING THE WAR, AND APPEAR TO BE WAITING FOR THE POLITICIANS TO MAKE THE NEXT MOVE.

    PAKISTAN IS OCCUPYING ABOUT 50 SQUARE WILES OF INDIAN TERRITORY AROUND CNHAND, WHILE INDIA IS HOLDING SOME 1,400 SQUARE MILES OF WEST PAKISTAN -- MOST OF THE LATTER IS IN THE SIND DESERT, BUT INDIA HOLDS ONE SMALL AREA NEAR SIALKOT WHICH IS OF STRATEGIC VALUE SINCE THE ROAD NORTHWARDS TO JAMMU AND SRINAGAR RUNS CLOSE TO THE BORDER AT THIS POINT.

    IT IS FROM THIS AREA THAT OUR FILM COMES, SHOWING ACTIVITY IN AND BEHIND THE INDIAN LINES ON THE FINAL DAY OF FIGHTING AND THE FIRST DAY OF THE CEASEFIRE.

    SYNOPSIS: ON THE WESTERN FRONT BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN, A WELL-CAMOUFLAGES INDIAN FIELD GUN FIRS ONE OF THE LAST SMELLS OF THE FOURTEEN-DAY WAR.

    ONE OF PAKISTAN'S SABRE FIGHTER-BOMBERS FLIES LOW OVERHEAD WITH ITS DEADLY LOAD TO ATTACK A TARGET IN THE INDIANS LINE. IN THE EAST,THE SABRES WERE HOPELESSLY OUTNUMBERED, HERE IN THE WEST THEY HAVE PROVED THEIR WORTH
    THESE SCENES WERE SHOT ON THE LAST DAY OF THE WAR, AS INDIAN TROOPS MARCHED INTO DACCA TO RECEIVE THE SURRENDER OF THE PAKISTAN ARMY IN EAST PAKISTAN. HERE IN CLOSER TO STALEMATE, WITH BOTH SIZES HOLDING TERRITORY WON EARLIER IN THE FIGHTING, OUT WITH NO MAJOR BATTLES FOR MORE THAN A WEEK.

    ONE OF PAKISTAN'S PATTON TANKS LAY WHERE IT HAS SEEN IMMOBILISES DURING AN INDIAN ADVANCE INTO PAKISTAN WEAR THE TOWN OF SANBA. INDIA'S GAIN AT THIS POINT, THOUSAND SMALL IN AREA, WAS STRATEGICALLY IMPORTANT, AS THE PAKISTAN BORDER LAY CLOSE TO INDIA'S MAIN ROAD INTO NORTHERN KASHMIR. FURTHER NORTH, AT CHNAND, PAKISTAN WAS CAPTURED A SIMILAR SLICE OF INDIAN TERRITORY.

    FOR THE PAKISTANI TROOPS CAPTURED IN THE EARLIER FIGHTING THERE WAS THE INEVITABLE QUESTIONING FROM OFFICERS ANXIOUS TO GAIN INFORMATION ABOUT THE DISPOSITION OF THE OPPOSING FORCES. BUT BY NEW, THE INFORMATION WAS OF LITTLE VALUE
    DURING THE DAY, THE NEWS CAME THROUGH THAT PRESIDENT YANYA KHAN HAD ACCEPTED A CEASEFIRE IN THE WEST AS WELL AS THE EAST. IT WOULD COME INTO EFFECT BEFORE NIGHTFALL.

    THE WAR WAS OVER, AND IT WAS UP TO THE POLITICIANS TO MAKE THE NEXT MOVES. FOR THE MOMENT IT WAS ENOUGH TO CELEBRATE THE START OF PEACE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8TN6GBQ6C7IN4DII2FBSPY7EJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA8TN6GBQ6C7IN4DII2FBSPY7EJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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