A conference between India and Pakistan aimed at stopping religious conflict and the exodus of minorities from both countries opened in New Delhi, India, yesterday (Tuesday).
A conference between India and Pakistan aimed at stopping religious conflict and the exodus of minorities from both countries opened in New Delhi, India, yesterday (Tuesday). It's the first top level meeting between the two countries since the talks over the Kashmir issuer failed almost a year ago and is likely to prove as tendentious.
Representing the two countries are the Home Minister of India, Mr. Nanda, and the Home Minister for Pakistan, Mr. Habibullah Khan.
The latest upsurge of the Hindu-Moslem conflict occurred in January during anti-Hindu riots in Dacca, Eastern Pakistan. Hundreds were reported killed and since then tens of thousand of Hindus and about 35 thousand Christians have fled into India. However, the traffic has not been all one way, for anti-Moslem riots in India have forced Moslems to flee north.
The refugee problems in India is becoming acute, for an estimated 160 thousand Hindus have crossed into India at Gede in Bengal and thousands of others are in temporary camps in the Assam Hills.
Both countries have blamed each other for the religious persecution of the minority communities which they claim break the conditions of the Delhi Pact, signed in 1950. Negotiated between the then Pakistan Premier, Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan, and the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Nehru, it outlined extensive measures for the protection of the rights and property of minority groups.
The present conference is to last 5 days, and compromise on both sides will be needed to achieve any firm results.