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    Members of a British Parliamentary fact-finding team spoke on Monday (June 28) of a climate of fear they had found in East Pakistan and urged restoration of confidence to allow refugees to return home.

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    Members of a British Parliamentary fact-finding team spoke on Monday (June 28) of a climate of fear they had found in East Pakistan and urged restoration of confidence to allow refugees to return home.

    The team whose four members toured East Pakistan for four days, gave their impressions before leaving for Calcutta for the second stage of their study tour of the aftermath of last March's East Pakistan crisis.

    The team is led by Mr. Arthur Bottomley, a former Commonwealth Secretary. He said the mission had seen "terrible things--many empty villages and road and rail bridges destroyed which, if rebuilt, could be damaged again."
    Mr. Bottomley said that unless the situation improved food would be scarce. The delegation, he said, saw fields and factories crying out for labour. Mr. Bottomley said something must be done to remove the fear which holds back the return of the refugees.

    This British Broadcasting Corporation film report carries a voice-over narration by B.B.C. reporter Jim Biddulph, which may be used.

    SYNOPSIS: Members of a four-man British Parliamentary fact-finding team have concluded their four-day tour of East Pakistan. The team, led by former Commonwealth Secretary, Mr. Arthur Bottomley, on Monday visited the Sylhet area--scene of alleged recent artillery barrages by both the Indian and Pakistan armies. The Pakistan army claims that several thousand shells have landed in Pakistan territory in the past few weeks.

    Members of the British team also spoke of a climate of fear they had found in East Pakistan and urged a restoration of confidence in the area to encourage the refugees to return to their homes. The team's visit to the Sylhet area was one of the last stages in their tour.

    The Pakistan Army is in the Sylhet area--which has a long and vexed border with India--in force.

    Many bridges were damaged right at the start of the trouble, but sabotage is still going on and the army has so far found 150 landmines in roads.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADST6AYBQCCBJJWNPJ7AXNL8RO
    Media URN:
    VLVADST6AYBQCCBJJWNPJ7AXNL8RO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/06/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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