The Non-Aligned Summit was the main topic of talks between Afghan President Mohammad Daoud and Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on Saturday (21 August).
The Non-Aligned Summit was the main topic of talks between Afghan President Mohammad Daoud and Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on Saturday (21 August). President Daoud flew to Islamabad from the summit on Friday (20 August) on an official visit.
SYNOPSIS: President Daoud's visit is to continue efforts to improve relations with Pakistan, strained for about 30 years. He received a rousing welcome when he arrived by special plane from Colombo. He was greeted by Prime Minister Bhutto and President Fazal Chaudhry.
His five-day official visit follows an official visit to Kabul last June when President Daoud and Premier Bhutto agreed to work for normalisation on the basis of peaceful co-existence. They are trying to resolve political differences between the two neighbouring Moslem states. The Afghans have been sympathetic to the idea of a separate state for Pakistan's Pathan tribesmen with whom they have historic ties.
Afghanistan does not officially recognise its border with Pakistan and in the past has demanded a say in the future of the Pathan tribesmen. Pakistan considers this an internal affair. But talks between Prime Minister Bhutto and the President concentrated for a time on the Non-Aligned summit. Pakistan maintained a close interest in the Colombo conference, although it does not belong to the Non-Aligned movement.