RAWALPINDI: In a forthright warning to India, President Yahya Khan today [Nov 25] made it “absolutely clear that we shall defend our honour and our territorial integrity with all forces at our command”. Inaugurating the Heavy Mechanical Complex at Taxila this morning, the President referred to the grave threat … caused by the Indian armed aggression in East Pakistan, and regretted that “all our attempts to settle our disputes through peaceful means have so far been frustrated by Indian intransigence”. — Newspaper’s staff correspondent

[Meanwhile, as reported by the newspaper’s overseas correspondent from London,] in a last-minute bid for peace, President Yahya Khan … appealed to Premier Edward Heath and other World leaders to prevent escalating Indian aggression… .

[Special Representative adds from Rawal­pin­­di,] Diplomatic activity to defuse the situation on the Indo-Pakistan borders continued … though it did not appear to have made any significant headway. The British High Commissioner … is believed to have delivered Prime Minister’s Heath’s reply to President Yahya Khan’s recent communication to Heads of Governments… .

Published in Dawn, November 26th, 2021

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