THE Government of the Indian Union were accused of planning destruction of the State of Pakistan by the Prime Minister, Mr Liaquat Ali Khan, on Saturday [Jan 3], when at a two-hour Press conference ... he reviewed the entire field of Indo-Pakistan relations since the partition of India. Mr Liaquat Ali Khan said: “I charge the Government of India: first, it has never wholeheartedly accepted the partition scheme, but her leaders paid lip service to it merely to get British troops out of the country. Secondly, India is out to destroy the State of Pakistan which Indian leaders persistently continue to regard as part of India itself.

“Thirdly, systematic sabotage against the implementation of partition; stoppage of coal and rail transport; deliberate withholding of Pakistan’s share of funds, arms and equipment; and the wholesale massacre of Muslim populations; which are all designed towards one aim, namely, the destruction of Pakistan.

“Fourthly, India’s forcible occupation of Junagadh, Manavadar and other states in Kathiawar which acceded to Pakistan as well as the fraudulent procurement of the accession of Jammu and Kashmir State are acts of hostitlity… .[”]

Published in Dawn, January 4th, 2023

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