There was no issue of the paper on this date due to a dispute between newspapers’ managements and sales agents. The excerpt below is taken from the previous day’s edition.

WASHINGTON: President Nixon and Pakistan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs conferred privately for 30 minutes at the White House yesterday [May 23] and discussed India’s recent explosion of a nuclear device. [The] White House spokesman … acknowledged that the issue of the explosion did come up. He added that President Nixon had stated the US position that it fully supported non-proliferation. … He also said, “there is no change in our arms supply policy towards India and Pakistan.” Mr. Aziz Ahmed has been in Washington for the annual ministerial meeting of the Central Treaty Organisation. …

The British today [May 24] said the recent Indian nuclear underground explosion reinforced the need to ensure wider acceptance of the 1968 … Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. Deputy Foreign Secretary David Ennals … said that the … explosion had introduced a new factor with world and regional implications.

Published in Dawn, May 26th, 2024

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