May 16, 1976, Forty Years Ago: India-Pak Ties

The two governments decided that each country should be represented in the other by an ambassador.

By: Express News Service | Published:May 16, 2016 12:01 am
 india, pakistan, india pak ties, sovient union, kuldeep mayar, ashoka mehta, congress, baroda case,CBI, indian express editorial A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on May 16, 1976, Forty Years Ago.

Soviet Union and Japan hailed the agreement between India and Pakistan to restore full diplomatic relations, airlinks including overflights and rail and road communications. The two governments decided that each country should be represented in the other by an ambassador. Private sector has been allowed to participate in the cross-border trade. An analysis by Kuldeep Nayar said the pact was a complete package that contained solutions to the outstanding problems listed in the four-year old Simla Agreement. Experts will soon meet to work out necessary details about airlinks, including overflights, and determine the number of flights, their frequency, airport facilities and so on.

Ashoka Mehta Freed

Ashoka Mehta, Congress (O) leader, was released from detention. He was arrested on June 26, 1975, after the Emergency was declared.

Baroda Case

Rwati Kant Sinha, Bihar Socialist Party leader and former member of the state legislative council, arrested in Patna in connection with the Baroda dynamite case, was remanded to police custody. Sinha was produced in the court by the CBI which made the arrest and requested for the remand.

Farakka Face-off

Director General of the Border Security Force Ashwini Kumar arrived at Kaliachak border outpost near Malda, the nearest point facing Shibgang in Rajsh-ahi district in Bangladesh from where Maulana Bhashani and followers have threatened to march to the India border. The 95-year-old Maulana had suffered a heart attack and been convalescing at the post-graduate medical college hospital in Dacca till May 11. Doctors who examined him at the Rajshahi Medical College Hosp-ital advised complete rest. However, he asserted: “I shall lead the long march as long as I am alive.”

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