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Forty Years Ago, April 22, 1981: US-Pak Deal

The United States has offered and Pakistan has accepted a five-year programme of military sales credits, economic aid, durable relationship and support for the independence of Pakistan.

By: Editorial |
April 22, 2021 2:13:06 am
The Indian Express front page, April 22, 1981.

The United States has offered and Pakistan has accepted a five-year programme of military sales credits, economic aid, durable relationship and support for the independence of Pakistan, Agha Shahi, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister and the US Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, told correspondents in Washington. Asked why Pakistan had accepted a $500 million/year programme from the Reagan administration after rejecting as “peanuts” the Carter administration’s offer of $493 million, both Shahi and Haig stressed that the figures were being negotiated and that the dialogue was continuing.

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