Washington Post

June 30 1971


More U.S. Weapons Will Go to Pakistan

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Four or five ships carrying licensed United States military equipment will sail for Pakistan in the next month or two, U.S. officials said yesterday.

But, State Department press officer Charles Bray said, the equipment was all licensed for sale to Pakistan prior to the March 25 arms clamp-down.

Bray said one ship was already being loaded. Other officials said four or five vessels would set sail in the next one to two months.

Bray denied published reports that Secretary of State William P. Rogers would visit India and Pakistan for a first hand view of the civil strife in East Pakistan and the resultant refugee crisis in India.

In New Delhi, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi rejected demands from some of her Congress Party members in Parliament that India go to war against Pakistan. She said her government would not "embark on any adventurist policies."

"Do not talk loosely of war or similar adventurist policies," Mrs. Gandhi reportedly told a party caucus. The meeting was closed to the press, but several members gave newsmen a summary of her remarks.


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