New York Times

September 16 1971


Yahya Visits Teheran for Talks

Peace Moves With India Hinted

By Malcolm W. Browne

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Embassies Believed Active

It is believed here that contacts between the Indians and Pakistanis have been arranged in Teheran, where the Soviet and American embassies also are believed to be encouraging peacemaking efforts.

Related to Pakistan's conflict with India is the political situation in East Pakistan. Although India has stopped short of extending diplomatic recognition to the Bengali rebels who call for an autonomous state of Bangla Desh (Bengal Nation) there, she has given them material and political support.

It is understood that contacts between President Yahya and Bengali leaders have been arranged, perhaps even including direct talks in Teheran.

The spiritual and political leader of the dissident Bengalis, Sheik Mujibur Rahman, has been a prisoner of the Pakistani Army since March 26 and on Aug. 11 he reportedly went before a court‐martial on charges of “waging war against Pakistan.”

Any political settlement in East Pakistan not involving Sheik Mujib seems to most outside observers unlikely to reduce the danger of an accelerating civil war.


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