Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Malik Feroze Khan Noon, said in Dacca on December 29 Pakistan had no intention to declare war against India though he admitted relations between the two countries were not good.

He pleaded that Pakistan and India should live peacefully and on friendly terms. It was regrettable that these two Asian countries should quarrel, he said and added that others were taking advantage of it. Speaking in Urdu at a public meeting organised by the Awami League to celebrate the “people’s victory” over the electorate question, Malik Noon asked the Indian people to “disabuse their minds of the fear” that Pakistan wanted war with India. Pakistan had no intention to declare war against India, he said and added he had on several occasions given this assurance to the Prime Minister, Mr. Nehru.