OTHERS

dated May 9, 1950: Indo-Pak. press pact

At a joint conference of Indian and Pakistani newspaper editors held in Delhi as a gesture of goodwill following the Nehru-Liaqat Pact, the representatives of the two countries found they were in agreement on a number of matters; they decided to translate the common objectives into action by binding themselves to implement them. Commenting on this move, this paper observed, ``The most important of the objectives is to put a stop to mutual fault- finding and recrimination. This mutual antagonism was a reflection of the state of the relations between the two countries. As Pandit Nehru said at the joint conference, `The past two-and-a-half years after Partition have been abnormal years for both, with continuous conflict, suspicion, and a major upheaval. The Press was not responsible for the major upheaval of transfer of population.' That puts the part played by the newspapers in recent times in the proper perspective. It explains the paradox in recent times in the proper perspective. It explains the paradox of those who fought together for freedom, to be seen fighting each other after achieving freedom. The all- important question was whether the conflict should be allowed to go on to a bitter and mutually destructive end. The Prime Ministers felt this was `something very dangerous to India and Pakistan.'

``On the bold stroke of statesmanship which bore fruit in the shape of the Liaqat-Nehru Agreement, Pandit Nehru said, `We just managed to stop ourselves at the edge of the precipice, and turn away from it.'''