Indo-Pak confederation suggestion untenable

The Union Defence Minister, Mr. Swaran Singh to-day [August 20, New Delhi] turned down as unacceptable and untenable the suggestions for the confederation of India and Pakistan. Answering a volley of questions arising from a calling attention motion in the Rajya Sabha on Pakistan’s military preparations, the Defence Minister said: “With the type of tension that now exists, with their (Pakistan’s) forces in Jammu and Kashmir and with their throwing to the wind their obligations under the Tashkent agreement the proposal is untenable.” Mr. Swaran Singh stated that the two countries were sovereign and any suggestion that would compromise the sovereignty of the country would not be acceptable to India or Pakistan.