Baltimore Sun

May 09 1971


Army, Rebels Fight Over Ruined Pakistan

By Mort Rosenblum

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(NOTE.-The writer was one of six correspondents admitted

to East Pakistan after a five-week period during which

foreign correspondents were officially barred from the

area, This dispatch was brought out of Dacca and filed

free of censorship.)

(NOTE.-The writer was one of six correspondents admitted to East Pakistan after a five-week period during which foreign correspondents were officially barred from the area, This dispatch was brought out of Dacca and filed free of censorship.)

A civil war of staggering butchery and hatred has left the 23-year-old nation of Pakistan on the brink of economic and political ruin.

Pakistan, though broke, is spending more than 82 million daily to support the Army that shelled and machine- gunned this province of 75 million into submissive inactivity.

It is responsibly estimated that deaths since the war started March 25 number more than the 400,000 killed by nature in last November's cyclone. This time, each death means a family's lasting bitterness,


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