NID: PAKISTAN-INDIA: DECISION TO TRY HIJACKERS

Created: 2/1/1985

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PAKISTAN-INDIA: Decision To Try Hijackers

Indian Prima Mlnlttar Gandhi's positive, public response lo Pakistani President Zla'a decision to trylkht tor bracking Indian airliners, probably will lead to resumption of high-level talks between New Delhi and Islamabad.

Zla earlier hadrial, (earing ihai ii would be unpopular. His decision to go ahead with il before Pakistani elections late this month is the most recent ot several bold political moves on

his part. He recentlyeferendum on his rule and eased

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Zia probably hopes the talks next week between the Indian and Pakistani Foroign Secretaries at the South Asia Regional Conference in the Maldives will result in more substantive discussions. New Delhi, however, probably will seek assurances from Islamabad that it will not aid Sikh extremistserious political negotiations begin. MMM

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