INDIA - PAKISTAN SITUATION REPORT (AS OF 900 EST)

Created: 12/19/1971

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an early assumption of power by Bhutto. While Bhutto was at-the UN this week, however, his own party held demonstrations against Yahya, and it is uncertain whether Bhutto can marshal enough support within -the military to become prime minister. Bhutto left Washington yesterday for Islamabad; he plans to stop in Tehran on Monday to meet with the Shah. Hisarrival time in Pakistan is not known.

The Cease-fire

4. No significant violations of the cease-fire, which went into effect0 EST on Friday, appear to have occurred, although each side has charged the other with violations.

The Situation In Dacca . '

officials in Dacca report that thecalm on the surface todayewcould still be heard. Tension isin the Bihari (non-Bengali) section ofmainlyesult of the recentlyallegedly by Blharis ofengali

- intellectuals two or three days before Dacca fell.

US Consul General in Dacca reportssteps toward the establishment of anBangla Dosh government are, extremelyConsul General points out that although theorder situation has improved sincethe fall of Dacca, the situation isand the only chance for the promptof stable conditions appears to lieunctioning government under Sheik

. Mujib, who is still in prison in Pakistan.

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