asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what safeguards Her Majesty's Government have sought to obtain to ensure that the defence aid to India stipulated in the Indo-British communiqué of 20th November is not deployed for purposes of internal repression or conflict with her sub-continental neighbours.
If the hon. Member will refer to the communiqué of 20th November, he will see that no new commitments for the supply of arms and military equipment have been undertaken.
In regard to the general supply of arms to India at present, under that communiqué and otherwise, and recalling his and his friends' many statements in the past that it is impossible to distinguish to what use weapons are to be put in any particular country, can the right hon. Gentleman say whether in his undertakings for the supply of arms to India he bears in mind all the feelings of Pakistanis in this matter?
Is not the defence aid very properly extended by the United Kingdom to India partially vitiated by the absence of that common defence system for the sub-continent which was offered by Field-Marshal Ayub Khan to the late Sri Nehru and, to achieve that, is not the problem of self-determination in Kashmir very relevant? Will Her Majesty's Government, in common with other Commonwealth Governments, do their best in this difficult problem to see whether India and Pakistan can be brought closer together in the interests of the Commonwealth?