Agreement After 1971 War

Haksar was now more directly focused on Kashmir. He said India wanted to “eliminate the endless curse of conflicts over the Kashmir issue” and “if there is no agreement, a new situation will be created that will require serious reflection,” a thinly veiled threat. On July 1, at a meeting attended by heads of government, Gandhi said that “the ceasefire line” in Kashmir “is not valid” and has “no peace.” Foreign Minister T.N. Kaul reiterated the basis for an agreement that “the repatriation and withdrawal (of Indian armed forces in the West)” must “be part of a lasting peace and can only take place after the establishment of a lasting peace.”