337.AB/3–1552: Telegram

The Ambassador in Pakistan (Warren) to the Department of State


1000. FonMin yesterday p.m. confirmed the impression I had the night before from Graham that the Paks are prepared to make concession on the quantum of troops remaining both sides in Kashmir under Graham demilitarization schedule. Zafrulla said he regarded the decision on the minimum number of troops required as a mil opinion and that he had suggested to Graham the desirability of informing himself on the relative number rather than the question of ratio which might be a polit question by getting India to agree that the two commanders in chief with Graham shld try to work it out. The Paks do not believe Ind wld take such a chance even with her own military. Graham knows from what I told him of the Pak mil opinion how broad minded and imaginative they are in this respect. The fact that the Pak mil have no quarrel with Ind troop numbers so long as their artillery goes out cld be useful to Graham provided there were no polit reservations and this Zafrulla seems to be willing to concede. FonMin also said that Graham told him when he came to say goodbye accompanied by Marin that he felt confident Nehru wld agree to the other points in his program including the installation of the Pleb administrator once the mil consideration was out of the way.