PAKISTAN: Planned Indiscretion

In Karachi's Frere Gardens, a group of prominent citizens gathered to do honor to Prime Minister Malik Firoz Khan Noon, a man given to unexpected remarks. They were not disappointed. Jovial Prime Minister Noon, 65, suddenly declared: "Afghanistan and Iran are our closest neighbors, and we all are Moslem brethren. If they desire to confederate with us, I, for my part, am prepared to do so."

This forthright statement on a subject that had been rumored for months shocked officials, set diplomats and newsmen scurrying to find out precisely what Noon meant....

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