PAKISTAN: Growing War Threat

In a televised interview aired throughout West Pakistan last week, General Agha Mohammed Yahya Khan was almost preternaturally calm as he uttered the chilling words. "Total war with India is very near," said Pakistan's President. "There is a limit to our patience, and we are very close to it." Alarmist talk? Perhaps. Yet in the capitals of both countries, foreign diplomats rate the chances of averting a conflict at no better than fifty-fifty.

The outlines of the 4½-month-old Pakistani civil war have become all too familiar: the country's more prosperous West pitted against...