SOUTH ASIA: Arms and the Ban

Relations between India and the U.S.—uneven at best in recent years—turned worse last week. Reason:

Washington lifted its decade-old arms embargo on Pakistan, paving the way for Islamabad to buy antitank and anti aircraft missiles, as well as multipurpose fighter-bombers, on a cash basis. In return, there is speculation that Pakistan may give the U.S. a naval base at the Arabian Sea port of Gwador.

The arms-embargo decision had been more or less expected ever since Pakistan Premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's visit to Washington last month. Essentially, the Administration's rationale for lifting an embargo that has applied to all countries of...

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