PAKISTAN: Bristling, Beset Nation

Pakistan complained to the U.N. last week that it "faces an unparalleled threat—starvation by a process of slow strangulation." The strangler, said Pakistan, is its neighbor, India. The process: "depriving 76 million persons of the waters of the Indus basin, by which they live."

Pakistan's complaint is the latest of a series of bickerings that have kept Hindu and Moslem in a state of near-war ever since the British raj departed in 1947. And like most feuds between India and Pakistan, its roots reached back to partition—to the ingenious, twisting line drawn by Britain's Sir Cyril (later Lord) Radcliffe...

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