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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Uundoy, Worth 16, 1972 THE IETHBRIDOE HtRAlD-29 SearcJi for lost ivar answers Pakistanis going through intense., painful self-examination By RALPH JOSEPH I CI1 Correspondent TEHRAN (CIJ) Pakis- tanis are cur rent ly going through a moment of intense and painful self-examination in their search for what went j wrong in December when they suffered double shock of losing a war with India and an entire wing of their coun- try. Inevitably the search docs not end in tlio exposure of Yahya Khan's blunders, but goes beyond into the corrup- tion of the regime of Ayub Khan and his predecessors, which Yaliya by no means stopped. While Yahya has be- come the and easiest scapegoat for the December defeat, it is becoming increas- ingly evident that ho will be loading a number of officials and former friends into what- ever kind of guillotine is de- vised for them. Prime Minister Bhutto has managed to hold the masses under the magic spell of his rhetoric, but the intelligentsia are coming to acknowledge, verbally or through >yriling in a gradually emerging free press of sorts, that the corrup- tion in their society from its early days is what weakened ttie country economically, po- litically and, as tho vsr taught them, militarily. AVOIDS CRITICISM Bhutto himself has not come in for any open criticism so far, but this may be because of a combination of several factors: the wave of popular- ity he is currently riding with the crowds, his OMTI candor in implying (hat he also made mistakes in the past, martial law with which he is ruling, and the strange custom among Pakistanis of holding their fire against a man who has just come to power, while vigorously damning the one who has just been ousted. Independent reports that a group of disenchanted mili- tary officers engineered Ya- hya's fall and the subsequent purges in the army and navy seem to give a solid enough reason for the retention of martial law. Bhutto, however, acknowledges two other rea- sons in public. First is that convening the national assem- bly would have "serious im- with the whole block of East Pakistan seats empty. The East Pakistan [ran braces for floods question lias got (0 be facklecl irsl, he pleads, however lor- orn lliis idea may sound. With the candor (hat forms >art of the magic of his slylu, ic lias also admitted that uartial law provides an ex- cellet "cover" for implement- ing his program of reforms, bolti economic and adminis- trative. This sweepingly dis- misses the need for pubiic de- bale on tho reforms them- selves. But in a faintly-heard cry the opposition has already By RALPH JOSEPH CP Correspondent TEHRAN (CP) After two consecutive years of drought, Iran has had tho heaviest snowfall in living memory this ranter, and is bracing against the prospect or killer floods ind avalanches when the snow begins to melt in the spring. The snow, avalanches and freezing weather have taken more than 60 lives since the beginning of the year. The government has however de- nied foreign press reports that the toll was as high as and was so upset by the re- ports that Prime Minister Amir Abbas Hovcyda thought it necessary to make a denial personally, while instructions went out to the local press to play down weather stories. But only hours later the country got another heavy fall of snow, well into the second half of February. The abnormality of the weather emphasized by the snowfall in the beautiful little Caspian town of Rasht. No one seemed to be able to remember when it snowed last in Rasht. Forty feet below sea level (as the Caspian Sea the town nor- mally receives heavy rainfall, but no snow. This year the snow fell 10 feet deep, para- lyzing life within the town it- self, and cutting it off from the rest of the country. TRAPPED IN DRIFTS Caravans of buses and cars in the northwestern parts of the country were caught in impassable snowdrifts and had to be rescued by helicop- ter. Weathermen here explained that the cold wave and heavy snowfall was the result of large masses of cold air drift- ing south from over Siberia and other areas of the Soviet Union. Between the snowfalls came brief mild spells, when masses of warm air blew in from Saudi Arabia. But in general the entire stretch from near Istanbul in Turkey to Mashad in northeastern Iran was frozen over. The drought preceding the now brought shortfalls in food production in Iran also, but Tehran showed little con- cern. With its comfortable re- serves of hard currency, it vas able to import grain, mainly wheat, to make up a deficit of about tons. The imports were made from the United States, Australia and Turkey, in deals Involving cash payments as well as 15- year installments. MEAT SCARCE But from the point of view of food, this winter's snow has been a mixed blessing. Meat supplies, a large proportion of which must be imported to make up a recurring deficit, even in normal years, became acutely short this winter, sending up prices by as much as 50 to 100 per cent. The current shortage, which had its origins in the drought when sheep farming in the country was badly hit, was made more acute when huge snoxvdrifts prevented live sheep and mutton supplies being brought in from Turkey. Iranians are also making do with frozen mutton imported from Australia, but are not particularly fond of frozen meat, which is consequently the cheapest kind of meat available in the market. Last year's drought also hit the cotton crop in the north eastern part of the country. It was repented to be down by 10 per cent. suggested that an "Interim constitution" would enable the West Pakistani representa- tives to convene in a national assembly, without officially ackiwyledging the de facto secession of the cast wing for the time being. Even the Karachi Sun, which has supported Bhutto throughout his campaign, has murmured. Arguing that the east-west tangle has become a "Gordian knot" anyway, Thu Sun said in a recent edito- everything that ails the nation, the east-west tan- gle also could be traced to the original sin of bypassing tho things behind their back, without consulting hem and without their con- ;ent and leave. Our only hope if cutting the Gordian knot, hercfore, would seem to lie in ackling the political problem, on the political plane, the democratic or- ganized, free and fair public lebate in an assembly of the elected representatives of the people But the most amazing thing merging from the Pakistan iccne as of now is that Bhutto, along with some of the lop leadership both within and outside his People's Party, still seem to hope for some kind of "link" wilh the former Bengali province. Bhutto gives the impression, when talking to reporters, that lie has a deal or under- standing with Mujibur Rah- man, the East Pakistan leader, which he cannot re- veal at this stage, ns IE would embarrass Mujib himself who has asked for secrecy. The only conceivable reason why Mujib would even consi- der links with West Pakistan would be to avoid completo domination by India. gnTiiEnN ASBESTOS BUILDING SUPPLIES LTD. 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William Swreyko monton East) said there are complaints that tire three-day hearings at Calgary last weed were inadequate for the number of persons wanting to present briefs. He suggested further meet- ings in other Alberta centres. Prime Minister Trudeau, replying for the absent Northern Development Minister Jean Chretien, said lie had not been following the hearings. But he would take up the matter with Mr. Chretien. Imperial Oil Ltd., along with Lake Louise Lifts Ltd., is pro posing a million year-round resort at Lake Louise. SIMPSONS-SEARS This special low pnce expires Saturday, March 18th 19 cu. ft Coldspot chest freezer Big, 670-1b. freezer capacity New, easy-reach low-profile design No-sag, foam insulation allows up to 20% more storage space Counter-balanced lid frees both hand: Magnetic door gasket seals cold 'in' One vinyl basket and handy divider Gleaming White acrylic finish Protective, built-in lock and keys Flush Slinging. 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