There have been heavy casualties in the embattled Chamb sector of Southern Kashmir where an estimated 70,000 men have been involved in fierce fighting over the past eight days.
GV along road to Himalayas
GV Village below mountains
LV Indian troops digging fox-holes
GV Villages and surrounding countryside 92 shots
SV Indian soldiers outside hospital
LV Pakistani Colonel wheeled out of ward
CU Pakistani Colonel
SV Journalists and crowd around Colonel's bed
CU Indian Major with wound on face.
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 1): BARRON: "This is the third time India and Pakistan have fought over these disputed valleys. This could be a long drawn-out conflict. The terrain is a friend of no-one and at night it's bitterly cold. If the war does stretch into months, the Indians should gain the most -- they've got their own arms industry. They're are self-sufficient for many weapons. The Pakistanis aren't. Each side makes extravagant claims about enemy losses. Certainly, there are hundreds of dead and wounded. One of the Indians' big catches was a Pakistani colonel."
(SEQ. 7): BARRON: "What's the object of the Pakistani attack which you took part in?"
COLONEL:" Well, I'm a soldier... shouldn't be asked this question. But, in case you're asked it, I would say, only reason can be that if you want to ward off one evil you have to enter into another one. So-called Bangla Desh issue had to be settled. So if you go for my throat, I'll go for your arm or leg or something like that."
BARRON: "But in this case war enmity doesn't die on the battle field. In the same field hospital, an Indian major."
(SEQ. 9): BARRON: "Major, do you hate Pakistani soldiers?"
MAJOR: "No, I don't hate. As a soldier I love all soldiers. I like a good fight. I don't hate Pakistanis."
BARRON: "The same thing now has happened as occurred in the. 1965 war."
MAJOR: "The same thing has accursed what happened in 1965. Al least, you know how well we're treating their prisoners. The only thing is they got our prisoners, our unarmed chaps, lined them up and shot them, which is unlike a soldier... I did not expect that from the Pakistanis."
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Background: There have been heavy casualties in the embattled Chamb sector of Southern Kashmir where an estimated 70,000 men have been involved in fierce fighting over the past eight days.
After clashes across the bleak rough terrain, Indian field hospitals have been full of the wounded of both sides. One Indian army major reported that the opposing armies suffered a total of almost 3,000 casualties during a 16-hour battle on Saturday (11 December) close to the Himalayan foothills. The Pakistani army is now concentrating its main efforts on a push into the Indian sector of Kashmir in a bid to seize as much territory as possible in retaliation for the probable loss of East Pakistan. BBC correspondent Brian Barron talked to wounded officers in an Indian field hospital.