Many non-Pakistanis have been evacuated from the eastern province of Pakistan during the weekend. Among?
SV Mr. Nugent seated with reporters.
CV Nugent answers questions.
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 2: (INTERVIEWER) "Mr. Nugent, when you left Dacca what was the situation in the city?"
(NUGENT) "Um...there was absolute calm...um..no firing of any sort...no fighting, and the military were in complete and absolute control."
(INTERVIEWER) "This is the West Pakistan military you're talking about?"
(NUGENT) "I'm talking of the Pakistan military...there is no such thing as the West Pakistan military. After all they have a unit, the West Bengal Infantry...or something like that..in Dacca. There is a Pakistan Army, and the Pakistan Army is in control."
(INTERVIEWER) "You didn't see any evidence of fighting at all in the city?"
(NUGENT) "Oh Lord no, you know and I know that there has been fighting there. The night of the 25th when whole thing blew up there was fighting, and only a liar would deny this. An attempt was made, as I have been informed, from a pretty good source, by the East Pakistanis to defeat the Army. They made a mistake in their calculations.
(INTERVIEWER) "How much bloodshed was there?"
(NUGENT) "I don't think there is a single civilian in East Pakistan who could give you the answer to that. Now I have several very-high-ranking officers in the Pakistani Army who are my friends, and I can assure you that they would not take an ex-patriot with them anyway, when they were going to put down trouble."
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Background: Many non-Pakistanis have been evacuated from the eastern province of Pakistan during the weekend. Among Britishers to arrive back at London's Heat row Airport today (Sunday 4 April) from Dacca...the scene of clashes and bloodshed since the 25th of March...was a Mr. Nugent, who answered reporters' questions on the situation there.