The Akali Dal decided to participate in the tripartite talks scheduled to be held on February 14 to solve the Punjab tangle. The party announced its decision after a meeting of the high command which was summoned urgently to discuss the invitation of Home Minister P C Sethi. The tripartite talks will be resumed after a year since the talks held last year ended in a deadlock.
JKLF Bomb Threat
The so-called Kashmir Liberation Front announced in a poster issued by it that it had planted “time bombs” on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway and warned people not to travel on the highway for nine days. The poster said that if anyone died or was injured in the blasts, the front would not be responsible.
Syria warned that it might retaliate against the United States if American naval ships off the Lebanese coast continued to shell its positions and those of Lebanese nationalist forces in the mountains East of Beirut. This warning was given by Syrian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Farouk Shara.
He said Syrian forces suffered no losses in the shelling but about 50 Lebanese civilians had been killed.
Next Soviet Leader
Top Soviet officials held a private meeting, but the Communist Party did not proclaim a leader. Attention is still focused on Konstantin U Chernenko, the Politburo member who has taken the public lead, and other Politburo officials including some of the younger men on the ruling body. These included Grigory V Romanov, head of the party disciplinary body and Mikhail S Gorbachev, a technocrat whose power is said to have increased significantly under Andropov.