For a plebiscite, Jinnah demanded simultaneous troop withdrawal for he felt that 'the average Muslim would never have the courage to vote for Pakistan' in the presence of Indian troops and with Sheikh Abdullah in power. In the first part, Pakistan was to withdraw its forces as well as other Pakistani nationals from the state.
The Maharaja made an urgent plea to Delhi for military assistance. Related Papers. Diplomat J. From the Indian perspective, the plebiscite was meant to confirm the accession, which was in all respects already complete, and Pakistan could not aspire to an equal footing with India in the contest.
Pakistan accepted these proposals but India rejected them because it did not want Pakistan, who was in India's eyes the 'aggressor', to have an equal footing.
India accused Pakistan of ceasefire violations and Nehru complained of 'warmongering propaganda' in Pakistan.
Reportedly Bhutto asked for time to prepare the people of Pakistan and the National Assembly for a final settlement.