However, in 1971, despite all its good efforts, Pakistan found itself standing absolutely alone when it was being made to break up through military means resulting from a collusion between one of the then two super powers i.e. the USSR with India
It is an open secret that it was Pakistan that planned and made possible Henry Kissinger’s secret visit to Peking in 1971 which enabled President Nixon to announce on July 15, 1971 that he would be visiting China in the following year i.e. 1972. The visit then took place from 21 – 28 Feb 1972 and was described by President Nixon as ‘the week that changed history’ while Henry Kissinger described Nixon’s meeting with Chairman Mao Tse Tung as ‘an encounter with history’. All of that was made possible through the efforts of Pakistan
The USSR teamed up with India to teach Pakistan a lesson because of Pakistan having facilitated the opening of diplomatic relations between USA and China through the week long all important visit of President Nixon to Peking (now Beijing) in 1972. That visit may not have taken place for a very long time to come had it not been for Pakistan’s cordial relations with the then reclusive China. It is also a known fact that the Pakistani efforts stemmed from a special request made by President Nixon and Henry Kissinger to the then Pakistani President after having invited him to the White House
Having acknowledged our own short comings let me now say that those weaknesses of our own we may have overcome, one way or another. Or, on the other hand, we may not have overcome them. But the fact is that, in order to exploit our weaknesses, the erstwhile USSR then colluded with India to militarily bring about the dismemberment of the then Pakistan and made the creation of Bangladesh possible through military means
Proud of my time with the Pakistan Army (1971 war, operations and floods etc). Pakistan Army’s ratio of officers to men battle causalities is unmatchable.
March 10, 2014