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
Pakistan lives with the bitter experience of the international conspiracies that led to Pakistan’s humiliating defeat in the eastern sector in 1971 which generated the breakup of Pakistan and the creation of Bangladesh. We will not hide behind excuses. The rulers of Pakistan prior to the 1971 debacle also made mega errors between 1947 and 1971 that contributed towards the happening of the debacle in 1971
For whatever reason and despite the events of 1971 the hearts of the people of Pakistan and Bangladesh beat in harmony. If I had a say in formulating Pakistan’s foreign relations I would advise the Prime Minister to concentrate on the South Asian, Middle East and our next door states. Immense goodwill can be generated by a forthcoming Pakistan in the region. Once this is done acceptability across the world will be an outcome.
March 26, 2014
In Pakistan of the period 1947-71 many things went wrong and Bangladesh was created out of the chaos of a war. Relations are still sour. Today people from all the countries in Europe who 70yrs ago, together, killed 70million people, travel and work all over Europe freely. Taking a cue from the leaders of Europe the leaders of Pakistan and Bangladesh MUST make a renewed effort to bring about genuine fraternity.
March 26, 2014
China, India, Pakistan, BanglaDesh, SriLanka can become the hub of a new world economic order if they somehow learn to resolve their disputes. South East Asia and even Far East Asia plus the MidEast would gravitate towards this hub. The BIG QUESTION:- Will disputes be resolved?
December 26, 2013