December 16, 1971 was a very special day for India. On this day the Indian Army badly defeated Pakistan and broke Pakistan in two. For this, Vijay Diwas is being celebrated all over the country. Meanwhile an information has caught everyone’s attention. On December 16, 1971, one day after Dhaka’s independence, Henry Kissinger, his strategic adviser, told then-US President Richard Nixon that he had ‘saved West Pakistan’. This was stated in a confidential document released by the US State Department.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a unilateral ceasefire on the Western front on December 17 and 17, Indian time, 16 hours after General AA K Niazi signed the handover letter to East Pakistan. Meanwhile, Kissinger phoned his boss Nixon and said, ‘Congratulations, President. You saved West Pakistan.
Book on Indo-Bangladesh
Commenting on the conversation, former Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pinak R Chakraborty said that Kissinger was playing a suspicious role. The Emperor is currently writing a book on the 1971 liberation of Bangladesh. About eight and a half months ago, on March 29, 1971, Kissinger told Nixon in a similar telephone conversation that Pakistan could stop the insurgency in its east and that his president had called for a British invasion. India set an example to justify that belief
The United States wanted to be friends with China
Their (US administration)’s main objective was to use Pakistanis as mediators during the months of conflict to make friends with China, ”the emperor said on Thursday. His comments should be seen as an attempt to add pride to the Pakistanis in a hopeless situation and to appease the tough boss. However, this was a liberation war that was misunderstood by Americans from the beginning.
Call immediately after military action
The U.S. National Security Adviser, in a phone call to Nixon shortly after the repression of Pakistani military rule in East Pakistan on March 26, 1971, said, “Yahya seems to have taken control of East Pakistan … all experts say.” 30,000 people (then Pakistan Army in the East) could not control 75 crores (Bangladesh population) … At present it seems to be quiet.
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