Washington: Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger died on Wednesday at the age of 100. The US Antiquities Association has released some historical documents that date back to the start of the war between India and Pakistan in December 1971. A day later, US President Richard Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger lifted the US arms embargo on Pakistan and ensured that Pakistan received air support from third countries such as Jordan in its war against India.
On Thursday, the National Security Archive of the United States released some documents at the death of Professor Kissinger’s at the age of 100. It should be noted that during the First Fortnight of December 1971, it was revealed that the then US President and senior national security adviser Henry -The Kissinger duo were worried about India starting an all-out war against Pakistan and wanted to prevent the Pakistani state from being “destroyed”.
It should be noted that according to US documents, “a cable dated December 4, a day after the war began, showed that the US administration was convinced that the war had started with India attacking Pakistan and that President Yahya Khan had sent Washington s an urgent appeal for military assistance from DC. During the conversation, Kissinger said: “We have an urgent appeal from Yahya because Pakistan’s military supplies have been cut off and the condition of the supply line has deteriorated. ,
.” Kissinger then asked President Nixon: “Would we help through Iran?” Iran was at that time ruled by the Shah and was favourably disposed towards the U.S. But so were a few other countries like Jordan that had strong military ties with Pakistan at that time. In response to Kissinger’s proposal, President Nixon said, “I like the idea. The main thing is to keep India from crumbling them up.”
The Hindustan Times Qouted that ” The revelation has added the conversations that took place during those fateful days in the U.S. when a part of the U.S. establishment led by several leading Americans, including the U.S. envoy to Dhaka Archer Blood had rebelled against the Nixon White House as the news of the genocidal violence by Pakistani military in Dhaka and other parts of East Pakistan became known. President Nixon was of the opinion that the Indian side was getting a lot of support from within the U.S. bureaucracy, especially in the U.S. State Department, and wanted to crackdown on the bureaucracy and was reassured on December 4 that Jordan had sent 17 fighter jets to Pakistan. The document indicates that the additional aircraft were flown from third countries to Pakistan to ensure that Islamabad could defend itself if Indira Gandhi chose to turn the focus of the Indian war machine towards the west Pakistan.
The documents from the NSA Archives also included the famous Blood Telegram, the message from U.S. Consul General Archer Blood in Dhaka. “I believe the views of these officers, who are among the finest U.S. officials in East Pakistan, are echoed by the vast majority of the American community, both official and unofficial,” stated the message that was sent by Mr. Blood. He further said, “The most likely eventual outcome of the struggle underway in East Pakistan is a Bengali victory and the consequent establishment of an independent Bangladesh.” The telegram was sent in April 1971, a few days after the Pakistani military launched operation searchlight which began a systematic elimination of the civilian population in East Pakistan. The stunning message did not mince words and was signed by large number of American officials stationed in the U.S. consulate in Dhaka and called out the U.S. silence in the face of the genocidal attack as “bankruptcy”. The Blood Telegram further pointed out that the silence of the U.S. in the face of Pakistani killings in Dhaka and the countryside depicted the American administration in poor light in comparison to the Soviet Union that had called upon Yahya Khan to respect the result of the December 1970 election which had given verdict in favour of the Awami League under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.