Yahya khan hinted about Indo-Pak war 10 days in advance.

16 Jan

Recent declassified documents
show ex-Pakistani President Yahya Khan told a U.S.
journalist he planned on attacking India 10 days
before the 1971 war began. Documents from the Indian External Affairs Ministry
show Yahya told New Yorker magazine
correspondent Bob Sharpley that he would be “at
the front within 10 days,” The Daily Star reported
Sunday. Within 10 days of this conversation, Pakistan
launched air attacks on military targets in
northwest India on Dec. 3, 1971. Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi called the airstrikes a declaration of war on the country. India
launched an integrated ground, sea and airstrike of
East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. After the attacks, then U.S. Ambassador to India
Kenneth Barnard Keating met with Indian Foreign
Secretary T.N. Kaul in New Delhi to discuss Yahya
and Sharpley’s conversation. “They [Sharpley and Khan] were returning from a
party and the President had taken a few drinks
when Bob asked him that he would like to see him
again. President Yahya Khan said that he would be
happy to see him, to which the correspondent
replied that he would ring him up within 10 days. To this President Yahya Khan said that he may be at
the front by that time so he had better make it very
soon,” Keating told Kaul. On Dec. 6, 1971, India recognized Bangladesh as
an independent country. Ten days after that,
Pakistan surrendered unconditionally to India.


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