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The Crisis Accelerates

The India-Pakistan Crisis of 1971

Just before my departure for Asia, Yahya on June 28 announced a plan to transfer political power to civilians. A new constitution drawn up by experts would be proclaimed within four months; Awami League members not associated with secession would be eligible to participate in the new government. 3,172 more words

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The Military Crackdown

The India-Pakistan Crisis of 1971

What prompted Yahya to his reckless step on March 25 is not fully known. No doubt the Bengali population taunted the Pakistani soldiers drawn almost exclusively from the West. 3,364 more words

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Two cyclones

The India-Pakistan Crisis of 1971

Ever since it had come into being, Pakistan had sought a sustained legitimacy. No government after the death of the founder of the state had served out its term.

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Origins of Tragedy

The India-Pakistan Crisis of 1971

In every administration some event occurs that dramatizes the limits of human foresight. In the year of uncertainty on Vietnam, the opening to China, and the evolving relationship with the Soviet Union, there was almost nothing the Administration was less eager to face than a crisis in South Asia. 3,152 more words

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The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

The Presidency 1971
On the morning of November 4,  I met in the Oval Office with the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. Her visit to Washington came at a critical time. 3,432 more words

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Constructing a Portrait of Pakistan through the Stories of Its People

During her travels across Pakistan, Pamela Constable, a veteran foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, dropped in on the campus of Punjab University in Lahore, a city of 10 million, the scene of terrorist bombings and the cultural capital of the nation. 3,245 more words

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General Yahya Khan; The First Free and Fair Elections; The PPP and Pakistan's Year of Crisis; Reconciliation; In Fairness to Yahya

Yahya Khan

یحییٰ خان

  • 3rd President of Pakistan: 25 March 1969 – 20 December 1971
  • Commander in Chief of Pakistan Army: 18 June 1966 – 20 December 1971…
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