Bhutto : a political biography by Salmaan Taseer

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And it was probably true. Although Ayub Khan later claimed exclusive credit for the foreign-policy initiatives of his years in power, it was very often Bhutto’s originality of perspective that led to such departures. We have already noted his contribution to more realistic relations with the Soviet Union, although Soviet backing for India and Moscow’s strategic interest in Pakistan’s western provinces were always to act as a brake on truly close relations between the two countries. In other areas also, Bhutto impelled Pakistan towards policies that came to be regarded as the essential foundations of Pakistan’s foreign relations.

The statement went on to demand that India dismantle within three days her military bases in and around China’s boundary; return kidnapped Chinese and livestock or ‘bear full responsibility for all the grave consequences arriving there from’. org 52 intervention suddenly became a reality and the world took notice. On the 19th of September 1965 the United States Under-Secretary of State George Ball asked the minister of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington to clarify her position vis-à-vis China.

Ayub Khan chose not to attend the mini-Summit, delegating Bhutto instead to represent him. Pakistan’s stature reached its highest when Ayub Khan, on his way back from the Commonwealth Conference, stopped at Cairo airport for two hours and was received by the three giants of the third world, Sukarno, Chou-enLai and Nasser. A direct outcome of the mini-Summit was a greater rapport between the attending powers. ’ Practically from nowhere Pakistan had suddenly emerged in the forefront of third world affairs.

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