BHUTTO WAS A THORN IN THE SIDE OF THE USA: The youngest Foreign Minister of Pakistan, the mercurial Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was building Pakistani bridges with China. He wanted to close the US base in Pakistan, which he succeed in doing. President Johnson told President Ayub Khan âBhutto must Go! Bhutto must Go!â. Soon thereafter Bhutto resigned a created the Pakistan Peoples Party.Kissinger Threatened Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
We will destabilize your government and make a horrible example of youâ
Pakistan is used to threats from US Politicians. That threat and his judicial murder has repercussions today on Pakistan US relations
The favourite slogan, the one that caught on during the May 1968 fÃªte in France was âit is forbidden to forbidâ. There is nothing to forbid the youth of Europe to reject both communism and capitalism. What will they build in the absence of both systems? Will their concept of building a new structure with a new philosophy mean willful self-destruction? This sounds insane but the youth of Europe is not insane. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto A letter from the Death Cell (2007)] p. 15 p. 20
THE TIME HAS COME:
That time hasnât come, has it?
KARACHI (January 29 2008): The following is an unconfirmed and unverified account of a person who wishes to remain anonymous. The account is the narration of experiences of a senior foreign ministry official who, according to the writer, was privy to ZA Bhutto-Henry Kissinger talk and later witness to General Ziaul Haqâs outburst of anger against US in front of its ambassador.
The question of veracity of this write-up remains unanswered and the identity and whereabouts of the official and the author of this story are yet to be ascertained, it makes for interesting reading, nevertheless:
It was the year 1976 and the US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was on a visit to Pakistan, to meet the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulkiqar Ali Bhutto. The Americans wanted Pakistan to give up their nuclear project, and Henry Kissinger was on a mission to deliver the US Presidentâs message to Bhutto. Mr Bhutto listened to Kissinger very patiently and then addressed him, âyou are my friend, please advise me what I should do.â Kissinger smiled a bit, and said softly, âMr Prime Minister! In the game of diplomacy and power, nobody is any one elseâs friend. I am only a messenger at this time. You should consult one of your own advisorsâ. Bhutto smiled and replied in a beautiful tone, âI still consider you my friend despite that and so request your advice.â Henry Kissinger laughed heartily, and looking at Bhutto, said, âyou are really a chess master.â Bhutto stared at him silently.
Kissinger waited for a while, and said in a cultured tone, âBasically I have come not to advise, but to warn you. USA has numerous reservations about Pakistanâs atomic programme; therefore you have no way out, except agreeing to what I sayâ. Bhutto smiled and asked, âsuppose I refuse, then what?â Henry Kissinger became dead serious.
He locked his eyes on Bhuttoâs and spewed out deliberately, âThen we will make a horrible example of you!â Bhuttoâs face flushed. He stood up, extended his hand towards Kissinger and said, âPakistan can live without the US President. Now your people will have to find some other ally in this region.â Bhutto then turned and went out.
This story was related to me by a senior foreign ministry official, who became quite friendly with General Ziaul Haq after Bhutto, and gradually rose in rank to join the Generalâs elite close circle. In 1987 Russian forces started evacuating Afghanistan, and President General Ziaul Haq was left isolated all of a sudden.
It was a great blow to his ego, and he started berating the CIA officers and US Embassy officials present in Pakistan at the time. Once, during that time, the President accidentally came face to face with the US Ambassador in a function, and in the presence of dozens of other people, admonished the Ambassador.
The General addressing him directly told him, âYou people think that we cannot live without your help. Remember that Pakistan is a strong and powerful country, and if we can make Russia run away from Afghanistan, then we can also cope with USA.â The US Ambassador kept silent. General Ziaul Haq caught the ambassador by the chin, and pushing his face up, said, âTell your government that you have no option except our friendship.â
The Ambassador shook his head left and right. The Foreign Ministry official who narrated the story, was personally present at that function, and was an eye-witness to this incident.
This officer went to see General Ziaul Haq the next day, and pleaded with him very humbly, âSir, ten or eleven years ago I was working with Mr Bhutto. Sir, I saw and heard the dialogue between Henry Kissinger and Mr Zulfikar Ali Bhutto myself personally. Mr Bhutto looked very confident after this conversation, but Kissinger looked grim. Mr Bhutto had later started challenging the USA even in his public utterances.
However, Sir, a time came when you dethroned Bhutto and delivered him to the Judiciary. The courts sentenced him to gallows, and thus Mr Bhutto really became an example of retribution for the world!â General Ziaul Haq looked at him furiously. The official was flustered, but continued, âSir, when you were berating the US Ambassador publicly, to me he looked very much like Henry Kissinger at the time.
Sir, based on my experience, I know that a time comes during friendship with America, when it becomes difficult for US friends to maintain that friendship, and the amity pinches like a thorn in the shoeâ. The general kept quite. The official persisted âSir, during our return in the car I had tried to advise Mr Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto also, but he stopped the car and had asked me to get out. Mr Bhutto believed that he knew the Americans better than the Americans knew themselves.
Sir, I know that you also will not be pleased with what I have to say, and perhaps this time also I may meet the same treatment, but Sir, in this delicate hour, I consider it my duty to advise you. Please donât get entangled with the Americans at this time.
They are a generation of âdisposableâ culture. In their view, faithfulness and constancy are meaningless words.â General Ziaul Haq lost his patience. He stood up and extended his hand (in dismissal). That official also rose and immediately left the Generalâs office, and for a long time thereafter, did not re-enter that room.
I met that officer countless times, and whenever the talk turned to Mr Bhutto and General Ziaul Haq, he would say, âBoth of my bosses did not accept my advise; therefore both of them met a tragic end.â I asked him what was the reason for that. He had this stock reply: âThis is American nature. In reality, they cannot maintain companionship with any one for a long time. Only if you have a love/hate relationship with the US, you can keep their company for a long period.
Like Europeans, Australians and Latin Americans, you should listen to them occasionally, and defy them some other time, then you will have good time. We can also give here an example of Japan and China. Both these countries are friends and foes at the same time. They trade with the USA, but also confront them, so Americans have no issue with them.
On the contrary, we are always obedient to the US and go out of our way in our love for USA, to the extent of altering our own constitution and laws even. After that, we start getting demands from USA to âdo moreâ, and then a time comes when it becomes impossible for Pakistanâs authorities to accept American demands.
When a Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto or a General Ziaul Haq explains to the Americans his legal or constitutional constraints, they do not believe him. Americans think that every thing is âpossibleâ in Pakistan, and that their âfriendâ is now deceiving them.
Therefore, the Americans change their attitude, after which the Pakistani ruler reminds them of all the services rendered by Pakistan to the USA. He recalls, with big gusto, all his acts of good faith performed in the service of the USA but the Americans shrug their shoulders and reply, âIn return we had given you the opportunity to govern Pakistan.â
Answering them the Pakistani ruler starts to threaten the US government, and then, whether it is Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto or General Ziaul Haq, Both of them meet a dreadful, exemplary end.â The official then became silent.
For the last two days, I am sensing changes in President Musharraf and US relations. President Pervez Musharraf granted an interview on January 11 to the Singapore daily âStraits Timesâ, and in that interview challenged America, âIf US forces intruded into our tribal territory, we will deem it as an invasion of Pakistan, which will be an affront to our sovereignty, and I challenge USA to dare come to our hills.
They will rue the day.â The President also gave an interview to the French daily, âFigaroâ, and in that interview also he announced âif Americans do not help us in the war against terror, then they should search for some other ally for themselvesâ.
I donât know why, ever since I read reports of both these interviews of the President, I keep remembering that old diplomat, and I think again and again, that God forbid, if the time has not come once again in Pak-American relations who Condi comes to Pakistan and sitting in our Chamber of authority announces, âyou have no other optionâ.
My spirit shivers when I think of this.
Translated by Rais Ahmad Khan from Urdu into English.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2008
BHUTTOâS PHILOSPHY WAS FOR PAKISTAN: Bhutto was âLeft leaningâ and a Socialist. President Johnson wanted President Ayub Khan to fire Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Bhutto launced a movement and forced Ayub Khan to resign. disappointed with the Americans after 1965, President Ayub Khan wrote a book called âFriends Not Mastersâ for America. Bhutto wrote a book called âMyth of Independenceâ in which he wanted to eliminate American influences on Pakistan.After 1971 Bhutto was elected Prime Minister and started Pakistanâs nuclear program.
âWe badly need to gather our thoughts and clear our minds. We need a political ceasefire without conceding ideological territory.We need a ceasefire to bury dead thoughts and to overcome fatigue. The modus vivendi has to be honourable and above board. Both sides have lost or, should I say, neither side can win. During the ceasefire a combination of existing forces might create a new order or a new equation between existing forces. Whatever the formula, it cannot be evolved on the battlefield of the old or new cold wars. The new international order has to emerge through the demands of a Third World summit conference. The answer to the North-South conflict, which is more serious than the East-West conflict, has to be found honestly and with unimpeachable integrity. Genuine disarmament will not come on its own or by platitudes at special sessions of the United Nations on disarmament, although, I was among the first to propose such a conference eighteen years ago. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto A letter from the Death Cell (2007)] p. 15 p. 28
KISSINGER THREATENED BHUTTO: In May 1974 India exploded a Nuclear device which it called âpeacefulâ. Following Indiaâs explosion, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto pledged to press ahead with Pakistanâs nuclear program.
âWe will eat grassâ¦ âZulfiqar Ali Bhuttoâs Referring to financing the Pakistani Nuclear program.
The US pressured him not to build a bomb. However ZAB he did not bend. He stood his ground in the fact of tremendous Americans pressure. In 1976 he was threatened by Henry Kissinger with âhorribleâ consequences for pursuing a nuclear program. (Kissingerâs exact words: âWe will destabilize your government and l make a horrible example out of you.â Within six months there were massive riots in Pakistan and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was removed from office and then hanged by General Zia ul Haq, a General supported by the USA for more than a decade.
âBut the croupier was already paid off and the dice was fixed!âI donât believe in conspiracy theories in general, but the similarities in the staging of riots in Chile (where the CIA allegedly helped overthrow President Salvadore Allande) and in Pakistan are just too close.â he said. Ramsey Clark
âBhuttoâs execution could set off the single most dramatic change in world power alignment since World War II.â
âIf anyone in the Kremlin has dreams of power, he said, âthe road to the Persian Sea has to be a golden road.âUnless the United States makes a standâ¦., Clark warned, the eighth most populous nation in the world could be carved upâ¦.by Soviet Unionâ¦.â"As Americans, we must ask ourselves this: Is it possible that a rational military leader under the circumstances in Pakistan could have overthrown a constitutional government, without at least the tacit approval of the United States?âRamsey Clark wrote â Bhutto was removed from power in Pakistan by force on the 5th of July, after the usual party on the 4th at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, with U.S. approval, if not more, by General Zia al-Haq. Bhutto was falsely accused and brutalized for months during proceedings that corrupted the judiciary of Pakistan before being murdered, then hanged. That Bhutto had run for president of the student body at University of California in Berkeley and helped arrange the opportunity for Nixon to visit China did not help him when he defied the U.S. (CovertAction Quarterly magazine, Fall 1998) Ramsey ClarkâBy 10:30, according to the official news release, Mr Bhuttoâs body had been flown to his ancestral village of Ghari Khuda Baksh, near his hometown of Larkana in Sindh Province, and buried in the family cemetery with only a few relatives and friends present. They included his first wife, Shirin Amir.âThe way they did it,â said a foreigner who follows Pakistani politics, âis going to grow into a legend that will some day backfire.â (New York Times, Apr 5, 1979)
KISSINGERâS VEILED THREAT TO BENAZIR BHUTTO
â¦..After dinner, Kissinger approached Ali Bhutto and told him, âMr. Prime Minister, your daughter is even more intimidating [frightening] than you are.
The USA supported the coup leader General Zia against the elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Z.A. Bhutto. Z.A. Bhutto was a victim of judicial murder.
âin Western estimation it is preferable to be a communist leader of a communist state, than to be a non-communist leader of a non-communist state having friendly relations with communist states. The anomaly does not cease here. It is even more dangerous to be pro-West. One disagreement in defence of a national cause, and out goes that civilian leader by a coup dâetat. He gets replaced by a tin-pot military dictator who would not dare to disagree about anything, including the vital national interests of his country Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto A letter from the Death Cell (2007)p. 69
EARLIER CIA INTRIGUES IN PAKISTAN-CIRCA 1950: The same thing had happened in 1958 when General Ayub eventually replaced the elected Prime Minister who was assissinated-Liaqat Ali Khan. The US supported General Ayub Khan for a decade. Paksitan lives in a tough neigborhood! The USSR also threatened the existance of Pakistan twice, once during the cold war (60s) when they discovered that the American spyplanes (U2s) used to take off from Badabare Airforce base near Peshawar Pakistan. The 2nd threat was during the USSR-Afghan war (80s) when Pakistan with the help of 52 other countries was helping the Afghan Freedom fighters. Pakistan survived.
âA military junta is the herald of munism. The failure to realize this axiomatic fact is the cause of the confusion in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Military rule turns the people totally and irrevocably against the bemedalled generals and their patrons. Where else can the people turn? If freedom, democracy and the rights of man are to be put on the counter to see whether copper and coffee is to cost ten cents more or ten cents less and bargained away with so little consideration, then freedom is a very cheap commodity and the rights of man are not worth a nickel.â Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto A letter from the Death Cell (2007)p.
SELECTIVE AMNESIA ABOUT THREATS TO PAKISTAN: Many now have selective amnesia and complain about the lack of democracy in Pakistan. It is amazing that the same Henry Kissinger who threatened Benazirâs Bhuttoâs father now supports Benazir Bhutto and the rule of democracy. Just goes to show that there is no commitment to democracy, only to personalities and interests.
âPakistan was once called the most allied ally of the United States. We are now the most non-allied.âZulfiqar Ali Bhutto (As quoted in The New York Times(6 July 1973)
âIt is generally believed that the US wanted Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to be removed from the political scene of Pakistan mainly on two accounts. First, for the nuclear policy that he framed and tried to relentlessly pursue and secondly, from apprehensions that ZAB was influencing the countries. He posed a serious challenge to the US interests in the region. âTally-ho. Kill Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, â yelled the self-proclaimed policemen of the world. During August 1976, Amercian Secretary of States, Dr. Henry Kissinger had warned Bhutto, âWe will make a horrible example of you,â adding menacingly, âWhen the railroad is coming, you get out of the way.â The American had successfully cultivated a number of well-placed bureaucrats, PPP stalwarts and ministers who wittingly or inadvertently served as the US agents of influence. American diplomats and CIA operators not only got most of the âinsideâ information from these âgentlemenâ but also utilized their good offices to âconveyâ whatever they wanted to feed or plant.
Some officers from USMAAG had also made meaningful ingresses in the
General Headquarters and not only gathered the thinking in the Services Headquarters but would also drop a âsuggestionâ here and there. Some of the US Diplomats had established direct contacts with a number of PNA leaders whom they continued to aid, support and give day-to-day line of action. A number of US diplomats were not only actively involved but also directed the operations against Bhutto. Jan M. Gibney, Political Officer, US Consulate General, Lahore, duly assisted by a couple of Pakistanis, was extremely active and would frequently visit a number of Politicians Maulana Maudoodi of Jamat-e-Islami and Maulan Obaidullah Anwar, Jamiat-e-Ulmai-Islam of Sheranwala Gate, Lahore. Apart from holding meetings, a wireless network had been established between the USIS-US Consulate General - Maulana Maudoodiâs residence. It was Gibney who had telephoned and conveyed to Howard B. Schaffer, Chief of Political Affairs, US Embassy, Islamabad, that notorious sentence, âThe party is over. Merchandise has gone.â The US had also released PL-480 funds. Over night some Jamat-e-Islami workers were seen with pockets full of money and spending lavishly. A number of businessmen, particularly those, who had suffered due to ZABâs economic and industrial policies, had also been prompted to contribute towards the PNA funds. As there were no party accounts being maintained as such, the contributions were received personally by some of the leaders. Justice (Retd.) Kaikaus and Rafiq Ahmed Bajwa are among those who are alleged to have made millions.â PROFILES OF INTELLIGENCE by Brigadier Syed A. I. Tirmazi, SI (M).
IN THE LIGHT OF THE KISSINGER THREAT, BENAZIR LEARNED THE WRONG LESSONS FROM THE DEATH OF HER FATHER:
Benazir Bhutto thought that by getting permisison from the USA and giving them outlandish assurances about Pakistanâs Nuclear program she had assured herself of political and biological longivity! She was so lonng. her husband and her overseas friends sold her in Rawalpindi for power in Pakistan and destabilization of Pakistan
BENAZIR FAUSTIAN DEALS WITH THE USA WERE IN THE BACKDROP OF WHAT HAPPENED TO HER FATHER:Benzirâs every political move and statement can be traced to what happened to her father. She was always scared of aanoying the Americans. Benazirâs last two prior stints as Prime Minister were a fiasco with rampant corruption, a total lack of governance and the years were full of political vendetta against opponents. She transferred Billions to bank accounts in Switzerland and bought Surray Palace in England. Benazir Bhutto did repeat her mistakes and paid for it with her life. May God Bless her soul!
Today the youth turn to extremism but Bhuttoâs thesis is still accurate.
Tin-pot dictators have ravaged Asia, Latin America and Africa. In the aftermath, they have done more to promote communism than the works of Marxand Engels, Leninand Mao. They are the worst tyrants of the post-colonial period. They have destroyed time-honoured institutions and treated their people like animals. They have caused internal divisions and external confusion. The dictator is the one animal who needs to be caged. He betrays his profession and his constitution. He betrays the people and destroys human values. He destroys culture. He binds the youth. He makes the structure collapse. He rules by fluke and freak. He is the scourge and the ogre. He is a leper. Anyone who touches him also becomes a leper. He is the upstart who is devoid of ideals and ideology. Not a single one of them has made a momentâs contribution to history. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto A letter from the Death Cell (2007)p. 63
Bhuttos message from the grave to all Pakistanis:
What gift can I give you from this cell out of which my hand cannot pass? I give you the hand of the people. What celebration can I hold for you? I give you the celebration of a celebrated memory and a celebrated name. You are the heir to and inheritor of the most ancient civilization. Please make your full contribution to making this ancient civilization the most progressive and the most powerful. By progressive and powerful I do not mean the most dreaded. A dreaded society is not a civilized society. The most progressive and powerful society in the civilized sense, is a society which has recognized its ethos, and come to terms with the past and the present, with religion and science, with modernism and mysticism, with materialism and spirituality; a society free of tension, a society rich in culture. Such a society cannot come with hocus-pocus formulas and with fraud. It has to flow from the depth of a divine search. In other words, a classless society has to emerge but not necessarily a Marxist society. The Marxist society has created its own class structure. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto A letter from the Death Cell (2007)] p. 15
On How History will remember Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
âWhen the history of this country is written it will be admitted by our people and by the world outside that no individual has rendered so much service to the cause of socialism in Pakistan as I have done.â Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
The writings of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto should be mandatory reading for all Pakistanis (www.Bhutto.org
Peace-Keeping by the United Nations. Pakistan Publishing House, Karachi. - 1967
Political Situation in Pakistan, Veshasher Prakashan, New Dehli. - 1968
The Myth of Independence, Oxford University Press, Karachi and Lahore. - 1969
The Great Tragedy, Pakistan Peopleâs Party, Karachi. - 1971
Politics of the People (speeches, statements and articles), edited by Hamid Jalal and Khalid Hasan: Pakistan Publications, Rawalpindi. - 1948-1971
Speeches and Statements, Government of Pakistan, Karachi. - 1971-75
Bilateralism: New Directions. Government of Pakistan, Islamabad - 1976 The Third World: New Directions. Quartet Books, London. - 1977
My Pakistan. Biswin Sadi Publications, New Dehli. - 1979
If I am Assassinated, Vikas, New Dehli. - 1979
My Execution. Musawaat Weekly International, London - 1980
New Directions. Narmara Publishers, London. - 1980
CLINTON THREATENED PAKISTAN
resident Clinton had warned Pakistan that it stood on the brink of being included in the terrorist watch list for harbouring Islamic extremists. He also enforced Pressler sanctions on Pakistan, which drastically reduced aid.
BUSH THREATENED PAKISTAN:In September 11, 2001 Richard Armitage on behalf of the President Bush threatened to send Pakistan to the stone ages if it did not assist the USAs war against Afghanistan. India was ready to provide air bases to the USA so that it could commence arpet bombing of Pakistan and Islamabad. President Musharraf âIn the Line of Fireâ.
The New Great Game was between the USA and Russia
The latest Great Game is between the USA and China
In all three Great Games the people of Paksitan and Afghanistan suffered
In all the Great Games the intruders were defeated by the people of Pakistan-Afghanistan
Pakistani infrastructure needs> Build Pakistan up as a bulwark against American enemiesâ
* About the inane discussion of taking out Pakistanâs Nuclear weapons.â
* Taking out Pakistani Nuclear weapons.â
* This was an angry reaction to Benazir Bhuttoâs unpatriotic comments. According to tradition, we should not say bad things about a dead person. May God Bless her soul.â
* Every time something bad happens, anti-Pakistan elements come out of the woodwork. Here is a response to the talking heads.â
* The Democrats donât get it!
* Discussion of taking out Pakistani nukes: The White House should immediately repudiate this aggression and arrest Anti-Americansimâ
* Discussion of taking out Pakistani nukes: The White House should immediately repudiate this aggression and arrest Anti-Americansimâ
* Wish List from Pakistan to Santa Americaâ
Perpetual Mimetic warfare
The Worst Islamphobes
Where are the Pakistani nukes?
* On Liaqat Ali Khan: Who killed him?
On deconstructing the wrong paradigm. Why the US Think Tank industry is wrong!
Rebutting Cohen. He is an Indian agent!
Another prophecy of doom for Pakistan. Blah Blah Blah!
Pakistanis want to hear âThank Youâ for the US
Pakistanis to USA: We want âFriends Not Mastersâ
America: Say Thank Youâ
Pakistan US Relations should be normal not transactionalâ
Response to Congressman Hoyer on Pakistanâ
On inadequate US Aid to Pakistanâ
* â¦.Pakistanis are not stupid and have their nukes hiddenâ
* The Democrats donât get it
* Where in the world is Osama Bin Laden
* The speech that Bilawal Bhutto should have given. The words that Zardari should have shouted. The thoughts that Fahim should have communicated
* The CIA Connectionâ¦â¦.The Benzair Bhutto Assassination was pre planned, the Zia model with a twist. The continued CIA involvement in Pakistan. The Great Game continues. When the Elephants dance the grass gets stamped uponâ¦Pakistanis suffer. The purpose of this assignation is to destabilize Pakistan and find a reason to secure the Nukes
* Criticism of Benazir Bhuttoâs 5E Campaign program
* Criticism of Benazir Bhutto. Pre-Assassination
* Who killed Liaqat Ali Khan?
On deconstructing the wrong paradigm of the USA media
Pakistanis are immune to another prophecy of doom
Pakistanis want to hear âThank Youâ from the ingrate Americans. Nothing is good enough!
Pakistanis to USA: We want âFriends Not Mastersâ
Say Thank You
Pakistan US Relations should be normal not transactional
Response to Congressman Hoyer on Pakistanâ
On inadequate US Aid to Pakistan
Where is Osama Bin Laden
Where are the Pakistani nukes?
* Where is Leadership of the PPP? Why is it behaving like Nero. Stop the arson and the carnage. Ask for a national Day of prayer and reconciliation
* Open Letter to Mr. Bilawal Bhutto
* The CIA connectionâBenazir Bhutto assassination was pre-planned, the Zia model with a twist
* Benzir Bhuttos revenge from the grave: Annointing a despised and corrupt politician Mr. 10% as her successor
* Open letter to Mr. Zardari
* The 4th Bhutto assassination is a message to the USA. Hands Off Pakistan
* Here we go again! Another Indian prophecy of doom. The first one was in 1947
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