South Asia and Beyond

Prelude To The 1971 War: Unrest In Pakistan And A Cautious India

 Prelude To The 1971 War: Unrest In Pakistan And A Cautious India
NEW DELHI: The 1965 war with India took its toll on Pakistan in more ways than one. Within a couple of years after the war, President Ayub lost all credibility and had to make way for Gen Yahya Khan in 1969, who became the President of Pakistan. Pakistan was brought under martial law in March 1969. In 1970, Yahya Khan ordered elections after agreeing to the principle of ‘one man, one vote’—a long-cherished dream of East Pakistanis. The Awami League, despite its reservations about disproportionate powers vested in the hands of the President to accept or reject the Constitution that would be framed by whichever party came to power after the elections, was all geared up to participate in the elections....Read More

Nitin A. Gokhale

Film buff. Sports enthusiast. Keen observer of life. Writes for a living; analyses defence and foreign policy as a professional. 37 years in journalism: from print to broadcast and from web to social media, have had the opportunity to dabble across mediums. Love to experiment with startups. That’s me, Nitin Anant Gokhale.


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