Army Institute of Military History

A 1000 Miles Apart

India’s rulers never accepted the creation of Pakistan. They were Intent on weakening the new-found state, taking advantage of mistakes by Pakistani rulers. Yahya Khan blundered when he abolished the ONE UNIT and the principle of parity, that balanced relations between provinces and the fedcration. It had earlier taken nine years to settle this tricky issue. Next, Sheikh Mujib was allowed to contest the elections on six points. When he won and refused to negotiate on these, six points, s military intervention was applied fo solye a political problem.

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