It hurts a lot when sad events linked with Washington’s double game and Indian plot to disintegrate Pakistan are recalled. It is no more a secret that much in advance of 1971 crisis; Washington supplied cache of arms and ammunition to Pakistan. American warships and Cargo aircrafts not only started piling-up arms of various calibre in East Pakistan but also misguided Government of Pakistan regarding so called joint conspiracy by leaderships in East Pakistan and India to go all out for East Pakistan’s independence from Pakistan. CIA’s intelligence reports are even today considered as authentic as evidence of grand conspiracy by the Bengalis against state of Pakistan. Bengali porters, some of them who are still alive, reported that on the shores of East Pakistan, larges boxes were unloaded to be used against Bengalis by their own fellow Pakistanis to crush them. Ironically, side by side, some of the American diplomats and politicians were heavily funded for voicing against the atrocities by Pakistani Army in East Pakistan. Despite US’ official position to crush Bengalis, there were hot debates in US Senate for the right of the Bengalis to exist. Those prominent included Senator Edward M. Kennedy alias Ted Kennedy, younger brother of President John F. Kennedy. Ted Kennedy openly spoke against the massacres, rapes and the persecution of Bengalis by Pakistan Army.
Interestingly, the things started rotting when Washington forgot all lessons of democracy and advised Islamabad not to hand over power to Bengalis, due to their lack of patriotic traits. The only crime of Bengalis was that their supported popular leader, Sheikh Mujeeb ur Rehman had won convincing majority in the elections and demanded right to establish government at the Centre. On 11 August 1971, Senator Kennedy visited Bengali refugee camps in Calcutta, India and instigated displaced Bengalis against Pakistani Army. Washington encouraged some over 10 million Bengalis to cross over to India. Horrifying stories of massacres by West Pakistanis in East Pakistan were telecast to turn the situation from bad to worse. Senator Kennedy expressed desire to visit East Pakistan but Pentagon and CIA advised Pakistan to refuse his entry. Officially, Senator Kennedy was considered as a friend of the Bengali people to isolate West Pakistan in the international community. He had been telling Bengalis that even though the US government officially does not recognize Bengalis as separate nation but the people of the world do recognize them as separate nation.
Many critics even today blame West Pakistanis, especially ethnic majority Punjabis for dragging Eastern part of Pakistan to the brink of disaster and finally separation from Pakistan in 1971. There is no doubt that Bengalis are Almighty Allah’s blessed and wonderful people. They were and will always remain part of Pakistan as per the ideology of Pakistan, which beats in the hearts of all Pakistanis. Pakistanis believe that sooner or later both parts of Pakistan will merge into a confederation. Even today it is not too late to critically investigate and analyse hidden factors which led to the ugly separation of Pakistani brothers. The information collected regarding the ugly game has proved that it is, in fact, combination of Indian, American and Pakistan factors, which played the game to disintegrate Pakistan. The events on record reflects that US President Richard Nixon along with his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were in the forefront of sharing red hot information about insurgency in East Pakistan and also helped West Pakistan in crushing the Muslims of East Pakistan. Party to this conspiracy was the Punjabis and others absorbed in Armed Forces and other government services in East Pakistan.
Interestingly, on one hand Washington was committed in aiding West Pakistan to crush East Pakistanis, while on the other people like Edward M. Kennedy alias Ted Kennedy, younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, were vigorously launching campaign against West Pakistan. His campaign included black propaganda of collecting systematic data and evidence of West Pakistanis’ involvement in carrying out genocide and human right violations in East Pakistan. He was main figure who carried out black propaganda against Pakistani Army that led to retaliation in Bengalis and hatred towards West Pakistanis. He also flashed genocide of Bengalis and unprecedented humanitarian and refugee crisis requiring international attention. For the purpose he was the official guest of Indian government in Indian West Bengal and other parts of India from where he documented self-engineered plight of Bengalis refugees from East Pakistan. Although he died in 2009, President Barack Hussain Obama awarded Edward Kennedy the US's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.