Saturday, June 30, 2012


(Ultimate source - Transfer of Power Papers, proximate source: Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah Papers, Volume VIII, The States: Historical and Policy Perspectives and Accession to Pakistan, Edited by Z.H. Zaidi)

M.A. Jinnah to Louis Mountbatten

9 August 1947

Dear Lord Mountbatten,
  Many thanks for your letter dated the 8th of August along with a letter from Lord Ismay.

  I have accepted the draft agreement between Pakistan and Kalat, and you may now issue the communique {Annex I} accordingly.


Annex I to PS-66
Press Communique on Situation between Pakistan and Kalat State
11 August 1947
As a result of a meeting held between a delegation from Kalat and officials of the Pakistan States Department, presided over by the Crown Representative, and of a series of meetings between the Crown Representative, His Highness of Kalat, and Mr Jinnah, the following is the situation:

1. The Government of Pakistan recognizes Kalat as an independent sovereign State in treaty relations with the British Government, with a status different from that of Indian States.

2. Legal opinion will be sought as to whether or not agreements of leases between the British Government and Kalat will be inherited by the Pakistan Government.

3. When this opinion has been received, further meetings will take place between representatives of Pakistan and the Khan of Kalat at Karachi.

4. Meanwhile a Standstill Agreement has been made between Pakistan and Kalat.

5. Discussions will take place between Pakistan and Kalat at Karachi at an early date with a view to reaching decisions on Defence, External Affairs and Communications.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

America's failed Pakistan policy

C Christine Fair wakes up to the failure of American policy with respect to Pakistan.

At long last, it seems, various agencies of the United States government have come to the conclusion that Pakistan cannot be changed. Islamabad's behavior in the region will remain staunchly pegged to its antipathy toward New Delhi. It will pursue policies that threaten the integrity of the Pakistani state for no other reason but the chimerical objective of resisting the obvious rise of India, while clinging to the delusion that it is India's peer competitor -- despite obvious and ever-growing disparities
Fair outlines some new policy prescriptions, and then,
While some may view these offerings as unreasonable, reckless, dangerous, and irresponsible, it is equally fair to ask whether Washington's decades of policies toward Pakistan have been unreasonable, dangerous, and irresponsible? Moreover, what good have they accomplished?
My take is (1) late to the party, but finally arrived and (2) yes, Washington's decades of policy towards Pakistan have been unreasonable, dangerous and irresponsible.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Exemplar in Foreign Relations

MajorlyProfound provides this list of official superlatives: