Saturday, June 11, 2005

PAKISTAN: Ayub And The Fog Of '65

He was keen to tell me something which was not complimentary to our armed forces. His story was that our armour had chinks. I was sure it had. But I was taken aback when he said that a copy of topmost secret papers from India's military headquarters would be "with us before they reached Nehru's table". The Indian military headquarters and its prime minister's office were located in the South Blockā€”as they still are. Those days you could talk through corridors from one end to the other. Security requirements had not yet blocked passages. Nor had gates been built within gates. How could a paper conceivably reach Pakistan intelligence agencies before a messenger covered a few yards to deliver it at Nehru's office?

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