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WIKILEAKS :Dispute between Gen. Ziaur Rahman and 15th August coup leaders over anti-India policy

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Wikileaks have just released a further 2 million diplomatic records called the Kissinger Cables. I found the following sensational cable that suggests a deep rift within the Bangladesh military over anti-Indian policies and sentiment which was the cause of a growing dispute between Gen. Ziaur Rahman and the August 15, coup leaders.

SIMONS' INTERVIEW WITH LT. COL. RASHID


SENIOR MILITARY COMMANDERS IN BANGLADESH ARE DEEPLY SPLIT OVER IDEOLOGY, AND THE THREAT OF RENEWED VIOLENCE THERE IS GROWING RAPIDLY, ACCORDING TO AN OFFICER WHO HAS JUST RETURNED TO EXILE FROM DACCA. 

THE OFFICER, LT. COL. KHANDAKAR ABDUR RASHID, A LEADER OF THE AUG. 15 COUP THAT RESULTED IN THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT SHEIKH MUJIBUR RAHMAN, SAID LAST NIGHT THAT THERE ARE INCREASING SIGNS OF "A FULL-SCALE REBELLION" IN THE FACTIONALIZED ARMY.

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ANOTHER OFFICER WHO RETURNED TO BANGLADESH LAST MONTH, ABOUT THE SAME TIME AS RASHID AND HAQ, LT. COL. SYED FAROOK RAHMAN, MANAGED TO EVADE ZIA AND IS NOW BELIEVED TO BE OUTSIDE DACCA AT BOGRA WITH HIS TANK REGIMENT, THE 1ST BENGAL LANCERS. "IF ZIA ORDERS FAROOK TO LEAVE AS HE DID ME," RASHID SAID, "FAROOK WILL CHALLENGE HIM. THEN HOW ZIA RESPONDS TO THAT CHALLENGE WILL DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THERE WILL BE A FULL-SCALE REBELLION."

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RASHID SAID THAT AT ONE POINT DURING HIS CONVERSATION WITH ZIA, THE GENERAL TOLD HIM THAT BANGLADESH COULD NOT SURVIVE IF IT CONTINUED TO BE ANTI-INDIAN. END TEXT. KISSINGER

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE112538_b.html

 

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Bangladesh military feared Indian intervention after August 15 coup and November 7 takeover.

Wikileaks have just released a further 2 million diplomatic records called the Kissinger Cables. I found the following sensational cables that indicate the Bangladesh military feared Indian intervention after the August 15 coup and November 7 takeover. The Indians had indicated possible intervention in the case of precipitation of refugee outpouring, killing of Hindus, establishment of Islamic State, granting of Chinese military bases. Some of these same issues appear to be again of importance in 2013 so Indian intervention may again be under consideration.

The following are all new diplomatic correspondence releases under document set ‘Kissinger Cables’ and not the previously released ‘Cablegate’ leaks.

1. STATUS REPORT FROM PRINCIPAL SECRETARY OF PRESIDENT
COMMENT. ALTHOUGH CHASHI'S FORMULATION WAS VAGUE, WHAT HE CLEARLY HAD IN MIND WAS AN ASSURANCE FROM US THAT WE WOULD HELP DETER INDIA FROM INTERVENING IN THE CURRENT SITUATION. WHILE HE ALSO WOULD OBVIOUSLY LIKE SOME EXPLICIT ASSURANCE ALONG THESE LINES, I DO NOT SEE THAT WE NEED TO GO BEYOND MY GENERALIZED ASSURANCE TO HIM.

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1975DACCA05396_b.html

2. MEETING WITH ACTING FOREIGN SECRETARY

SUMMARY. ACTING FOREIGN SECRETARY NAZRUL ISLAM CALLED IN DCM TO SAY HE WAS INSTRUCTED TO REQUEST USG SUPPORT THAT MIGHT CHECKMATE ANY INDIAN MOVE AND ALSO TO CONVEY THE WORRIED FEELINGS OF BANGLADESH GOVERNMENT REGARDING CURRENT SITUATION TO GOVERNMENTS OF CHINA AND PAKISTAN. END SUMMARY.

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1975DACCA05401_b.html

3. INDIAN ASSESSMENT OF BANGLADESH DEVELOPMENTS
SUMMARY: MEA JOINT SECRETARY FOR BANGLADESH DESCRIBED CURRENT SITUATION THERE AS ULTIMATELY UNSTABLE BECAUSE MILITARY HAD NO POLITICAL "ROOTS" AMONG THE PEOPLE. LEADERS WERE WITHOUT PRINCIPAL OR MORALS, AND LIKELI- HOOD WAS THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO KILL EACH OTHER OFF. INDIA WOULD CONTINUE TO VIEW DEVELOPMENTS IN BANGLADESH AS INTERNAL, EVEN IF REGRETABLE AND UNFORTUNATE SO LONG AS THEY DID NOT HAVE EXTERNAL RAMIFICATIONS SUCH AS PRECIPITATION OF REFUGEE OUTPOURING, KILLING OF HINDUS, ESTABLISHMENT OF ISLAMIC STATE, GRANTING OF CHINESE MILITARY BASES. HE SAID THUS FAR THERE WAS NO REFUGEE. SECRET.

IN OUR VIEW, THE INDIANS PREFERRED GENERAL MOSHARRAF TO GENERAL ZIAUR RAHMAN: THUS THE SITUATION HAS ALREADY WORSENED FROM THEIR STANDPOINT. THE GOI IS FULLY AWARE OF THE TREMENDOUS COSTS OF INTERVENTION IN BANGLADESH. IN SHORT, THIS TIME THEY WOULD BE IN THE ROLE OF CON- QUERERS. NEVERTHELESS, IT WILL NOT TOLERATE A SIT- UATION IN WHICH CIVIL DISTURBANCE CAUSES A MASS EXODUS OF REFUGEES. CONSEQUENTLY, WHILE WE CANNOT PRE- DICT HOW LONG THE PERIOD OF INDIAN WATCHING AND EXAMINATION OF OPTIONS MAY LAST, WE BELIEVE IT HAS DEFINITELY BEGUN AND THAT A DECISION TO TAKE ACTION COULD BE MADE AT ANY TIME DURING THIS PERIOD. SAXBE

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1975NEWDE14838_b.html

4. STATUS REPORT FROM PRINCIPAL SECRETARY OF PRESIDENT
COMMENT. ALTHOUGH CHASHI'S FORMULATION WAS VAGUE, WHAT HE CLEARLY HAD IN MIND WAS AN ASSURANCE FROM US THAT WE WOULD HELP DETER INDIA FROM INTERVENING IN THE CURRENT SITUATION. WHILE HE ALSO WOULD OBVIOUSLY LIKE SOME EXPLICIT ASSURANCE ALONG THESE LINES, I DO NOT SEE THAT WE NEED TO GO BEYOND MY GENERALIZED ASSURANCE TO HIM.

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1975DACCA05396_b.html

5. ARMS ASSISTANCE INFORMALLY SOUGHT

MAJORS FAROOK RAHMAN AND KHANDAKAR ABDUR RASHID, CENTRAL FIGURES IN AUGUST 15 COUP, CALLED AT THEIR REQUEST ON THE POLITICAL COUNSELOR AT HIS HOME ON EVENING OF OCTOBER 21. AFTER EXCHANGE OF PLEASANTRIES, MAJORS LAUNCHED INTO LENGTHY DESCRIPTION OF THREAT THEY ASSERT BANGLADESH NOW FACES FROM INDIA. THEY SAID INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO THEM REVEALS THAT INDIANS ARE ENDEAVORING TO UNDERMINE GOVERNMENT OF MOSHTAQUE AHMED.

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1975DACCA05119_b.html

 

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