--------------------PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON
A LETTER TO PRESIDENT YAHYA KHAN BY HENRY KISSINGER. (26TH JULY, 1971)
‚??Dear Mr President,
‚??I have so many reasons to thank you that it is difficult to know where to begin.‚??First of all, there is the vital role that you played in establishing communications between us and the People‚??s Republic of China. Your initiative and discretion made possible the reliable and secure contacts that led to my visit and the President‚??s forthcoming trip. You were also well served, Mr President, by your representative here. Ambassador Hilaly‚??s part in the operation vividly demonstrated why he has compiled so remarkable a diplomatic career.
‚??Then, the skill, tact, and efficiency with which your officials carried out my secret mission were nothing short of brilliant. I hope you will pass on my deep appreciation, and that of the President, to all those who realized this venture, including some of your closest advisers, the military personnel who paved our way to and from the airport, and the captain and crew of your airplane. My colleagues and I were greatly moved by the historic nature of our flight and the care and warmth with which we were treated as we crossed some of the world‚??s highest mountains.
‚??Mr President, the deepest thanks go to you who led and orchestrated the entire enterprise. I shall always remember your generosity in our talks on July 8 when you insisted on setting aside the massive problems that your country faces and concentrating instead on my visit to Peking. In addition, I enjoyed, and profited from, my too brief stay in Pakistan itself, the conversations we had, and the gracious Pakistani hospitality.
‚??Your efforts and those of your colleagues have made indelible contributions to my personal experience, the foreign policy objectives of the United States, and I believe, the goal of peace in the world.‚??
A LETTER FROM PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON TO PRESIDENT AGHA YAHYA KHAN. (AUGUST 7TH, 1971)
Following is an un-official document wrote by Richard Nixon in his own hands to President Yahya Khan:
‚??Dear Mr President,
‚??I have already expressed my official appreciation for your assistance in arranging our contacts with the People‚??s Republic of China.
‚??Through this personal note I want you to know that without your personal assistance this profound breakthrough in relations between the USA and the PRC would never have been accomplished.
‚??I wish you would extend my personal thanks to your Ambassador in Washington and to your associates in Pakistan for their efficiency and discretion in handling the very sensitive arrangements.
‚??Those who want a more peaceful world in the generations to come will forever be in your debit.
‚??Dr Kissinger joins me in expressing our deepest gratitude for the historic role you played during this very difficult period.‚??
More information about Yahya Khan can be found at various Pakistani links
President Yahya had been only one general of army in Pakistn's history who tried to restore democracy in Pakistan by conducting fair elections and then giving the government back to the elected leaders.