Bhutto and Kissinger

Anjum Niaz’s 5 August 2008 article “The Remains of the Day” repeats the old urban legend of Henry Kissinger allegedly threatening Zulfikar Ali Bhutto by promising “We’ll make a horrible example of you”. Mr. Bhutto’s courage in standing up for the nation’s nuclear program is unquestionable.

Nevertheless, in the interests of historical accuracy, it is appropriate to note that Mr. Kissinger left office several years before Mr. Bhutto. Upon that occasion, Mr. Bhutto communicated his regrets at Kissinger’s departure in a personal handwritten note to the latter. It does no disservice to Mr. Bhutto to note that this gesture reflected grace and courtesy, but no fear or antagonism.

Saad Gul

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