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State of the artful

GA Khan insists that an Indian brigadier, Manekshaw sold battle plans to Pakistan in the 1950s. This is very clear that Ayub Khan Jr is wanting to sell his father’s diary in bulk.

india Updated: May 09, 2007 00:39 IST

Gauhar Ayub Khan insists that an Indian brigadier, who was the director of military operations during the 1950s, who was in the first batch of the Indian Military Academy, who was wounded in the Burma Military Academy in 1942, and whose name rhymes with “everything we saw” sold battle plans to Pakistan in the 1950s. For cryptic crossword enthusiasts, that means Field Marshal Manekshaw. Which brings us to the point: poor, poor Pakistan. They knew State secrets and lost the wars in 1965 and 1971.

When any country knows the State secrets about a hostile country, it normally has such an advantage that it would win a conflict. Somehow, Pakistan could not take advantage of that situation. Never mind that General J.F.K. Jacob rubbished the fact that Sam Manekshaw was a traitor. If we were Ayub Khan Jr wanting to sell his father’s diary in bulk, this is exactly what we would have done: spread a canard about an Indian general who happens to be recovering in an army hospital in Coonoor and can’t counter the facts.

The Pakistanis did wonderful things with the battle plans that Manekshaw apparently snitched on, according to the new publication that details Ayub Khan’s diaries, Friends Not Masters. The problem is that despite the ‘traitor’, they lost two wars. Which makes us feel bad for the Pakistani army. Really bad.