I have been reading a bit on Pakistan these days. The most interesting part to me was creation of Bangladesh in mid 1970s. Prior to the split, Pakistan was one country with a western and eastern part. Isnt it bizzare to think what came to the mind of creators of Pakistan that they chose to have two parts which were 1000 miles apart, with India in the middle. That a huge country like India, which is dominated by the followers of hindu faith can be dangerous for a muslim country which existed in two parts miles apart from each other did not come to the mind of the Pakistani leaders baffles me. In case of an Indian attack on the eastern part, how would they retaliate sitting in their offices in the western part of the country. How would they mobilize the army?
Yet, the muslim leadership went ahead with a state with two parts hanging on the either sides of India. It should have occured to the Pakistani leadership that the eastern part of their country should be made to feel part of a larger Pakistan, so that the populace dont feel alienated. Contrary to it, the leadership of Pakistan, be it Army or the elected leaders like Bhutto did not leave any stone unturned to oppress East Pakistan. The official language was Urdu, despite of the fact that the language of East Pakistan was Bengali. When Muzib-Ur-Rehman won the elections, his mandate was not recognised by the regime. Post, which East Pakistan witnessed wide scale military oppression to quell down the uprising. All this through, the Pakistani leaders considered East Pakistan as their playground for bizzare experiments without giving a thought that India might use that as an oppurtunity, which it did. Had they lost their heads by first accepting a country which had two parts having absolutely nothing in common but for the religion, then avoiding and oppressing the other part without caring a damn about the geo-political realities. It is clear that Pakistan had perhaps the worst administrators, who had no vision. What they did have was the inability to think beyond their own petty short term objectives.