212. Editorial Note

At a meeting of the National Security Council on June 15, Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles discussed recent developments in Pakistan as part of his customary survey of significant world developments affecting United States security:

“Mr. Dulles remarked that events of the past two months in Pakistan had served to highlight the great difficulties which this strong ally of the United States was encountering. Pakistan was suffering from great political stability [instability?] as well as acute economic distress. Pakistan’s relations with India and Afghanistan continued very bad. A new younger group of politicians was allegedly aspiring to the political leadership of Pakistan, but as yet there appeared to be no serious threat to the leadership of President Mirza, Pakistan’s strong man. Meanwhile a near-famine situation existed in East Pakistan, and the Pakistani are hoping to obtain a million tons of relief food from the United States. Finally, the Pakistani plan to bring the Kashmir dispute with India before the United Nations shortly after Nehru’s visit to the United States next month.” (Memorandum of discussion at the 288th meeting of the NSC by Gleason, June 18; Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, NSC Records)