84. Editorial Note

At a meeting of the National Security Council on April 21, Allen W. Dulles, Director of Central Intelligence, discussed recent developments in regard to the Pushtunistan dispute:

“The Director of Central Intelligence indicated that the situation in Afghanistan had begun to quiet down. Reports of Soviet incitement as a cause for the bad feeling between Afghanistan and Pakistan had not been confirmed. On the whole, the Soviets appeared to be reasonably quiet. While the Pakistani reaction to the attack on their Embassy in Kabul had certainly been strong, the Pakistani had not as yet resorted to overt action against Afghanistan. The King of Afghanistan was alleged to be about to remove the Prime Minister, Prince Daud, whose inflammatory speech was responsible for the initial incident. However, Mr. Dulles thought that the King lacked sufficient force and courage to throw his Prime Minister out.” (Memorandum of discussion at the 245th meeting of the National Security Council, by S. Everett Gleason, April 22; Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, NSC Records)