138. Memorandum From the Presidentʼs Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Haig) to the Presidentʼs Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)1
Attached is a memo from Saunders which deals with the subject the Secretary has been talking to you about personally and which confirms what Sisco indicated to me last week. You will note that Yahya is sending over a personal emissary2 to discuss with Sisco the actual status of items remaining in the pipeline as a further refinement of the proposal.
As you know, Secretary Rogers has done this on his own despite contrary hints. Very few people in the Department are aware of the project according to Eliot. I told Eliot that this project could upset the President a great deal and that it would be well for us to take stock of the situation in the light of Yahyaʼs response and his obviously cooperative but apparently concerned attitude. I believe you will want to focus on this as soon as possible before it progresses any further.3 The real problem is the large number of unfilled military requests which have been stonewalled by Defense.
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 626, Country Files, Middle East, Pakistan, Vol. VII, Sep–Oct 1971. Secret; Nodis.↩
- Major General Inam-ul Haq, Director General of Defense Procurement in Pakistanʼs Ministry of Defense. On September 3 Kissinger sent a special channel telegram to Farland instructing him to make certain General Haq understood that he should contact Kissinger personally to obtain an accurate appraisal of President Nixonʼs thinking with respect to arms shipments. (Ibid., Box 643, Country Files, Middle East, India/Pakistan, July 1971)↩
- Kissinger responded in the margin with the following handwritten note: “Al—They cannot play fairly. Make sure we are cut in & that Paks know what must be done.” Haig added a handwritten note in the margin that reads: “Saunders will be sure Pak General sees HAK.”↩
- Secret; Nodis. Sent for information.↩
- Ambassador Farland reported on September 1 that Foreign Secretary Sultan Khan had made available Hilalyʼs account of his recent conversation with Sisco. (Telegram 8934 from Islamabad; National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 27 INDIA–PAK) Because of the practice of reducing the size of telegrams by eliminating words considered to be obvious, Farlandʼs report of receiving Hilalyʼs account on August 23 was taken to mean that the conversation was held that day. The conversation between Sisco and Hilaly took place on August 20; See Document 131.↩
- See footnote 7, Document 105.↩
- Yahyaʼs reaction was reported in telegram 8934, cited in footnote 5 above.↩