Horror story from outset
The following is in response to the gwynne dyer’s column Chaos raises question: Was Pakistan a mistake? (aug. 3). to the editor: the answer is a resounding “yes.” the viceroy, Lord Louis Mountbatten, should never have acceded to the demands of Muslim League leader Muhammad ali Jinnah, a paranoid Muslim who only lived a short time after Partition.
Pakistan has floated on american aid for decades. appalling mass slaughter occurred on both sides as thousands of uprooted families made their way across the new borders. Many we got to know in Punjab 10 years later recalled with horror Sikh men entering northbound trains and going through the cars slaughtering every man, woman and child.
Similar scenes of slaughter occurred during exits from Pakistan, and doubtless were repeated on the Bangladesh side. In 1962 West Pakistan attacked Bangladesh causing similar slaughter.
It was a horror story from the outset. Women’s rights are negligible and a female president was assassinated, as were others. additionally there have been several wars with India and a continuing dispute over Kashmir.
It was a grave mistake, and the consequences continue with refuge granted to taliban forces.
Mary McKim London