FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS OFFICE REQUESTS
Public Record Office
REF: FCO 37/470
FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE TO
My immediately preceding telegram.
I am not quite clear as to the precise order of events. There appear to be three possibilities:
(i) Ayub, acting as President, declared Martial law and appointed General Yahya to carry it out. He then resigned the Presidency.
(ii) Ayub handed over his powers to Yahya before resigning but it was the latter who declared martial law and took all subsequent actions as described in paragraph 2 of your telegram No. 286.
(iii)There was a hidden coup d'etat in which Yahya forced the President to hand over his powers and resign.
2. 1 should be grateful as to your best advice on the true course of events which is being questioned by journalists here.
S. Asian D.
The British Papers – Secret and Confidential India.Pakistan.Bangladesh