Foreign Relations, 1969-1976, Volume E-7,
Released by the Office of the Historian
M. M. Ahmad, Chief, Economic Planting Commission in
Agha Hilaly, Ambassador of
Henry A. Kissinger
Harold H. Saunders
Date and Place: Friday, May 16, in Dr. Kissinger's office
COPIES TO: S, U, J, C, D, NEA
Dr. Kissinger opened the 20-minute conversation by saying that he had the warmest recollections of his 1962 visit, and the guests exchanged jocular remarks over the treatment that Dr. Kissinger had received by the Pakistani press.
Ahmad said that the President of Pakistan had wanted him to come to
Dr. Kissinger responded that we want to maintain the closest of contact with the Pakistanis.
Mr. Ahmad went on to say that the Government of Pakistan had drawn three conclusions as a result of the recent troubles there:
does work and continued foreign support for
economic growth rates are not by themselves enough.
3. The disturbances have demonstrated that a substantial rate of economic growth has been "institutionalized. " Even with the dis turbances, a substantial measure of economic progress continues.
Ahmad noted that, while the martial law administration has not solved
thing, he said that the Pakistani Government had now realized that it would
have to sacrifice some of its economic growth rate for the sake of social
reform and of meeting the problem of disparity in the allocation of resources
between East and
Kissinger said that the President has a very warm spot in his heart for former
President Ayub Khan and for
When Dr. Kissinger asked Mr. Saunders whether there were any other substantive issues which would be coming to the President's attention soon, Mr.' Saunders noted that the President would in due course be reviewing the economic, aid program for the next year in Pakistan.
Ambassador Hilaly noted quickly that there was also the question of military aid, and Dr. Kissinger acknowledged that that is under current review. He said, with a smile, that we would not be "doctrinaire" in making up our minds.
response to a question from Mr. Saunders, Mr. Ahmad noted that the military aid
decision had also had budgetary implications since
closing, Dr. Kissinger reassured Mr, Ahmad and the
Ambassador that we wanted to maintain close contact and that this
Administration would continue to be concerned with developments in
Harold H. Saunders
Source: Vol E7, State Department documents.