Escorted by jet fighters of the Pakistan Air Force, President Eisenhower's silver and orange Boeing 707 flew into Mauripur airport, ten miles west of Karachi, Dec 7.
Escorted by jet fighters of the Pakistan Air Force, President Eisenhower's silver and orange Boeing 707 flew into Mauripur airport, ten miles west of Karachi, Dec 7. Nearly a million Pakistanis cheered Eisenhower as he drove into the city, and there were enthusiastic shouts of "Ike Zindabad" (Long live Ike).
Pakistan had prepared a model reception for the head of the United States. As General Ayub Khan and President Eisenhower took their places on a small dais, a band broke into the National anthems and eight Sabre jet fighters roared overhead in salute. President Ayub praised his guest as the "dynamic manifestation of the principles of universal peace, freedom and good will." Ike replied by reiterating America's desire for peace and mutual security, to work "always for what is good, decent, just."
After inspection of the guard of honour, members of the Cabinet, diplomatists and leading citizens were presented. Then the two Presidents drove in an open car along a flag-bedecked route, through a roaring throng held back by troops in British-style uniforms. At a point about a mile from the President's House, they changed into a state carriage drawn by six bay horses. President Ayub Khan's bodyguard led the procession through the centre of Karachi, festooned with festive decorations. Later, President Eisenhower was presented with the country's highest honour - the gold chain insignia of the Nishan-i-Pakistan.
At the end of a colourful day, designed to make President Eisenhower fully aware of Pakistan's deep appreciation of her ties with the United States, a dinner was given in Ike's honour at President Ayub Khan's House. Seated under a canopy hung between trees garlanded with red, green, yellow and blue fairy lights, President Eisenhower listened to a pipe band and watched a display by Khattak tribal dancers from the Northwest Frontier.
Pakistan - a CENTO member - has long been considered America's firmest friend in Asia. Calling on the country's new President Ayub Khan, Ike is the first President of the United States to visit Pakistan.
Talks during Ike's 16-hour stay were expected to include Pakistan's and India's common problem - relations with Communist China who has been trying for some time to expand her territory southwards. Ever since the establishment of Chinese military power in Tibet, Pakistan has been greatly concerned about the safeguarding of her borders. In view of the present situation, it is though likely that Ayub will sound Ike on the possibility of American backing in the case of a serious border conflict.