Pakistan: No Shortcut: Benazir's strategic retreat

Benazir's strategic retreat

After returning from exile last April, Opposition Leader Benazir Bhutto, 33, basked in the welcoming cheers of millions of her fellow Pakistanis. Buoyed by her reception, she demanded that the government of President Mohammed Zia ul-Haq and Prime Minister Mohammed Khan Junejo call new legislative elections this year. The alternative, she warned, would be an uprising by her followers and the overthrow of the government.

It did not work out quite that way. Just six months after her triumphant return, Bhutto last week announced that she was dropping her campaign for immediate elections. Eventually, she still hopes to oust Zia, the...

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