A Case of Self Promotion


General Pervez Musharraf, second from right, reviews the honor guard after his presidential swearing in ceremony.

Say what you will about Pakistani television, it's usually a good place to get word of political upheaval. But when the latest twist in Pakistan's leadership was playing out last Wednesday, state-owned PTV broadcast ... cartoons. There were none of the patriotic songs that provided a soundtrack for, say, General Zia-ul Haq's rise to power in 1977; none of the theatrical calls for obedience that followed President Ghulam Ishaq Khan's dissolution of Benazir Bhutto's government in 1990. There was just standard programming until shortly after 10:30 a.m., when a brief, measured announcement confirmed the rumors that had been reported in that...

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