PAKISTAN: Frontier Democracy

In recent local elections, the Moslem League Party, founders of Pakistan and hitherto its absolute rulers, found itself overwhelmingly repudiated by the voters. It was faced with two alternatives: to seize power through the army, after the classical pattern of one-party dictatorship, or to rule by the traditional democratic process of political horse-trading and parliamentary maneuver.

It chose the way of politics—but politics with the true flavor of frontier democracy.

All Must Go. Pakistan's new strongman, Governor General Iskandar Mirza, who believes his country ready only for "controlled democracy" (TIME, Aug. 15), recognized that Premier Mohammed Ali, though he had served his...

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