Pakistan: A Medical Discharge

"Sometimes the captain of the team has to move the players about." That was the captain speaking last week, as Pakistan President Mohammed Ayub Khan privately explained the benching of Foreign Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The official version was that the wily, dapper Bhutto, at 38 one of Ayub's youngest Cabinet ministers in terms of age but the oldest in tenure of office, had resigned for health reasons. Truth to tell, Bhutto had never felt better. As all Rawalpindi knew, Bhutto had in fact been given a medical discharge by Ayub because he had become "inflexible."

In his 3½ years...

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