Pakistan: Ayub's Strategic Retreat

President Ayub Khan of Pakistan has been in politics for more than a decade now, but he has not forgotten some of the elementary lessons he learned as a Sandhurst cadet many years ago. Last week, with Pakistan in its fourth month of unprecedented civil disorder and with opposition pressure steadily mounting against him, the former field marshal began a cautious tactical retreat to blunt the onslaught.

The disturbances began last October with student protests over educational conditions. Since then they have developed into massive demonstrations against Ayub's regime, with charges of corruption,...

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