PAKISTAN: Moving Inland

The bulk of our population in villages as well as towns gets the creeps when there is any mention of the politicians coming back into power again.

—General Ayub Khan

After eight months of cleaning out the political stables, the military government of General Mohammed Ayub Khan was ready to make future plans.

The first was to promise elections this year of village panchayats (councils) to take over local police, judicial and administrative duties. Once the panchayats are functioning, work will begin on a new constitution. By starting at the bottom, Sandhurst-trained Strongman Khan hopes to build democracy slowly, from the bottom...

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