The World: Raise Your Hands and Join Me

WHEN West Pakistani soldiers arrested Sheik Mujibur ("Mujib") Rahman last week, they gave him a chance to add to an unenviable record. Mujib has already spent more time in prison than any other major Pakistani politician: nine years and eight months.

What makes the Sheik so unpopular with West Pakistanis is the fact that for more than 23 years he has been the leading advocate of purbodesh (regional autonomy) for East Pakistan. In last December's elections, purbodesh was Mujib's chief issue. After visiting the cyclone-devastated Ganges Delta region just before the general elections,...

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