PAKISTAN: Toward a Revolution

On the same day that he released Sheik Mujibur Rahman and saw him off to London, Pakistan President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto—in a supreme irony —ordered the house arrest of his predecessor, Agha Mohammed Yahya Khan, the man who imprisoned Mujib in the first place.

Both actions produced headlines round the world. But in Pakistan they were almost overshadowed by what Bhutto grandly called "the first steps toward an economic and social revolution." These first steps were large ones. After seizing the passports of members of the country's wealthy ruling "22 families"—who, by...

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