PAKISTAN: Reluctant Dictator

In Karachi last week, iron-minded, frail bodied Governor General Ghulam Mohammed decreed for himself further "emergency powers." He signed an edict combining four provinces (Sind, Baluchistan, West Punjab and Northwest Frontier Province) and several princely states into one unit called West Pakistan (pop. 33.5 million). He put his civil servants to work on what Pakistan's Constituent Assembly had for seven years failed to achieve—a constitution.

None of his own totalitarian activity, which his strong right-hand man, Major General Mirza, defines as "controlled democracy," appeals much to Ghulam Mohammed. A man...

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