PAKISTAN: The Benign Year

"Long live martial law!" cried the peasants at village after village on the whistle-stop tour. Tall, strapping General Mohammed Ayub Khan, 52, dressed in open shirt and slacks, would lean from the doorway of his private railroad car and call: "How are you? How are the crops?" The village leader answered: "We are in perfect peace through your kindness." Others crowded round to beg Ayub to save them from a distasteful return of "democracy and politicians."

With strong support in the grass roots, with a docile and hero-worshiping press and radio, Sandhurst-educated General Ayub Khan this week celebrated the first...

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