PAKISTAN: The Scrimmage

"In this country," said one Pakistani not long ago, "politics is not a race. It's a scrimmage." Last week the scrimmage in Pakistan got so heated that nobody, including the players, was quite sure who had the ball.

The trouble started in East Pakistan, the tropical province separated from the rest of Pakistan by nearly 1,000 miles of Indian territory. Early last week thousands of angry peasants poured into the East Pakistan capital of Dacca to protest against persistent food shortages that have almost doubled the price of rice in the last two months. When the crowd swelled...

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