PAKISTAN: Toward Stability

Pakistan's most crucial political issue is whether or not the nation's first general elections, scheduled for next November, will provide a common ballot for all voters or separate ballots (and separate candidates) for Moslem, Hindu, Christian and other minorities.

President Iskander Mirza appears to favor the separate-ballot system because it would automatically ensure a Moslem majority in the government, which, in turn, would automatically ensure his stay in office. His opponents believe the separate ballot will divide the nation permanently into bitter religious factions and lead inevitably to its dissolution. Two months ago Mirza named Moslem League Leader Ismail Chundrigar...

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