PAKISTAN: Prudent Retreat

Since he came to power three months ago, Pakistan's headstrong President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto has learned a few lessons in the art of compromise. Last week he headed off a crisis that could have led to further fragmentation of his country. In an important concession to his chief rival, Pathan Community Leader Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Bhutto announced that he would restore Pakistan to democratic government next August. "The curse of martial law will be buried forever, God willing," he pledged in a radio address.

Earlier in the week, a smiling Bhutto had bounded into the restaurant of the Intercontinental...

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