Pakistan: A Bad Marriage

In downtown Dacca, jittery shopkeepers clanked their corrugated front doors shut and raced for home. Trains were derailed, cars were stoned and burned, tires were slashed. In one howling clash with police, four rioters were killed. At Narayanganj, 15 miles south of Dacca, rioters armed with shotguns stormed a police station, and seven more were gunned down. In Tejgaon, some 20,000 swarmed angrily into the streets, looking for trouble.

After a decade of mere talk about autonomy from West Pakistan, political leaders of East Pakistan took matters into their own hands last week and, in a violent 24-hour strike by...

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