Pakistan: The Basic Democrats

Since Pakistan's Mohammed Ayub Khan seized power in 1958. he has argued that Western-style constitutions are unsuited to new, underdeveloped nations.

Banning political parties, which he blamed for pushing the country to the brink of chaos, benevolent Dictator Ayub set out to establish a system of "basic democracies" that would steer a middle road between authoritarian rule and untrammeled democracy. Last week, after putting his compromise to the test in the first nationwide election held since Pakistan won its independence in 1947. Ayub Khan declared accurately enough that the country has made...

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