Pakistan They Have Done It Again

Backed by the armed forces, the President ousts Bhutto's 20-month-old government

Benazir Bhutto had always suspected that her term as Pakistan's Prime Minister would end abruptly, probably at the hands of the country's military. Even so, the news came as a shock to Bhutto last week. At 4:30 Monday afternoon, President Ghulam Ishaq Khan telephoned the Prime Minister at her official residence in Islamabad to inform her that he was dismissing her 20- month-old government under Article 58 of the constitution for "internal dissensions" and allegedly "horse trading for personal gain," among other things. "I can't believe it," she said as she hung up the phone. Shortly afterward she saw soldiers take...

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