Pak­istan: Past and Present

India Today - - MAIL - by Ra­jen­dra Sa­reen

Four and a half years af­ter Mr Bhutto’s emer­gence as supreme leader of Pak­istan, his op­po­nents are nowhere near evolv­ing a vi­able chal­lenge to his po­si­tion. But nei­ther has the coun­try’s pol­i­tics the placid­ity which pre­cedes an era of sta­bil­ity. On the con­trary, all in­di­ca­tions are that the next five years are go­ing to be as tu­mul­tuous as the last five have been.

The fail­ure of the rul­ing party and the op­po­si­tion to evolve a modus vivendi is a source of fric­tion, but the in­ten­sity of the politi­cians’ bit­ter feel­ings against each other and their stri­dent note of ac­ri­mony re­flect at best a com­par­a­tively less in­tractable as­pect of the mat­ter.

Twenty- eight years af­ter its cre­ation, Pak­istan is still grop­ing for its national ethos. The heady slo­gan of a Mus­lim National Home which turned the dream that the con­cept of Pak­istan was in 1940 a liv­ing re­al­ity seven years later, re­tains a very pow­er­ful emo­tional rule.


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