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One step back in Pakistan

In the 50 years since its birth Pakistan has shuttled chaotically between dictatorship and democracy. A leading Pakistani democrat, writing anonymously, says it is time to try something different

By Anonymous   February 1997

Somewhere in the back of western minds, there is the idea of history as progress-progress towards a consensual, democratic model of politics. All around the world, countries seem to be stumbling towards that end: through communism and out the other side in eastern Europe and Russia, through military dictatorship in Latin America, through a variety of autocracies in Asia.

That may be how it looks from the outside. For those of us stuck in the middle of this process, it is not so clear in what direction things are, or should be, going.

Here in Pakistan, people did not know…

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