By tariq Ali
Tariq Ali (Punjabi, Urdu: طارق علی) (born 21 October 1943) is a British-Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator. he's a member of the editorial committee of the recent Left evaluation and Sin Permiso, and frequently contributes to The mum or dad, CounterPunch, and the London evaluate of Books.
He is the writer of a number of books, together with Can Pakistan live to tell the tale? The loss of life of a country (1983) , Pirates Of The Caribbean: Axis Of wish (2006), Conversations with Edward stated (2005), Bush in Babylon (2003), and conflict of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (2002), A Banker for All Seasons (2007) and the lately released The Duel (2008)
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In Sind, the League had grown but was split between the landlords and their opponents. Jinnah favoured the creation of a bourgeois-democratic �tate, but the theoretical inconsistencies of the advocates of the 'two-nation' theory now made themselves felt in the practice of fashioning the new republic. A state of the Indian type was excluded by the contradictions inherent in the struc ture of Pakistan. The weakness of the League in West Pakistan meant that the only 'political party' Jinnah could rely on was the civil service of Pakistan, born out of the Indian civil service and conceived by the British imperial administration.
After a series of vulgar provocations, the Central government dissolved the newly elected Assembly only two months after the elections and proclaimed Governor's rule under Section 92A of the Constitution. The Governor, ex Major-General Iskander Mirza, was a shrewd, reactionary time-server. He was a bureaucrat with a military record. The latter consisted of services provided to the British in crushing recalcitrant tribesmen in the North West Frontier Province. Mirza's military-bureaucratic status was ideal for the job that he had been assigned: the United Front leaders were arrested, as were thousands of their supporters.
In 1 953, an artificially induced wheat crisis led to large-scale hoarding and price increases. The United States announced a fresh offer of aid (which was to arrive a year later) and the bureaucracy installed a new prime minister (a former ambassador to the United States). John Foster Dulles acclaimed Pakistan as 'a bulwark of freedom in Asia'. Any idea that the aid came without any attached strings was brutally dis pelled by an official U S document which laid down the guidelines: Technical Assistance is not something to be done, as a Government enterprise, for its own sake or for the sake of others.