Famous last words
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Famous last words

An article titled “Pakistan Votes — 1970” published in March 1971 in the journal Asian Survey concluded with these words. I pass them on without comment.

The Government of Pakistan, the candidates and the parties, and the people can be justifiably proud that Pakistan’s first truly national election was carried out with complete freedom, order, and almost no complaint of irregularity. It is a significant and successful first step toward the restoration of democratic, representative, civilian government in a country which has experienced authoritarian government for so long. However, it is just the initial step. The next one will be the framing of a constitution which will be generally accepted throughout Pakistan and workable in governing the country. This will not be an easy task and will require a broad spirit of cooperation if the country is to make a success of returning to a democratic system.

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